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The New ADHA CEO Speaks At CEDA Session On Integrated Care - A Must Watch Presentation And Q&A.

The ADHA alerted us regarding this presentation during the week.Here is the announcement:http://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/news-and-events/news/1148-tim-kelsey-digital-opportunities-in-health-servicesTim Kelsey: Digital opportunities in...Show More Summary

Medical student: “I was less stressed in Afghanistan.”

Dear Pamela, Let me start off by telling you that I am a warrior, a protector, and a healer. I am an Army veteran. I’ve worked as an EMT, completed a bachelor’s degree and two years of medical school, plus I’m raising a family. I’ve achieved amazing things, but I have never been defeated like […]

EpiPen Shock

By STEVEN FINDLAY The white hot EpiPen controversy is the latest signal—and it should be loud and clear at this point—that the pharmaceutical marketplace is dysfunctional. To be sure, drug companies make medicines that save and prolong lives and ease suffering. And many drugs save money compared to alternative treatments, and yield productivity gains by

AusHealthIT Poll Number 333 – Results – 28th August, 2016.

Here are the results of the poll.Should myHR Registrees Be Notified (e.g. By E-Mail) When Material Of Any Kind Is Uploaded To Their myHR?Yes 99% (107) No 1% (1) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 108 What amazing unanimity…. seems people...Show More Summary

The true essence of what it means to be a companion

The world can be a lonely place. Despite technology designed to bring us closer, it seems we’ve become more isolated. We view profiles rather than embrace complete individuals. We spend hours crafting a persona, a smooth and unblemished public face. Raw, unattractive emotions: grief, insecurity, jealousy. We mask those from others and even hide them […]

Unexplained symptoms

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When the precertification office is closed

Dear health insurance company, Let me set the scene for you.  It was a sunny August afternoon.  A young college woman with stars in her eyes and dreams of being a dentist came to my office.  She drove an hour to see me and would leave the next day for college. She was reasonably requesting […]

Health care costs – the big problems

Physicians often wonder in what reality we have the current health care cost problem.  Contrast physician payments with the pharmaceutical industry. As an internist with over 35 years experience, my payment schedule is exactly the same as a newly minted internist.  Can anyone think of another profession that does not get some credit for experience […]

MKSAP: 57-year-old man with substernal chest pain

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 57-year-old man is admitted to the hospital for evaluation of substernal chest pain. His medical history is significant for type 2 diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 27th August, 2016.

Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration...Show More Summary

Australian Startup DoseMe Raises $2.6M for Precision Dosing

DoseMe, an Australian digital health startup has raised $2.6 million in Series A funding to expand its precision dosing platform. The company plans to utilize the latest round of funding to commercialize DoseMe in Australia, expand into the US and European markets and integrate with existing EMRs in key markets. Show More Summary

Mission Health, GE Healthcare Form 10 Year Innovation Collaboration

Today, Mission Health and GE Healthcare announced a novel, 10-year outcomes-based agreement that will help drive significant value for patients, Mission Health, GE and health systems nationwide. As a non-academic, regional integrated...Show More Summary

ClearCare Raises $60M to Expand Home Care Agency Platform

ClearCare, a San Francisco-based software platform for home care agencies has raised $60 million in growth-equity led by global investment firm Battery Ventures. The company plans to use the latest round to expand its core platform and...Show More Summary

Invest in primary care and you get what you pay for

In 1978, the Institute of Medicine published A Manpower Policy for Primary Health Care: Report of a Study where they defined primary care as “integrated, accessible services by clinicians accountable for addressing a majority of heath care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.” The four main […]

MIT Unveils Short-Wave Infrared Otoscope for New View of Middle Ear

While we have instruments that can peer deep inside the ear, they typically can’t see much below the surface once inside. That’s because visible light is absorbed and scattered by soft tissues, providing only a view of their surfaces. Short-wave...Show More Summary

Politics in the exam room? Here’s what this doctor does.

When I was 17 years old, I insisted that my father, a pulmonologist, join Physicians for Social Responsibility. I had just read about the organization in my history class, and I was feeling increasingly hopeless that I would live to see my 30s if the world continued its march toward nuclear Armageddon. My father refused to […]

OCHIN Launches Real-Time Healthcare Data Aggregation System Acuere

Nonprofit health IT, research and data innovation organization, OCHIN has launched Acuere, a real-time healthcare data aggregation system that allows health care organizations to enhance care delivery and improve business operations....Show More Summary

Fisher & Paykel’s New F&P 950 Heated Humidification System

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has unveiled its new F&P 950 Heated Humidification System. The device is the next evolution of its flagship F&P 850 system and features integrated probes, a touch screen with easy controls, and the firm’s Evaqua tech that reduces the amount of condensation that forms inside the system. Show More Summary

Hold on. Ready For It? EpiPen May Actually Still Be Too Cheap!!!

By DAVID E. WILLIAMS Pick up a newspaper or surf the web and you’ll find story after story taking Mylan to task for EpiPen pricing practices. The list price of a 2-pack has soared from about $100 to $600 over the past decade. The price is deemed too high and the rate of increase is considered particularly unconscionable. Let

A Warning Label For Healthcare E-mail?

BY JIM PURCELL Eric Jones, the CEO of a large hospital, is at the end of a long day.  It’s 10 PM, he’s very tired, and has had his maximum of three drinks.  He’s checking his emails and sees one from Ralph Smith, CEO of a small community hospital, rejecting Jones’ offer to joint venture

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