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Watch what you say to patients

Cardiac neuroses are often iatrogenic in origin. A well-meaning but careless comment by a physician can change a person’s sense of well-being in an instant. The effect can be permanent and devastating. Many clinicians who complain about overly anxious patients don’t appreciate their personal role in the genesis of this problem. Our words matter. They […]

March for Science, Why I March

Live from Washington, D.C. I will be heading to a satellite march in Doylestown, PA and speaking there. Here's what I will say: My name is John Mack and I live in Newtown. On Twitter I am known as PharmaGuy – that’s P-H-A-R-M-A, plus “Guy!” I PUBLISH a newsletter for the pharmaceutical industry. Show More Summary

MKSAP: 68-year-old man with new-onset ascites

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 68-year-old man is evaluated for new-onset ascites with lower-extremity edema. Symptoms have increased gradually over the past 4 weeks. Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 22nd April, 2017.

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

Physicians ceded control of health care. It’s time to take it back.

In the not-to-distant past, American health care was the gold standard. It offered job satisfaction and autonomy, was financially rewarding and was considered by many to be the most honorable profession. But as we all know, over the last two decades, increasing health care costs and demands and increasing competition for insurance contracts have changed […]

To fix health care, we need to examine our shared values

When the political process is not working, one option is to examine the shared values of most Americans. Values are learned, clarified and even negotiated. They are the algebraic axioms from which the formulas of public policy are derived. Examples include: Society should care for the sick, written into the EMTALA law that prohibits turning […]

The CMS buzz on proposed reimbursement rules and regulatory simplification

Proposed Reimbursement Rules and Regulatory Simplification Healthcare Informatics Journal announced that the "Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals. Show More Summary

Researchers Find Most Mobile Health Apps for Cancer Survivors Fail to Deliver Value

Developers of mobile health apps for cancer survivors lack the research needed to determine safety and effectiveness, according to new research conducted at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). The research e-published...Show More Summary

The far-reaching consequences of medical school debt

From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a physician. There were no physicians in my family, but I had interacted frequently with doctors as a child and felt a strong desire to similarly help others as I grew older. To this end, I focused on academics. In choosing a university, I chose […]

How Manufacturers Can Benefit From Unified Specialty Support Services

Today’s guest post comes from Tom Doyle, Executive Vice President of Commercial Solutions at H. D. Smith. To prepare for impending market changes, Tom suggests that a manufacturer’s commercial team partner with a flexible, integrated services provider to increase market share and optimize the patient journey. Show More Summary

Welcome to planet medicine

Welcome to planet medicine, where four rides around the sun earns you a golden ticket to study more, to train more, and to enjoy splicing two sacred letters onto the end of your title. The days are long, the weeks go fast, and sleep is optional. In this world, all-star draftees leave their immaculate collegiate […]

10 Years of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Publications Manager Charlotte Bhaskar celebrates PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10 year anniversary and looks forward to upcoming events and initiatives for the journal. On behalf of all of us at PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS

Now This Is A Really Sobering Statistic. - I Hope We Are A Bit Better!

This appeared last week:Medical mistakes still kill 1,000 patients a day, Leapfrog saysThough new safety grades show problems persist, hundreds of hospitals are excelling at prevention based on the latest Hospital Safety GradeBy Bernie...Show More Summary

Reform & Improve

By JON KINGSDALE With the failure of the Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), what’s next? Congressional Republicans face the ugly choice of admitting defeat and funding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that they have tied up in federal court, de-funding the ACA and likely being blamed for its demise,

Zoom Launches Epic EHR Integration Enabled Telehealth Platform

Zoom Video Communication, a San Jose, CA-based provider of enterprise video and web communications technology has launched its Epic EHR-integration enabled cloud-based video telehealth platform. The platform named Zoom for Health offers...Show More Summary

Zillion Health Integrates with Vidyo’s Video Collaboration Platform to Help Doctors Engage with Patients

Zillion® Health, an integrated patient engagement platform for care providers and health systems has announced an integration partnership with video collaboration technology provider Vidyo. The integration will allow Zillion to power its the face-to-face video communications component of their platform through the Vidyo.io API platform-as-a-service. Show More Summary

Vivify Health Awarded Digital Health Patent for Extending EMRs to Digital Health Ecosystem

Vivify Health, a provider of remote care via mobile devices, has been awarded a very significant patent for the advancement of healthcare delivery from episodic care via EMRs to continual care via digital health.  For Vivify, the new patent will provide the company with broad protection of key intellectual property and help further cement Vivify’s... Read More

Solv Raises $6.25M to Expand Same-Day Urgent Care Booking App

Solv, a San Francisco-based digital health startup has raised $6.25 million in Series A funding led by Benchmark Capital for its same-day urgent care booking app platform. The round included participation from Theresia Gouw of Aspect Ventures and Malay Gandhi of Ensemble Labs, formerly CEO of Rock Health. Solv plans to utilize the funding to open... Read More

PlushCare Launches Fully Comprehensive EMR for Telehealth

PlushCare, a direct-to-consumer online urgent care provider, today announced the launch of Lemur, a EMR platform specifically for the telehealth industry. Lemur – the cloud-based and HIPAA compliant EMR platform – allows PlushCare doctors...Show More Summary

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