Blog by Joe Babaian With America’s mid-term election upon us, what else would be appropriate for the HCLDR discussion? Let’s be honest, with Twitter in turmoil, a Blood Moon lunar eclipse coming, and a very consequential election, this is the time for a more open discussion. Let’s take some time to discuss our thoughts not […]

Should patients be compensated for participating in research, studies, and advisory counsels? The simple answer is yes. Not only is it the ethical thing to do, it also will help improve health equity AND healthcare overall. Why? Because patient volunteerism (not paying patients) means that only people who can afford the time and expense will […]

There is absolutely no doubt that we are tired of COVID-19. After three long years of lockdowns, political wrangling, physical distancing, and nightly virus statistics, all of us would like nothing more than to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. But COVID-related hospitalizations are climbing and deaths have started to inch up as well. […]

Blog post by Joe Babaian Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today. ― Amy Leigh Mercree Talking about dementia, elder care, and the journey toward the end of life is not easy but it doesn’t have to be […]

Hospitals and practices in the US are struggling. Many large and prominent health systems have reported large quarterly/yearly losses. While some of those losses are due to investments in the stock market, most are showing an operating loss due in part to a decrease in patient volumes. The question I have: Where have all the […]

Blog post by Joe Babaian It’s the kind of mistrust of science because science is viewed as authority. And there’s a lot of anti-authority feeling. I think that’s the kind of thing that drives the anti-vaxxers, the people who don’t believe the science of vaccination and don’t want to get their children vaccinated. It’s all […]

Over the past two years, retail health has been a hot topic of conversation. Some see retail health as a threat, some see it as the natural evolution of healthcare, and some see it as an innovative disruptor. We may not know who is right for a decade or more, but there is no doubt […]

Blog Post by Joe Babaian Does intent matter in the world of authentic communication? Today, as every day, I am inspired and encouraged by the depth of community collaboration and growth here at #hcldr and our extended communities – great folks in such a wide and diverse group! This got me thinking about communication versus […]

This week I’m attending the SHSMD22 conference – an event for healthcare marketers and strategists – so I thought it would be interesting to unpack the term “healthcare access” with the #HCLDR community this week. Over that past year, “improving healthcare access” has become a popular phrase. I see it on company booths. I hear […]

Blog Post By Joe Babaian Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. ~ Seneca The Elder, 54 BC – 39 AD Seneca’s quote proved to be so perfect that Semisonic used it to great effect in their popular Closing Time in 1998. This prompts the question I am asking this week: in healthcare […]