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Healthcare News

A recent New York Times article entitled “In Hawaii’s health system, lessons for lawmakers” opens with a story of a Honolulu employee at a U.S.-based ice-cream chain who has health insurance through that chain.

While the chain typically doesn’t offer health insurance to its employees on the mainland, it has to do so in the “Aloha state” due to health industry regulations there.

Hawaii makes your employer guarantee you health coverage

Hawaii was the first state to mandate what is effectively universal healthcare for every person who works, and their families…and they did it all the way back in 1974.

And like a dream-version of those no-medical-exam insurance ads on TV, no one can be denied coverage. It’s state law.

While they were at it, state legislators mandated clearly-defined boundaries to force competing insurers to keep costs under control. [click to continue…]

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The Doctor Shortage – Where are all the Doctors?

by Tera Tuten on December 10, 2013

We’re living longer these days. Our country’s population is steadily growing. And, with the passage of 2010’s Affordable Care Act, health insurance is increasingly available to Americans. While all of these facts are positive, there is a potentially concerning factor we must consider as a result: An impending shortage in family doctors.

Most of us value the relationships we develop with our primary care physicians, but in order to maintain this status quo for an expanding and longer-living population, we’re going to need a lot more doctors in a few short years.

Just how many? A recent report estimates the number at 52,000 new physicians necessary by 2025 to keep up with growing healthcare demands. [click to continue…]

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Will Healthcare Reform Change Nursing?

by Tera Tuten on November 12, 2013

healthcare-reform-nursingHealthcare reform, specifically the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) is here.  The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010. Although not all aspects of the program have been implemented, in October of 2013, some phases of the act have been rolled out. [click to continue…]

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atlanta best places to work Soliant Health, a leading specialty healthcare staffing provider and part of Adecco Group, debuted at number 15 among “The Best Places to Work” in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual survey.

 The Atlanta Business Chronicle selected the top 100 Best Places to Work from a nomination pool of more than 560 companies. The list comprised of three categories: small (up to 100 employees), mid-size (101-500 employees), and large (501+ employees) companies. [click to continue…]

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Through The Google Glass

by Tera Tuten on August 13, 2013

google glass health

The era of wearable technology has arrived and with it came something right out of a sci-fi movie — the Google Glass. This eyeglass-esque computer device was released for trial earlier this year. Participants, called “explorers,” were able to snag a pair for a hefty price of $1,500. During this trial, Google aims to make improvements to the Glass and to finalize a product eligible for mass production. Recent reports say the Google Glass could retail approximately $300 when it finally becomes available to the public.¹ [click to continue…]

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A Nurse’s Role in the Mobile Health Environment

by Tera Tuten on July 30, 2013

mobile health, health tablet, health technologyMore than 3.4 billion people will have smartphones or tablets with access to mobile health apps by 2017.¹ Mobile health is not only changing the way healthcare technologies are being developed, but it is also changing the way people on the front lines, such as doctors and nurses, are providing care.

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