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The Combating Corruption in Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Symposium

Health Care Corruption Corruption is now a term that has become much more prevalent in the US media, particularly as a description of the actions of our new president elect, for example look here, here and here. So it is fitting that health care corruption may become a less taboo topic. Show More Summary

This Topic Seems To Still Have A Way To Run. We Need To Keep A Watching Brief.

This appeared last week:Personal data de-identification practically impossible: expert 22 November 2016 Written by Sam Varghese The Australian government may well have to reconsider its plan to release data about its citizens for use...Show More Summary

Keeping Medicare’s Promise

By ANDY SLAVITT So, you decided to come to Washington to see what was new and how things might be changing… I am sure we did not disappoint. I am honored to have been invited to address this summit, which I’m sure will be your first of many. It’s a certainty that making our delivery

Trump State of the Union

By IAN MORRISON New POTUS Donald Trump doesn’t like the White House, it is drafty and was occupied by black people, and so he and his family have decided to stay in New York to run the country on Twitter.   The State of the Union address will be a live Twitter event from Trump

Identifying patients by more than their names

The wrong body was cremated by the county coroner’s office in Los Angeles. Jorge Hernandez died of an overdose, and the body of another Jorge Hernandez, an indigent patient, scheduled for cremation, was also present in the morgue. The distraught family of overdose victim Jorge Hernandez had planned a funeral with a viewing and were […]

Axsis, a New Robot for Precision Surgical Applications

Cambridge Consultants, a UK-based product design firm, is showing off a highly dextrous robotic surgical system that it developed. The Axsis robot was created to overcome the limitations of existing surgical robots, such as their large size and inability to work with highly detailed and fragile tissues. Show More Summary

Are nudists, nature, and hippies the cure for an uptight doctor?

When I was heading to a retreat held by the physician who started the ideal medical care movement, Dr. Pamela Wible, I expected an orderly and structured program on how to improve the current culture of medicine. I knew, with about 40 physicians and 10 other medical students, there would be a lot of Type […]

Knowing What We Don't Know

6 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

This week, Richard Baron, MD and Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD, MPH, both paid staff of the independent and unaccountable American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), received more (free?) advertising space in the New England JournalShow More Summary

Abbott’s i-STAT Alinity Bedside Blood Testing System Approved for Sale in Europe

Abbott won European CE Mark approval for its i-STAT Alinity blood testing system. It’s a portable point-of-care device that can be used to test for a variety of metabolites, including blood chemistries and cardiac biomarkers. It works...Show More Summary

Keeping Yourself Safe While Working in Healthcare

Put Your Mask on First Healthcare professionals are notorious for not being very good patients, but if you want a long career in healthcare, you need to take care of yourself. As it goes with airline safety, in order to […]

Be the kind of parent you wished yours were

A young man with chest pains, shortness of breath and heart palpitations had come back for his follow-up visit. His thyroid test and blood count were well within the normal range. His EKG was normal, and his chest X-ray was declared normal by the radiologist. We talked some more about his anxiety and poor sleeping […]

New Acetone Breathalyzer May Replace Blood Glucose Testing for Managing Diabetes

Having the ability to check glucose levels without taking a blood sample would transform diabetes care and improve the lives of people living with the disease. One way of doing this is to measure the concentration of acetone in exhaled breath, which is a biomarker that indicates how much glucose is in the person’s blood. Show More Summary

Highly Flexible and Adhesive Electronic Body Monitoring Patch

Researchers from Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Oklahoma State University have developed an electronic patch that is extremely pliable and can be applied to the skin at just about any location and remain there without causing discomfort. Show More Summary

NQF Appoints Marybeth Farquhar to Create Measures for Future Telehealth Performance

Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN, URAC’s Vice President for Quality, Research, and Measurement, has been appointed to a key National Quality Forum (NQF) committee helping to create national measures for future telehealth performance.Show More Summary

Sleep deprived and exhausted? These tips will help.

I’m just coming out of two years of sleep deprivation. Due to some sleep apnea issues (hopefully finally resolved), my now two-year-old daughter slept like a newborn until this summer. Which means, like the mom of a newborn, I was up every three hours at night for the last two years. This has given me […]

Where does health care IT hurt? Everywhere.

  Over the past few months, I’ve been in England, China, Denmark, New Zealand and Canada. Each of them is rethinking their health care IT strategy and is not entirely satisfied with past progress. I’m often asked by senior government officials to help harmonize IT strategy at the country level. That — I can do. […]

Reminder: Keep it simple for outpatients

As a clinical student, I’ve been a part of dozens of outpatient clinic visits, but several days ago, I witnessed a clinic visit much unlike the others. For one, our patient arrived not for a 20-minute appointment, but for a three-hour one. As a hemophiliac, this patient came to Stanford once a year, for a […]

Propeller, MIR Integrate Mobile, Clinic-Based Spirometers into the Propeller Platform

Propeller Health, a digital solution for respiratory medicine has teamed up with Medical International Research (MIR), a global leader in spirometry, oximetry and telemedicine to integrate several of MIR’s mobile and clinical spirometers...Show More Summary

Something Not So Terrific

By MARGALIT GUR-ARIE The brand new President Barack Obama, whether wittingly or not, invested his entire political capital in reforming health care in America. He gambled and he lost, not because he had nefarious intentions, but because he left the gory details to a corrupt Congress and a shady cadre of lying and conniving technocrats,

The Price Is Basically Right

By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD Recently, President-Elect Trump selected Rep. Tom Price, MD to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.  Suffice it to say, this signals Mr. Trumps’ resolve and commitment to definitively repealing and replacing.  Dr. Price has already sunk his teeth into health care reform, having proposed alternative healthcare solutions in every

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