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thielst
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
The Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business expo today and they plan to shine a light on social media. I've been active on social sites since 2005 and sharing what I've learned with others in books, articles... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Christina's Considerations
A new study by Psychtests.com comparing satisfied with dissatisfied employees reveals that the latter group is more likely to condone dishonest behavior at work. Some disgruntled employees will vent their frustrations by telling the social media world exactly how they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Dr. Drew Pinsky and a few other doctors have voiced their concerns about what they see with their clinically trained eyes. They have asked questions and prompted reflection aimed at ensuring that the next President has been fully vetted. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
I'm most familiar with clinical social workers, but there are so many more types of these roles supporting people who need some guidance. Hopefully, some readers will find value in this guest post. Sometimes it seems that social work is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
In medicine and healthcare, we administrators are concerned about the safety of our patients and employees. One of the areas that we monitor closely is the health and wellness of our clinical professionals - doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. When it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Over the years I've posted on workplace effectiveness issues. The cloud and mobile devices are making it easy to stay connected. However, how does all of this digital access impact work and personal life? Some new research on workers is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Update: The Independent ran the story and it includes a quote from the Bob Freeman who stated "...nothing in state law or health-care regulations barred CenCal from this practice." It makes me wonder... just because something isn't barred by law... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Note: I'm happy to have a guest blogger, Dr. Gianoli, who specializes in neuro-otology and skull base surgery and is also a professor at Tulane University School of Medicine. Please consider his perspective and leave a comment with your own.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
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I almost freaked out thinking I had lost a graphic that I use in my work with health informatics, as well as, performance and process improvement. Just to make sure I don't electronically mis-place it again, I'm adding it to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 15% of patients in Hospice are now between 35 and 64. Hospice care is not something people like to talk about, but also don’t want to have to deal with until... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
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Health literacy is an issue for many Americans, in part because healthcare has its own language. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine has a great graphic in their May issue based upon a survey of Texans. So I thought I'd jump... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Vigyanix has released their list of top 10 healthcare influencers on Twitter and I'm really flattered to be included this year along with some great company --- @ShahidNShah @kevinmd @EricTopol @Ahier and others. Last year I made their list of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
My latest opportunity to read a book written by a physician takes me into an area of medical practice that I'm exploring and looking to find the truth. I've never been one to blindly follow; instead I prefer to question... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
John Stossel was recently treated for cancer and he had a couple of observations about health IT and men needing to listen to their leading lady when they say "it is time to see a doctor." Last year I thought... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Before I share a story, I have to state, for conflict of interest reasons, that I've never smoked/inhaled anything. But, if I had chronic pain, I believe I would want to try cannabinoids before opiates or some of the other... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
I like learning from other industries and nature. Not long ago I wrote about what leaders can learn from splitting logs and today I'll share what venomous snakes can teach us about patient safety. I like that they are continually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Back when I was working on my masters at a school of public health, I had to fight to be able to take my courses on a part time basis instead of full time like everyone else. Why? If I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
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Depression is prevalent among individuals with diabetes and other chronic diseases; especially if there is sub-optimal self-management. A recent study explored the feasibility and potential impact of tele-behavioral therapy contributing to improve depressive symptoms and self-management among diabetes patients. Findings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Tomorrow evening 60 Minutes will air an exclusive interview with the physician, Dr. Eric Walsh, who wrote the aid-in-dying prescription for 29 year old terminal brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard after she moved from her home in Alamo, Calif., to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
I wanted to be a hospital administrator when I was 17 years old, and that logically meant getting a Masters in Health Administration. Luckily for me, Tulane University had such a program right there in my hometown. Fast forward to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Scripps Mercy Physician Partners invited me to present a webinar program to their members back in October on using social media in the physician practice. It was a great event that even lead one of the physicians in the audience... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Bloggers have become part of the routine when it comes to distribution of press releases and other contacts by public relations staff. Over the years I've increasingly gotten information which, if relevant and of interest, makes it into my blog.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Christina's Considerations
Some great comments have been left on this post at Healthworks Collectives http://www.healthworkscollective.com/thielst/329098/health-literacy-power-infographics-patient-safety This is also a great example of how blogs can be syndicated by other sites to share your posts to a broader audience.
Update: June 30, 2016 An article in the May/June issue of Patient Safety and Quality Health Magazine provides an example of the risks related to traditional sharps containers. Drug Diversion: Partially Filled Vials and Syringes in Sharps Containers Are Key... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Christina's Considerations