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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  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    Sleep is vital for your health and well-being: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls insufficent sleep a public health epidemic. According to research, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders.

    Sleep helps your brain work properly. If you’re not getting...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    Positive thinking -- generally approaching life, and even unpleasantness, with an upbeat, productive attitude -- can be as important to your health as getting enough sleep, eating right and being active. The health benefits of positive thinking may include:
    • increased life span
    • lower rates of
    ...Read More
  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    If you are overweight, losing weight is a good step. Weight loss can help reduce pain and make it easier for you to do daily activities, including walking. If your osteoarthritis continues to cause you pain, and you’ve exhausted all other options, knee surgery may be necessary. It’s very important that...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of many types of hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    "Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types ...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    One path to happiness involves surrounding yourself with optimistic and happy people. Surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you, support you and are good listeners will fan your fire. Think about picking people to spend time with who make you laugh and smile.

    This content originally...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting medical residents' work hours hasn't reduced death rates, hospital readmission rates or outcomes of surgery, two new studies find.

    "The work-hour restrictions have been controversial because there have been questions whether they are posit...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People applying to become medical residents in the United States speak a wide range of non-English languages, but many aren't the languages spoken by patients with limited English skills, a new study finds.

    More than 25 million U.S. residents spea...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of emergency department visits in the United States rose from about 130 million in 2010 to a record 136 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The findings also showed that fewer people were ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nursing:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want to give health care a boost? Try a little kindness, experts say.

    Various studies suggest that when health care workers approach patients with compassion, patients often heal faster, have less pain and anxiety, and even bounce back faster from...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born at full term, resulting in fewer infant deaths, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

    The death rate among infants dropped 4 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pre...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) can cut the time it takes for heart attack patients to receive treatment, new research suggests.

    A study from Doha, Qatar, examined outcomes among 510 heart attack patients, and found a trans-satellite wirel...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About $2.7 million in personal protective gear has been ordered for health care workers at U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

    The Ebola-specific protective equipment is being ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how doctors communicate during shift changes in hospitals reduced the risk of adverse events in patients by 30 percent, a new study found.

    In the study of nearly 11,000 patients, researchers also found that a better method of communicat...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Care:

    MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Of the more than 1.5 million patients who received hospice care in the United States in 2013, one-third died within one week of getting it, a new report shows.

    "While many dying Americans are opting for hospice care at th...Full Article