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Healthcare Social Media Using All Platforms

Social media is becoming an essential tool in public relations. Public relations practitioners use social media every day to publicize their clients and start two-way conversations. Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are all important channels for social media. As a company or organization in the health industry, it may not seem important to be participating and interacting on social media. All too often healthcare practitioners dismiss social media as not being applicable to their industry. Why would someone want to follow a hospital on Twitter? Or be Facebook friends with a pharmaceutical company? There are in fact many reasons that audiences want to connect with those in the healthcare industry on social media platforms. Therefore, healthcare social media is becoming increasingly vital.

In order to develop healthcare social media strategies, companies and organizations must first be present on social media platforms. This means setting up accounts for Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. There may be some social media platforms that do not seem like the best fit for your company or organization. The best way to be certain is to see what your competitors are doing. If your main competitor has a YouTube channel then so should you. However, you may not want to rule out a platform for healthcare social media use, even if your competitors are not present on it. This could be an opportunity for you to gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. For example, maybe none of the hospitals in the area have a Facebook page. By creating one and using it effectively, you might be able to reach some audiences that are not being reached through other forms of social media.

Once you have created accounts on all relevant social media platforms, your healthcare social media strategies can begin. Start communicating relevant information and your messages to your audiences and converse with other companies, organizations and individuals in the health industry. Social media is best used when it fosters two-way communication and reaches the most individuals. The health industry has various information that is increasingly important to disseminate out. Receiving this information could make a significant difference in someones life. These audiences are already using social media platforms for their daily lives, which is why it makes sense to connect with them on these healthcare social media platforms. Using all social media platforms to their full potential will increase communication and publicity for your company or organization in the health industry.

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Quit Wasting My Healthcare

The new blog of Compass Professional Health Services called Quit Wasting My Healthcare is focused on helping individuals and employers receive higher quality care and stop losing money on senseless healthcare costs. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is written by healthcare experts: a physician and a former hospital finance executive. They form a team with integrated clinical and economic acumen that is so badly needed in today’s healthcare world. The writers have seen the frustration, the inefficiency and the substandard care that is the US healthcare system from the front lines. The writers also have the data and have identified over $1 billion of waste in just one major metropolitan area alone. Employers are getting fleeced. Patients are not getting the care they deserve. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is your guide to the underlying problems and their solutions.

Quit Wasting My Healthcare takes insider provider know-how, turns it around and gives it to you in easy to understand language so that you can navigate the broken US healthcare system. Recent posts include topics such as:

(1) Using co-insurance to drive change
(2) $1,000 CT scans of questionable
(3) Price differences of over 200% even within network

You’ll find ideas on employer health benefit plan designs, thoughts on saving money when visiting the doctor, and comments on the politics of healthcare in the United States.

If you are a company CFO or president, if you work in employee benefits, if you are a healthcare professional or if you work in the insurance industry, then Quit Wasting My Healthcare is worth your attention.
Not reading it is a lost opportunity to learn something smart about healthcare.

About Compass:
Compass Professional Health Services was established in 2005 with the mission to help employers and individuals lower their healthcare costs while maintaining or improving the quality. Our employees and leadership bring unparalleled expertise in provider charge structures, patient guidance, and health satisfaction metrics. This experience uniquely positions Compass as a leader in employee healthcare support. Our services return control to the patient in a way that benefits the entire healthcare system. Better care, lower costs, happier patients – employers who use Compass see the difference.

Mission:
The Mission of Compass Professional Health Services is to enable consumers and employers to receive and purchase higher value healthcare.
Vision

Vision:
The Vision of Compass Professional Health Services is to be the premier provider of information and services that shift consumer and physician behavior towards lower cost and higher quality care.

Philosophy:
Every person has the power to become a better healthcare consumer.

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Balanced Diet- A Key To Healthy Life.

Food is very essential and loved part of our life. Until now, food has undergone drastic variance as technology as well as science has great advancement. Various novel aspects of food have immerged out. There is great change in vision of people, towards eating food for living. People are becoming more conscious about their healthy food and eating habits.

Healthy eating is not concerned about staying unrealistically slim, prohibiting intake of food you love or following severe nutrition philosophies. Perhaps, it is all about eating good food, feeling more energetic and enthusiastic, and keeping fit. It is a way, which will show you path of a prosperous healthy life. Anyone can find this path by having a proper knowledge about balanced diet and good health. Not only understanding but also incorporating these nutrition basics in our day-to-day life is very important.

You need to select right kind of healthy food, which will render you wealth of health. However, avoiding the food that can further lead to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer is also crucial. One has to expand the range of healthy food options for including a great diversity of delicious and tempting foods.

