Will the Future of Healthcare Shift Towards Value-based Care?


Is the future of healthcare shifting towards employing clinical analysis technology to administer value-based care? Analytic technology allows healthcare providers to understand their patient population better using social determinants of health. The analytic technology uses electronic health records to measure health trends amongst the targeted population.

Value-based care is collecting relevant data sources specific to socio-economic and social determinants of health unique to a specific population to plan appropriate interventions. These strategies have the potential to improve health outcomes specifically targeted areas at lower costs. Cost can be lower through a thorough analytical investigation of community needs trends and provider behaviors that increase cost. Carilion Clinic in Virginia is currently utilizing value-based care and analytical technology to serve its community better.

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Say No to DIY Braces


Home kits for braces have been all the rage as of late. But these braces can cause major problems with those that purchase them. These diy braces use clear aligners to move teeth into a more desired setting. But since there are no orthodontists to monitor the shifting of the teeth there is no way to tell if they are being properly aligned.

The kits include an impression tray for you to manually take an impression of your mouth with then aligners after that that should correlate with the shifting of your teeth on a monthly basis. The customers just send the company selfies of their teeth as a progress tracker of the alignments.

Without the constant supervision of orthodontists braces can do more harm than help. Teeth shifting is a serious ordeal and should be taken as such. If teeth are shifted too quickly or into the wrong alignment there could be irreparable damage. That is why an orthodontist should be present to make sure that your teeth are moving correctly. Regular consumers are not qualified to do that and should not be in charge of something so important.





GIS Mapping could help voters on Election Day

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With November election slowly approaching, one of the newest features currently being used to ease the process across the world is, GIS community mapping. Community mapping is using mapping technology to identify, understand, analyze and resolve community issues. Residents can use GIS mapping to type in their polling place and even give them directions to it.

Interactive community mapping systems can replace paper-based data to help store vital information more efficiently. GIS can provide details about specific parish/county population, transportation and highway systems, voting precincts, zoning and land use, parks and more. Locations of utilities, pipelines, flood zones and elevation can also be mapped.







Excessive Opioid Use and Wisdom Teeth Removal


Roughly 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed annually. After these extractions most patients are prescribed opioids to help ease the pain. Studies have shown that young adults are more likely to refill these prescriptions after pain should have subsided from the extractions. If patients filled the first prescription they were more likely to get multiple refills later when compared to patients who did not fill the first prescription. Hydrocodone was the highest prescribed opioid with oxycodone as a close second.

Some dentists feel as though prescribing opioids after wisdom tooth extraction is excessive and unnecessary. Instead they think prescribing NSAIDs such as ibuprofen are just as effective if not better at relieving pain. Other ways to relieve extraction pain are using an ice pack in the affected area or rinsing with warm salt water for several minutes. The ice pack helps numb the area thus reducing pain, and warm salt water aids in reducing bacteria in the mouth which can cause pain.




Fighting the Opioid Crisis


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The opioid problem has become a national crisis over the past several years. Statistics show 115 people die daily due to opioid overdose. The Justice Department nationally awarded 320 million dollars to assist in making a profound impact on the opioid crisis.

Nebraska was given 1.3 million dollars to promote prevention, treatment, and enforcement. The money will be used to strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs through improvement of prescriber enrollment and actually utilizing the program. The money will also take a look at problematic prescribing and geographic areas that raise the most concern.



1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

2. https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/nebraska-to-get-   m-from-justice-department-to-fight-opioid/article_f613fff2-77b2-51ca-ae9a-e834cd09d5b5.html


Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Not Enough


Brushing twice a day is not sufficient when it comes to having good oral health practices. Brushing only reaches the surface of teeth which is about 25% of the mouth. Bacteria and food can also lie along or beneath the gum line. When brushing teeth make sure the brush is angled at 45 degrees and brush in a side to side fashion.

Flossing can help reach areas in the mouth that a toothbrush cannot. It is recommended that flossing be done before brushing. That way whatever food and bacteria can easily be brushed away by the toothbrush later. When you floss maneuver it around the teeth while moving it up and down being conscious to not rub your gums roughly.

Using mouthwash also aids in maintaining oral health. It can be seen as the cherry on top of flossing and brushing. This is because antiseptic mouthwash helps kill and flush out bacteria that can be left in the mouth after brushing and flossing. It can also lessen the risk of getting gum disease and halitosis.

Lastly, regular dentist visits ensure that your oral health is up to par. The American Dental Association says that you should visit the dentist every three to twenty four months, and routine cleanings should be done every six months. Incorporating these habits into your oral care routine will greatly improve your oral health.


Ham Recall: Food Illness Outbreak!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recalled 90,000 pounds of ham. Johnston County Hams recalled five different ham products Tuesday. The contaminated meat product got distributed to Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. These are the products:

  • Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
  • Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham
  • Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country Ham Boneless Glazed With Brown Sugar
  • Premium Fully Cooked Country Hamm Less Salt
  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led an epidemiological investigation of listeriosis after reports from the FSIS. Through the combined efforts of local state departments and the CDC, the outbreak link is between illness and Johnston Country Ham products. The recall stemmed from ham products possibly exposed to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is one of the most common foodborne illness-causing agents. This example continues the streak of the foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. My last blog touched more on this public health issue.

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