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Are Studies Overestimating the Cost of EHRs?

By TOM GIANNULLI, MD On August 6, this article was posted, Are Electronic Medical Records Worth the Costs of Implementation?, in the American Action Forum. The article stated that there is value in the use of EHRs but the cost is significant. They estimated nearly $164,000 for a single physician and over $233,000 for a five

The Unintended Consequences of Performance Measurement

1 hour agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

When it rains, it pours. So it is with the unintended consequences of performance measurement. Performance measurement is an important part if our new health care law. The problem is, most of the people who wrote the law have no idea how to define "proper" performance or "quality" care. Show More Summary

Is patient-centered care part of the problem?

What is the difference between a health care system and a Burger King? In a health care system, you can’t always have it your way. At some point in our training, most physicians are introduced to the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on Crossing the Quality Chasm. The report outlines 6 key elements that are […]

A philosophical query concerning performance measurement

Insurers increasingly use performance measurement (often mislabeled quality measurement) to impact physician pay.  The idea behind performance measurement follows from the belief that we can measure quality and therefore pay physicians for delivering quality. Show More Summary

Steve Blank, Founder of Lean Startup Movement, On Entrepreneurship in Healthcare and Life Sciences (INTERVIEW)

Steve Blank needs no introduction as the man who started up the Lean Startup movement (in case you need one, find it here on his blog). But, you may not be aware that he has taken significant interest in entrepreneurship in life sciences, digital health, and healthcare. Show More Summary

This Is The Most Bizarre Post On NEHTA And The PCEHR I Have Ever Seen!

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Bedside ultrasound should be used by more doctors. Here’s why.

The trauma doors flew open, and a middle age man was rushed into the room. All we knew in those moments was that a seemingly lifeless body lay in front of us. There was no pulse and chest compressions were started. After several minutes of no response, another physician hurried out of the room and […]

Two Important Updates on #Zarxio and Biosimilar Reimbursement (rerun)

This week, I’m rerunning some popular 2015 posts. Click here to see the original post and comments from February 2015 Today’s rerun is especially timely. Yesterday, Zarxio launched at a reported 15% discount to Amgen’s Neupogen, theShow More Summary

Google Doubles Its Health-Related Search Content to Over 900 Conditions

Earlier this year, Google introduced structured, curated, and verified health information information into its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm. Initially, the feature was available for 400 conditions — but now Google has increased...Show More Summary

Salesforce Launches Salesforce Health Cloud to Build Patient Relationships Beyond EHRs

Salesforce is making a big bet in healthcare with a solution built in the cloud that empowers caregivers to connect with patients via mobile, social and other channels. Today, the CRM platform provider is introducing Salesforce Health...Show More Summary

This Is An Issue That Really Worries Me With Electronic Record Keeping - Especially In Shared Environments!

This appeared a little while ago.Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special careAugust 26, 2015 | By Marla Durben HirschI have little sympathy for the millions of people who joined the Ashley Madison website that facilitates extramarital affairs and now are dealing with the exposure of their involvement due to hackers. Show More Summary

Future Role of Smartwatches in Personal Health (Infographic)

The release of the Apple Watch has heightened the conversation around wearable tech and the impact it could have in the future. One of the fields most interested in the potential benefits of wearable tech is that of medical technology. This has led to a surge in research focused on the health applications of smartwatches. Healthcare... Read More

The Measure of a Physician: Albert Schweitzer

By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD There are different ways to take the measure of a life.  John Rockefeller, the richest person in the history of mankind, once asked a neighbor, “Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?  It’s to see my dividends come in.”  Television magnate Ted Turner once said, “I don’t want

Nordics at the forefront of extending the reach of virtual healthcare

Having visited the Nordic countries of Europe many times over the last 13 years, it comes as no surprise to me that telemedicine is at the forefront of regional initiatives to improve healthcare access and delivery.This is particularly true in rural areas...(read more)

5 things OB/GYNs should know about treating survivors of childhood cancer

Recent research shows improvement in long-term survival rates for childhood cancer patients, but also highlights the challenges that remain for many of the almost 400,000 survivors in the United States.  Among these survivors are women facing gynecological health issues from the late effects of their treatment. What follows are several areas of concern that gynecologists […]

Samsung’s Sleep Sense Monitor with Contact-Free Heart and Breathing Rate Monitoring

23 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Samsung announced that it will soon be releasing a new sleep aid called Sleep Sense that will be able to track sleep by relying on parameters previously unavailable to consumers. The device, powered by technology from EarlySense, anShow More Summary

Clinical Research Rebooted

By SCANADU RESEARCH The traditionally conducted clinical trial model requires increasing amounts of time, cost, and resources for both sponsors and sites. In fact, fewer than 10% of clinical trials are completed on time  due to poor patient recruitment, retention and protracted budget negotiations. And since 2008 per-patient, clinical trial costs in the US have

The Phonemic Path: A Way to Measure Health That Can Lead to Health Improvement

By ANDY ORAM We know what improves health–but we’re simply years away from having the tools to achieve it. We know that we can reduce the chronic conditions plaguing the world’s populations by a subtle combination of: Closely monitoring the behavior of individuals Linking health goals to treatments and behavior changes Upgrading the problems in

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