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Alice Through the Looking Glass: Clocking in for a Dull Time

The late Gene Siskel used to say that whether or not a movie was good could be determined by a simple test: Is the movie more interesting than a documentary of the actors having lunch? I never quite understood this calculus—it’s possible...Show More Summary

StartUp Health Finland Unveils First 5 Digital Health Startups

StartUp Health, a global entrepreneurship development company for Healthcare Transformers, announced the first five digital health startups to join the StartUp Health Academy as part of StartUp Health Finland. StartUp Health FinlandShow More Summary

NIH Awards Mayo Clinic $145M to Create Biobank for Precision Medicine Initiative

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Mayo Clinic $142 million over five years as part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative to create the world’s largest biobank for the PMI Cohort Program. Mayo Clinic will...Show More Summary

IMS Health Acquires Canada-based Privacy Analytics

IMS Health has acquired Canada-based Privacy Analytics, a technology provider that enables healthcare organizations to unleash the value of sensitive data for secondary purposes without compromising personal health information. The acquisition...Show More Summary

I will make a concerted effort every day to do my job with love

Since beginning my medical education, I had been on one side of the curtain; the side where the doctors confer and discuss before telling the patient his or her fate, going from room to room giving updates and prognoses. I interacted with patients for the purpose of getting their histories and physical examinations, collecting all […]

Baron: "No Robust Evidence" for Maintenance of Certification

3 hours agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

With the soft tinkling of gentle piano music playing in the background, Richard Baron, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation, published a video on 20 May 2016 attempting to justify...Show More Summary

Take Steps to Avoid the HHS Wall of Shame

The increasingly helpful blog at My Docs Online has this article, outlining steps providers can take to avoid the HHS wall of Shame. It’s worth a look. Known to some as the “Wall of Shame” or the HHS Breach Portal, the Health and Human...Show More Summary

Your medical records are a gold mine for cybercriminals

Some say privacy is an illusion. I hope that isn’t true, but I do know that our medical records are not safe. Why should you care? Because our medical records contain our social security numbers, health insurance information, our home addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts and their phone numbers, our email addresses, possibly our driver’s license […]

I Hope This Is Not True But Rather A Matter Of Poor Expression Of What It Happening.

I spotted this page the other day from the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.My Health RecordAustin Health is participating in the My Health Record system, formerly known as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR).Austin...Show More Summary

From Pilot to Policy: Lessons from e-Health Deployed at Scale

As mentioned in previous posts, the United4Health project was intended to test the deployment at scale of mobile health solutions and to integrate those telehealth services as part of the standard of care. Participants took this to heart and used the project to help tackle larger issues of policy, funding, technology, resources and overall workflow. The […]

I am a doctor, but I didn’t cause the opioid epidemic

Let’s get this straight. I am a doctor, but I didn’t cause the opioid epidemic. That is not exactly what you hear in the media these days. After all, doctors are the ones with the prescription pads, and someone must be to blame. The truth is that death from opioid abuse is on the rise. […]

Health in Flight: Medicine and Migration at the MSF Scientific Days

Rebecca Lockhart, PLOS Medicine Publications Assistant, reflects on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific Days 2016. At this year’s annual scientific conference held by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the dominant theme was clear from the programme

Are You Ready for Some (Political) Football? - the NFL, Concussion Research, the NIH, and the Revolving Door

Probably because it involved the favorite American sport, the controversy about the risk of concussions to professional National Football League (NFL) players, and how the NFL has handled the issue is very well known. A recent article...Show More Summary

A patient with a right brain injury. And an accusation.

You can’t pick your parents, and you can’t pick the side of your brain that you damage. I always thought that injuries to the left side of the brain would be the worst, because that’s where the language centers generally are. And talking is basically all I do. But after seeing uncountable numbers of strokes […]

The Drop in OPDP Enforcement

Back when the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued regulatory action letters on a regular basis (either Warning Letters or Untitled Letters) regarding what the agency saw as infractions in the course of promotional speech, I would post a … Continue reading ?

E-mail Liberacion!

By JOHN HALAMKA In 2011 and 2012 I wrote about the increasing problem of Business Spam – unsolicited, unconsented advertising that has grown in volume to the point that it constitutes more than half of my email.   In 2016, I’ve done an experiment – I’ve not opted in to any newsletter, any website

Medtronic, Qualcomm Team Up to Develop Next-Gen Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Medtronic and Qualcomm has signed a global, multi-year collaboration to jointly develop future generation continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems that aim to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes. Both companies want to...Show More Summary

A Stethoscope for Knees to Detect Injury, Measure Recovery

Those crackling sounds of knees in the morning may sound scary, but there’s constant noise coming out of moving joints that we just don’t hear. Normal sounds may indicate healthy knees while unusual ones may point to something not quite right. Show More Summary

Stroke Rehab Gamification: Hangout with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Researchers

Stroke rehabilitation can be a monotonous and uninspiring experience, resulting in many patients recovering not as well as they could. Today on this very page we’ll be hosting a hangout with researchers from Ohio State Wexner Medical...Show More Summary

California’s End of Life Option Act will provoke meaningful conversations

I hoped that my feisty patient who prevailed over brain cancer would be spared another terminal diagnosis, but after two years in remission, her mammogram showed breast cancer. She agreed to surgery, but declined further chemotherapy. When the time comes, she asked, would I help her end her life? The End of Life Option Act goes into […]

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