Chris Dehlin’s blog

Chris Dehlin

Welcome to my blog! We will explore current issues in healthcare, leadership, healthcare information technology, systems-based care, quality improvement, psychology of decisions, and more.  I hope you find the content interesting and thought-provoking! Please register/login with this page, or sign-in using Twitter, Facebook, Google, or Disqus to post moderated comments.  Also if you like the content, subscribe …

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Sitting will kill you

Sitting will kill you

Sitting will kill you… This was a recent article published in the news media (http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/health/sitting-will-kill-you/index.html).  Basically the research supports that an inactive lifestyle (sitting for 8-12 hours per day) increased your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 90%.  In the age of computers, email, and conference calls, it is easy …

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Immunization for herd immunity?

Immunization

Measles is on the rise Check out this short advertisement that supports childhood immunizations: http://www.businessinsider.com/anti-vaxxers-vaccinate-kids-measles-2015-1.  The video clip is rather edgy, but the point is clear.  With dropping vaccination rates, there is risk for a measles epidemic as we get below the threshold for “herd immunity.”  Herd immunity is the benefit that a group …

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Skip your Annual Physical???

Annual Physical

Should you skip your annual physical? On 1/8/2015 the NY Times published an article on this topic (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/opinion/skip-your-annual-physical.html?_r=0).  There are many interesting comments on this article, as well.  Basically the author, an oncologist named Ezekiel Emanuel, reviews the research that shows there is no benefit to an “annual physical.”  The …

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What healthcare can learn from mowing lawns

mowing the lawn

I recently attended the 26th Annual IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) National Forum (www.ihi.org).  Besides learning about blogs during the social media lunch and learn, the topics also included lean processes, healthcare quality, and social determinants of health.  After this experience I wanted to share my analogy of what healthcare can learn …

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