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How Vaccines Have Changed Our World [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Vaccines Have Changed Our World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vaccines are back in the news, after an outspoken anti-vaccine advocate changed her stance on the topic. Last year, Forbes published an infographic created by Leon Farrant, a graphic designer in Purchase, NY, which visualizes the dramatic affect vaccines have had on reducing the number of cases for some of the world’s most deadly diseases. The data is based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, but we think Farrant does a much nicer job displaying the information.


High hospitalist workloads = High hospital costs

A new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal shows that increasing hospitalist workload is associated with increases in patient length of stay and cost.


Smartphone case doubles as a pill bottle

Texas-based MedeStat is planning to take the medication reminder application to the next level with PillBacker, a smartphone case that doubles as a pill bottle and pairs with a medication reminder application. MedeStat plans crowdfunding the manufacturing of PillBacker through Kickstarter. The company plans to make cases specifically fitted to iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as a universal case that connects to other phone models with magnets. All versions of the case have a magnetic locking feature and multiple compartments to organize multiple medications.


County Health Rankings [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Robert Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings Interactive Application displays health statistics for every county in the United States. You can see how your county stacks up against other counties in your state based on five major categories: Outcomes, Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social & Economic Factors, and Physical Environment.


50 percent of all medical transactions will be done electronically by 2020

Many healthcare experts are predicting there will be a massive boom in the telehealth over the next two decades. The most recent prediction comes from Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., professor of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. In an interview with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Weinstien said, “Virtualization of health care is the future of medicine. Many hospital and private practice services will be outsourced by telemedicine. I think that is on the close horizon. We’re estimating that 50 percent of all medical transactions will be done electronically by 2020.”