Different Chronic Illnesses Demand Different Connected Health Strategies


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One possibility is that when I write about chronic illness, I am largely focusing on those conditions that are silent in nature (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity). We made a decision some years ago to build the case for connected health around the management of these illnesses because:

  1. They are costly. By some estimates these chronic diseases account for 70% of U.S. health care costs.
  2. They have a significant lifestyle component. This backdrop seems an ideal canvas for connected health interventions because they involve motivational psychology, self-tracking and engagement with health messages. These chronic illnesses pose a unique challenge in that the lifestyle choices that accelerate them are for the most part pleasurable (another piece of cheese cake? spending Sunday afternoon on the couch watching football, smoking more cigarettes and drinking more beer.) In contrast, the reward for healthy behavior is abstract and distant (a few more minutes of…

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Dr. Anna Chacko: Advancing the Practices of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine


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Dr. Anna Chacko is a Professor of Radiology at Boston University and at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. She formerly served as the Service Chief of the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Service Line for the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. Dr. Chacko currently devotes her efforts to producing medical illustrations and contributing articles to Orthopedic MR.

Dr. Anna Chacko has been a key contributor to research projects in the field of nuclear medicine. She facilitated the successful resolution of a project geared toward developing an innovative handheld portable ultrasound tool and also leveraged her expertise to create a pioneering algorithm employed in breast cancer screening technology. While working with the US Military, Dr. Chacko contributed to the development of the Picture Archiving and Communication System, a groundbreaking method of storing and accessing digital radiology images.

Dr. Anna Chacko has authored numerous scholarly articles and…

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A Foundation for Better Care: The Case for Better Nurse-Physician Collaboration


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Lego Doctor and NurseBlog post by Irene Andress, Dr Rajiv Singal, Sarah Coppinger, Sharon Navarro of Toronto East General Hospital

Over the last four decades, an enlightenment has taken hold of the healthcare culture. Today’s nurses are seen as “knowledge workers” by physicians and interprofessional practitioners alike. It is a sharp contrast to a century ago when nurses were described as “only the instrument by whom the doctor gets his instructions carried out.”

According to an article by American Sentinel, a new emphasis on interprofessional collaboration and an evolution of standards and clear guidelines that promote healthy work environments should theoretically bring nurses and physicians closer together in hospital hierarchy.

But is this the case?

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A 2013 survey commissioned by the Advisory Board Company indicated that the majority of those polled felt that relations between the two professions was “poor” or, at best, just “okay.”

(From The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, March 2013 (From The…

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