There are six main nutrition groups. They are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, water and vitamins. Every one has a distinct role in rendering a good health to our body. Nutritious meals contain right proportion of all above-mentioned categories. If taken in proper way, it will surely provide you a good health. Each food category of food pyramid has its individual influence on an overall diet. For avoiding ulcers, stomach disorders and indigestion, one should prefer a balanced meal. Balanced meal should include right proportion of all food groups. This will show the way of a good health with all food digested. It is nutritious, which can be used by the body with no any wastage.

One has to restrict intake of spicy, salty, starchy and fatty food items. Moreover, excess of sugar and salt can be harmful. Every food item you eat has influence on overall nutrition and your health. Everything in too much or too little quantity can disturb the overall balance of your body.

A good and balanced diet insist on limited intake of sugar and salt, saturated fats, meats and cholesterol while eating enough vegetables, wholegrain, low fat dairy products, fruits, fresh meats, poultry items, fish, nuts etc. Intake of lots of vegetables and fruits provides a great source of fibers, vitamins and minerals. This will help you to retain a disease free, healthy body. Quality food will bring a great revolution in your health and life. It is advisable to have a check on calorie count of your meal. Following a proper diet with nutritious meals can keep you fit.

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Health Care Reform And Depression On The 4th Of July

We are in the middle of 2010 gearing up for fireworks; waiting for the new health care reform law to take effect. Eleven state attorneys general said they wanted to challenge the law as being unconstitutional and the Democrats are still talking about passing amendments. Moreover, there are many questions that remain unanswered; the biggest of which is, Will it make health care more effective? The obvious answer is no. This entire scenario is one big shell game. There are thousands of pages of new law and most of the law makers are clueless.

The reality check is that the Congress has passed this bill with a three year delay in implementation, so it was designed to change nothing for the immediate future with the hope that after three years, with no one paying attention anymore, the administration can sneak a few changes in to implement its socialist agenda. Meanwhile, we as a society still have the same health issues in a system that continues to thrive on treatment rather than prevention. One prime example is depression and anxiety. People naturally become depressed in the kind of severe economic downturn that we are experiencing with increased anxiety about a future that looks bleak. Medical insurance, health insurance or some type of managed care health plan seems irrelevant when facing unemployment. In a depressed economy, with massive anxiety and depression plaguing the population there is a serious public health problem. This kind of insidious upheaval leads to other chronic diseases like, diabete3s, high blood pressure, heart attack and the like.

The generally accepted treatment however, is for the pharmaceutical companies to make billions of dollars selling anti-depressants and tranquilizers. Moreover, aside from monetizing human responses to stressful stimuli, there is a political benefit to having massive numbers of citizens living in chemically induced altered realities. People on Prozac are less likely to protest against nefarious political agendas. Therefore, what motivation does the government have to reform health care to the extent that people will have better access to professional counseling for coping with and resolving their struggles?

In conclusion, as we throw a few slabs of meat on the barbecue grill and sip some beer on this 4th of July we need to realize that there are a few avenues toward seizing power and control that the founding fathers could not anticipate. The constitution is a wonderful document and has saved our republic from despotism enumerable times in our 214 year history. However, it is subject to interpretation and we know from experience that Supreme Court justices take opposite views of what is or is not constitutional depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Therefore, we need to be diligent in letting our political leaders know that we are not as stupid as they think. We need to consistently remind them that they work for us. That is why freedom of speech is still the most important constitutional amendment.

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Healthy Eating Can Be An Easy Option

Healthy eating is now a good deal more popular than it used to be and rightfully so. Poor diet is one factor in illnesses such as heart disease and hypertension which can place a drain on the economy. There are more and more efforts to try to get people to lead a healthier way of living and nonetheless it is also easier than ever to rely on fast, convenient food that is often bad for our health. Most likely, most people think that it takes a lot of work to eat healthily and that they will have to drastically change their way of life. It is possible, however, to make a few minor changes that can start to make a difference to our everyday eating habits.

You can see results without having to remove foods from your diet or make substantial changes at once. If you wish to commit to a wholesale change, that is okay but the main thing at first is to try to ensure that you are making more healthy eating choices. Soon enough, you will probably find that you will eat more and more healthy food as your taste buds get used to the change. As with many other habits, change occurs over a period of time and once a new way of eating becomes part of who you are, you will not feel the need to go back to your old diet.

One initial thing you can do is to pay close attention to the choices you make when you’re shopping for food since you most probably buy lots of food items out of habit. For instance, most likely you have never checked the box of your favorite cereal to see how much sugar it contains. One heart-healthy substitute that can give you a positive start to your day is oatmeal. If this is not to your liking on its own, you can easily mix in fresh fruits that can provide other healthy nutrients and as such, one modest change to your diet has been achieved.

