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The problem with cowboy doctors in health care

Some months back I read an interesting interview with Jonathan Skinner, a researcher who works with the group at the renowned Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. More than anyone else I can think of, the people at the Dartmouth Atlas have studied and tried both to understand and to explain the amazing variations we see […]

FDA Wants to Know Whether Spouses Influence how Drug Ads are Perceived

The FDA plans a study to determine the extent to which a spouse or significant other may influence a consumer’s perception of prescription drug ads.

Free Our Health Records: Get your health records and help save lives

By ROB RAWLEY and DAVID HARLOW What if a million patients ask for their health records all at once? Keep in mind that each person would not be submitting a single request. We get our care from multiple health care providers, often across different health systems, with electronic health record systems that don’t really talk

Life Is Complicated

By ROB LAMBERTS, MD “I want to tell you my story now,” a patient recently told me, a woman who suffers from many physical and emotional ailments.  She had the diagnosis of PTSD on her problem list, along with hospitalizations for “stress,” but I never asked beyond that. “OK,” I answered, not knowing what to expect.

Some Side Effect For An Antibody

Remember back when AstraZeneca was fighting off Pfizer's ardent, tax-issue-resolving embrace a year ago? One of their weapons was a pitch to their own shareholders about what potential their own pipeline had, and how much of that would presumably go to waste should the deal go through. Show More Summary

A powerful reminder of medicine’s humbling nature

“A thousand times we die in one life. We crumble, break and tear apart until the layers of illusion are burned away, and all that is left, is the truth of who and what we really are.” The coronary care unit (CCU) rotation is a unique place. Postoperative cardiothoracic surgery patients among many other pathologies […]

Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. Good Morning: We’re Catching up on Vertex, Express Scripts and Lots More!!

Rise and shine, everyone, the middle of the week is already here. Of course, this reflects the shortened work week on this side of the pond. Meanwhile, a hazy, muggy morning is unfolding here on the Pharmalot campus this morning, where the officials mascots are noisily snoozing and the short people are on their way to their various school houses. Show More Summary

Which PBM Best Managed Drug Trend in 2014: CVS Health, Catamaran, or Express Scripts?

Three of the biggest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)—Catamaran, CVS Health, and Express Scripts—have how released their 2014 drug trend reports. (Links below.) That means it’s time for my annual review of what the reports say aboutShow More Summary

Interoperability and the Trough of Disillusionment

Every technology has an adoption journey. The classic Gartner hype curve travels from a Technology Trigger to the Peak of Inflated Expectations followed by the Trough of Disillusionment. It often takes years before organizations reach...Show More Summary

Sucker punched and bleeding. Do you know how you’ll respond?

I just stepped out of the administrative building at medical school and hear a big commotion. I look over and see an elderly male slouched on the ground bleeding profusely from his mouth and nose.  Blood is soaking the front of his collared shirt and pooling on the ground. Bystanders are making a scene and not […]

Top stories in health and medicine, May 27, 2015

From MedPage Today: Sudden Infant Death Risk Greater in Mountains. Babies born at a higher altitude faced a greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Delayed Dx in Psoriatic Arthritis Worsens Damage, Disability. Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who delayed seeing a rheumatologist by more than 6 months were more likely to experience joint destruction […]

Now Here Is A Way Of Replicating Most Of What The PCEHR Was Meant To Do Without A Huge Centralised Database.

This article appeared a little while ago.Records access target hit19 May 2015 Thomas Meek Nearly all GP practices in England are able to offer a variety of online services to patients, including access to a summary of their record, appointment...Show More Summary

Touring Besmed, One of Taiwan’s Largest Medical Product Firms

Besmed is one of the largest medical device exporters in Taiwan, manufacturing respiratory care, emergency care, anesthesia, and other health care products. We got a chance to visit their offices in New Taipei, just across the riverShow More Summary

The Best at Home Remedies for Ringworm

Ringworm is an illness due to a fungus. It’s extremely contagious. Due to this, it may be hard to eliminate... The post The Best at Home Remedies for Ringworm appeared first on The Health Beat Blog.

Healthcare through the looking glass; Consolidation, more employed physicians, staff reductions, and smarter use of IT

As a physician it pains me to say this, but the future of healthcare appears to be one of increasing consolidation of facilities, employment of physicians, and strategic staff reductions. It must also necessarily be a future work environment that is much...(read more)

5 Cultural Pitfalls To Avoid In Health System Integration

Editor’s Note: This spotlight article was recently included as a spotlight in PwC’s Q1 2015 US health services deals insights report.  These days it seems every health system is in the middle of a transformation — be it buying, selling or trying to integrate the assets it has amassed over time. Being in the business of... Read More

Partners HealthCare Offers Access to PatientsLikeMe Via Patient Portal

Partners HealthCare announced they would provide their patients access to PatientsLikeMe website tools and information that can help improve decision making with their clinical teams and enhance health outcomes. PatientsLikeMe Executive...Show More Summary

?Global Refurbished Medical Equipment Market 2015 to grow at a CAGR of 7.00% During Years 2014-2015

Research Report on “Global Refurbished Medical Equipment Market 2015-2019” by Market Research Store Refurbishment is a process that ensures the safety and effectiveness of medical equipment without changing the performance of these equipment. Show More Summary

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapeutics Market Analysis Report to 2020 – Novel Therapies to Offer Clinical Benefit in Small Patient Cohorts

The Report Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapeutics Market to 2020 – Novel Therapies to Offer Clinical Benefit in Small Patient Cohorts provides information on pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants. Show More Summary

Senate Estimates - E-Health On Next Week - Tuesday June 2, 2015.

Here is the current program:Tuesday, 2 June 2015Health Department - Community Affairs Committee10:45am – 12:25pm(100 mins)Outcome 7: Health System Capacity and QualityProgram 7.1: e-Health ImplementationProgram 7.2: Health InformationProgram...Show More Summary

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