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Why Patient Collaboration and Adherence to Treatment Plans are Critical to Functional Medicine

The importance of patient collaboration and adherence to treatment plans for the success of functional medicine care cannot be overstated. But they are not without their challenges. Strategies to overcome these barriers are required to ensure functional medicine success. As most functional medicine practitioners know too well, patient collaboration is one of the three key […]

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Understanding the History and Foundations of Functional Medicine

The origins and development of functional medicine can be traced back to ancient and traditional approaches to healthcare that focused on the holistic well-being of the individual. These approaches often emphasized the importance of preventative care and natural remedies, all of which have seen a re-emergence during the past 50 years – particularly around the […]

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7 Strategies for Successfully Growing Your Functional Medicine Practice

While there is a growing demand for functional medicine providers and practitioners, not all functional medicine practices succeed. The right strategies are needed to successfully grow any medical practice, including functional medicine. As more and more people seek out alternative and complementary forms of healthcare, functional medicine is becoming increasingly popular. Its focus on prevention […]

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The Biggest Challenges Faced by Functional Medicine Practitioners Today

While the demand and need for functional medicine continues to grow, the future outlook for functional medicine in the healthcare system is somewhat uncertain, as it faces a number of challenges as a professional medical specialty. Nevertheless, there are promising signs for the future. Functional medicine has gained increasing recognition and popularity in recent years […]

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Top Online Tools that Help Functional Medicine Practitioners Improve Patient Engagement & Outcomes

Digital health tools that continuously guide, monitor and, most importantly, motivate functional health patients help produce better health outcomes and greater chances of reaching health goals. Leveraging digital tools to improve almost every healthcare service or process is already widely embraced. But the emergence of dramatic improvements in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) is […]

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Leveraging Technology: Helping Private Practices Control Costs and Improve Outcomes

Calcium’s perioperative management support platform enhances operations, patient relations Healthcare providers, no matter the specialty, face many challenges when trying to provide the best care possible to their patients include: Controlling costs and improving efficiencies for the practice Finding and retaining high-quality staff Coordinating procedures with hospitals and the patient’s primary care physician Keeping the […]

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More than Just Annoying, Surgery Cancellations Are Costly and Largely Preventable

Your surgical team has assembled for an early morning procedure. You’re just waiting for the patient to be prepped and brought in. As you finish your preparations, one of your nurses enters and informs you that the patient had forgotten their instructions and had coffee and a donut on the way to surgery. Unfortunately, the […]

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Can the Global Obesity Epidemic Be “Solved?”

Several solutions are available to help manage and prevent obesity—but we must work together This is the third and final article in a series on public health and chronic condition awareness in the United States that Calcium is sharing to highlight the importance of Thinking Healthier. In observance of World Obesity Day (March 4, 2022), […]


The American Obesity Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

Obesity is getting worse despite increased knowledge of the problem In observance of the March 4 World Obesity Day, Calcium began a three-part article series concerning the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Our first article, World Obesity Day: Why We All Need to Move Beyond Awareness to Action, discussed the growing obesity problem that the […]

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World Obesity Day: Why We All Need to Move Beyond Awareness to Action!

This is first in a series of insight and discussion articles addressing the obesity epidemic and the challenges faced by American healthcare providers and clinicians in their struggle to motivate patients to take greater control of their weight and health While it may be true that we need more than just a day to address […]

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Why Don’t Hypertension Patients Follow Their Treatment Plans?

Healthcare Professionals Know How to Treat Hypertension — The Real Challenge Is Changing Patient Behavior   To move the needle on this costly disease now affecting more than half of all adults in the U.S., a hypertension diagnosis and prescription are not enough. We need to address a patient’s mindset and motivation with as much […]

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The Most Common Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures in the United States

Since its emergence in the late 1960s, modern plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in the United States. Many would say, it is now commonplace and widely accepted. From celebrities who have been vocal about their cosmetic procedures to reality television shows about plastic surgery addiction, cosmetic surgeries are not nearly as unusual as they […]

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccination Before Allowing Their Workers to Return?

