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Governor Quinn Names Healthcare Veteran To Lead Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:11

HIE Leading State Efforts to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

CHICAGO – September 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointment of an accomplished healthcare industry administrator to serve as the first executive director of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority (HIE). Raul Recarey, will lead the state’s efforts to establish a secure, accurate exchange of electronic health information.

“When health care professionals have access to a patient’s comprehensive medical information, they can provide the best care possible,” Governor Quinn said. “Raul Recarey has years of experience in the public and private health care industry, and I look forward to him building on our work to create a statewide health information exchange.”

Recarey comes to Illinois from Missouri, where he was president of Missouri’s Health Information Exchange, after having served as the chief operating officer and acting executive director of the West Virginia Health Information Network. Prior to that, Recarey was vice president of Health Programs at Wells Fargo Insurance Services. He also founded MedicorpCare, a consulting organization to help large, self-insured employer groups address rising healthcare costs; and he served as administrator for Miami General Hospital and has held executive positions with Best American Providers Inc., Managed Care of America PPO, Inc. and Medicorp, Inc. Recarey’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

“The healthcare field is in the midst of an exciting transition to electronic health records, and I look forward to working with the state’s vibrant healthcare community to implement a Health Information Exchange that delivers on the promise of health information technology to provide improved care at lower cost, while assuring the privacy and security of personal health information,” said Recarey.

The Illinois HIE Authority was created by statute in 2010 to operate a statewide electronic health information exchange. This system allows health care providers to exchange electronic health information in a secure environment to improve patient safety and treatment. More than 900 providers already share information securely through the Illinois HIE network, which is building the capacity to serve all providers statewide.

In addition, the HIE is developing additional services to provide authorized access to comprehensive medical records, prevent duplicate tests and procedures, and assure the accuracy of prescription drugs and other medical orders. The HIE Authority provides a long-term governance structure for Illinois’ efforts to promote the widespread adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records for the improvement of health care quality and outcomes.

For more information about the state’s health information exchange efforts and how health information technology can lead to safer, better, and more efficient care is available at www.hie.illinois.gov.

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OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET, SEPTEMBER 20-22, OFFERS FREE, SAFE DISPOSAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Vorac   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:44

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Area residents can safely dispose of old medications, exchange mercury thermometers for a digital,  drop off compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and mercury thermostats, pick up and drop off medical sharps containers, have data-sensitive documents shredded, and new this year, drop off new and gently used home health equipment and supplies during Operation Medicine Cabinet, September 20-22, 2012.

Operation Medicine Cabinet will be in Eldridge, Bettendorf and Davenport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

•                    Thursday, September 20 at Medic EMS Facility, LeClaire Road & Highway 61, Eldridge

•                    Friday, September 21 at Surrey Heights Fire Station, 5002 Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf

•                    Saturday, September 22 at Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport

Operation Medicine Cabinet events are free of charge and open to residents of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Business waste will not be accepted at these events. Following is additional information and guidelines about each type of item that will be collected.

Medications

Properly disposing of pharmaceuticals and medications reduces the risk of mis-medication, accidental poisoning, theft, drug abuse and pollution of our waterways & groundwater caused by flushing. At the event:

•                    Prescription and non-prescription drugs will be accepted

•                    Medications can be left in original containers

•                    Scott County law-enforcement officials supervise the disposal of all materials

Document Shredding

Document Destruction and Recycling Services is providing secure document shredding to reduce the risk of identity theft. During the event, documents are kept in locked containers and then transported to their secure, certified facility for shredding. At the event:

•                    Documents for shredding should be in bags or cardboard boxes; containers will not be returned

•                    Only paper documents will be accepted for shredding

•                    Staples and paperclips in paper documents are acceptable

•                    Binders and metal rings in paper documents are not acceptable

Medical Sharps

Medical sharps, such as needles, lancets and syringes should not be thrown into the regular trash, as this poses a safety threat to children, pets and refuse collection & landfill employees. At the event:

•                    Sharps for disposal must be in a sealed, rigid container

•                    New red, rigid Sharps containers will be provided to customers upon request

Mercury-Containing Items

Items containing mercury, such as thermometers, thermostats and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs should not be thrown in the trash due to health and environmental concerns. At the event:

•                    Mercury thermometers, thermostats and CFLs must be packaged to prevent breakage

•                    Only one digital thermometer will be given per household

Home Health Equipment and Supplies

Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently opened a Health & Home division with a goal of diverting usable health products from area landfills and providing affordable home health equipment for those with health issues. Items that will be accepted at the event include:

•                    Canes

•                    Crutches

•                    Hand grips

•                    Packaged supplies that are unopened or not expired (bandage items, diapers, ostomy supplies, tubing, boots, slings)

•                    Shower chairs

•                    Vision magnifiers & other aids for low vision

•                    Walker baskets

•                    Wheelchairs

ReStore Health & Home accepts other medical supplies and equipment at their store. For more information, visit www.restoreqc.org or call (563) 349-7339.

