Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years

Just Read: In DC, there's up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn't changed in 15 years

The life expectancy of a black male in Washington, DC as of 2009 is the same as a man in North Korea as of 2012. For a white male, the life expectancy is higher than Israel, lower than Switzerland. Sources: World Health Organization; Harper S, MacLehose RF, Kaufman JS. Trends In The Black-White Life Expectancy … Continue reading Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years

TEDMED Blog : Examined Lives: An MD on living and helping to guide the evolution of transgender health

I’ve done more than 10,000 surgeries and they had little emotional impact on me because I was shut down. There’s no emotional attachment. I know I did it; I earned a good living; I remember things people wrote and cakes people made for me, but there’s no attachment.  It’s only after I transitioned that everything … Continue reading TEDMED Blog : Examined Lives: An MD on living and helping to guide the evolution of transgender health

The E Pluribus Unum Prize and Learning about Language Access in Health Care

The E Pluribus Unum Prize and Learning about Language Access in Health Care

Gayle Tang, Senior Director, National Diversity and Inclusion, accepts the award on behalf of Kaiser Permanente (View on Flickr.com) Although I am one to mention all of the things I wasn’t taught in medical school, interacting with a professional language interpreter was something I was taught in medical school, and it had a huge impact … Continue reading The E Pluribus Unum Prize and Learning about Language Access in Health Care

ok glass : help me be more patient centered

ok glass : help me be more patient centered

View Susan Smith Google Glass 27043 on Flickr.com These are images from the Google Glass Tech Focus that we filmed at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@kptotalhealth) on July 11, 2013 (see: Photo Friday: Technology Focus Broadcast , featuring Google Glass | Ted Eytan, MD), which are actually mockups because Google Glass (@GoogleGlass) … Continue reading ok glass : help me be more patient centered

UC Davis Health asks LGBT patients to share info for tailored care

UC Davis Health asks LGBT patients to share info for tailored care – Business – The Sacramento Bee.

There’s a groundswell of concern in the medical community that lack of sexual orientation and gender identity information might be impacting care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.The UC Davis Health System responded to those concerns Thursday, saying it will become the first academic health system in the nation to incorporate that information as standard demographic elements within the electronic health records of its patients.

As I mentioned previously in this post (see: Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient – to eliminate, not create, disparities | Ted Eytan, MD), there is work to be done to improve electronic health records’ abilities for vulnerable populations, including people who are trans. Nice to see UCDavis (@UCDavis) move ahead on this work.

For more information, you can access Ed Callihan, MD’s presentation to the Intitute of Medicine here.

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dys4ia – A game for the health system, to heal itself

dys4ia - A game for the health system, to heal itself

Dys4ia – a game From the author: dys4ia is an autobiographical game about the period in my life when i started hormone replacement therapy. it’s a story about me, and is certainly not meant to represent the experience of every trans person. When people talk about games for health they often talk about games to … Continue reading dys4ia – A game for the health system, to heal itself

Duke OKs student health insurance coverage for sex reassignment | The Chronicle

Duke OKs student health insurance coverage for sex reassignment | The Chronicle

The additional coverage will have a “minimal” impact on cost to students, Wasiolek said. The coverage will cause a 0.3 percent increase to student costs.

Overall, student health care premiums will increase by a total of 8 percent next year, Wasiolek said.

“The plan premium is increasing 8 percent next year, with 4 percent of that increase resulting from taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “The remaining 4 percent is attributed to health care cost trend and benefit enhancements.”

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