Roughly 75 percent of America’s annual $2.6 trillion-dollar health care budget is spent on chronic illness care.
In the interest of being proactive about stemming the tide of chronic illness, we’ve measured what sociologist Morris David Morris called The Physical Quality of Life Index, which looks at basic literacy, infant mortality, and life expectancy.
It wasn’t until 2006, though, that researchers started looking at a more refined measuring stick for quality-of-life, or QOL (not-to-be-confused with standard-of-living) to try and better predict and prevent chronic illness.
That’s when the Happy Planet Index (HPI) – an index of human well-being and environmental impact – was introduced by the London, UK-based New Economics Foundation.
Like other modern QOL references, the index challenges well-established indices of countries’ development, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI).
Instead, more progressive models like the Happy Planet Index might be just as concerned with literally how “happy” a patient is, or how well they fit in with their peers…how well they’re able to keep up with their children, or innovate at work. [click to continue…]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an American “Baby Boomer” turns 65 every 13 seconds…that’s 10,000 new seniors every day.
At that rate, it’s estimated that there will be 70 million senior citizens in America by 2030: twice the present-day number.
This, in addition to rising rates of age- and non-age-related ailments, is poised to see a veritable explosion in additional positions in the personal care industry.
One partner at a Dallas-based recruiting firm has said, “My guess is that there could be some 20 million new jobs when it’s all said and done because of seniors.” [click to continue…]
In the medical field, job change is a regular path to promotion (or at least getting out of an unsatisfactory situation).
Before you waltz out the door, though, it’s essential to have a positive exit strategy. Your last impression in your current job can impact your career prospects for years to come. [click to continue…]
Would you want a robot dispensing drugs for you and your patients? Odds are, that’s long since been the case, to one extent or another:
Robotics have been used to help dispense medication in some pharmacies since the 1990s and robots for delivering medication have been used in hospitals for a decade.
And even before that, machines have been used for decades to count pills for dispensing – Such technology is now the standard in more than 30,000 pharmacies worldwide.
But will technology ever replace pharmacists completely? [click to continue…]
Home health care is becoming more common, more necessary, and more flexible.
The days of medical personnel making house calls with limited resources has morphed into innovative new ways to bring many of the diagnostic, administrative, and human resources of a large hospital to people who can’t get to one. [click to continue…]
If you’ve thought of IT careers related to the medical industry, you may have only thought in passing. But such job opportunities are among some of the fastest growing in healthcare… [click to continue…]