Posts made in October, 2011

PAMF Healthy Breast Program Reaches Out to Uninsured Women


Carla Gomez, PAMF Healthy Breast Program Coordinator, reaching out to community at Safeway stores in Santa Cruz

Carla Gomez, PAMF’s Healthy Breast Campaign coordinator in Santa Cruz, is working at a table set up at various Safeway store locations throughout Santa Cruz this month (October) to let people know about our Healthy Breast Program and resources.

This PAMF Healthy Breast Program reaches out to uninsured women to educate them on the importance of breast cancer screenings, and to connect them to resources that are available. Since its inception this past February, we have reached out to more than 3,400 individuals and have provided follow up treatment for 32 women, 5 of whom had surgical removal including 1 breast cancer diagnosis.

Read More

South Asian Health Check-List

Did you know that South Asians are more susceptible to heart attack, stroke and diabetes? Compared to other ethnicities, South Asians are at a heightened risk to develop these chronic illnesses up to a decade earlier. Consider these facts:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that most of the world’s heart patients will be South Asians in the next few years.
  • One-third of diabetics worldwide are Indian.
  • 50 percent of heart attacks in South Asians occur before the age of 55.
  • Nearly one half of Indians have Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease.

Read More

Innovation Center Explores Ways to Improve Quality of Life, Health of Seniors

Paul Tang, M.D., PAMF’s chief innovation and technology officer

As baby boomers age, America has to find better ways to ensure that everyone has access to excellent health care – whenever and wherever they need it, says Paul Tang, M.D., the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) chief innovation and technology officer.

He is heading up an exciting new project that looks at how relationships can be forged in communities to improve the quality of life and health of Americans. The focus goes beyond treating injury or illness at the doctor’s office or hospital. It includes keeping people healthy, happy and independent at home as they age.

“To reform America’s health care system, we must rethink everything,” he says. “That includes reinventing our role in sustaining the health of our communities. We’re out to create a partnership with our communities around health, not just health care.”

Read More

Data Expert Picks PAMF’s ‘My Health Online’ Technology to Manage His Health

Capitola resident Vincent P. Barabba made a career out of providing smart, reliable information using the latest technology. When it comes to his health, he wants the same service. That is why Barabba uses My Health Online to communicate with his PAMF doctors, request appointments, view test results, renew prescriptions, and stay on top of recommended screening tests and vaccinations.
Read More

Why Lasik Prices Vary

“Why are LASIK costs so different?”

This is a question that I often receive. A person will have seen an advertisement in the newspaper for someone offering laser vision correction for $1,000 or less per eye. As the saying goes “Buyer beware.”

The first thing that a person should be aware of is that the advertised price will usually have a small asterisk next to it. At the bottom of the advertisement there will be a statement that the price only applies for a prescription of less than a low number such as -1.50 . Often there also will be a restriction on the presence of astigmatism.

Read More