Innovator Interview: Jonathan Hand, Virginia Market Director for DispatchHealth

I recently had the opportunity to discuss innovation with Jonathan Hand, the Market Director in Richmond for Dispatch Health.  DispatchHealth is an organization allows patients to request care via the DispatchHealth app, online, or a phone call.  For more information on the DispatchHealth’s innovative work to increase access to healthcare for Virginians and their strategy […]

Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Most adults are familiar with diabetes given its prevalence in our society. According to the American Diabetes Association, in Virginia, there are approximately 837,137 people diagnosed with diabetes, 2,213,000 people who have prediabetes and about 207,000 who have diabetes and do not know it (American Diabetes Association, 2017). Diabetes Mellitus is broken down into four […]

How Technology is Changing Healthcare Professionals’ Job Tasks

In July, I wrote about how technology is improving patient access to healthcare.  Often (and rightfully so), when technology is discussed in healthcare, it is in reference to improving patient outcomes or delivering more efficient care to increase revenue and/or improve patient experience.  However, advancements in technology are shaping how jobs are performed within healthcare.  […]

VA: First State to Connect all ER’s across the Commonwealth

According to Lexington Medical Center (n.d), a medical emergency is defined as a “medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated quickly.” Emergency departments exist for these medical emergencies. However, the definition of a medical emergency has been lost in translation, and the use of emergency departments (ED) have become so […]

Mental Health: The Facts

Mental Health is defined as one’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it is expressed by one’s actions, thoughts, and feelings (, 2017). In recent years there has been much advancement in how society perceives mental health, slowly removing the stigma often associated with those dealing with mental and behavioral health issues. Treatments for mental […]