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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Coordinated Care for Those Nearing Life's End — But Does It Save Money?

KQED

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People of low income often have bad health habits and more ER visits which is a large cost for Medicare. AIM, a pre-hospice program in Oakland, found that personalized and preventive care reduces ER visits, is less expensive and improves their patients quality of life.

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Cost of Diabetes: J.O.Wyatt Clinic in Amarillo works as team to give personal care

Corpus Christi Caller Times

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A medical director reduced the bureaucracy and improved the quality of care at the indigent care clinic services in Amarillo by making the clinic more self-sufficient.

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Doctor Hotspot

Frontline

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

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Easier Than Taking Vitamins

The New York Times

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A nutrient powder can save anemic children, but the people who could benefit are distrustful. Having local mothers distribute the supplement was successful in Bangladesh.

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Drugs, Risk and the Myth of the ‘Evil' Addict

The New York Times

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U.S. policymakers do not want to make drug use safer. Over the counter Naloxone could save lives by preventing addicts from using more drugs to treat the withdrawal.

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For Mothers-to-Be, Finding Health Care in a Group

The New York Times

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To educate and prepare new mothers, Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting sites in the United States offer community-based patient-centered care in low-income areas. Centering offers interactive learning, check-ups, and social support, so that women can take charge of their health.

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For some, prenatal care is a community affair

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Latin American women in San Francisco have suffered from post-partum depression, social isolation, and chronic stress at the time of their pregnancies. Run by midwives, the Centering Pregnancy program at the San Francisco General Hospital provides patient-centered care, an environment to speak in...

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A Housecall to Help With Doctor's Orders

The New York Times

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to substitute for doctors, but to help patients stick to their treatment plans.

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