This week our weekly news looks at the term we  consider the term “Cancer Survivor”, we think about making healthcare more like Amazon, consider how suicide and head and neck cancer, and meet a boy driven by his father’s legacy.


How to make healthcare more like Amazon? It comes down to data and payer-provider collaboration

Anyone who has used an e-commerce site like Amazon knows how easy it is to get what you want—sometimes within hours—with the click of a button.

With its phone calls, long waits for appointments and yet more waiting at the doctor's office, healthcare strikes a stark contrast. And executive leaders at healthcare providers and payers are well aware of the gap.

From wearable devices to apps, the healthcare industry is buzzing with strategies to deliver a more “Amazon-like” personalized and simplified patient experience. But plenty of barriers remain, according to a panel of executives from some of the top healthcare providers, payers and digital health startups in New York City.  Read more here….


People diagnosed with cancer often don’t embrace the term ‘survivor’

“Cancer survivor” has become a catch-all phrase to refer to living individuals diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer clinics and clinicians, patient advocacy organizations and media reportscommonly use the term.

Using cancer survivor as a descriptor is certainly an act with good intentions. After all, people diagnosed with cancer have a diverse array of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs – and the language of survival can be empowering to many of them. For this reason, institutions that focus on cancer have framed the term broadly. For example, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship has defined cancer survivor as “any person diagnosed with cancer from the time of initial diagnosis until his or her death.”  Read more…

Suicide risk 4 times worse for cancer patients, study finds — What clinicians can do to help

New research from the Penn State College of Medicine shows people with cancer are more than four times more likely to die of suicide than those without cancer, highlighting a need for a more comprehensive approach to treatment.

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“Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer. The patients usually die of another cause,” Penn State radiation oncologist Nicholas Zaorsky said in a university article. “There are multiple competing risks for death, and one of them is suicide.” Read more…


A son carries on father’s patient safety legacy with documentary film

Growing up, filmmaker Mike Eisenberg didn’t know much about his prominent father’s work.

He was only 17 when his father, John M. Eisenberg, M.D., a pioneer in the patient safety movement, died from a brain tumor.

“Over the years I would hear stories about his work. There was always a curiosity about that,” said Eisenberg, in an interview with FierceHealthcare.

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That curiosity led him to his latest film project, a documentary that focuses on avoidable medical mistakes—estimated to be responsible for 444,000 deaths each year in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death. He titled the film To Err is Human, named after the landmark Institute of Medicine report released two decades ago that shook the medical profession by highlighting how many people lost their lives to preventable errors. Read more...

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