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Fitness Trackers to Save Lives

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 15, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Technology in patients’ hands can give medical professionals the help they need to ensure patients’ health. Instead of looking up their symptoms on Google, anyone can buy a tracker that can monitor their health. However, since the new technology became available, professionals have worried that patients would be running into ERs thinking they're having a heart attack, all because their watch sent them a warning. The future, however, is bright for this technology and could be very helpful to medical professionals.

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Topics: Prevention, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

The Issue of Online Medical (Mis)Information

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 8, 2019 6:45:00 AM

The internet seems to be a place where people think they can diagnose themselves instead of going to a healthcare professional. The biggest issue here is that if you look up "Why does my head hurt?" on google, you can end up with an answer like, "you may have a brain tumor." Nothing is going to stop this mass of people who use the internet. So, what should be done? More health care professionals need to establish online presence. Doing so would help create better responses and less havoc for people using the internet for medical knowledge.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Five Tips for Child Health From a Pediatrician

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Making sure your child is healthy in adulthood begins when he or she is young and full of life. Kids today have created bad habits for themselves that could lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in their future. However, this can be stopped by parents who are aware of the potential disasters their kids could be facing. Parents need to be good role models and exhibit better habits. Which in return would make the children follow suit.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education

Reasons for Patients Ignoring Physician Advice

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It is a known fact among all of our members that patients often do not do what their physician advises them to after seeing them. As frustrating as it can be, it is important to us at Emerald Coast Medical Association to make our members know that this is not a failure on your part, as you can only do so much. Our meetings are open for our members to discuss these frustrations without judgment, and allow them to discuss among each other how to better address these types of situations.

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Topics: Insider, Prevention, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Educated Patients Can Be Their Own Best Care Providers

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 18, 2018 9:30:14 AM

The nation’s 65-and-older population is growing every year, from 35 million in 2000 to 53 million in 2020. As this “baby boomer” generation reaches the age where chronic diseases become more prevalent, many medical providers have wondered how it will change the healthcare landscape. Baby boomers bring a high level of consumer savvy and familiarity with technology to the healthcare system, and with that comes higher expectations for providers and increased awareness of their own health issues.  The influx of these people into chronic care management is likely to accelerate the movement of self-care, patient education, and whole person wellness, which stands to have a significant impact on the previously accepted state of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Topics: Prevention, Patient Education

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