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Heart Health: Life-Saving Numbers to Know

The old adage “If you have your health, you have everything” is a reminder to all of us that we need to do all we can to stay healthy. Sadly, the message doesn’t usually hit home until after we’ve been diagnosed with a serious condition such as heart disease or diabetes. So, in the face of a dizzying array of exercise programs, vitamins, so-called miracle drugs, and special diets claiming to boost your health or cure disease, what do you really need to know to monitor and preserve your health? continue reading →

hospital quality

Comparing Hospital Quality, Experience, Outcomes and Cost

Almost everyone requires treatment in a hospital at one time or another. However, not all hospitals are created equal, which is why it’s important that you, as a health care consumer, know how to compare hospital quality, experience, outcomes, and cost. We can help by giving you the resources to make the best decisions for you. It’s all part of Health Care Decoded, our mission to help make health care easier to understandcontinue reading →

Electronic Medical Records

Understanding Electronic Health Records

What are Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records?

Every time you visit the doctor or a hospital, notes are made in your patient chart — everything from the way you present to the doctor or nurse to what your diagnosis is and what prescriptions were written. We have all been asked to complete a patient medical history form before a procedure, or even at routine office visits. If you visit more than one physician regularly, or if you have had various doctors throughout your lifetime, your medical records likely exist in multiple charts in different doctors’ offices. An electronic health record (EHR) is designed to streamline this process. In essence, it’s a systematic collection of patient health information in digital format that is able to be shared across various health care settings. continue reading →