Have you ever thought about how people with visual impairments navigate the world? If you’re an eye care professional, you probably have. You know the challenges people with low vision or color blindness have reading recipes or distinguishing green lights from red.

But how accessible is your practice to these patients? What about your website? Even in 2017, awareness about accessibility is not as high as you’d hope. Read on to find out how to make your practice, your patient education, and your website more accessible to those with visual impairments.

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A new year, a new president – 2017 will usher in a lot of changes, including in health care. The title of consulting firm PWC’s annual trend report may best capture the tone: “Top health industry issues of 2017: A year of uncertainty and opportunity.”

While President-elect Trump has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act a top priority, its fate remains unclear, reports PWC. “Yet, despite the potential policy changes in Washington, the painstaking and challenging work of shifting to value-based care will continue.”

This will also be the year that solutions emerge for turning big data into actionable information, mobile health will continue its growth, and cybersecurity will become ever more important. Here’s a look at what doctors can expect in the coming year.Read More

The alarm on your smartphone buzzes next to your bed. You get up, check your FitBit to see how many hours of sleep you logged, then pull up your calendar on your Apple watch. “Alexa, what’s today’s weather report?” you ask your Bluetooth speaker. As you’re using your daily meditation app, you get a FaceTime call from your daughter in college. All this technology is great, right? So easy, so useful, so … harmful?

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In the first half of 2016 alone, there were 263 health data breaches, reports Healthcare IT News. The number of individuals affected by a protected health information breach skyrocketed from less than 600,000 in 2010 to just under 112 million in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Protected health information (PHI) is a prime target for hackers and cyber criminals because in many cases it is easier to steal than credit card data or financial records. It’s also far more valuable, since health records contain all of a patient’s personal, medical, and financial data. Are you doing enough to protect yourself, your practice, and your patients?Read More

What if there were a way to give patients more of your time and attention while also giving them the opportunity to learn better health habits from their peers? There is, and it’s called the shared medical appointment. The concept is catching on with both doctors and patients, since it can reduce the cost of care while improving the patient experience. Read on to find out what a shared medical appointment is, what it is not, and whether this may be one way to address the changing U.S. health care system’s needs.Read More

Every medical practice should have a website. Recent surveys show that virtually everyone, even older patients, use the Internet to access health care information and discover providers, reports Physicians Practice. “Websites are your new front door. This is the first impression people will get of you,” said Derek Kosiorek, principal with the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA’s) consulting arm.

But just having a website isn’t enough anymore. Your practice’s online presence may be the key to attracting more patients and generating more revenue—if you’re being smart about it and not making costly mistakes. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make the most of your practice’s website.Read More