Merging Medicine and Storytelling: How Digital Content Can Change Outcomes
Charting Pediatrics
by Children's Hospital Colorado
2d ago
Digital content is at the center of our society and its prevalence continues to grow. Storytelling on digital platforms allows the medical community to showcase groundbreaking research and connect with audiences, who otherwise may not be privy to this information. Experts like Joshua Williams, MD, are at the forefront of some of this innovation. In October 2023, he received the Advancement in Research Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.  Dr. Williams is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, as well as a practici ..read more
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Practices of Prescribing: Critical Learning About Generics and Biosimilars
Charting Pediatrics
by Children's Hospital Colorado
1w ago
Pediatricians, families, and pharmacists are faced with increasing drug costs and a vast array of complex biologic therapies. Up-to-date knowledge on prescribing practice is constantly a need, specifically regarding generics and the availability of biosimilar and interchangeable biosimilar agents. According to a report from the Association for Accessible Medicines, the U.S. healthcare system saved $408 billion from using generic and biosimilar drugs in 2022, a huge jump from the $195 billion in savings accumulated in 2013. In today’s episode, we have a rare opportunity to learn critical knowle ..read more
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Live Show: Jena Hausmann’s Life of Leadership in Pediatric Healthcare
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
2w ago
For the second time in Charting Pediatrics history, we brought a live audience together to watch the taping of an episode with a guest who has made an everlasting impression on our hospital system. This time, the show was for our colleagues here at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Our guest is one of the top healthcare executives within pediatric hospitals in North America. Don’t just take our word for it; she was recently selected to be the chair of the board of trustees for the entire Children’s Hospital Association. Under her leadership, Children’s Colorado has been routinely identified ..read more
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Breaking Down Social Barriers: Analyzing Social Care Programs and Their Impact
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
3w ago
Every day, we see patients whose medical hurdles land them at hospitals like Children’s Hospital Colorado. There are many answers our providers and specialists can provide when giving patient families a medical diagnosis, but many of those same children are facing gaps and inequities socially. Often, they fall into different minority groups facing disparities in healthcare equality. Medical insurance may cover labs and procedures, but it doesn’t cover the need for food or housing. Those are just two examples of social barriers that greatly affect one’s health. While many questions remain on be ..read more
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The Truth About Youth Vaping: Health Implications of Nicotine and Tobacco
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
1M ago
While considerable progress has been made in reducing cigarette smoking among our nation’s youth, the tobacco product landscape continues to evolve. It includes a variety of tobacco products, including smokeless and electronic products such as e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes entered the U.S. marketplace around 2007, and since 2014 they have been the most used tobacco product among youth. E-cigarette use, among middle and high school students, remains unacceptably high and sets youth up for lifelong nicotine addiction and the effects of toxin exposure.   In today’s episode, we are joined b ..read more
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Improving Information Accessibility: Bringing Healthcare Guidance to the Palm of Your Hand
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
1M ago
In a busy outpatient practice, timely access to up-to-date clinical resources is crucial to delivering evidence-based care. In the olden days, books and journal articles were the go-to method. Today, technology creates a more user-friendly method of receiving the most recent information. Say goodbye to having to order the latest edition of a book and hello to automatic updates. Our Children’s Hospital Colorado antimicrobial stewardship team, clinical effectiveness and pathways teams, along with other local and state partners have partnered with Firstline, a health technology company, to design ..read more
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Wellness in the Workplace: How to Nurture Positive Culture and Advocate for Yourself
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
1M ago
In today’s fast-paced work environment, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Due to that intense pace, it’s important for employees and employers alike, to promote healthy working behaviors and surroundings. Healthy employees are more productive, have fewer absences, are less prone to work-related injury and are less likely to burn out. “Leading others is how you support them when they show up to work. Showing thanks, giving appreciation, valuing your staff,” Jennifer Shaer, MD, says. A 2021 survey tells us that 79% of employees believe their company’s wellbeing programs help them be productive ..read more
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Safe Storage to Save Lives: The Role of Guns in Adolescent Suicide
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
1M ago
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents and young adults ages 10 to 24. Roughly 7% to 8% of adolescents attempt suicide each year and 17% report significant suicidal ideation. However, while so many kids are affected, diagnosing them isn’t so simple. “We know the numbers have climbed significantly. If you look at the trends, we’re probably nearly double what we were 20 years ago,” Eric Sigel, MD, says. In this episode, we shine a light on how to clinically identify youth at risk for suicide and determine if they have access to lethal means, such as firearms ..read more
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Prioritizing Pediatric Readiness: How Proper Preparedness Saves Young Lives
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
2M ago
One goal in our healthcare improvement is to achieve equitable access to high quality emergency care for kids, regardless of where that child is physically located. Children have unique characteristics and needs, especially in the emergency setting, and the reality is that not all kids have access to specific pediatric care. In fact, 80% of children receive emergency care in general emergency departments, most of which see less than 15 pediatric patients a day. However, care in those adult settings is not specifically geared towards children. Research shows that pediatric readiness result ..read more
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Patient Information in a Changing Legal Landscape: Cures Act, Open Notes and Electronic Medical Records
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by Children's Hospital Colorado
2M ago
In 2021, federal rules from the 21st Century Cures Act mandated that most clinical notes be made available in real-time, online and free of charge to patients. This practice, commonly known as “open notes,” was a significant step towards enhancing medical information transparency–– a vital step in reinforcing trust in the provider-patient relationship. However, it also introduced complexities, raising questions as to what to include in the notes. “The ethical analysis does not always align with the legal analysis, and these are conversations that ethicists are aware of,” Steven Bondi, MD, JD ..read more
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