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Power of Cell Phones: How a Single Text Message Can Improve Refugee Health

By |January 20th, 2016|

By Cherie Fathy

Ironically, as I started writing this blog post, I felt my phone buzz in my pocket. It was a text message from my doctor’s office reminding me of my appointment next week.

For many of us, this routine text message may have gone unnoticed. We almost take for granted the ease and simplicity […]

The Many Me(s)

By |December 16th, 2015|

“American? No, no you’re {insert identity statement here}.”

Everytime I hear that statement, I cringe. Our elders, who often emigrated from other countries, mean well. They are trying to preserve a culture important to them. They want to make sure that we know and celebrate the same traditions they do. They want to have something in […]

Patients say deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engage them

By |November 4th, 2015|

Much has been made of the push to better engage patients, but little has been spent on examining exactly what patients want. Despite the requirements set by the EHR Incentive Program, simply deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engender real, sustainable engagement. Recently TechnologyAdvice surveyed 409 adult Americans about their digital health services preferences. I […]

The future of medicine and the incredible innovations we can expect by 2064

By |November 4th, 2015|

The Fred Alger Management team reached out to me recently asking what innovative changes I thought the medical and healthcare industry will be going through over the next 50 years. It was for their innovative “Think Further” series.


As Yogi Berra famously quipped “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” but Alger’s “Future of […]

How health IT enables safer medical travel and tourism

By |November 2nd, 2015|

IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Once again, we welcome medical IT entrepreneur, Agha Ahmed, Managing Partner of GHIMBA, as we explore how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA.

How […]

If the Shoe Fits

By |October 25th, 2015|

Stilettos, wedges, pumps, and platform heels for fancy occasions. Feather light sneakers with built in springs for those mile runs in the morning. Foldable flats to pop out of your bag after a long day of work. Flip flops perfect for the beach and walks on the boardwalk. For both men and women, there is […]

Finding Our Voice: Sharing our Disability Experiences to Seek Empowerment and Affect Change

By |October 22nd, 2015|

Understanding disability is a rising issue among the Muslim community. It is a topic that is not frequently discussed and often ignored. As a result, Muslim individuals with a disability feel left out affecting their self-esteem and thus their mental health. To combat this issue, simple steps are being taken within the local community to […]

Mountains or Molehills: Depression, Suicide, and Your Help

By |October 8th, 2015|

Depression. One of the most commonly used terms to describe a number of emotions: sadness, apathy, or just the blahs. True depression, however, is mostly misunderstood. Depression includes symptoms such as a reduced interest in normal activities, insomnia, fatigue, diminished ability to think clearly, and recurrent thoughts of death, which may include suicidal ideation (DSM-V, […]

Lactation: The Lost Art

By |August 27th, 2015|

As Muslims and health care providers, the question of whether or not breastfeeding is the ideal form of infant nutrition is no mystery. We learn through numerous references in the Quran that extending this relationship to two years provides the most benefits to mother, child, and by extension, society, as is the recommendation by the […]

Weight-Loss Journey

By |August 18th, 2015|

“I have to leave the house in 15 minutes or I will be late for my appointment!” You tell yourself this several times before you get up, get ready and head out the door.  You lock up the house, get inside your car and start driving.  You head out of your community with confidence that […]