| Posted On Sep 25, 2013 | By:

Looking For Whole Grains? Think Outside the Cereal Box

Are you trying to eat more whole grains?  Chances are, even if you’re not trying, you are eating more, and that’s a good thing.   A few years ago, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines advised everyone to eat more whole grains by replacing at least half of our refined grains with whole grains.  As a result, food manufacturers, food service providers, and even fast food restaurants have gotten on board to create more whole grain options and help inch us toward that goal.

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| Posted On Sep 23, 2013 | By:

Treating Heartburn and GERD: Use Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPIs carefully

Heartburn is a feeling of burning pain in your lower chest, behind the breastbone. It comes from acid backing up from your stomach to your throat. You may have seen ads for heartburn drugs, such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid. These drugs are called PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). They keep the stomach from making too much acid. In most cases, you don’t need a PPI for heartburn. You can get relief from a less powerful drug.

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| Posted On Sep 20, 2013 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health Announce Dr. Gene Lindsey to Retire

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health announced today that Dr. Gene Lindsey will retire at the end of this year.  Dr. Lindsey, who has led Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates since 2008, has successfully established a strong strategic direction for these organizations which have grown under his leadership as a national model for high quality, affordable care.  For the remainder of the year, Dr. Lindsey will focus his attention on several important external strategic activities as CEO Emeritus and Vice Chair of Atrius Health. 

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| Posted On Sep 17, 2013 | By:

Improving Patient Care Through Health Information Technology

Atrius Health was an early implementer of health information technology (HIT) and today is on the leading edge of how HIT is used to improve care within ambulatory settings. A variety of health information technology tools help clinicians and staff communicate across our offices and our hospital partners to coordinate patient care more effectively and efficiently.

At the center of our information exchange is the EPIC Systems’ electronic health record (EHR), a real-time,

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2013 | By:

Hundreds Strong (Again!) at This Year’s Boston Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and the other medical groups that make up Atrius Health (Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Southboro Medical Group, South Shore Medical Center, Reliant Medical Group and VNA Care Network and Hospice) participated in the Boston Heart Walk on Saturday, September 7th. This marked the seventh year in a row our staff and their families and friends have teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research,

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| Posted On Sep 12, 2013 | By:

Health Planning Council Begins to Tackle State Health Resource Planning

Last year’s payment reform bill, “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation” (Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012), was established to take a long-needed look at healthcare resources throughout the state of Massachusetts in the hopes of better rationalizing our healthcare system.

As part of Chapter 224, the Health Planning Council was created within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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| Posted On Sep 12, 2013 | By:

Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine!

Influenza, sometimes simply called “flu,” is a serious illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Therefore, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

Many people have questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.  Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard,

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| Posted On Sep 10, 2013 | By:

Making Sense of a Prescription Medicine Label

I admit it: there’s a lot of information packed onto a prescription medicine label.  It’s all appropriate and necessary information, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing to interpret the abbreviations and small print.  To add to the confusion, one pharmacy’s label may place information in a different location than another pharmacy’s label does, creating a frustrating game of “hide and seek.”

Understanding your medicine label gives you the power to take what’s inside correctly and protect your health.

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| Posted On Sep 06, 2013 | By:

An Important Back-to-School To-Do

Back-to-school time is officially upon us.  It can be a busy time – updating the calendar with lots of events, buying additional  school supplies, filling out forms, figuring out new schedules – but it’s important to add one more item to your to-do list: making sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community. 

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