Melanie Kilgore-Hill

Freelance Healthcare Writer

Location icon United States of America

From EHRs to personalized medicine, I get it, and I can write it. I'm an industry veteran with 18-plus years in the medical field. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Journalism, I worked as a PR specialist at hospitals in Arkansas and Tennessee before setting out as an independent journalist more than 12 years ago. Let me put my in-depth knowledge of an increasingly complex industry to work for your organization.

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Melanie Hill

Melanie Hill is an independent writer, editor and public relations specialist based out of Franklin, Tenn. She began writing for Journal Communications in 2003, shortly after relocating to Tennessee with her husband. Hill received a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and soon discovered a passion for health care.

Who do Americans trust to handle their health data?

Visit any hospital in the US and you'll find that electronic health records have virtually eliminated the dusty, overstuffed file folders once lining office shelves. While some patients are comfortable with this change and don't think twice about sharing personal medical data, others are uneasy about the accessibility - legal or otherwise - of such sensitive information.

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Physician Spotlight: Changing Minds

Genovese Challenges Status Quo in Addiction Medicine The road to medicine was seemingly inevitable for Michael Genovese, MD, JD, chief medical officer at Acadia Healthcare, the publicly traded developer and operator of behavioral health facilities that is headquartered in Middle Tennessee. His journey, however, was less than typical.

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Keeping the Focus on Quality & Safety

LifePoint Health Efforts Recognized & Shared Nationally Quality and patient safety are benchmarks for any healthcare organization. In Middle Tennessee, LifePoint Health is redefining expectations through its innovative National Quality Program, a structured process for ensuring consistent, high standards of quality and patient safety.

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The War Against Opioids in Pain Management

Nashville Specialists Offer Insight, Alternatives to Curb Abuse The governor's TN Together plan, which went into effect this past July, impacts both the dosage and duration of opioid prescriptions (see Nashville Medical News, May 2018). Last month, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee announced they would no longer cover OxyContin beginning in 2019.

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Relode: Disrupting the Healthcare Staffing Industry

Crowdsourcing Model Eliminates Middle Man From Airbnb to Uber, crowdsourcing has revolutionized the way Americans live, work and play. Today, healthcare recruitment is no exception thanks to the innovative team at Brentwood-based Relode. Launched in 2015, the tech-savvy startup is helping more than 30,000 agents and 300 employers find the best candidates to hire while saving time and money.

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A Nashville Transplant Story

Babu Helps Rebuild Saint Thomas Heart Transplant Program A love of tinkering can set a curious mind on an unexpected path. Such was the case for Ashok Babu, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Saint Thomas Health heart transplant program.

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Fighting the Good Fight

Fortified Health Security Arming Healthcare Systems in the Cybersecurity War If the thought of a cybersecurity breach to your bank is terrifying, imagine the fallout for a healthcare organization tasked with protecting the financial, personal and medical information of millions of patients. Cyber attacks can make or break a health system, shaking the confidence of patients and providers.

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A Cut Above

Area Orthopaedic Providers Rolling out Latest Technology, Research There's never been a better time ... or place ... for orthopaedic care. Throughout Middle Tennessee, surgeons and patients are reaping the benefits of innovative treatment options resulting in better outcomes and quicker recoveries. Saint Thomas Health recently announced the launch of the Nashville Hip Institute at Saint Thomas Midtown.

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Briovation Launches Tokenizing Health

Health:Further Summit Offers Latest in Blockchain Innovation Blockchain is the buzzword in healthcare innovation for 2018, and Nashville-based Briovation, the parent company of Jumpstart Foundry and Health:Further, is doing its share to promote the permissionless digital ledger model. The company recently unveiled Jumpstart Token, which invests in healthcare-related blockchain companies.

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TDH Addresses State's Opioid Epidemic

Leaders Collaborating on Statewide Best Practices In 2015, Tennessee had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, most of which was due to prescription drugs. In fact, opioid abuse kills more Tennesseans each year than homicides or motor vehicle accidents.

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Searching for Middle Ground

Changes at Nashville General, Meharry Impact Future of Indigent Care Editor's Note: Decisions regarding Nashville General continue to evolve as stakeholders work their way through a number of issues from providing needed care to adopting a cost efficient, sustainable delivery model to launching a training program for medical students to adequately train the next generation of physicians.

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The Osher Center: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

Once considered "alternative" in American healthcare, integrative medicine is now a widely respected, evidence-based option for pain management, and The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt is leading the way. Founded in 2007, the Nashville clinic is one of six Osher Centers worldwide dedicated to healing the mind, body and spirit.

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Fighting Alzheimer's Head-on

Vanderbilt Research Could Redefine Alzheimer's Treatment More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a diagnosis that kills more people yearly than breast and prostate cancers combined. Fortunately there's hope on the horizon, thanks to a number of studies and trials underway at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Personalized Medicine & Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence thanks in part to work being done in Nashville, including studies at Sarah Cannon Research Institute, the research arm of HCA's Cancer Institute - Sarah Cannon. Daily discoveries are shedding light on the common diagnosis that is still responsible for claiming more than 155,000 lives annually.

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