As any health administrator knows, health insurance is central to the American health care system. Health insurance, though, has been a politically charged topic for decades. Efforts to overthrow the current health insurance system in the U.S. have met with failure; even the health care reform legislation passed in 2010 doesn’t end the health insurance system as Americans know it. There are changes to the way health insurance companies do things, but nothing to dramatically alter the way the system functions. And, of course, there is a fight underway to repeal the health care reform bill.
But what is it about health insurance and health care that prompts such strong feelings in Americans? To get an idea of why health insurance is such a hot button topic in the United States, and where the debate over the roll health insurance companies and the government should play in the future of health care is going, it can help to have some historical perspective. Whether or not you work in health administration, the history of health insurance is fascinating. Here are some resources that can help you learn more about health insurance in America:
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While some individuals may consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. In the latter sense, open source software applications designed for hospitals and in worldwide medical projects are gaining traction in some of the best facilities the world over as hospital administrators seek low-cost solutions for better healthcare. In this list of the top 10 open source software apps, you’ll discover imaging software, EHR (electronic health record) software, cancer data management systems and more — all designed to integrate smoothly with other hospital software and with updated or modified versions of the same software used in other facilities. [click to continue…]
Health administrators can benefit their organizations, help make public policy and be proactive in community outreach. In this list of the top 20 most influential people in the medical administration field, we also chose Chief Financial Officers (CFO), or individuals who grew their facilities to offer more work and — in the process — provided more income for their facilities and for their communities. [click to continue…]
When you think of health, do you think about weight gain or environment or even financial health? All these topics can connect, as the poorest among the population often cannot afford adequate necessities — an issue which can affect health. The environment affects our health as well as obesity and stress. In these 40 updated Web apps and infographics about local, regional and national health, you can learn more about these topics and how they might affect you in your neck of the woods. [click to continue…]
Medical start-ups are waiting to be found in sites across the Web such as Science Daily and the San Antonio Startup Blog. These sites can point you to companies that are in incubators or in medical facilities to companies that have Web sites and are in second rounds of funding. We’ve pulled together 25 of these start-ups across a wide range of medical fields to show that this next-generation medical technology is disrupting the healthcare hegemony with new technologies that may prove safer, faster and less expensive than current technologies. [click to continue…]
While we may enjoy the taste of soda, the truth of the matter is that it can be very bad for your health. Indeed, no matter your salary level, degree attained or how healthy you think you are, drinking soda — even diet soda — can be bad for your health. If you aren’t careful, you could end up in the hospital as a result of your penchant for drinking soda. So, before you reach for your next Big Gulp, consider the following about soda and how it could be affecting your health:
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Running a health care facility takes time, patience and knowledge, even when you don’t carry out all the tasks demanded by emerging technologies, ever-changing health policies and legal matters. If you need help, you can turn to experts in these fields. Many of those experts — all with different perspectives — can supply information you may need in their blogs, which are listed below in our top fifty blogs to learn about health administration. [click to continue…]
“Famous” is a tough concept to measure, especially when it comes to hospitals. Some individuals might identify with fictional hospitals (such as General Hospital), while other individuals might think of a hospital that recently was in the news or that is local. To help define the twenty-five most famous hospitals listed below, we chose real-world hospitals that are currently operational and that have become famous nationwide for their histories or contributions to science. [click to continue…]
This fall, the swine flu, which first made its appearance as an epidemic back in April, is re-emerging. As seasonal flu season kicks into gear, the swine flu is making a comeback. Additionally, the disease, which is highly contagious, is also being spread as kids are back in school after a summer break. Since children and teenagers are among those most susceptible to the swine flu, it is little surprise that school is bringing things back into focus.
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One of the most interesting fields in science and medicine is biotechnology. The technology that helps us find medical breakthroughs and learn more about our bodies is fascinating, and filled with advancements. Some of the most interesting work being done right now works to fuse biology with our idea of technological advancement. From interesting new drugs to scientific breakthroughs, here are some of the best biotech blogs out there: [click to continue…]