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This Looks To Be A Very Interesting Step Forward For E-Health In Oz and NZ. It Seems To Be Really Working.

This release appeared a few days ago.MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE2 February 2016HealthLink announces the launch of SmartForms One of the worst kept secrets in the health IT industry has now been publicly confirmed. HealthLink’s...Show More Summary

Patient Engagement Company Premise Health Acquires IMWell Health

Brentwood, TN-based Premise Health, a worksite health and patient engagement company has acquired IMWell Health, a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based company that specializes in primary care clinics for mid-size companies and municipalities....Show More Summary

Wise rules of medicine that doctors and patients should follow

Orthopedic surgeon Thomas Guastavino often alludes to his “rules of medicine” in the comments.  Here they are in their entirety. Efficacy, safety, and cost are of chief concern. If two treatments are of equal efficacy, choose the safer. If of equal efficacy and safety, choose the cheaper. Cost never trumps efficacy or safety. If you want […]

Withings’ New Algorithm Helps Patients Accurately Track Blood Pressure at Home

Connected health provider, Withings has launched Hy-Result, a new $4.99 in-app upgrade to the Health Mate app, that helps people interpret and assess personalized interventions that can aid in the better management of high blood pressure. Developed...Show More Summary

Withings Now Offers Hy-Result BP Assessment Software

Withings, maker of smart scales, activity trackers, wireless blood pressure cuffs, and other devices, has released a new in-app offering to better interpret blood pressure readings. The Hy-Result algorithms were developed at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris to replicate how a physician would study the numbers. Show More Summary

Senate Health Committee Passes Legislation to Improve Health IT for Patients, Doctors, Hospitals

Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that the Senate health committee has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that will improve health information technology. The Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. Show More Summary

Microfluidic Chip Mimics Smallest Capillaries to Study How Drugs Affect the Mechanics of Cells

  It has been known for a while that some drugs seem to have physical rather than chemical modes of action or associated side effects. Glucocorticoid drugs that are used for asthma or rheumatoid arthritis,  for example, increase the white blood cell count but biological explanations for how that happens have been unconvincing. Show More Summary

4 Models for Alarm Vigilance

The method of arranging medical devices and those that recognize and respond to alarms is fundamental to alarm safety. The following are the 4 models or methods for alarm vigilance and notification in use today. These models are: line of sight,out of sight, monitoring techs, and automated notification. Let’s look at each one in turn. […]

Listen to this doctor’s advice to medical students

It’s been six years since I graduated from internal medicine residency. Enough time to give me some perspective, but short enough to still remember the highs and lows vividly. I recently had the opportunity to talk with a bright and energetic group of medical students. (Really, though, is there any other kind?) The conversation turned […]

Spectranetics Bridge Occlusion Balloon Plugs Large Vessel Tears Caused by Lead Extractions

Spectranetics, a Colorado Springs, CO firm, won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Bridge Occlusion Balloon, a device used to block large vessels, typically the superior vena cava (SVC), if a tear happens while removing cardiac leads. Though tears are rare, when they do happen the rapid blood loss can be difficult to manage. Show More Summary

Hangout Today with Prof. Chen on Using Hep. E Viral Shells to Transport Drugs

  Just a few days ago we reported on how scientists at UC Davis are using hollow shells of the Hepatitis E virus to safely transport drugs through the digestive system and into the rest of the body. Today at 6pm EST (3pm PST) we’ll be hosting a live Hangout with Professor Holland Cheng, one of […] The post Hangout Today with Prof. Show More Summary

10 ways to become a physician entrepreneur

I find myself standing in front of six first-year medical students. They’re waiting for me to tell them something about how to become a physician entrepreneur. These students are now elite amongst their peers. They’re the ones who’ve had the courage to sign up for my course. And, perhaps unbeknownst to themselves, they’re also among […]

Give up Your Data to Cure Disease? Not so Fast!

By DEBORAH PEEL, MD This weekend the NYTimes published an editorial titled Give Up Your Data to Cure Disease. When we will stop seeing mindless memes and tropes that cures and innovation require the destruction of the most important human and civil right in Democracies, the right to the privacy? In practical terms privacy means the right

You Can Train Your Body Into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she had curly brown hair and a pale, moon-shaped face, and she loved playing trumpet in her high-school band. But in 1983, she was diagnosed with lupus, a condition in which the immune system destroys the body’s healthy tissues. Show More Summary

Will Marco Rubio’s Fragile Appeal Be Shattered in New Hampshire?

Until Marco Rubio mounted the worst debate performance of any leading candidate in either party this primary season, he was soaring into contention for the Republican presidential nomination on the wings of media adulation and the hardening support of conservative elites. Show More Summary

Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore’s European Vacation

The documentary Where o Invade Next features a sobering insight, and it’s telling that the movie’s maker, director Michael Moore, doesn’t seem to be conscious of it. Ostensibly a tour across Europe (with a side trip to North Africa)Show More Summary

Roundup of AMP Final Rule Analyses (Plus Two New CMS Webinars)

In Seven Pharmacy and Channel Implications of the New AMP Final Rule, I gave you my $0.02 on the Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Want to know more? Below, I highlight...Show More Summary

Can our health system really go downhill any further?

All hopes were abandoned.  In theory, it was supposed to jump start medical care and provide access to the uninsured.  It was the promise of a new day. Every American would have access to good, quality (I really have learned to hate that word), affordable medical care. I’ll never forget that day.  It was raining […]

Marijuana for glaucoma

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } From a recent review: Marijuana has been shown to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) but with limited duration of action and numerous adverse effects. Use of marijuana to lower IOP as...Show More Summary

From HIV to Zika – The Role of Communications

The pathogen may change, but there are aspects of communications during a time of outbreak, particularly involving an emerging pathogen, that seem to be a constant. A few short months ago no one had ever heard of the Zika virus. … Continue reading ?

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