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Why Your Patient Portal Strategy Should Embrace Both Consumers & Patients

Patient engagement is easy, right? Just create a portal and tell patients it’s there. Of course, no one who puts a little thought into this idea believes it can be so simple. Healthcare isn’t “Field of Dreams,” after all. We can build it. They still might not come. But we still need to try and... Read More

6 Implications for 2017 Medicare Advantage & Medicare Part D Programs

Editor’s Note: Kyle Stapp is the Program Director at where he oversees the educational center inside and works daily with program applicants to answer their questions. His programs include Medicare, Unemployment, and more. Show More Summary

Seven Principles For Better Information Technology

By JAMES S. GESSNER, M.D. Physicians well know the rapid advance of information technology in medicine over the last decade.  Pushed by federal and state regulations and requirements, the adoption of electronic medical records has been swift. Today, some 90 percent of physicians in Massachusetts use some form of electronic medical records. While health information

A story that showed me how cancer is a social disease

Young women get gynecologic cancers, and I have had my share of conversations about ovarian cancers with women in their 20s and 30s. It rarely happens, but when it does, it is devastating. I make it a point to talk with them about their present and their future; although it is something I try to […]

Don’t lose weight the Biggest Loser way. Here’s why.

A new study was released on weight loss and maintenance that has been covered on many sites. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluated contestants from Season 8 of the TV show the Biggest Loser. They found that 13 of the 14 contestants studied regained some or all of their weight that was lost during […]

SSM Health Goes Live on Surescripts National Record Locator Service

Today, Surescripts announced that it has activated more than 10,000 SSM Health clinicians in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma on its National Record Locator Service, to locate patient records and obtain a more complete view of the health of a patient, regardless of where the patient received care. Imagine the scenario: you are visiting the Chicago area, and... Read More

Wearable, Wireless Sensor Measures ECG, Lactate in Real-Time

At the University of California San Diego researchers have developed a stick-on patch called Chem-Phys that records a basic single lead ECG and measures lactate levels through the skin. The goal of the project was to allow for real-time...Show More Summary

Nikkiso Entering U.S. Dialysis Market with DBB-06 System

Nikkiso, a Japanese firm, is announcing FDA clearance and U.S. rollout of its DBB-06 Hemodialysis System. The company is a new name in this industry in the U.S., but Nikkiso is actually the world’s second largest maker of dialysis equipment with plans to expand in America. Show More Summary

HeadScan Keeps Your Jaw In Radar View

Engineers at Michigan State University working with folks at Bell Labs have developed a sensor that can detect the movement of a person’s mouth while being attached near the shoulder. The idea is to be able to measure people’s eating...Show More Summary

St. Jude’s PressureWire X Guidewire for FFR Measurement Released in Europe

St. Jude Medical is releasing in Europe its PressureWire X Guidewire fractional flow reserve (FFR) system for assessing blockages within coronary arteries in preparation for treatment. The device is designed to access difficult anatomies and features a shapeable tip that can be re-positioned to access and measure narrowings at multiple lesions. Show More Summary

Watch medical students do the running man challenge! It’s for a good cause.

Props to medical students at the West Virginia School of Medicine for their slick dance moves.  It all to raise money for multiple sclerosis. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Olympus Unveils New EZ Shot 3 Plus Single Use Aspiration Needle

Olympus is releasing in the U.S. its new EZ Shot 3 Plus single use aspiration needle designed for endoscopic ultrasonically-guided fine needle aspiration procedures of submucosal and extramural lesions in the GI tract. The firm is touting...Show More Summary

Foreign medical graduates get a raw deal. Here’s why.

On my recent tour of residency programs, I had the pleasure of meeting many foreign medical graduates (a.k.a. FMGs; not to be confused with international medical graduates, who are U.S. citizens who go abroad for medical school). Almost uniformly, they struck me as confident, mature and articulate. Many were older than me, some by as […]

Annals of Decision-Making

By MICHEL ACCAD, MD A piece about decision-making caught my attention this morning. The story was compelling.  A 12-year-old boy had intractable seizures from a leaking vascular malformation in the brain.  A first neurosurgeon would not operate and recommended radiation therapy instead. Show More Summary

Post-Palooza News: RWJF Challenge Update

By KATHERINE HEMPSTED At Health Datapalooza, we heard plenty about the importance of addressing the myriad information needs health care consumers have – when choosing plans and providers, receiving care, or trying to become more engaged in their own health.  Therefore it seems fitting to follow the ‘palooza with an update on this year’s RWJF

Pharma Digital Ad Spend Numbers are Elusive & Confusing

Over the years I have tried to determine what portion of pharma's total marketing budget is devoted to digital and if that portion is increasing (see here, for example). Various sources look at various channels and it's not easy to compare one source with another. Show More Summary

To my fellow school of medicine graduates: Give it to them straight

I would have graduated from medical school this year.  That’s right.  Just like you, I’d be getting ready to move to another city and take up residence at an academic medical center to begin my clinical training. Things don’t always work out the way we planned: like Lenny and George in Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men.  Sometimes, the best-laid plans have […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 23rd May, 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

5 Hospital Executives Share Advice on Building Successful Epic EHR Teams

The decision to buy and implement an Epic EHR is typically one of the largest strategic investments a provider will make, and much of the cost is an investment in people. A large-scale Epic implementation requires the significant hiring and training of hundreds of IT professionals to design, build, maintain, upgrade and optimize the EHR. Challenges of... Read More

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