Healthcare Hub: June 2019 Issue

June 7, 2019

  

For the latest medical news, this is Healthcare Hub! We deliver monthly highlights straight to you, so you can keep your finger on the industry's pulse. Click here to sign up now! From ways we can honor Pride Month as healthcare professionals to our pop quiz on the most prominent industry topics, here is what's happening in health care.

 

Happy Pride Month! 

 

Our mission is to improve the medical industry for the betterment of all, including our LGBTQI brothers and sisters. We want to honor this Pride Month by being the best allies we can be and also  acknowledging how much further our industry still has to go to support this community.

 

Health care is a human right, but many LGBTQI people still face discrimination that compromises their physical and mental health. This population is much more vulnerable than their heterosexual counterparts. Here are a few statistics to highlight the gravity of the issue:

  1. Almost half (48%) of transgender adults have contemplated suicide in the past year.

  2. LGB teens are five times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers.

  3. Almost a third (29%) of transgender people report having experienced unwanted physical contact from a healthcare provider, such as fondling, sexual assault and rape—and another 29% have been denied care because of their actual or perceived gender identity.

  4. LGB teens are over three times as likely to experience rape than their heterosexual peers.

  5. LGB teens are also twice as likely to be bullied and more than twice as likely to stay home from school to avoid violence.  

These are just numbers. But they represent real people and the very real challenges they face. As professionals in the healthcare industry, we can make a profound difference in these people’s lives by holding ourselves and our colleagues accountable. We need to work together to combat the discrimination hurting this community.

 

Let's celebrate this Pride Month by ensuring everyone has access to a life of health and happiness, no matter whom they love, how they love or what they need to do to love themselves.

 

Pop Quiz: 9 Healthcare Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

 

The business of care is just as exciting as it is unpredictable, and 2019 has been a huge year already in the medical industry. Major developments are carving out the future of providers, patients and the communities that bring them together.

 

We aren’t even halfway through the year, but it is never too early to prepare. As a staffing agency, we have to keep a bird’s eye view on the industry to understand market demands and navigate the trends that will affect those we serve.

 

In Part 1 of this series, we cover how lawmakers are eliminating vaccine exemptions, why the demand for urgent care will surpass that of primary care and how telehealth is making the medical industry more vulnerable than ever.

 

Before reading the article though, test your industry knowledge and see how many of these questions you get right.

 

1. What percentage of hospitals have experienced a cybersecurity breach in the last two years?

a. 15%

b. 38%

c. 67%

d. 90%

 

2. We’ve seen a _____% increase in measles cases around the world since 2018.

a. 22

b. 105

c. 300

d. 420

 

3. True or False: People spend more on primary care visits than on urgent care visits.

 

4. The U.S. requires children to be vaccinated prior to attending school, but most states also grant exemptions based on:

a. Medical reasons

b. Religious practices

c. Philosophical beliefs

d. All of the above

 

5. True or False: Computer hackers can tamper with medical devices like heart defibrillators and insulin pumps, leaving patients who require these devices extremely vulnerable.

 

Alright, let's see how you did! Scroll down for the answers below. And if you want to learn more, check out Part 1 of our series "9 Healthcare Trends for 2019 and Beyond." You can read the full article here

 

 

Answers

 

1. What percentage of hospitals have experienced a cybersecurity breach in the last two years?

a. 15%

b. 38%

c. 67%

d. 90%

 

2. We’ve seen a _____% increase in measles cases around the world since 2018.

a. 22

b. 105

c. 300

d. 420

 

3. True or False: People spend more on primary care visits than on urgent care visits.

*Note: While that statement may seem true, people who go to an urgent care clinic instead of seeing a primary care provider actually tend to spend more on fragmented and unnecessary care, as well as superfluous and even dangerous prescriptions.  

 

4. The U.S. requires children to be vaccinated prior to attending school, but most states also grant exemptions based on:

a. Medical reasons

b. Religious practices

c. Philosophical beliefs

d. All of the above

 

5. True or False: Computer hackers can tamper with medical devices like heart defibrillators and insulin pumps, leaving patients who require these devices extremely vulnerable.

*Note: Even former vice president Dick Cheney was wary of assassination attempts via his implanted heart defibrillator.
 

 

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