The short answer is that it’s complicated: there are several issues to be considered before requiring your workforce to vaccinate. The increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccines, along with the recent FDA “emergency use authorization (EUA)” approval for a third COVID-19 vaccine, is giving organizations and businesses hope that a return to normal operations may soon […]

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An Overview of COVID-19 Vaccination for Employers (and Employees)

A handy guide for businesses and organizations planning their return to full normal The past year has been a crash course in advanced workplace safety and workforce health, in the face of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, for employers of all sizes. Most employers now know more about pandemics, viruses, and public health protocols than they […]

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Easing Your Employees’ Very Valid Reluctance to Returning to the Office

A recent study found that nearly 71% of workers in the U.S. do not feel completely safe in their employers’ facilities. The good news is that there are tangible steps that businesses and organizations can take to relieve much of their employees’ fears. It’s no surprise to most American workers that so many of their […]

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Allowing Workplace Visitors during the COVID Pandemic

When it comes to visiting clients or vendors, how do businesses keep their workers and facilities safe from potential COVID exposure? As a business leader and manager, you have two fundamental challenges when it comes to safeguarding your employees during this coronavirus crisis: Do everything you can to prevent the COVID virus from entering your worksite or facility Do […]

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HIPAA and COVID-19: What Businesses and Employers Need to Know About Privacy as They Combat COVID

While HIPAA regulations do impact how employers handle protected health information, the good news is that businesses have some latitude when it comes to COVID-19. The need to protect workers and workplaces has raised questions among many HR professionals and business leaders about the impact of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) on new […]

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How Pre-Op Guidance Can Lower Post-Op Complications / Readmittance

Post-operation complications, especially those that result in having the discharged patient readmitted to a hospital or health system emergency room, significantly impact a surgical center's record, reputation, and overall effectiveness. Taking steps to drive down post-op readmittance is essential. Modern surgical centers and clinics have invested much time and money.   While much of the effort [...]

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Preventing Post-Op Admissions Due to Preventable Complications: A Guide for Surgical Centers and Clinics

Preventable complications that arise after surgery and discharge can come very close to being malpractice. Here, "preventable" is the operative word.    Complications will happen whenever interventions that impact the human organ systems intrude on the anatomical and physiological processes of the dynamic human physiology. That is the nature of surgery.    Thankfully, with the establishment of [...]

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Preparing for Wave 2: What Employers Can Do to Get Ahead This Fall

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the world, it leaves behind a chaotic trail in its wake, causing loss of employment, loss of economic stability, and devastating loss of life. As a global population, we were caught unaware. However, as the months passed, many countries relaxed “lockdown” rules and “stay at home” mandates […]

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What Michigan businesses need to know and do as they return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

The roadmap for reopening and re-engaging Michigan’s economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been published. Is your company ready? As the global COVID-19 pandemic deepened, Michigan enacted one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the nation, starting on March 24. Nearly three months later, as Michigan businesses start returning to work or […]

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A COVID-19 Checklist for Human Resources Directors and Managers

As companies across the country begin to reopen or ramp up operations, the job of ensuring that employees are kept safe typically fall on the shoulder of human resources professionals. And it hasn’t been an easy task. Business leaders are increasingly turning to their HR, personnel or people programs department managers to… Stay on top […]

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COVID-19 employee screening tips to prevent this pandemic from entering your offices, facilities and worksites

While not foolproof, daily employee pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms is important for lowering the risk of exposure for all employees The need to transition back to work is clear for most businesses. But how can businesses re-open or continue to operate safely when we’re still in the first wave of this pandemic? The answer will […]


Calcium Offers Free Access to COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

