America / Education / Healthcare

Poor Childhood Nutrition is a Growing Issue in America

 Introduction Nutrition is essential at all life stages for overall health, however childhood is a time of increased need for proper nutrition. Key nutrients are needed to promote healthy physical and cognitive growth and development. Unfortunately, the vast majority of American children are not consuming healthy diets. While federal programs and policies aim to provide … Continue reading

Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Introduction  Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already begun to transform industries around the world and is continuously evolving in both the public and private sectors. AI has been shown to increase business productivity by up to 40% and is predicted to help grow the global GDP $15.7 trillion in total by 2030.  In health care, AI applications are projected to improve outcomes by 30-40% and reduce treatment costs by nearly 50%. Despite these seemingly positive outcomes, the ethical and legal challenges of … Continue reading

Healthcare

Downstream Impact of Telehealth on Health Care Overuse

Telehealth exploded this past year and is expected to continue to make up a significant portion of health spending. Still, the overconsumption of healthcare remains a pressing concern in health policy, and it is important to consider how this new care model may combat or contribute to this issue. Patients receiving unnecessary or even potentially … Continue reading

America / Healthcare

A Pandemic, a Plan, and Some Patience

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has left many with the impression that the United States does little public health planning, in general, and had no planned response to a pandemic, in particular. In fact, each decade the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) develops quantifiable objectives to target national heath deficits. The timing of the … Continue reading

Aging / Healthcare / Home Health Services

The State of Nursing Homes: COVID-19 Accelerates the Shift to Home Health Care

Introduction What is the outlook for nursing homes and home health care industries? There has been a trend toward home health care and away from nursing homes in recent years. The former is less expensive and permits seniors to remain in the community, promoting better social health. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated these trends … Continue reading

Healthcare

Racial Discrimination and the Role it Plays in Vaccine Distribution

The thought of a COVID-19 vaccine is quickly working its way towards a reality. Attention is largely focused on distribution and whose responsibility that may be. All states have submitted their initial distribution plans to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One overarching concern among nearly each state is how to provide equitable … Continue reading