Barbara Ficarra, RN

Bio

Sharecare editorial advisory board member, and health educator, Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a featured writer for The Huffington Post. She is the founder of Healthin30.com, which offers health news and advice from a nurse’s perspective. Barbara is an international speaker and she is on the front lines of health care as a registered nurse and a leading voice in health offering practical advice focusing on patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media, health IT, digital technology, (mHealth-mobile health, gamification, telemedicine), doctor|nurse team and healthy living. Barbara began her broadcasting career in radio as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning Health in 30® radio show, which brought listeners the latest health information and featured renowned health and wellness guest experts. Barbara is a contributor to many health sites, is frequently quoted and featured by numerous media outlets, and has appeared on FOX News Live. You can watch her on Sharecare in dozens of Health Smarts videos, in which she delivers her trademark brand of advice: simple, practical and trustworthy tips to help people take charge of their health and feel their best. Barbara received a Broadcast Journalism Award of Excellence for Health in 30® from the American College of Emergency Physicians. The winning program, “Ins and Outs of the ER,” explained what patients should expect in the ER and explored the challenges created by crowding. In 2011, Healthin30.com was voted Best Health Blog by Healthline. Barbara was a board member for the National Association of Medical Communicators and served on the Academy of Judges for the International Health and Medical Media Awards. She was invited by Microsoft to judge a series of innovative technology entries for the Imagine Cup 2012. She served as faculty for the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conferences, has taught classes in media broadcasting, and is a team member for one of TEDMED’s 20 Great Challenges, Improving Medical Communication. Currently she is president of Barbara Ficarra Productions, LLC, and is a consultant, moderator on panels and webinars, and media trainer. She speaks internationally on healthcare issues, focusing on professional development, patient engagement and empowerment, social media, and digital technology, including mHealth (mobile health), gamification, health apps, telemedicine and telehealth, leveraging her experience as former senior director of clinical affairs for a telehealth company. She is also an administrative supervisor at a large university medical center, where she covers multiple medical and surgical units, critical care, oncology, cardiology, the psychiatric unit, women’s and children’s services and the emergency trauma department. She always encourages patients and their families to be proactive and take charge of their health. Her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists, New York Women in Communications, Microsoft Health Users Group, HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) and American Telemedicine Association.

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    “#Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.-Franklin D. Roosevelt #Inspiration #MondayMotivation #Quote”

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Room Nursing:

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent visits to emergency departments appear to be a predictor of death from a prescription drug overdose, a new study finds.

    People with four or more ER visits in the past year were 48 times more likely to die of prescription drug overdose co...Full Article

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    “Please supervise children near pool/water. According to the CDC “Two to three children die every day as a result of drowning.” #SafeSummer”

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a sharp rise in the number of emergency room visits involving the narcotic painkiller tramadol between 2005 and 2011, two new government reports show.

    Tramadol is the active ingredient in brand-name drugs such as Ultram, Ultracet, Conzi...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It might be possible to develop a blood test that would diagnose severe blood infections (sepsis) at an earlier stage than can be done currently, new research suggests.

    Stanford University researchers have identified a pattern of gene activity a...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nephrology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Common kidney function tests using blood or urine can help doctors identify hospitalized patients at risk for acute kidney injury, researchers say.

    Acute kidney injury is a sudden loss of kidney function that can develop within a few hours or ov...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pig farm workers are at increased risk for multidrug-resistant staph infections, new research indicates.

    Most infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are minor, but this strain of the bacteria can sometimes cause serious infections, and ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a pilot program that could have wide-ranging impact, the drug maker Johnson & Johnson will have independent bioethicists determine whether dying patients should be allowed emergency access to experimental medicines.

    The program is a partner...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatric Medicine:

    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American seniors who die from fall-related injuries has nearly doubled since 2000, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.

    The observation is based on an analysis of death rate information compi...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
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    “Nursing profession consistently ranks # 1 as most trusted, honest and ethical profession. Congrats! #Nurses #NursesWeek #ProudToBeANurse”

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers may have found a new way to combat a stubborn and potentially deadly gut infection: a friendly version of the culprit bacteria itself.

    The infection, caused by the bug Clostridium difficile, is a common scourge in hospitals. And ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infections with the superbug known as Clostridium difficile have been the most prevalent in the Northeast during the past decade, new U.S. research shows.

    University of Texas researchers looked at slightly more than 2 million cases of infect...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neonatal Nursing:

    TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports the theory that girls born prematurely fare better than preemie boys in the first weeks of life.

    The study of 2,700 premature infants found that females were able to breast-feed or bottle-feed one day earlier than males. This...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Plastic/reconstructive Surgery:

    MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who choose to have plastic surgery are 35 percent more likely than normal-weight people to have to visit the emergency room or be admitted to the hospital within 30 days after their operation, new research suggests.

    The findings highlig...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While electronic health records are touted as the holy grail of a transparent health care system, a new study finds they don't improve treatment results for some stroke patients in the United States.

    Patients fared about t...Full Article