May 31, 2017
Supporting Employees Who Are Caregivers
People can wear all kinds of different hats: employee, spouse, parent, friend, advisor and, in many cases, caregiver. More than one in six U.S. employees has, in effect, a secondary job as a caregiver for a relative. A growing elderly population means, the number of employees who are caregivers is only going to increase. As pointed out in an article in Employee Benefit News, this raises the stakes for employers when it comes to supporting these employees who are also caregivers.
The challenge facing employees and employers
When yRead More
May 23, 2017
Fresh eyes catch mistakes –
the value of second opinions in medicine
When you emerge from a consultation with your doctor, there is a 10 per cent chance the diagnosis you just received is incorrect, according to a leading international advocate for patient safety.
“Diagnosis can be a challenge when you consider there are 10,000 diseases but only 200 to 300 symptoms, “says Dr Mark Graber, president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, on the eve of the first Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference which begins in Melbourne todayRead More
May 1, 2017
Highmark teams with Best Doctors, Inc. to Improve Accuracy of Diagnosis through Virtual Second Opinions by Globally Renowned Medical Experts
Read the full article on page 6 of LABOR Matters.Read More
April 12, 2017
As Misdiagnosis Gets More Attention,
Highmark Adds Option For Medical Second Opinions
More than 20 percent of patients who visited a Mayo Clinic internist for a second opinion received a completely different diagnosis than they were given during a primary care visit, according to a new study.
The Mayo Clinic doctors revised diagnoses in 66 percent of the visits and confirmed initial diagnoses in 12 percent of the visits, according to the study, which examined medical records of 286 patients from 2009 and 2010.
“That was more than expected,” said sRead More
April 7, 2017
Highmark Inc. has partnered with Best Doctors, a health solutions platform with access to more than 50,000 medical experts, to give physicians who practice within its network access to second opinions on rare diseases and complex cases.
Dr. Marylou Buyse, a senior medical director for medical policy and quality at Highmark, said the agreement, which was finalized a little over a week ago, will allow any doctor that accepts Highmark insurance in Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Delaware access to the Best Doctors platform.
“If you live in western Pennsylvania and have a verRead More
March 15, 2017
“Most Americans will encounter at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (now known as the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies).
Furthermore, the Kaiser Family Foundation says nearly 1 in 3 patients or their family members have been affected by a preventable medical error with 21 percent suffering a serious health consequence. The number of hospital deaths due to medical errors has escalated to more than 250,000 annually.
And now, after many years of the lens being fixed on treatment errors, dRead More
March 3, 2017
Why tech giants are claiming space in healthcare
Multinational companies are leveraging information and analytics solutions from other sectors to solve healthcare problems.
From cloud platforms for medical data and hospital smart rooms to artificial intelligence and patient-engagement technologies, the giants of the digital world are threatening to disrupt healthcare.
Leading the pack is IBM and its centerpiece offering Watson Health. In just the last six months, the company has announced major initiatives into healthcare including a partnership with clinical consultationRead More
February 13, 2017
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association features Best Doctors in a story about the inspiring collaboration between IBM Watson and the brightest minds in medicine
The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. By 2024, an estimated 19 million people will be living with a cancer diagnosis. Those astounding numbers also lay bare an inconvenient truth: that tens of millions of Americans are forced into a maze of uncertainty and options in a complicated health care system. The physical, emotional, and finan
January 30, 2017
“As misnomers go, the so-called ‘race for the Whitehouse’ is undoubtedly up there. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton found out the hard way that the ‘race’ to become President of the United States of America, was actually more of a two-year marathon than a quick sprint.
But, as dramatically demonstrated by Clinton’s apparent fainting and stumble at the 9/11 Memorial Service in New York last year, punishing schedules often take their toll.
Even though Clinton may not have secured the top job in the end, this single event became one of the biggestRead More
December 23, 2016
If they were properly reported, medical errors would be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a study released this month by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Researchers, led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Martin Makary, placed the number of patients who die because of medical mistakes at 250,000 annually, ranking only behind heart disease and cancer, both of which claim around 600,000 lives each year.
Lewis Levy, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, said an accurate count of the number of deaths caused by medical errors would be in the best interRead More