Category Archives: Digital Health
April 9th, 2015 | 0
Last year my family was forced to change insurance companies. It was a terrible decision to make since we had been seeing our doctors for over 12 years and they knew all of our health issues and treatments. However, we couldn’t keep up with the $500 fee increases that happened in just two short years. All of that leads me to say that change isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to technology and medicine.Continue Reading
July 9th, 2014 | 1
Alzheimers Caregiving is very important and there are hundreds of applications available to help both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregiving community. The trick is to wade through them all! But help is on the way. Here’s a list of some apps that have either received high ratings from users, or have been positively referenced on Alzheimer’s or other caregiving-focused sites. We haven’t personally evaluated any of these, nor can we formally recommend them. Many are free, however, so worth exploring. Some will be more appropriate in certain stages of the disease. Most are available on the iPad; all are available through the iTunes apps store.Continue Reading
July 1st, 2014 | 0
Caring.com was founded in 2007, and quickly became a leading online destination for those seeking information and support as they are caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. On their site, they provide extensive information on various health conditions, advice on handling money issues, and tips on caregiver wellness. They also have caregiver support groups, a senior care option database, and personalized help from trained Family Advisors. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Caring.com President and CEO Andy Cohen to gain insight into the Caring.com mission, and find out the latest on their acquisition by Bankrate, a personal finance content aggregator and distributor.Continue Reading
December 13th, 2013 | 0
This month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Dr. Katy Fike, is an influential leader and part of the co-founding team for Aging2.0. Aging2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through regular events, the CoverAGE newsletter and the GENerator founders program. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview for our OpenPlacement Health Care Trailblazer feature interview. Dr. Fike’s journey from systems engineering student to being a co-founder of Aging2.0 is an inspirational story for many different health care professionals and especially those involved with senior care and the aging space.Continue Reading
November 22nd, 2013 | 0
This week we finally pick back up with our segment of OP #FollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter.
Just yesterday, Aging2.0 (@Aging20), a global organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in aging, announced the first cohort of its newly launched GENerator (#A2GENerator) founders program. Eleven innovative early-stage companies have been selected to begin the six-month program, based out of the Institute on Aging in San Francisco. You can read more here. OpenPlacement (@OpenPlacement) had the honor to be part of this amazing and select group of innovators.Continue Reading
October 22nd, 2013 | 1
In an age in which the internet is such a core part of individuals’ lives from news media consumption to information finding to interpersonal interaction, it is difficult to think of a way in which the internet cannot be used to aid in virtually any search for data or support. Caregivers, in particular, can highly benefit from the use of the internet, particularly in terms of social media, to find helpful tips and support to aid them during what can be a challenging time. By connecting with other caregivers or networks that can provide information, caregivers can enrich themselves and improve their ability to care for loved ones as well as find what they need to fulfill the support they need emotionally.Continue Reading
September 26th, 2013 | 0
The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work.
In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.Continue Reading
September 6th, 2013 | 4
Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.” In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.
Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.Continue Reading
August 19th, 2013 | 1
Social work is a profession that requires a high level of dedication and time commitment in order to be successful and to climb the career ladder. There are many means of achieving promotions and building a strong, stable career. Through motivation and hard work, a social worker can improve her own position while also building the skills necessary to best serve individuals, families and communities.
Some ways to climb the career ladder include:Continue Reading
August 16th, 2013 | 0
Last week, Rock Health (@Rock_Health) organized its third annual Health Innovation Summit (#HiSum) in San Francisco. With more than 400 individuals in attendance — physicians, investors and entrepreneurs — the summit represented a range of sectors from the healthcare industry. The summit included visits to the offices of leading digital health companies, interactive discussions and care provider feedback, as well as demos of new products of services. OpenPlacement (@OpenPlacement) had the privilege to be in attendance and partake in the activities.Continue Reading
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