Symposium Speaker: U.S. Mortality Rate Poor

Pomona, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014

Life expectancy in the United States, once firmly in the middle of the pack compared to most of the other major developed nations in the world, is relatively low and declining, a nationally recognized gerontology expert told Western University of Health Sciences students, staff and guests Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Eileen Crimmins, PhD, AARP Chair in Gerontology at the University of Southern Californias Davis School of Gerontology, and director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health, was the keynote speaker at The Ray Symposium, an annual event jointly presented by the WesternU College of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Education program.

Crimmins, who recently served as co-chair of a committee for the National Academy of Sciences charged with addressing why life expectancy in the U.S. is falling so far behind that of other countries, narrated a power point presentation that opened with a map of the United States. The map showed how life expectancy actually declined in some areas between 1987 and 2007 mostly in the South and was followed by other slides showing the U.S. is at or near the bottom in most major mortality categories, relative to other wealthy nations.

Except for the very old, life in the U.S. is shorter and lived in poorer health than in other countries, Crimmins said, hastening to add that the other countries are the 16 other wealthiest nations in the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Australia.

For decades, Americans have been less likely to survive to age 50 than people in other rich nations, for a variety of reasons Crimmins cited in data from 2007-10. The U.S.:

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Valley Presbyterian Hospital Launches Patient Portal; Interactive Tool Aims to Engage Patients in Their Health Care Plan

Van Nuys, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce the recent launch of its Patient Portal, an interactive tool that enables patients and their authorized representatives to access and share health information online.

The Valley Presbyterian Hospital Patient Portal is aimed at engaging patients in their health care plan. Once enrolled in the system, patients will be able to view laboratory and radiology reports, medications, allergies, demographic information, visit history and discharge/aftercare information from their phone, tablet, computer, or any Internet-enabled device.

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is among a few hospitals in the San Fernando Valley region to make health care information available to its patients online under new federal requirements designed to increase patient access to health information.

We are excited to offer our patients and their authorized representatives the convenience of a Patient Portal, said Jeff Allport, Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Vice President & Chief Information Officer. We believe this will help patients and their caregivers to become more informed and engaged, while increasing the communication, efficiency and productivity of our health care providers, leading to better outcomes.

Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Patient Portal is powered by MEDITECH, one of the world’s largest electronic health record providers. MEDITECH services 2,300 hospitals internationally, including 1,400 hospitals across the United States.

The Patient Portal is completely secure, so patients can be confident their private health information is protected. In the coming months, the Patient Portal will be expanded to offer patients other functions that will add additional value to their care experience.

Navigating the health care environment often can be difficult, especially due to the number of care transitions that take place throughout the patients course of care and treatment, said Jean Rico, Valley Presbyterian Hospitals Senior Vice President of Quality. Through the Patient Portal, we are empowering patients to be active decision makers in their health care and to determine who needs access their health information. We believe this will lead to more coordinated care and increased patient satisfaction.

ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives. For more information, visit http://www.valleypres.org.







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