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José Gómez-Márquez uses toys to make affordable medical devices. A plastic gun can be to create an alarm that alerts nurses when a patient’s IV bag needs changing. And a box of Lego-like building blocks can be used to modify existing medical equipment in numerous ways, he tells CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta in this video. These MEDIKits are basically “erector sets for medical technologies,” explains Gómez-Márquez, who directs the Little Devices Lab at MIT where the kits were invented.Read More

Over the past couple of decades, the demographics of the U.S. population have changed considerably. The American “melting pot” metaphor has never been more appropriate, as racial and ethnic diversity continue to increase in our country. According to the most recent census data, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, as did the the Asian population, which increased faster than any other major race group during that time.Read More

Diversity has long been a buzzword in business and education, and it’s rapidly becoming an important issue in health care. Research shows that diversity—of race as well as ethnicity, gender, age, and socioeconomic status—has a measurable impact on innovation and even the bottom line. To better understand why diversity matters in our increasingly global world and in your medical practice, read on.Read More

Millions of Americans now have health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare.” As of February 2015, about 11.4 million people had signed up for insurance through the marketplaces operated by the federal government and 14 states. On healthcare.gov, consumers choose among plans with varying premiums, deductibles, copays, provider networks, and drug formularies to hopefully find the right coverage for their health care needs.Read More

Better communication with patients can affect everything from doctors’ Yelp scores to health outcomes. And there are more ways than ever for patients and doctors to communicate — health apps and patient portals are booming, and countless surveys show that patients increasingly want to be more involved in their health care.Read More