This event is sponsored by: City of Bettendorf, Bettendorf Police Department, Davenport Police Department, Document Destruction and Recycling Services, Generations Area Agency on Aging, Habitat ReStore Health & Home, Iowa American Water, Medic EMS, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Scott County Health Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Waste Commission of Scott County and Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

For additional information about the event, call Waste Commission of Scott County at (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

This is the seventh annual Operation Medicine Cabinet. Last year’s event served 1,275 households and yielded 18,805 pounds of material and 1,497 mercury-containing devices. This included approximately 1,711 pounds of pharmaceuticals, 831 pounds of sharps, 16,263 pounds of documents for shredding and 200 mercury thermometers, 21 mercury thermostats and 1,276 mercury-containing light bulbs.

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Free Dental Services to be Provided September 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam L. Lueken   
Friday, 14 September 2012 15:18
Waterford Family Dentistry to participate in Free Dentistry Day

Davenport, IA – People in the Davenport community will have the opportunity to receive free dentistry services ranging from cleanings, extractions and fillings at Waterford Family Dentistry located at 1850 East 53rd Street, Suite 5 on Friday, September 21st.

Dr. Adam Welty and team at Waterford Family Dentistry, along with the help of Dr. Tanner Flaherty and team, will be improving the oral health of needy citizens as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.

“Now more than ever, there are people in Davenport who need dental services but have no means to afford them – whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance,” said Dr. Welty. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community we serve.”

“Our team is committed to lifetime dental care because good oral health is integral to overall health,” said Dr. Flaherty. “By participating in this program, our goal is to engage patients and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care program and a lifelong regimen of preventative care.”

Free cleanings, fillings and exams will be given on September 21st, between 8 am – 2 pm at. For more information, please call 563-344-8950 or visit www.freedentistryday.org. Appointments will be accepted on a first come first served basis the day of the event.

One third of Americans are living without dental insurance and current economic conditions leave little room to afford dental procedures. Without events like Free Dentistry Day, dental care simply isn’t an option for many uninsured people.

About Waterford Family Dentistry

Dr. Welty and team are proud to serve the Davenport community, providing first-class general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry and outstanding patient service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 563-344-8950 or visit www.waterfordfamilydentistry.com.

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More Teens Turning to Plastic Surgery In Hopes of Making the Cut PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 14 September 2012 15:00
Fortune 500 Consultant Offers Lasting Alternatives
to Going under the Knife

A generation ago, reconstructive procedures were reserved for the aging and the rich and famous.

Now, teenagers are routinely undergoing plastic surgery – roughly 90,000 procedures a year, according to ABC News. Fourteen-year-old Nadia Ilse made headlines recently for having surgery on her ears because her classmates bullied and teased her, calling her “Dumbo.” The $40,000 specialty operation was paid for by the charity Little Baby Face Foundation.

“Not every one of the 90,000 surgeries is the result of teasing or bullying, but it’s clear more teens are undergoing invasive, sometimes dangerous, procedures simply to feel they fit in,” says international social advocate Traci S. Campbell, author of The C.H.A.M.P. Within (www.traciscampbell.com). “Enough is enough! A far healthier alternative is to develop the character and confidence necessary to navigate adolescence with a respect for yourself – and others.”

Campbell, whose nonprofit C.H.A.M.P. Community Project supports at-risk teens and single-parent families, discusses tough “personal love” steps teens can take to foster the healthy self-image that will benefit them throughout their lives.

• Forget Hollywood – be your own personal celebrity: Young women are starving themselves to be grossly thin or they idolize celebrities, including the Kim Kardashians of the world. Ironically, the truth of the matter is that many in Hollywood have more personal issues and hang-ups than those of us in the real world. Why not create your own style and make your own mark? Style includes your attitude, and what you do!

• Go in before you go out: While it is great to look like a million bucks, if you feel like two cents, then the fashionable clothes and expensive makeup serve no purpose. Take time to talk to yourself (seriously, out loud!) to find out what you want to do, want to be, and WHY. Write it down and review it often. Then line up your daily activities and associations around your list. Not only will you feel like you are accomplishing something, you will begin to feel good about YOU and to see your own value. Then, take a trip to the mall to get that latest pair of leopard skin boots, or whatever is trendy at the moment. I am sure they will look a whole lot better on you.

• Get old-fashioned: In an age when fast-paced social media rule interactions, old-fashioned values are needed more than ever! Why? Because they benefit us. They protect us from the consequences of impulsive actions and bad decisions; cause us to place higher expectations on ourselves and our associations (especially those involving men); and they foster the strong core values, like honesty and integrity, that never go out of fashion.

