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Recently my Jennings colleagues and I were given the opportunity to produce videos of a number of nurse practitioners who work at Signature Healthcare in Southeastern Massachusetts. We produce physician videos quite regularly and thoroughly enjoy the interaction with the doctors. However, I have to say, it was a ton of fun working with these nurse practitioners. It makes sense that we would showcase these clinicians given so many of us spend a lot of time with them when we make a visit to a physician’s office. These professionals are on the front line of primary care but are so often kept in the background. As the AANP says, “NPs are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.”

Note: One thing I learned in my research about NPs is that it is a mistake to call them “mid-level providers” or “physician extenders.” Check out this statement on the matter from the American Academy of Nurser Practitioners.

Today I am sharing three of the nurse practitioner videos we produced. These are really special people and they were so gracious with their time. I believe you will enjoy meeting them.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.05.02 PMFor months now I’ve wanted to have one of those wearable health devices that measures activity and sleep. There are a few different options out there on the market: Fitbit, Jawbone Up, etc. I don’t know why, but I didn’t rush out to buy one. Truth is, I’m rarely the first person to jump on  a new trend. But I do get there eventually. (Of course, according to this article from c|net, the fitness band may already be a thing of the past!)

My wife knew of my interest in wearable health technology and bought me a Jawbone Up24 for Father’s Day. It was the perfect gift. Now I’m having fun learning how to work the thing, using the iPhone app. And of course, I’m going to share what I learn with all of you.

Here’s how Jawbone talks about its UP24:

“More than a band. More than an app. An integrated system built around you.

UP helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. The new app displays movement and sleep details from your UP24 or UP band and delivers insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges you to make each day better. Share accomplishments with friends by teaming up in the UP App.”

So far, the device has confirmed what I suspected: I don’t get a solid block of deep sleep. And I don’t get enough exercise throughout the day. Below are two screenshots reporting my activity.



My hope is that having these measures of my inactivity and lack of sleep will help motivate me to make lifestyle changes. It will be interesting to see. Right now I’m enjoying learning about the device. Here’s a link to an interesting article from The Huffington Post about wearable technology in healthcare. The article points out that wearable technology brings together “three distinctly beneficial trends to the table — connected information, community, and gamification.” That’s pretty powerful and may potentially impact population health management efforts that seek to engage patients in their own health. Let me know what you think.

If you’d like to read more about the “quantified self” trend, here’s a good article from Technorati: The Beginner’s Guide to Quantified Self (Plus, a List of the Best Personal Data Tools Out There).


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The team at Vree Health has created this infographic about the state of hospital readmissions. This is a topic that has been getting a lot of attention recently, so I thought I would share it in this forum. Check it out and get a better picture of how hospitals are performing in your home state. Enjoy.

The State of Readmissions: Hospital Readmissions by State

The State of Readmissions: Hospital Readmissions by State, an Infographic by Vree Health.

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The 2014 Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit was a definite success. As a presenter, I found some of the most engaged audiences that I’ve experienced in some time. When Lyle Green and I presented on Thursday morning, we had a great turnout and spent half the session in a conversation with the audience. It was more than we could have hoped for. Here are some of the Tweets from a few of the generous people who made our session a success:

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Here are the final Twitter stats for #HCMPS14 from Symplur. In all, 265 individuals Tweeted using the #hcmps14 hashtag, for a total of 2,418 tweets, achieving 3,849,946 potential impressions. See the screen shots below.

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Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 8.09.00 AMMy friend, Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, a leader in the field of digital health communication, is conducting a survey for a national foundation that is interested in identifying ways to increase patient engagement.

Your responses will greatly help Lisa and her team in achieving this goal. If you’re willing to help out, I invited you to spend approximately 10 minutes to complete this survey. Analysis will be done in aggregated manner and all responses will be kept anonymous.

Here’s a small enticement: If you complete the survey before May 15, 2014 and provide your email address at the end (optional) you will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Amazon.com gift card. Your email address will only be used for the drawing.

To take the survey, please click here.

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