A number of years ago, my “techie” son turned me on to the concept of blockchain technology. For those who may still not know what this is, basically blockchain technology is what has allowed crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, to exist. However, the application of this technology is far broader than just in the financial world (or fintech as it’s now known) – and I am a firm believer that blockchain technology has the power to transform healthcare as we know it.
Since watching the initial videos I found explaining blockchain, all I could think of was the ability to create a truly Universal Health Record. What I mean by “truly universal” is that, in my humble opinion, a health record should belong to its rightful owner, the patient. This is as opposed to a specific doctor, or healthcare system or worse yet, an insurance company. And as far as I’m concerned, as long as the main players in the creation of this record are one of the big healthcare players, there will be inherent conflicts of interest.
At another time, I will expand more on the “value” a truly universal health record can bring, but for the moment, I really just wanted to put the idea out there, as I think it could revolutionize healthcare by saving lives, saving money and offering the opportunity for all of us to be in a bit more control of our own healthcare, and how it is both administered and received.
Radical concept, I know, but there it is. I’d love to know your thoughts about this concept, whether it’s viable, reasonable or even attainable. And if not, please tell us why.
There's a technology that has the ability to revolutionize healthcare. In the same way email radically changed how we communicate and in the same way the internet and the world wide web transformed our access to data, BLOCKCHAIN technology has the ability to revolutionize our healthcare system in incredibly powerful and positive ways. Personally, from my perspective as a Patient Advocate, one of the most exciting things I see coming is the possibility that we, as patients, could actually own our own data.Imagine, if you will, an Electronic Universal Health Record, where through your phone or computer, you could have full access to ALL your patient records and data in one place. Can you imagine that? Lab results, MRI's, genetic testing and your annual health exam notes. Allergies, current meds and a list of all your practitioners and more!Not only is this possible, it's possible today. A colleague of mine, Angie Gallagher, is helping lead this charge – empowering healthcare startups to gain exponential growth with blockchain technology. They can be found at BurstIQ.com. Please check them out.
Posted by EI Health on Friday, December 20, 2019
Ever been frustrated with the outcome of a visit to the doctor? Send me an email (or message me) and I’ll be happy to share with you a basic tool I’ve put together that can help you organize your thoughts for your next visit.
It’s something I encourage all my clients to use and it doesn’t matter WHAT you use, it’s just that the presence of the “tool” will help you:
* focus your thoughts
* feel more in control
* make the best use of your time
No strings attached – a gift from me to you that I hope will empower you to be better prepared.
Being sick is a drag, navigating our health system is a drag… please consider taking control of your own healthcare and you’ll be so much better off for it!
As always – thanks for listening or reading and make it a great day!
Ever been frustrated with the outcome of a visit to the doctor? Send me an email (or message me) and I'll be happy to share with you a basic tool I've put together that can help you organize your thoughts for your next visit.It's something I encourage all my clients to use and it doesn't matter WHAT you use, it's just that the presence of the "tool" will help you: * focus your thoughts * prioritize * feel more in control * make the best use of your timeNo strings attached – a gift from me to you that I hope will empower you to be better prepared. Being sick is a drag, navigating our health system is a drag… please consider taking control of your own healthcare and you'll be so much better off for it!As always – thanks for listening or reading and make it a great day!
Posted by EI Health on Thursday, December 12, 2019
Today’s my first shot at doing something unscripted. Let me know what you think. But there’s also an ASK – a challenge if you will.
Try doing something nice today for a total stranger. A random act of lovingkindness – known in Hebrew as Gemilut Chasadim. My hope is it will enrich your day in addition to having enriched the day of the person you helped.
If you’re up to it – let me know what you did and how it went.
Thanks as always for reading – and make it a great day!
Today's my first shot at doing something unscripted. Let me know what you think. But there's also an ASK – a challenge if you will.Try doing something nice today for a total stranger. A random act of lovingkindness – known in Hebrew as Gemilut Chasadim. My hope is it will enrich your day in addition to having enriched the day of the person you helped.If you're up to it – let me know what you did and how it went.Thanks as always for reading – and make it a great day!
Posted by EI Health on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
A new study suggests that parents who wash their dishes by hand, rather than in a dishwashing machine, may unwittingly lower the likelihood that their children will develop allergies.
The new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at whether a number of behaviors that expose children to bacteria early in life might protect them from developing allergies later on. The idea, known as the hygiene hypothesis, is that children raised in particularly sanitized environments are less likely to develop an immune tolerance to trivial threats.
The researchers followed roughly 1,000 young children and their parents living in the Gothenburg area of Sweden. They investigated behaviors like whether the parents fed their children foods purchased directly from farms, such as eggs, meat and unpasteurized milk. They looked into whether the children ate fermented foods, which have beneficial probiotic bacteria. And they looked into whether the parents washed their dishes by hand or used a dishwasher.
Then they examined whether the children had allergic conditions including asthma, eczema and hay fever. Ultimately, the researchers found that children raised in households where dishes were always washed by hand had half the rate of allergies. They also discovered that this relationship was amplified if the children also ate fermented foods or if the families bought food directly from local farms.
The findings demonstrated only an association, not cause and effect, so it was not clear whether these behaviors directly led to fewer allergies. But it may be the case that these behaviors expose children to innocuous bacteria, which can help strengthen their immune systems, said Bill Hesselmar, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg and lead author of the study.
Dr. Hesselmar said that while the sanitizing effect of dishwashing machines can be a good thing, the “less efficient” method of washing dishes by hand might leave behind some bacteria that could have benefits. But he said more research was needed to see if the relationship they found was real and, if so, what was causing it.
“It’s an interesting finding and very surprising,” he said. “But we have to see if we can confirm it.”
-Anahad O’Connor Feb 23, 2015
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