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Santa Barbara, CA
A hospital administrator, consultant and writer with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: the patient experience; health information, telehealth, social media, and mobile technologies; health information exchange; the business, environment and quailty of healthcare; workplace health and wellness; children and families; Louisiana and my family.
Recent Activity
One of my Multibrief articles made the list of ATA Telemedicine News Brief's list of most accessed content articles. It was written in August 2014, so we can all expect that additional states now have Text 911. Since it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
For the Record invited to share my thoughts on what lay ahead in 2015 for health IT and focused on consumer engagement tools given my activites and interests over the last few years... as a healthcare professional, patient and family... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
For the health of our communities and our selves, lets all make a resolution to properly dispose of old electronics and to get up and move around to manage our waistline! Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Christina's Considerations
An Alliance for Connected Care study, released in December,estimates that virtual visits could save an average of $126 per visit. Researchers found on average, telehealth visits cost between $40 and $50; compared to an average estimated cost of $136 to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Over the years I've supported young healthcare professionals with my ideas about the best jobs in healthcare. These usually arose as a result of the difficulty I found in finding qualified candidates for openings in my healthcare organizations. I'm always... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Growing up in New Orleans, I often drove past Hotel Dieu and thought it was a funny name for a hospital. I never really knew much about their patient population... until I read the book God's Hotel by Dr. Victoria... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
A few years ago, I worked on a HIMSS team to develop a guide for evaluating HIE projects. Now AHRQ has released their Guide to Evaluating HIE Projects to help users assess the impact on health care. Evaluating where you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Now there is a 2nd and 3rd video and claims that no one seems to know he was involved. Sad all over again!
It shouldn't be a secret that I'm not a fan of Obamacare. I've spent 35ish years working in and around healthcare delivery systems and I support leaders who work together to find common ground and shared interests. I expect my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
My latest article for Multibriefs addresses the risk of being unprepared for events like the current evolving situation with Ebola. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to be prepared and the government has a responsibility for supporting the planning process, including... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I haven't posted an infographic in a while and I like this one because it combines two of my favorite interest areas ... health IT and preparing for disasters (or in this case avoiding one). Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Reviewing the works of medical authors has been an enjoyable change of pace for me. While it did take me while to finish this latest book, it wasn’t for a lack of interest. Instead, it was needing to fit reading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
The holidays will soon be here and there may be the need for a little something for a family member, hostess or perhaps a gift for your boss or co-workers. Finding just the right thing can be challenging. However, if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
I recently set up a patient and family advisory council to address safety and quality concerns from the patient/family perspective. Creating an organizational structure that would fit within the culture of the organization has certainly been the easy part. We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Have you ever wondered which hospitals were the most social media friendly or how your organization compares with others? Or, have you wanted to benchmark your hosptial against peers, but didn't know where to find the data. Well, the list... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
A recent study found that the main ingredient in beer, hops, can improve memory. It seems that the compound xanthohumol, found in hops improved the spacial memory and cognitive flexibility of mice during exercises with a maze. These results mean we may find new uses for hops, since high amounts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch
I agree that we should always ensure that our definition of a term aligns with the use by others, I just can't think of a better one at the moment and don't see those questioning it offering up alternatives. I also realize that some do throw the term around without truly understanding the essence of patient engagement. My sharing of the visual and quote was meant to contribute to the process of defining the term and to promote more shared understanding, because I do agree with you! As I think we both know, compliance aligns more with the "Tell me" portion of the quote and we know what happens next. Yes, patients forget (perhaps even on purpose). But, when we involve patients in the process we are more likely to develop that all important shared vision and common goals that leads to better patient outcomes. It is the act of bi-lateral engagement with patients, rather than just telling them, that makes the difference. Thank you for commenting!
Lately I've seen a few people questioning what patient engagement really is and asking if the term is over used. It makes me think about how shallow they must be. Then on LinkedIn I came across a simple quote that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Over the years I've contributed articles to several publications, and often repeatedly, because we have built up a mutually beneficial relationship. As a writer, I think any of them will tell you I produce on time and the continuing invites... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Once again iHealthBeat graciously reached out and interviewed me for a podcast exploring social media and some recent research on Facbook by my friends at Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health. Once you listen to the podcast, leave a comment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Every now and then I like to deviate from healthcare. Louisiana is usually my favorite deviation, but today it is the flag and Robin Williams interpretation of it. This post is a great reminder for all Americans, as well as,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
It is time for the annual honey harvest and a good time to share resources about bee keeping in California from UC Davis. If you are interested in our 2 lb. bear of raw unfiltered honey contact us at Christina [at] cthielst [dot] com Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch
The first group of Arbequina olives are ready for planting as soon as Fall arrives and the rains start. Several already have beautiful fruit that should be ready for harvest in November. This first batch will be brined and enjoyed a couple of months later. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch
I recently saw this video on Facebook and have to share it on my blog. It is a humorous example of our need to attend to how healthcare professionals present themselves and the patient experience. It also highlights the need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Christina's Considerations
Hops is one of the first crops we are testing at Thistle Spring Ranch. These young hops mean "so far, so good." Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Thistle Springs Ranch