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Population Health in Crisis: The Mission

Almost everything non-trivial that happens in the business world, and in many other walks of life, is the result of a project. Projects have a well-defined beginning, middle and end. They always require a project plan. The plan not only defines the stages of the project but also drives its execution. Show More Summary

Why “Obama’s Katrina” Never Sticks But Won’t Die

As a genre of political spin and analysis, “Obama’s Katrina” has been with us since the beginning of the president’s administration. Anytime something tragic and abrupt happens in the country is an occasion for Republicans and media figures to compare it to President George W. Show More Summary

The Stolen War

Fires burn in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion. Iraq remains in disarray, hampered by inept and criminal leaders. A few years ago, when Iraqi prime minister Nuri Al Maliki was still in office, a group of his closest aides traveled to Amman, Jordan, and rented suites in one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. Show More Summary

7th Specialty Product Distribution and Channel Optimization Summit

7th Specialty Product Distribution and Channel Optimization SummitOctober 26-27, 2016 | Princeton, NJThis October, navigate evolving trends, models and strategies to propel commercial success and ensure patient access at the 7th Specialty Product Distribution and Channel Optimization Summit. Show More Summary

Nintendo Wii Board to Help Balance Exoskeleton Users

Exoskeleton technology is a promising one for paralyzed people to get up on their feet and start walking. Though they may look like autonomous robotic devices, the exoskeletons are controlled by the user and still require balance skills to not fall over. Show More Summary

The 6 degrees of patient-physician separation

The federal government has been trying to control the health of citizens for nearly a century, increasingly separating patients and their physicians. WWII wage controls firmly established health insurance as an employee “benefit” in lieu of salary.  This gave the employer power to choose coverage based on its needs, not the employee’s: the first degree […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 22nd August, 2016.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a 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...Show More Summary

Hypoxic hepatitis

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }a:link { } An article on this topic recently appeared in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The paper focused on the post cardiac arrest situation but it is seen in other types of circulatory collapse. This entity has also been called ischemic hepatitis and shock liver. From the introduction of he paper: Hypoxic hepatitis (HH) is

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } Linked here are two great review articles. This one addresses such questions as “What are the differences between warm and cold antibody hemolytic anemias?” “What is the difference between primary and secondary AIHA and what are some of the secondary causes?” “How can the ratio of conjugated to total bilirubin help

EHRs and the Importance of Third-Party Patching

Editor’s Note: Ashley Leonard is the president and CEO of Verismic Software, a global industry leader providing cloud-based IT management technology. He is a technology entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in enterprise software, sales, and operational leadership. Show More Summary

New App Uses Fitbit Data to Predict When You May Get Sick

Datapult, a Toronto-based app studio has launched a new app that uses Fitbit data to alert consumers as to when their body is showing signs of a reoccurring illness, such as a cold, before it happens. The app called achu tracks patterns leading up to sickness using a proprietary algorithm that alerts the user to the fact... Read More

Impossible choices: The haunting decisions patients and doctors face

I was home free: in my final year of medical school, with one last rotation to finish. I had matched into a residency in obstetrics. The tsunami of stress that loomed over the past year — choosing a specialty, interviewing all over the country, waiting for the life-altering but fickle match — had passed. I […]

Slow progress on Zika vaccine development – and at the expense of Ebola funding?

The Zika Virus – Image by David Goodwill (RCSB Molecule of the Month 197, June 2016) [CC BY 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons A recent PBS Newshour story highlights just some of the challenges in getting a vaccine for Zika tested and out on the market. The article confirms that about 30 vaccines are being developed […]

The Iora Health Fellowship: A Call For Applicants

BY STEPHEN GORDON, MD As physicians, we pride ourselves on our clinical wins – nailing the diagnosis of a rare disorder or helping a patient achieve control of their long-standing diabetes. However, we commonly face intense frustration and high rates of burnout due to socioeconomic, political, and bureaucratic forces that prevent us from delivering impactful

How much thought do you give to health literacy?

It’s Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., and Mr. Anderson walks into my endoscopy suite as the last patient of the day. He’s a 65-year-old publicly-insured male who presents for a screening colonoscopy. He’s 20 minutes late, because he went to registration in the surgery department. He is convinced “looking for cancer” requires surgery. In triage, […]

The Exchanges Part II

By JIM PURCELL I wrote earlier here about the exchanges, how they are failing, and why.  It is unsurprising that what I wrote is coming true, not because I am some clairvoyant, but because I’ve lived in the insurance world and understand it.  The causes are very, very obvious. The most recent whipping boy is

Aetna’s Obamacare Surprise

By STEVEN FINDLAY Did Aetna just pull a nasty, Trump-like move and up the ante on the Obamacare debate in advance of the election and exchange open enrollment for 2017? The allegation is that the company withdrew from 11 state insurance exchange marketplaces for 2017 after the Justice Department failed to heed Aetna’s warning that

Laughter? That’s the sound of resiliency you hear.

Sometimes, the loudest sounds I hear in the emergency department are laughter. It may seem irresponsible. It may seem discordant. It may seem callous. To me, it is the sound of survival. It is the sound of resiliency. It is the sound of making it through the day. My father was at work when he […]

Population Health in Crisis: The Talent Wars

The guys in the black hats always come out when times are hard, this time, to pontificate on why Obamacare and Population Health initiatives are nothing more than myths invented by an army of pseudo-intellectuals who profit from promulgating this sort of nonsense. Show More Summary

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