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Bayer HealthCare Launches Digital Health Accelerator in Berlin

Bayer HealthCare has launched its own digital health accelerator program in Berlin, Germany called “Grants4Apps,” selecting five digital health startups from around the globe that will advance their business ideas and technology in areas such as hormone tests, patient adherence, breathing patterns, clinical trials and vitamin deficiency. Show More Summary

How Samsung Is Enhancing Mobile Access to Personal Diabetes Data

Image Credit: Samsung Business Healthcare   This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. Almost 30 million children and adults in the United States suffer from diabetes costing the healthcare industry more than $245 billion annually, according to the American Diabetes Association. Show More Summary

10 helpful ways to improve your patient experience

Have you ever been a patient? Yeah, me too. Many newly insured Americans will visit doctors’ offices this year. The average time you — or anyone — has with a primary care provider is 15 minutes. What’s a sick person to do? Happier patients make happier doctors. Here’s a helpful list that I’ve developed to help patient […]

What laryngitis taught this surgeon about disrupting health care

Smitty greets Sully as they meet to head to work, “Hey there, Sully! How’s your wife?” Sully answers, “Oh, geez. She’s up in bed with laryngitis.” Then Smitty says, “Laryngitis?! That damned Greek!” As you may have guessed, I am nursing a case of laryngitis, my voice muted and strained. This time, it has not stopped […]

A Reversal: What Can Healthcare Teach the Aviation Industry?

By RHONDA WYSKIEL There are more than 50 in-flight medical emergencies a day on commercial airlines — or one for every 604 flights, according to a study published in 2013. What are the odds that two emergencies would occur on the exact same flight, above the Atlantic Ocean and hours from the nearest airport? My colleague

Want satisfied patients? Keep nurses happy.

Ever since Medicare started using patient satisfaction surveys in 2012 to calculate hospital reimbursements, the healthcare system has been looking to the hospitality industry to learn how to make patients enjoy their hospital stay. Hotels do have the answer, but hospitals are looking in all the wrong places. What hospitals are doing wrong The concept […]

American Gastroenterological Association Takes Important First Step to Oppose ABMS MOC® Program

6 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

One by one, Internal Medicine subspecialties are fleeing the sinking American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification® ship and creating new, non-punitive learning pathways in lieu of "recertification." Especially...Show More Summary

A new model for effective company-sponsored primary care programs

Part of a series. Patients need doctors that take time to listen which means a limited number of patients under care. Employers need programs that reduce costs and ideally improve the health of their staff. These apparently disparate needs can come together in a new model for effective company-sponsored primary care programs. Those of you […]

It Seems Wisdom And Common Sense Can Emerge From All Sorts Of Interesting Places!

This appeared a few days ago:From Emerald to Japan (and back again)Posted Tue, 18/08/2015 - 11:03 by Josh Gliddon There’s a long tradition of Australian doctors having multiple specialties. Dr Ewen McPhee is one of them. A rural GP obstetrician,...Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 284 – Results – 23rd August, 2015.

Here are the results of the poll.Which Organisation Best Represents Your Views On What Is Needed In Australian E-Health?ACHI 23% (22) HISA 3% (3) HIMAA 0% (0) Federal DoH 0% (0) NEHTA 6% (6) Academia 1% (1) Some Other Organisation 4%...Show More Summary

Bringing Dad home from the nursing facility was the right decision

For years, and especially as he entered his nineties, my father kept begging me not to “dump” him into a nursing home. He had seen too many of his cronies abandoned in this way by family members; his visits with these friends left him feeling depressed and hopeless for days. I assured Dad that I’d […]

We should treat patients, not our ideas of patients

Throughout the course of a physician’s career, many patients come across the path with numerous complaints and medical conditions requiring interpretations and actions, respectively. In a field with little time to see everybody at length, pattern recognition becomes important to make efficient decisions with regards to patient care. Show More Summary

What does Sir William Osler think about physician burnout?

Sir William Osler (1849-1919) is universally considered the father of modern medicine. “He belongs to medical students of all time, as Lincoln belongs to the common man everywhere.” – Wilder Penfield, eminent Canadian neurosurgeon, who met Osler while at Oxford “His energy, productivity, and humanity blossomed out of a deep vulnerability. Between the pages of his […]

20 Doctors You Should Be Following on Twitter

It’s always a pleasure to be included in such lists as I get to know others working in the field of digital health. Here is the full list and an excerpt: Twitter can be the ideal platform for a physician to offer meaningful, relevant information to patients and colleagues. Getting started is the hardest part, but […]

One Billion Dollars! O Valeant! Sung to tune of O Canada!

Shortly after the FDA approved Addyi (the "pink pill"), Canadian pharma company Valeant announced it would buy Sprout for $1 billion. Was it a good buy? Read more »

Test your medicine knowledge: 52-year-old man concerned about his weight

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 52-year-old man is evaluated during a routine examination. He is asymptomatic but is concerned about his weight. Medical history is significant for prediabetes and elevated cholesterol levels. He smokes one or two cigars a week. He drinks one or two […]

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links -22nd August, 2015.

Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and 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 site registration...Show More Summary

Physician burnout is physician abuse

Physician burnout is the latest trend among doctors. There are books, workshops, even special breathing exercises for physician burnout. Suddenly every other doctor I meet has burnout. And half of all med students have burnout before they graduate. WTF. We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all […]

Controlling vs. collaborative IT leadership and what it means to your healthcare organization

Forgive me, but I simply need to vent. Think for a moment about your hospital or health system's IT leader. Would you describe this person as controlling or collaborative? Do you even really know? And what difference does it make? In my role at Microsoft...(read more)

NASA Plans To Recycle Human Waste into Food

In its latest press release, NASA announced the selection of eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of their space program. They award about $200,000 per year to each project for up to a possible three years of research. Show More Summary

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