Stop, No, Go, Pokemon Go

WW_PokemonTwo Springfield, Mo., systems are among the first of likely many to ban the mobile app game Pokemon Go on their campuses, at least as far as employees are concerned. As reported by the Springfield News-Leader, Mercy Springfield Communities, a region of Mercy Health System, has experienced a disruption in patient care as a result of employees playing the game and have banned it completely. They encourage its staff members to tell colleagues they see playing the game to stop as well. CoxHealth has had less of a problem, with a handful of people being asked to leave after trying to play the game on the site.

Meanwhile, some health experts are praising the concept of a video game that gets people out and about, according to Live Science. “It's nice to see technology changing and being used in a way that promotes physical activity," Graham Thomas, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, R.I., told the website.

Hospitals Gear Up for Conventions

WW_RepublicanConventionWith Democratic and Republican conventions coming up, hospitals in Philadelphia and Cleveland are preparing for anything that could come their way. Michael Anderson, M.D., chief medical officer University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland told his staff to “have your cellphone, have a full tank of gas,”should an emergency happen, and trauma surgeons weren’t allowed vacation the week of the convention, ABC News reports. A hotline has also been created should attendees need urgent care or even everyday medical needs. Hospitals in Philadelphia, the site of the Democratic convention, have also been prepping. “We routinely meet plan, exercise, and coordinate between healthcare and all our other partners in emergency management, law enforcement, fire, EMS,”said Mark Ross, regional manager of emergency preparedness for the Hospital & Health system Association of Pennsylvania.

Listen Up, Docs

WW_rate_docsThere is mounting evidence that the patient knows best about their own health, according to a Rice University study. Two Rice researchers found “evidence to bolster their theory that self-rated health – what you’d say when a doctor asks how you feel your health is in general – is as good as and perhaps even better than any test to describe one’s physiological condition,” stated a Rice news release. “When a patient says, ‘I don’t feel like my health is very good right now,’ it’s meaningful thing with a biological basis, even if they don’t show symptoms,” said Christopher Fagundes, a Rice assistant professor of psychology, in the release.

How to Save a Life

WW_google_cardboardTeegan Lexcen was born with half a heart and one lung; at one point doctors told her parents Cassidy and Chad Lexcen to prepare to say goodbye to their newborn, CNN reports. Until the family was introduced to pediatric heart surgeons at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami who used Google Cardboard to look at pictures of Teegan’s heart in a virtual environment and map out the surgery. Teegan, now 10 months old, is progressing well and gaining weight. “It’s amazing for the fact that it [Google Cardboard] gave him the exact path that he needed to get to her heart,”said Cassidy in the report.