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
    Whether you’re visiting your doctor or you’re a patient in the hospital, having a health care advocate (or patient advocate) with you is a great idea.  Let’s face, visiting your doctor or being a patient in a hospital can be very scary and overwhelming.  Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.  Having...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor Americans are more likely to be hospitalized with complications from flu than wealthier people, a new study finds.

    Low vaccination rates, packed housing and less access to regular medical care likely all play a role in boosting the risk of ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Administration:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans Affairs hospitals seem to do just as well as other U.S. hospitals when it comes to treating older men with heart disease or pneumonia, a new study suggests.

    The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical A...Full Article

  • 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
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Surgery:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical safety checklist reduced patients' risk of death over 90 days and shortened their hospital stay, a new study found.

    The findings suggest that surgical safety checklists can reduce health care costs by reducing the risk of complication...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Colorectal Surgery:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your stool-based colon cancer test should come back positive, just how long it takes for you to get follow-up care may depend on your hospital, a new study finds.

    The study of more than 62,000 patients cared for in four different U.S. health ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology):

    TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born weeks after their due date may be at increased risk for complications and illness that can land them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study suggests.

    Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel examined data from abou...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pulmonary Disease:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests.

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- which is often related to smoki...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can get the absolute best treatment from a hospital staff by being a respectful, polite, and assertive patient.  Communicate thoughtfully and respectfully with staff.  Speaking up and communicating needs to be continuous. Partner with your health care team.  Listen as they speak and formulate any...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatric Medicine:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients hospitalized on a weekend because of medical emergencies tend to be older and more disabled than those admitted on weekdays, a new study shows.

    That could be one reason why weekend arrivals may be more likely to die, the Irish researchers...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can reduce your risk of getting the wrong medication by being engaged in your health care, and by being an active and empowered patient.  It is very important that you:
    • Understand your medications, their potential side effects, and whether they will interfere with any other medications or
    ...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of hepatitis C infections among dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say.

    Between 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rece...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Jonas, the massive snowstorm that hammered the East Coast, has led to a shortage of blood products and there is an emergency need for both blood and platelet donors, the American Red Cross said Tuesday.

    "The impact of this weekend's winter storm ...Full Article

  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    You can avoid feeling rushed in the doctor’s office by being prepared, and by communicating clearly with your doctor.  Most doctors will welcome patients who are active in their health care. A doctor’s time is limited: the average office visit is estimated to last 15 minutes.   If you are prepared, you...Read More
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  • Barbara Ficarra, RN - ,  - Nursing
    While adult bicyclists are not required by state law to wear helmets, young riders are required to wear helmets in only 21 states and the District of Columbia. Whether your state requires you to wear a helmet or not, be smart and be preventive. Every time you and your children ride a bicycle, choose...Read More
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