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The Medical Futurist: Weekly Introduction

Working as a speaker and consultant with medical technology, pharmaceutical and web companies; as well as universities and governments worldwide, my mission as The Medical Futurist is to make sure the advances of technology lead to a better healthcare for everyone! I publish a daily newsletter about the future of medicine, manage a popular Facebook page about the […]

Curbing prescription pain medication abuse by working together

A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I recently heard a story on the news about a grandmother of eight who had gotten addicted to heroin after being prescribed an opioid painkiller, Oxycontin, for hip pain. It sounds extreme, but unfortunately to those of us in the pain medicine field, it’s all too […]

Are Patient Stories Becoming Anecdotal "Evidence" in Pharma Marketing Campaigns?

Social media and real patient stories are a "match made in heaven." Combine that with a celebrity spokesperson who is also a patient or a caretaker of a patient and you got gold! That's how I see campaigns such as Shire's "Keep Momming," which was featured in the September 2014 issue of MM&M. Show More Summary

ONC’s First Health IT Safety Year: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead

We published the Health IT Safety and Surveillance Plan in July 2013 with the charge to learn, lead, and improve on health IT safety. Since then, we have been busy implementing our Health IT Safety Program, which promotes the use ofShow More Summary

Infographics: Health IT leadership and salaries

It’s infographic time! In fact, it’s time for two infographics. The first is from HIMSS, celebrating 25 years of the organization’s annual health IT leadership survey. Some interesting findings, as pointed out by a HIMSS publicist: 1991-...Show More Summary

This is what population health looks like

It is a beautiful day here in my little college town. The sun is shining and at 11 a.m. it is about 78 degrees with a barely perceptible breeze. People are out walking on Main Street and riding their bikes. The mountain nearby calls: I can go for a hike today with my dog and still […]

Value Extractors, "Super-Managers," Vampires and the Decline of the US and US Health Care

Appearing during the last few weeks were a series of articles that tied the decline of the US economy to huge systemic problems with leadership and governance of large organizations. While the articles were not focused on health care,...Show More Summary

TEDMED DC: The Companies We Met in The Hive

This editor attended TEDMED 2014 in DC and had a chance to speak with some of the innovative start ups in the Hive, a showcase of new medical technologies. BeneVir has developed an impressive immunotherapy for cancer that has the potential to become a lasting, durable cure to the disease. Show More Summary

The best doctor I can be is one that is patient

Many healers, teachers and parents have them. At one point, I did, too. I had delusions. I thought I was a hero, a rescuer clad in a shiny white coat and wielding the sword of clinical wisdom. I look back on those days with nostalgia and regret. I wish they’d lasted a little longer — my […]

Here Is The Bionic Man

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering released a website that features all the technologies and interventions that are being developed in research projects supported by them. It clearly shows how many futuristic developments are already on the way and might be used in practice soon. Here is the list: Robotic leg prosthesis senses a person’s […]

A pediatrician answers your HPV vaccine questions

What is HPV? HPV stands for human papillomavirus, and these viruses are the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the United States. Most of the people who are diagnosed with HPV are young and sexually active. The rates of HPV infection are high because most people who have HPV do not know they are infected […]

7 out of 10 providers around the world say clinical usability is the number one factor when choosing an EMR

Nearly 75 percent of interviewed providers around the world reported that clinical usability outweighed every other criteria when choosing an EMR. This, as well as which other factors are driving provider decisions and which vendors hold the most mindshare, is included in the latest KLAS report on global EMR market share.   “The surprise in […]

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of September 2014

Gluten free and Paleo diets seem to be the rage these days. I prefer Michael Pollan’s advice - eat food, not so much, mostly vegetables. It’s impossible for us to say if the real Paleo diet was raw wooly mammoth or the roots/berriesShow More Summary

The Worst Seminar

Thinking of good seminars and bad ones reminds me of a story, which I'm surprised that I haven't told here, because it's a favorite memory of mine from grad school. Like everyone else, I've attended some pretty deadly talks over theShow More Summary

Deactivating a pacemaker: Is it euthanasia?

“He’d feel okay about not replacing the pacemaker’s battery when it ran down, he said. But turning it off, he said, would be ‘too active.’ Later he would tell me that it would have been “like putting a pillow over your father’s head.” These are the words of Katy Butler in her book Knocking on […]

Mad Men vs. Med Men: Brand vs. Patient

In the September 2014 issue of MM&M, I came across what these days is referred to as "content marketing," but what MM&M calls "ViewPoint." I'm referring to the piece -- you can't call it an article -- titled "Medical marketing needs mainstream Mad Men" written by John Barker (find it here). Show More Summary

Conference in Basel

I wanted to let people know that next week I'll be attending the FBLD (Fragment-Based Ligand Design) meeting in Basel, Switzerland. I'm looking forward to it - there are a number of good talks on the agenda, and it's always nice to attend a specialized conference where you're interested in the great majority of what's on offer. Show More Summary

5 health care megatrends to watch for

Recently, Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers told me that U.S. health care is at a tipping point. A positive one, he hopes, but the truth is no one knows for sure which direction the system will tip. At the close of our interview, I asked Chambers what health care topic he’d like me to cover in […]

Top stories in health and medicine, September 18, 2014

From MedPage Today: I, Intern: New Questions, New Mistakes. It feels surreal to Emily Lu, MD, when she discharges patients from the emergency department at San Francisco General Hospital and tells them to see her in a month. U.S. Ebola Response: Troops, Training, Supplies. Calling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a “potential threat to global […]

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 18th September 2014. It Just Rolls On!

Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and the fuss has still not settled by a long shot.It is amazing how the discussion on the GP Co-Payment just runs and runs. Some more this week.Here are some of the more interesting articles I have spotted this 16th week since it was released. Show More Summary

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