Archive for: October 2012

Gaming for Weight Loss

Oct 30, 2012, 8:49 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Amanda E. Staiano, PhD, MPP, Research Fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Can video games help kids move more and even lose weight?  Long blamed for promoting an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle, video games are gaining a new reputation—by offering opportunities for enhanced physical activity.

Exergames, which are video games that require physical exertion, are popular among children and adults alike. The Children’s Digital Media Center at Georgetown University received a grant from Health Games Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to investigate the game design principles that might make exergames effective physical activity and weight loss tools. Professor Sandra Calvert of the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University served as the principal investigator and was joined by myself and Dr. Anisha Abraham of Georgetown University Medical Center as co-investigators.  The exciting results were recently published online in the journal Obesity.

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Pioneering Then, Pioneering Now

Oct 25, 2012, 9:09 AM, Posted by Brian C. Quinn

Brian Quinn / RWJF Brian Quinn, assistant vice president, Research and Evaluation

Forty years ago, smallpox still existed. We hadn’t heard the acronyms HIV or AIDS. The Nixon administration had declared war on cancer and was about to introduce America to the health maintenance organization, aka HMO. Meanwhile, a couple of paramedics on a TV show called “Emergency!” and a new philanthropy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, were introducing the nation to the life-saving concept of 911 and another acronym: EMS (emergency medical services).

Four decades later, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, and we are still in the business of searching for solutions that will improve the health and health care of millions. As the Foundation marks its 40th anniversary this week, we remain committed not only to proven, evidence-based strategies, but also to new ideas that push boundaries.

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Viewpoint: Creating Centers of Lifelong Learning

Oct 22, 2012, 12:16 PM, Posted by Sanjeev Arora

Sanjeev Arora Sanjeev Arora

This blog entry was originally posted to the Association of American Medical College's AAMC Reporter blog.

Academic medical centers are, by definition, hubs for education, research, and patient care. They are essential to creating a health care system in which new knowledge is translated into practice for real-time treatment and quality improvement.

Academic medical centers should be centers of lifelong medical learning and knowledge sharing, where medical professionals expand their expertise and competencies throughout their careers and where best practices are disseminated to the field. They can serve as forums for ongoing mentoring and case-based training. They can host expanded practice communities, where professionals from multiple disciplines, specialties, and even locales work together to provide better care to more people.

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Follow the 2012 WIRED Health Conference

Oct 15, 2012, 11:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

On October 15 and 16 in New York City, WIRED and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will launch a new conversation on the future of health care with 200 expert leaders from the worlds of medicine, science, technology, and business.

The WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers will deliver a clear, compelling argument that today there is a new opportunity to bring data into real-time decision-making for doctors, researchers, hospitals, and individuals. This combination has the potential to transform people’s lives. Learn more about RWJF’s support of Living By Numbers.

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Increasing Transparency, Activating Patients: The Case for Open Medical Notes

Oct 11, 2012, 9:12 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

By Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, CEO of Geisinger Health System

A group of health leaders, consumer advocates, and medical professionals are gathering in Washington, D.C., today to advance a simple idea that I see as transformational—having doctors make medical notes available to their patients so they can become more engaged in their care. As a health system CEO who also is a doctor, I believe it is an ethical imperative that our patients at Geisinger know everything that we know about them. And, I think it’s a logical imperative that if we can open up our medical visit notes to our patients, we’ll find out what they understand and what they don’t, so we can answer questions and work as partners to chart a path to better health.

The idea of open medical notes is not just an interesting theory. Geisinger just participated in a year-long study called OpenNotes with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in which more than 100 primary care doctors invited more than 13,000 patients to see their doctors’ notes. The evidence, published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, makes clear that open notes is something patients want, something they use, and something that doesn’t unduly burden doctors. In fact, it also is something that could lead to better care and potentially could save health care dollars—as many as 70 percent of patients said that having access to their own visit notes prompted them to adhere to the medications their doctors prescribed.

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