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Technology often is touted as the cure for health care, but a Joint Commission alert warns that implementing technology could jeopardize the quality and safety of patient care.
The alert urges greater attention to understanding when a technology might be applicable; choosing the right technology and understanding what impact it will have on the quality and safety of patient care. Continue Reading Patient quality and safety shouldn’t take a back seat to technology

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Doctors still believe in miracles

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Studies show that doctors still believe in miracles — but their religious views are less positive today than they were four years ago.
Studies were conducted during December 2004 and December 2008 to measure physicians’ views on religious beliefs.
Some beliefs remain the same: doctors believe that religion is a necessary guide to life and the majority still believe in miracles. Continue Reading Doctors still believe in miracles

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Penrose seeking to foster work/life balance

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Companies and hospitals want the same thing — happy, healthy employees.
And Penrose-St. Francis is launching a dialog with area employment agencies to create a partnership for wellness in the workplace.
At the first meeting, representatives from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Pikes Peak Workforce Center — as well as others — Continue Reading Penrose seeking to foster work/life balance

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All patients with cancer should have equal access to health care — including education, screening and treatment — and health care advocates need to work to erase disparities in care based on income.
That’s the word from a report released by the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Continue Reading Report reveals the relationship between cancer and poverty

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County renews deal with AMR

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American Medical Response will continue to serve as El Paso County’s medical response team, the result of a five-year contract approved by the El Paso County Board of Commissioners.
The contract, which also requires approval from the Colorado Springs City Council, promises better response times, clearer standards for response zones and increased fines for missing the standard response time. Continue Reading County renews deal with AMR

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Most Coloradoans will be carrying extra weight

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Two of three Coloradoans will be overweight or obese by 2017, if current trends continue.
And your chances of being among that group are significantly greater if you didn’t graduate from high school, or if you make less than $25,000 a year.
The Colorado Health Foundation’s latest study examines the link between low-income families, people with less education and obesity. Continue Reading Most Coloradoans will be carrying extra weight

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Elderly people who have a positive outlook, low stress levels, moderate alcohol consumption, abstain from tobacco, and have moderate to higher income and no chronic health conditions are more likely to thrive in their old age.
A study in the October issue of the Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences found that elderly people who maintained excellent health during an entire decade were considered “thrivers.” Most previous studies have been based on one-time surveys and focused on factors that contribute to poor health. Continue Reading There’s something to be said for power of positive thinking

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The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Humana Inc. to offer a health benefits program for chamber members.
The program is available to businesses that have as few as a single employee or as many as 99, and includes drug, dental, vision, wellness, employee assistance programs and life insurance coverage. Continue Reading Chamber offers health insurance options for small businesses

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Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Newborn babies were the most common reason for a stay in a Colorado hospital during 2007.
The Colorado Hospital Association produces an annual report based on charges, lengths of stay and reasons for hospitalization for each hospital in the state.
Last year about 143,000 patients were expectant or new mothers and babies receiving care for conditions related to childbirth, pregnancy, normal newborns or newborns with complications. Continue Reading Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Medicaid costs expected to double

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Medicaid spending will double in a decade, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Medicaid is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States. The study projects Medicaid spending growth will average about 7.9 percent from 2007 to 2017. However, the report does not consider the current economy, and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said government expenses could be higher. Continue Reading Medicaid costs expected to double

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