These healthier food options can be applied to other foods such as your cooking oils. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat which can help to fight bad cholesterol. It can likewise be healthy for your skin because it is an excellent source of vitamin E. It may be that you already think that you eat fruit and vegetables but it can be worthwhile considering how fresh these are depending on where you buy these. Organic foods are a superb choice and will reduce any possible exposure to deadly chemical substances. You can be certain that you’re getting the most nutritional benefits from your fresh produce if you can locate a local supplier since you will be able to purchase the fruit when it is the freshest and ripest.

Therefore, it should be fairly obvious that it’s easy to add healthy eating to your daily lifestyle.

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How to Maintain Healthy Joints

How to Maintain Healthy Joints*

Joints are where bones, connective tissue and cartilage all come together in your body to promote movement. Your joint support system is responsible for sustaining the area around muscles and bones, where they provide shock absorption and support your internal structure.

There are many ways to encourage healthy joint function, like maintaining a healthy weight and enhancing your diet with well-established joint care supplements like Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM.*

As one of the most scientifically studied joint health ingredients available today, Glucosamine is naturally found within the joints, making it the ideal supplement for supporting healthy joints and connective tissue.* Glucosamine comes in two forms, Hydrochloride, and Sulfate, and lubricates the joints to improve mobility and flexibility.* Chondroitin is a naturally occurring nutrient found in connective tissue; in supplement form, it helps revitalize cartilage and support the structural framework of joints.* MSM is a natural form of sulfur, one of the raw materials for collagenwhich plays a key role in promoting healthy connective tissue.* MSM also synergistically enhances the benefits of Glucosamine and Chondroitin to support healthy cartilage.*

Maintaining a healthy weight for your height can help promote healthy joints and comfortable movement, since every extra pound you carry on your frame puts four times the stress on your knees.1

The health of your joints goes hand in hand with enjoying comfortable, easy movement as you age. As of 2006, about 46 million Americans which is nearly 1 in 5 adults have cause for concern when it comes to healthy joint function.2 Additionally, women are more likely than men to have concerns about their joint health; and the likely culprit is wearing high heel shoes. Research shows that wearing shoes with a three-inch heel can put seven times the amount of stress on your joints than shoes with a one-inch heel. 3,4

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Ge Forays Into Home Healthcare Market In India

GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of General Electric Company, forays into the home healthcare market in India through the introduction of sleep care and home respiratory care solutions, that are added through acquisition of Vital Sign. The home health solutions are added through acquisition of Vital Signs Inc and its subsidiary Breas Medical AB.

Vital Signs is a provider of medical products applicable to a wide range of care areas such as anesthesia, respiratory, sleep therapy and emergency medicine. Vital Signs has a broad product portfolio of innovative single-patient use products which offer significant cost advantages and improved patient care features, including reducing the likelihood of transmitting infections from one patient to another. Single patient-use technologies contribute to a reduction in patient mortality through limiting hospital-acquired infections. Vital Signs products will highly complement GE Healthcares leading anesthesia delivery, patient monitoring and acute respiratory offerings.

“Home Healthcare is largely untapped, while at the same time, a fast growing market in India. This global acquisition is consistent with GE’s strategy to invest in high technology, innovative businesses that deliver top-line growth and earnings expansion. This acquisition takes us one step closer to our vision Early Health. It is a strong, strategic fit and allows us to address the individual patient directly, for the first time. This is our first foray into home health in India, said Mr V Raja, President and CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia.

“At GE Healthcare we are very pleased to enter the home health and sleep care market. As a company we look for strategic ways to strengthen the breadth and depth of our product portfolio in response to customers needs. Moreover, now with our iSleep products, we continue to provide clinicians solutions for better patient care with the aim to improve patient quality of life,” said Mr S Ganesh Prasad, Vice President Clinical Systems, GE Healthcare, India.

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Healthy Snacks For Kids

Preparing food for children and making them eat cannot always be an easy task, especially with fussy eaters. In order to ensure your child is getting all the nutritional demands of his body, it is important to give him foods that can create a balance in the nutrition levels. Fussy eating habits in children can create nutritional deficiencies, and the same can be balanced with the help of healthy recipes of snacks.

Fresh Fruits

When it comes to healthy recipes, nothing is better than a piece of fresh fruit. The amount you serve can vary depending upon the age of the child. Even the most fussy toddlers would love to eat fruits as they are juicy and colorful. Most fruits have a lot of minerals and vitamin contents in them, and some are packed with fiber that helps in digestion. Do not just confine the item to just one. Keep giving sliced apples and peaches, bananas, berries, orange portions, etc in a healthy mix so that your child will not get bored of the food. The ideal time to serve fruits is mid noon or after noon. Needless to say, these are toothfriendly as well, and can be easy on teeth of the tiny tots with just a few teeth. Give them in the form of milk shakes and smoothies to add variety to their diet.

