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The hurricane in Puerto Rico is leading a shortage in saline bags

“Doc, you mind switching that to an oral preparation?” our clinical pharmacist inquired during multi-disciplinary rounds as intravenous infusion devices beeped annoyingly in the background.  Taking care of ICU patients can be extraordinarily complicated, so doing it as part of a team helps make sure that all bases are covered. Like many hospitals, ours uses […]

We Seem To Be Having More Than Our Fair Share Of Data Breaches And Leaks! All Is Not Well!

First this appeared:Corporate tech giant leaves secret data exposed to public internetBen Grubb Published: October 11 2017 - 12:58PMA world-leading corporate consultancy and technology outsourcer left at least four cloud-based storage...Show More Summary

Health IT/ Digital Health VC Funding Tops $5.5B in First 9 Months of 2017

Healthcare IT / Digital Health  VC funding in the first nine months of 2017 has already surpassed 2016’s total – and 2016 set an all-time record by eclipsing $5 billion for the first time, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. The latest report covers deals of all sizes from across the globe,... Read More

New Study Reveals EHR-Related Malpractice Suits On The Rise

More than 90% of hospitals and 80% of physicians’ offices now have electronic health records (EHRs) – and while the digitization of medicine has improved patient safety, it also has a dark side. Today The Doctors Company, the nation’s...Show More Summary

Breach Response Plan Key Components (Cont.)

Introduction This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Article. Part 1 is located here. In this Part, we provide a high-level introduction regarding what each team's responsibilities during a Breach Response. Remember, in any Breach Response you are working with a team of teams. Show More Summary

Abbott Releases Proclaim DRG Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator for Chronic Pain

Abbott is releasing in the U.S. its Proclaim DRG neurostimulation system to fight chronic pain in patients with complex regional pain syndrome in their legs. The product consists of an implantable neuromodulator that stimulates the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), an Apple iPad for programming the device, and an iPod touch for the patient control of […]

All cancer care needs to consider the whole patient

An excerpt from Cancer What You Need to Know. Treating cancer means taking care of the whole patient — the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. This starts at diagnosis and carries through treatment and beyond. Unfortunately, for some patients, cancer does find ways to spread that can cause physical pain, emotional strain, and difficulties in […]

Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Years ago, many hospitals bought Emergin as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or other point of care use cases. These point solutions were installed in closets or data centers and […]

Nitric Oxide Absorbing Hydrogel Releases Drugs to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis, Other Diseases

At the Institute for Basic Science in Daejeon, South Korea, scientists have developed a hydrogel that responds to the presence of nitric oxide (NO) and releases drugs when so activated. This kind of drug delivery system may be particularly effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis, as immune cells within inflamed joints release toxic NO in large quantities. […]

A letter to my sister (and all other first-year medical students)

Congratulations! At this point, you are almost halfway done with your first year of medical school. Either you have finally figured out what’s going on, or if you’re like me, you are still trying to figure it out. Relax, take a few deep breaths. Medical school is unlike anything you have ever done. The volume […]

Trapping Cancer Helps to Study Dormant Cells and How to Kill Them

Cancers often come back following successful treatment, a process at least partially due to the fact that dormant cells, which are particularly resistant to common therapies like chemo, remain in the body. They’re elusive and therefore difficult to study, so progress on targeting such cells has been limited. Now scientists at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities […]

Hurting for Money, ABIM Raises Fees 12%

4 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

(Click image to enlarge) The American Board of Internal Medicine, over $57 million in debt on paper (or, said another way, with only $13.6 million in remaining in its consolidated assets when combined assets of its shady ABIM Foundation...Show More Summary

The Cost Of Developing Drugs Is Insane. That Paper That Says Otherwise Is Insanely Bad

The pharmaceutical industry puts the cost of bringing a medicine from invention to pharmacy shelves at $2.7 billion. A new paper says it is 'just' $648 million. Unfortunately for pharmaceutical investors and people fighting to control drug prices, alike, the new number doesn’t stand up scrutiny.

How not to argue with your kids about marijuana

An excerpt from A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction: Professional Advice on Signs, Symptoms, What to Say, and How to Help (Skyhorse Publishing; October 2017). Marijuana, the illegal drug most commonly used by teenagers, is widely accepted as harmless, but is it? Its effects range from the trivial—silliness, bloodshot eyes, etc.—all the way to catastrophic—paranoia, […]

The medical student who had a genuine human profile

“I lift things up and put them down.” This quote is from a commercial for Planet Fitness I have seen in the past. It portrays a bulky body builder on a tour of the gym premises. There is no real communication with the tour guide since he keeps saying that he lifts things up and […]

Zoeticx Launches App to Streamline Data Integration for Annual Wellness Visits

Zoeticx, Inc., a provider of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care has launched ProVizion Wellness, a cloud app that streamlines data integration for Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) covered by CMS and private insurers. Show More Summary

Esaote Unveils Its Flagship MyLab9 Ultrasound System

Esaote, the Italian ultrasound manufacturer, has just unveiled its brand new high-end MyLab9 ultrasound system. The device is designed for all sorts of diagnostic imaging procedures and clinical environments. The MyLab9 features non-composite...Show More Summary

Ultrasound System Maps Tongue Movement to Help with Speech Therapy

A team of French researchers has developed a specialized ultrasound technique to allow people to visualize the shape of the tongue during speech. This “visual biofeedback” system could help with speech therapy. At present, speech therapists will listen to someone’s pronunciation, and use diagrams to help explain how to position the tongue in the mouth […]

TransEnterix Gets FDA Clearance for Senhance Surgical Robot

TransEnterix, a North Carolina firm, won FDA clearance for its Senhance Surgical Robotic System. This is only the second company that’s offering an abdominal surgical robotic system to receive FDA’s green light, following Intuitive Surgical‘s da Vinci systems, the first of which was introduced nearly two decades ago. The multi-port system features some pretty high-tech […]

AMA Partners with Cerner, IBM, Intermountain to Develop Integrated Health Data Model

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced today announced Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), a new collaborative effort across healthcare and technology stakeholders to develop interoperable technology solutions and care models that evolve with real-world use and feedback. Show More Summary

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