I’ll won’t include every important fact, but some of my own comments might be helpful.
- For every American who quit smoking in 2011, another became obese. Wow, travel to Italy (Europe) and this becomes quit clear. Europeans smoke; Americans eat. In some ways we cancel our vices out….can you imagine what would happen if we quit overeating & smoking!
- Nearly half of health organizations do nothing to protect data on mobile devices. This is changing, but is still a stark reality.
- 28% of physicians are considering forming or joining an ACO. Tulsa will have our own ACO within the near future. Stay tuned!!
- Only 9% of patients say online information influences their physician choice. What’s your opinion? Do you like online information about your health? Tell me again why I’m doing this! lol (still an abbreviation)
- 63% of doctors say they have changed an initial diagnosis based on new information found online. Yes, but reassurance is crucial to treating patients.
- 91% of Americans don’t know how much sodium healthy people are supposed to consume. Do you know?
- A third of U.S. physicians have received Facebook friend requests from patients; 75% of them declined.
- Florida leads the nation in health care fraud activity. Didn’t know there was such a distinction!
- Anxiety and depression medications are used by 27 million Americans. That’s almost 10% of Americans
- In 1991, no state had an obesity rate higher than 15%. In 2010, every state did. Maybe we should take up smoking?
- More adults visit doctors each year for adverse drug events than for pneumonia or strep throat. The point is–side effects from medication accounts for a HUGE medical bill!
- 3 in 4 Americans do not take their medications as directed by a physician.
- Office-based physicians supported 4 million jobs in 2009.
- 1 in 4 working-age adults in the U.S. skips doctor visits, tests and medication.
- On average, elderly, chronically ill patients see 14 physicians.
- Maine and New Hampshire ban the sale of physicians’ prescription data to drug companies.
Medical Jeopardy anyone?