Essential businesses can also use app to support employees’ health and manage reporting requirements CHICAGO,  IL –  Calcium, a digital health analytics company and creator of the world’s first consumer-driven health platform, today announced it is offering free access to its new COVID-19 tracker with symptom assessment. Since the explosive spread of the novel coronavirus across […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Why Patients Need to Control Their Own Health Data

We’re in the throes of a global pandemic. Healthcare providers must focus on fighting COVID-19, but we can’t afford to ignore the reason we’re going into this fight blind. Our best weapon is our own healthcare data. We are going to learn many things from this pandemic, not least of which is that the way we […]

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One-size-fits-all gamification is not enough to improve patient outcomes

Around one in three of all adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions, many of which can be avoided or whose symptoms can be mitigated through diet and exercise. Medical professionals have long understood that patient engagement and adherence is the simplest solution to improving our population’s health. Contrary to what some may believe, however, the […]

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Can digital health bridge the low-income gap?

We’ve known for a few years that income correlates with health in a major way. From the length of life to stroke risk to self-reported health status, the more access, opportunity, and means of upward mobility a person has, the better their projected health outcomes.  Waves of organizations are stepping up to help put things on a […]

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Treating the smartphone generation: How doctors are embracing mHealth to improve patient care

It’s been just more than a decade since the iPhone made its debut, but it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t rely on our smartphones for nearly all aspects of our lives.  According to the Pew Research Center, the share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77 percent, and we are using them for far […]


Making sense of the healthcare ecosystem and how technology is enabling people-driven health

Healthcare used to be much easier. The “ecosystem” consisted of you—the patient—and your doctor, the provider. If you needed medical attention or required a hospital stay, your doctor was in charge of coordinating your care. Healthcare works best when all stakeholders are aligned around a proactive patient, within an ecosystem that supports success. In an […]

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3 common threats to healthcare privacy

It’s a normal day, John strolls into his clinic clutching a steaming cup of coffee, as the beams of sunlight reflect from the tall glass windows that surround the reception area. Everything is as usual, a typical day in the life of a healthcare worker. John enters the front door and, as the morning reflections […]

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Why consumer health data is the key to people-driven health

Digital technology and the age of big data have disrupted nearly every industry, and healthcare is no exception. While there have been cutting edge advancements to nearly all aspects of care, a significant gap remains between the promise of what is possible.   That gap is particularly wide when we consider the reality of what patients experience in today’s healthcare ecosystem, especially when […]

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Now 2 decades old, does HIPAA have the muscle to protect patient rights?

Critics contend that some parts of HIPAA are hindering health tech innovation, while others argue it doesn’t protect privacy on emerging channels. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, has been one of the most hotly debated pieces of healthcare legislation ever since it was enacted in 1996. It was originally designed to protect […]

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3 Ways technology is returning individuals to the center of population health

Returning patients to the center of population health — and empowering them with the right tools — can help solve many challenges faced by population health programs. Ever since Greg Stoddart coined the term “population health” in 2002, health organizations, providers and payers have been continuously learning more about its dynamics, the constant challenges that […]

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Too heavy to fight: How the obesity epidemic is threatening U.S. national security

The obesity epidemic has decreased the number of young Americans able to meet the physical conditioning requirements of the U.S. military. Obesity is no longer just a population health challenge. This nationwide epidemic is now an emerging national security threat. Almost one-third of American youth are unable to join the military due to being overweight. […]

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Despite more data than ever, interoperability remains a barrier to patient-driven health

The people-driven healthcare movement holds great promise as a solution to today’s broken healthcare system. By empowering patients to take control of their own healthcare decisions and costs, we can improve quality of care, increase the efficiency of our healthcare system and tackle skyrocketing healthcare costs. But to unlock the true potential, we’ll first need […]

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Why isn’t our healthcare system easier and more transparent?

Today’s Health Consumers Want Easy Access to True Costs and Quality Services When we purchase something at a store, we’re given the price before we decide to buy. But when we go into the doctor’s office, we’re provided a service where we may (or may not) pay out of pocket or we have a co-pay […]