What’s New in Health Care That’s Good?

Health-Care-Reform-UpdateAfter years of attention on reform and rising costs, it’s easy to ignore the positive developments that our health care system produces. Here are just a few innovative steps you may not be aware of.

Electronic Robots
More medical schools and teaching hospitals are training students with the use of lifelike electronic robots that bleed, have seizures and even give birth. Studies show that these robots are helping providers improve teamwork and enhance crisis management skills.

Health Information at Your Fingertips
Virtually anything can be researched on a tablet or smart phone these days, and health and wellness are no exceptions. Apps are available for everything from counting calories to childhood infections. The Nemours Foundation has information on 85 childhood conditions with advice on when to seek immediate care and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention makes it easy to obtain a wide range of health information on your smartphone.

Faster Treatment of Heart Attacks
In many cities, treatment of heart attacks begins even before patients reach the hospital as EM technicians perform electrocardiograms and transmit results wirelessly to the emergency room. Other measures are also making a great difference in survival rates, with the theme being call 911 as soon as possible and whenever possible, avoid getting to the hospital in a private vehicle.

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