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A patient dies during live video surgery. Who’s the blame?

“Was the delay in deciding to open influenced by the presence of an audience of 100 surgeons expecting to see a laparoscopic liver resection?” “In addition to his tumor, the patient had hepatitis and cirrhosis. Was he a good candidate? A major complication was inevitably to occur during a live broadcast.” As I predicted last […]

New AMA President Andy Gurman, MD on EHRs: " I don't have one, and no one can make me use one."

The love-fest with EHRs continues, to the great chagrin of the believers in fairies, unicorns and cybernetic utopia.Andy Gurman, MD, Takes Reins as AMA PresidentJun 17, 2016Gale Scott, HCPLive American Medical Association’s new president, Andrew W. Show More Summary

St. Jude Gets New Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Approvals in Europe

Today, St. Jude Medical, soon to be part of Abbott, is releasing in Europe its SyncAV CRT software for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implants and announcing CE Mark approval for the Quadra Assura MP CRT-Defibrillator for use under MRI. Show More Summary


Call for stars and atoms, abyss and rime. Call avalanche to cover up the climbers left behind. Let no one any longer see how cold they are. Sweep off empty canisters and Mallory’s torso, preserve no more misgivings. Bear these heights...Show More Summary

Jamaica Hospital Launches Pilot for Virtual National Diabetes Prevention Program

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (JHMC) has announced a pilot program to offer a virtual National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) platform to 66k New Yorkers. The program will deploy mobile coaching platform Noom to provide a user-centric,...Show More Summary

Iggbo Nabs $13M to Scale On-Demand Blood Draw Service

Iggbo, a digital health startup focused on bringing personalized medicine to more people through on-demand blood draws and medical testing has raised $13M in Series A funding led by Heritage Group.  Founded by Dr. Shaiv Kapadia, Nuno...Show More Summary

Where’s the Value in MACRA?

By DAVID INTROCASO The intent of Title I of the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is to improve care quality and reward value. 1  Tying an increasing percent of Medicare fee for service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is also Department of

Face-On With JINS SCREEN NIGHT Blue Light Blocking Glasses

JINS, a popular Japanese eyewear company, recently released their JINS SCREEN NIGHT lenses in the U.S. These glasses were developed to alleviate the negative effects that bright blue light from electronic screens can have on our circadian rhythms, quality of sleep, and how we feel in the morning. Show More Summary

Medication Adherence Won't Get Better Unless Pharma Marketers Accept Some Blame

Adherence, as defined in the Pharma Marketing Glossary, is "Percent of doses of a drug taken as prescribed for entire period of study (compliance + persistence)." In short, "sticking to the proper self-administration of treatment." Lots...Show More Summary

Trump’s Energy Plan Doesn’t Put “America First”

Last December in Paris, the nations of the world agreed to an ambitious goal for greenhouse gas emissions: to bring net emissions to zero in the second half of this century. Their objective: to limit global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees...Show More Summary

The loneliness of a long-distance academic

I love being an academic pediatrician.  I didn’t start out to do that; I thought I would be writing novels and working part-time in an inner-city clinic.  I wrote with Robert Penn Warren in college and my first (and only) novel was published when I was a senior in medical school.  But things don’t always turn […]

StartUp Health, Aurora Health Calls for Startups to Create a Personalized Population Health Platform

StartUp Health, global entrepreneurship development company investing in the world’s largest community of healthcare transformers, and Aurora Health Care, a leading not-for-profit health care system has announced an innovation for digital health startups to integrate into a personalized population health platform. Show More Summary

Where do tissue samples go? Witness their journey.

Ever wonder where tissue samples go after they’re taken? The College of American Pathologists shares their journey in this video. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Vagal atrial fibrillation

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The death of a child is an abomination

When, aged thirteen, my best friend died of complications from sickle cell disease, her parents could not attend her funeral, or find out where she was buried. My mom explained to me that in the Yoruba culture, because parents are not expected to survive their children, it is considered an abomination for a parent to […]

Pharma Twitter Activity

I recall a time when the head of a regulatory department of a pharmaceutical company told me that the company would never, ever, ever under any circumstances be involved in social media. By my count, today that company has twenty-one … Continue reading ?

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of June 2016

Unity Farm is now an organic certified producer of vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, nuts, fruits and seedlings! Here’s our official designation As I mentioned last week, I’m now doing increased documentation - daily logs of compost temperature...Show More Summary

IBM Forms Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

IBM has formed a Watson Health medical imaging collaborative, a global initiative comprised of more than fifteen leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies.   The...Show More Summary

Reflexion Health Lands $18M for FDA-Cleared Tele-Rehab Platform

Reflexion Health, a digital health startup dedicated to transforming traditional medicine and delivering meaningful, patient-centered care has raised $18 million in Series B funding. The company plans to utilize the funds to complete...Show More Summary

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