Business of Health Care

Friday 4:32pm & 6:32pm

Every week, Business of Health Care segments update us on beneficial new services, innovative procedures and technologies, and also helps us navigate of the maze of regulations, terminology and codes that can make the health care system seem intimidating.

Business of Health care is hosted by Glenn Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco.

Business of Health Care is a production of KWBU and Baylor Scott & White Health.

We often worry about how much time our kids spend in front of a screen, and particularly the link between screen time and childhood obesity. But too much screen time isn't just a problem for kids. 


Cancers affecting the body's largest organ, the skin, are by for the most common. So it's no wonder that a growing number of people are concerned about the products they regularly use to care for their skin, and consequently, a growing number of skin care products that bill themselves as safe, or holistic, or natural. 

High blood pressure and high cholesterol have long been two major risk factors for serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke. 


In 2017, the World Health Organization issued a dire warning over the rise of so-called “superbugs,” which are infections resistant to antibiotics that could pose a grave threat to human health. Many leading health systems have responded by taking a more cautious approach encouraging efforts to prevent overprescribing of antibiotics and only using antibiotics when appropriate.

In the face of an epidemic, getting the right treatment to those affected is essential. That’s the thinking behind the new set of guidelines recently adopted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, which aims to make weight loss surgery more readily available to patients suffering from obesity. 


A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. And based on a recent survey by one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, more than 80% of Americans seem to want to take their first steps toward a better life by paying more attention to their health. 

According to the survey, a healthier diet was the biggest priority, followed by getting routine medical care. Reducing drinking and stopping smoking came in third.

Of course, trying to be healthier and actually beinghealthier are two separate things. 

Do you - or have you ever had lower back pain? If you haven't yet, you likely will at some point. In fact, it's estimated that 80% of the population will have to deal with low back pain at some point during their lives, making it almost as prevalent as the common cold. 


Healthcare Informatics is defined as the intergration of healhcare sciences, computer science, information science and cognitive science to assist in the management of healtcare information.


Primary cared medial services can be provided not only by physicians, but increasingly by a range of nonphysician practioners.  


Healthcare is becoming a new frontier in crowdsourcing.


Some health systems are encouraging select emergency department patients who are stable and don't need intensive round-the-clock care to choose hospital-level care at home rather than remaining in the hospital.


There is a health threat being marketed primarily at teens: energy drinks.


Business of Health Care: Screen Time

Aug 9, 2019

If you’re a parent, at some point you’ve probably wondered whether or not your child is spending too much time in front of a screen – especially over the summer months.


Business of Health Care: Rural Health Care

Aug 2, 2019

Since 2010, at least 97 rural hospitals across 27 states have closed. Another 21 percent of remaining rural hospitals are at risk of closing – including 127 in Texas.


With nearly half of privately insured Americans on high-deductible health plans now, the Internet - a free resource available virtually anywhere - has taken on an even greater role in the health care continuum.


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