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Mayo Clinic, Optum360 Partner To Optimize Revenue Cycle

Optum360 and Mayo Clinic are partnering to develop new revenue cycle management services capabilities aimed at improving patient experiences and satisfaction while reducing administrative costs for health care providers. As part of the...Show More Summary

HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey Infographic

The 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of more than 200 healthcare provider employees reveals that healthcare organizations are widely beginning to deploy mobile health technologies with the aim of engaging patients within their organizations. Show More Summary


WHO calls for increased transparency in medical research Note for the media 14 April 2015 14 APRIL | 2015 GENEVA - WHO today issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result. Show More Summary

Executive workups: The ultimate in patient-centered care

The following article is satire. LAS VEGAS, Nevada — As times have become harder for emergency departments around the country, one local hospital, Snooty Hospital and Casino (SHC), has come up with a solution to capture precious reimbursement from individuals with “enhanced diagnosis and treatment goals.” When checking into the ED either by ambulance or at the […]

Massachusetts General Unveils Smartphone Device for Diagnosing Cancer

A team from Massachusetts General Hospital has developed new technology that converts a smartphone into a tool for cancer diagnosis. The approach, called D3 (digital diffraction diagnosis), consists of a dongle that sits on top of the...Show More Summary

Scientists Explain How Deep Brain Stimulation Works in Parkinson’s Patients

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can have dramatic benefits for people living with Parkinson’s disease, but how this technology actually works to influence the brain has remained a mystery. This is an issue because some patients respond much differently to DBS than others, so being able to tune the therapy to each patient can improve its effectiveness. Show More Summary

Treatment options for severely ill patients with influenza

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } From a recent review: Purpose of review: Cases of severe influenza may occur during seasonal epidemics, following sporadic zoonotic influenza A transmission from animal reservoirs or on a massive scale with the unpredictable emergence of a new pandemic influenza strain. Clinical experience identifies unmet medical need for additional

Is there a “Right to Try” Experimental Drugs?

From The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) Patient freedom, ethics at the heart of ‘Right to Try’ push in Illinois Some doctors worry that an effort to grant terminally ill people more access to unproven drugs might offer them false hope or even be harmful, but advocates for a “right to try” say patients should have […]

Women’s Health Leader Dismayed by Proposed Changes to Meaningful Use Criteria

Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families issues statement in response to the recently proposed modification to meaningful use for 2015 to 2017, released by CMS on Friday.  Debra L. Ness, “The proposed modification to meaningful use for 2015 to 2017, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on... Read More

IBM and Apple Partner to Process Upcoming Flood of Healthcare Data (VIDEO)

IBM has announced that its Watson supercomputing platform and Health Cloud data storage will be compatible with Apple‘s HealthKit and ResearchKit data sharing platforms. This will allow researchers to collect data using iOS apps, safely...Show More Summary

Why Journalists Need Maintenance of Certification

3 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

Well, well, well, this little blog got a mention in the New York Times Well health care blog last evening in a post entitled "Board Certification and Fees Anger Doctors" by Joshua Kirsch.  Too bad what really upsets doctors is not certification,...Show More Summary

Early tube feeding for acute pancreatitis?

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } From a recent study in NEJM: Methods We enrolled patients with acute pancreatitis who were at high risk for complications on the basis of an Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score of 8 or higher (on a scale of 0 to 71, with higher scores indicating more severe disease), an Imrie or modified Glasgow score of 3 or

Feds to Probe Impact of Generic Drug Price Increases on Medicaid

the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says it will conduct a new review of generic drug price increases on the Medicaid drug rebate program.

Apple ResearchKit Now Available To All Medical Researchers

Apple has announced that ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices, is now available to researchers and developers. Show More Summary

HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey: 15 Key Findings

Today, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, HIMSS released the results of the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey. This year’s study, of more than 200 healthcare provider employees. Many respondents revealed that...Show More Summary

HHS Launches $1M Community Interoperability HIE Program

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The funding will help support and enable the flow of health information at the community level, leading to better care and... Read More

We need to reframe alternative medicine in a new way.  Like this.

I’ve written before about various forms of complementary and alternative medicine — most recently about the use of essential oils for serious medical conditions. I’m planning to dive deeper into that topic in an upcoming post. But before I do, I want to take some time to reframe how we think about alternative therapies. And I want to […]

Is Machine Interoperability the Next Unusable Level of Meaningful Use?

As the HIMSS15 extravaganza is getting under way, and every EHR vendor flush with cash from the Meaningful Use bonanza is preparing to take its unusable product to the next level, machine interoperability is shaping up to be the belle of the ball. Interoperability in health care is all the rage now. After publishing a... Read More

An EHR Attestation Report Card and Data Set

by FRED TROTTER and ASHISH PATEL DocGraph will release an initial dataset will become available on the last full day at HIMSS, and the crowdfund will continue until Datapalooza. This post discusses our underlying motivation for creating a new dataset, as well as some of our goals with its release. I enjoy and appreciate many […]

Nuance, MEDITECH, IMO Partner to Automate Patient Problem Lists

Nuance has announced a collaboration with Intelligent Medical Objects(IMO) and MEDITECH to take rich clinical narratives from physician notes, extract key facts as structured data and automatically populate patient problem lists and allergy lists using physician-friendly terminologies to preserve clinical intent of physician documentation in the EHR. Show More Summary

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