Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

Electronic Medical Records: They’re Not Just for Doctors!

When you think of medical records, you probably think of file folders at your doctor's office filled with his or her chicken-scratch handwriting--documents that are highly unlikely to be useful or relevant to you as a patient. A few years ago, you'd be right. Now, with the advent of electronic records, all that is slowly changing and we as patients have a lot to be excited about. With the increased prevalence of digital data storage and Internet access, many health care practices ar… [Read More]

How the Right Words at the Right Time Can Make All the Difference

As a health communicator, I have made a career out of carefully crafting messaging to ensure that the right words are used to communicate to people about health-related topics. I aim to write materials that are clear, concise, and easy to understand. I espouse the use of plain language principles and am a health literacy champion. But I have never really given a great deal of thought about how the ability to communicate effectively about health is an equally important skill in everyda… [Read More]

National Yoga Awareness Month: More Than Just Positive Vibes

Usually when you hear about an "awareness month," it has to do with an unfortunate subject. Under-researched diseases, natural disasters, and global issues from oppressive governments to a lack of health care and life-sustaining resources monopolize the list. Although these are all causes very deserving of their own month, there are also a few lesser players who make up the awareness scene that don't necessarily have a ribbon but derive from a more positive place. Next month, for exampl… [Read More]


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