Whole Grain Foods

Whole grain foods are rich in fiber, and these are available as cereals or snacks. Barley, rice, oats, wheat, corn etc are a few of the fiber rich whole grain foods that we can include in the everyday diet of kids. The best part is that, pretzels and crackers made of whole grains can be great alternatives to junk snacks. In addition, whole grain foods can contribute towards a full meal comprising of breads, pastas and rice. Those made of grains such as millet and buckwheat can offer gluten free diet benefits as well.

Vegetables

It will be easy on you if you get your child eat vegetables from an early age. Carrots and beans are vegetables that even toddlers love to eat. Begin with serving cooked items, and as they develop more teeth, switch to giving chopped foods such as sliced carrots. Steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes, boiled potato fingers, roasted kale, etc are great snacking ideas. For those confused about what is a vegan, yet healthy snack, can blindly go for the organic and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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What Makes Using An Infrared Sauna A Healthy Solution

People nowadays are more health-conscious. We are more aware of what we eat or drink, we run marathons, juice vegetables, take natural supplements or enroll in yoga classes to keep our bodies fit and sound. As the world becomes more polluted, we resort to solutions that will, hopefully, keep us away from being vulnerable to diseases and other health problems. Despite a good number of healthy solutions, only a few can compare to those you can get by utilizing an infrared sauna.

Research has proven that infrared saunas can actually relieve pain, reduce blood pressure, promote weight loss, reverse heart disease, and best of all, fight cancer. They work by using infrared heaters to convert light into heat. The heat penetrates into the body’s tissues and heats water molecules to release extra toxins Without raising temperature,.

So how does an infrared sauna fight diseases? For one like cancer that grows on tissues due to poor circulation, the sauna can boost overall circulation and help distribute the necessary nutrients needed by the body’s tissues. For those suffering from congestive heart failure, saunas have been proven to strengthen the heart, improve blood pressure and help relieve arrhythmia. Infrared treatment has also been reported to reduce tumor volume to 86% in 30 days.

Moreover, the infrared sauna is useful if you want to reduce your blood pressure without resorting to prescription drugs because it can dilate blood cells and reduce thickness of the inner lining. Repeated treatment can also help impaired blood vessels function well and improve the lives of those suffering from high blood, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

For those with weight issues, the infrared sauna can be a healthy alternative to other means of sweating because 30 minutes inside it equates to 30 minutes of average aerobic exercise. Though it does not replace exercise efforts, it augments exercise routines.

Ultimately, if you want your body to reach its highest potential, go for this healthy solution. Don’t forget, however, to eat well, sleep well and exercise to achieve optimum health. For more information, visit
cancerdefeated.com/newsletters/Infrared-Saunas-A-Fun-Relaxing-
Way-to-Detox.html. This writeup explains more about the benefits of infrared sauna.

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Healthy Living 3 Lies You Tell Yourself That Keep You From Living The Healthy Life You Dream Of

We all live 2 lives, we have the life we actually live and the life we dream of living. Whats standing in your way are little lies or resistance. Resistance to change causes us to lie to ourselves all the time. Our mind considers these healthy lies and it makes us feel better about not being the person we dream of being.
Here are 3 “healthy” lies you must stop telling yourself for they are keeping you from the healthy life full of happiness you dream of.

Lie # 1: I cant live a healthy life because of my genetics

Think to yourself for a minuteis that really true?

Why do we give ourselves this free pass? We tell ourselves things like “well, my whole family is overweight”, “well, my mother or father had cancer”, “well, Im destined to be this way” This is our resistance talking and keeping you from the healthy life you deserve. Its a bunch of baloney. Did you know that by the time you reach 50, your lifestyle, including your diet, determines 80% of how you age! The remaining 20% is inherited through genetics.

Truth: Genetics do not determine your health or quality of life, it is your choices.

Lie #2: I cant live a healthy life because I have no control when it comes to food

Think to yourself for a minuteis this really true?

You absolutely have control over what you put into your body. Your inner resistance is making you believe this crazy thought. Be careful, sometimes you cannot trust what you think, because its simply not true.

Truth: You have a choice. I used to eat whatever I wanted and it was all food that did nothing to nourish my body. It took being diagnosed with an auto immune disorder that made me stop and think about what I was doing to myself. I made a choice to give my body the nutrients I need every day because of what I want out of life. I want to not just watch my children grow, but be actively involved. Show them how to run and get the winning goal, show them the view from the top of the mountain, dance at their weddings, and play vigorously with my future grandchildren.

Lie #3: I cant live a healthy life because its too late, the damage has been done

Think to yourself for a minuteis this really true?

Is it possible that after years of neglecting your body, that you could live the healthful life you were meant to live?

Its never too late! Our human body has the incredible ability to heal itself given the right nutrients. The dietary and lifestyle choices you make everyday help to shape the underlying causes of most diseases and illnesses.

You control your health destiny, you! Nobody else can. Its your personal responsibility to take care of yourself. Stop telling yourself these little health lies!