• Embrace your higher power ... a LOT!: You can’t do it all by yourself! There is a sense of peace and confidence that comes when you take the time to pray/affirm, meditate and visualize your life. The focus and concentration, as well as repetitiveness of these actions, will energize you mentally and emotionally. It will also help you prevent future emotional “chains” by dealing with hurts and not sweeping them under the rug! Practice forgiveness to get rid of that old mental garbage; this is critical. And spend time daily to “exercise” your mind and spirit as well as your physical body to cultivate the image of yourself that you really want.

• Put other people first: To be the best woman you can be starts with being the best friend, parent, student and support for others. Real sexiness and attractiveness comes from the confidence of those who are willing to stand strong for a cause – one that benefits others. Spend time volunteering in your community. Seek opportunities to use your talents (and we ALL have a talent) to help or mentor another person, or a community.

About Traci S. Campbell

Traci S. Campbell has been an IT consultant for more than 15 years, working for high-profile corporate clients such as Sears, IBM and McDonald’s Corp. As an international social advocate and life coach, she focuses on helping clients overcome personal obstacles so they can achieve their goals. She is the creator of The C.H.A.M.P. Within program and founder of the national Beauty In/Beauty Out Tour. She provides services through her 501 (c) (3) organization, C.H.A.M.P. Community Project, which supports schools, rehab centers, shelters and other local and international programs for at-risk children and single-parent families.

 
New Trials Offer Reasons for Hope, Cancer Researchers Says PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:09

Doctor Shares Q&A for Cancer Patients Seeking
Experimental Treatments

The basic problem researchers seek to overcome in finding a cure for cancer is the body’s general inability to fight the disease. Immune systems can do very little to penetrate the robust molecular shield found in tumors.

But those shields may no longer be so impenetrable, thanks to a new experimental drug called BMS-936558, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Studies show it produces significant shrinkage when used in fighting specific forms of lung, skin and kidney cancers.

“Clinical trials with new drugs like BMS-936558 offer hope for patients battling advanced cancers and those that are difficult to treat,” says physician Stephen Garrett Marcus, a senior biotechnology research executive, and author of a comprehensive new reference book, Complications of Cancer (www.complicationsofcancer.com).

“While experimental treatments are not the best option for everyone with cancer, they can be a very good one for people for whom current treatments offer poor outcomes. And, in the greater scheme of things, trial participants are making an important contribution to others with the disease. While they may not be cured, their involvement can significantly move research forward.”

Marcus shares tips for patients and family members interested in investigating, and perhaps enrolling in, a clinical trial.

• How can a person with cancer rapidly identify promising clinical trials? The National Institute of Health’s website (www.clinicaltrials.gov) maintains the most comprehensive registry of cancer clinical trials. The site includes information regarding significant clinical trials in progress. Each listing features the name of the clinical trial, the purpose of the study, the criteria that make a person eligible to participate, the study locations and contact information.

• How does a person enroll in an experimental program? When a good fit in a program is identified, a physician’s referral will help expedite an evaluation. If necessary, self-referral can be accomplished by calling the medical center directly and making an appointment to see the physician running clinical trials. Details for making an appointment can be found on the NIH’s website.

• What preparations can be made prior to being seen at the medical center?A complete package of information that gives a clear story of a person’s medical illness can be very useful and should be brought to the clinic at the time of the first appointment. The center at which a person is evaluated for experimental treatment may give a person a checklist of what to bring to the appointment. This may include a letter from the person’s physician; surgical, pathology and radiology reports; and other test results. Having all relevant information organized for the first visit streamlines the process for a comprehensive evaluation, and decisions regarding the best treatment option can be made more quickly.

• How does a person make a decision about whether or not to enter a clinical trial? This decision is made with a thorough understanding of standard treatments and experimental options. Information about these standard and experimental treatments can be provided by the physicians and other caregivers; details are also included in Complications of Cancer.

• Who pays for the experimental medication? The experimental treatment itself should generally be free. Almost all true experimental treatment programs will pay for the experimental medication. Legitimate research almost never asks for money from subjects. Be very wary of treatments advertising high-cost, “cash only” payments; experimental treatment for a very high price is usually not associated with legitimate research.

About Stephen Garrett Marcus, M.D.

Stephen Garrett Marcus, M.D. received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed a medical oncology fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. As a senior research executive in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry since 1985, he played a lead role in developing Betaseron as the first effective treatment of multiple sclerosis, as well as several new cancer treatments. Marcus is the president and CEO of a biotechnology company developing new treatments for cancer and its life-threatening complications. He is the author of "Complications of Cancer" (www.complicationsofcancer.com), a book written for everyone about serious complications of common cancers and "When Life is in Jeopardy", a book providing comprehensive information about common life-threatening illnesses, injuries and complications.

 
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