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T-Tracks Keeps Tabs on Clinical Samples While In Transit

Clinical lab specialists now have a new way of keeping track of samples as they travel from collection sites for pathology testing. Lab Sensor Solutions out of Redwood City, California has released a new system that keeps tabs on both...Show More Summary

Is FEP Ready For the World?

Here's a paper that basically throws down the computational gauntlet. A large group of authors from Schrödinger, Nimbus, Columbia, Yale, and UC-Irvine say that their implementation of free energy perturbation (FEP) calculations really does lead to a significant number of more active compounds being predicted. Show More Summary

Timing Discharges to Maximize Revenue - "Corruption" of Corporate Long-Term Hospitals?

A recent Wall Street Journal article that focused on a quirk in US Medicare payment rules that may be gamed by long-term hospitals also revealed the plight of physicians employed by such hospitals, and worse, the danger posed by such...Show More Summary

Para-Chloro Was Good Enough For Them, So It's Good Enough For Me

How many of the molecular pieces that we use in medicinal chemistry are historical accidents? I've wondered this from time to time. There's no doubt that drug structures are partly driven by ease of synthesis/commercial availability (these two go hand in hand), and these in turn are influenced by which reactions and feedstocks were exploited earlier. Show More Summary

KLAS Report: Acute Care EMR Purchasing Plans 2015: New Energy in a More Competitive Market

Stiffer competition between key vendors is causing a growing number of providers to be undecided about which EMR to purchase when looking to make a buying decision. In the KLAS acute care EMR purchasing plans report released today, researchers...Show More Summary

AAFP Survey of EHR Switchers Ranks Amazing Charts #2 for “Happiness”

A new survey of physicians that switched Electronic Health Record systems ranks Amazing Charts #2 for customer satisfaction. Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians this month, the EHR Switch Survey: Responses from 305...Show More Summary

MTBC Introduces iCheckIn, An Innovative Mobile Patient Check-In App

MTBC has announced the launch of iCheckIn, an enhanced patient check-in app for iOS and Android-based tablet devices. “MTBC’s enhanced iCheckIn tablet application is designed to help medical offices streamline the check-in process, while...Show More Summary

Join me at 2015 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit

Please join me at 2015 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit, which will take place on May 4-8, 2015, at the wonderful Wynn Las Vegas. Based on personal experience, I can tell you that the Summit attracts an impressive diversity of pharmacies,...Show More Summary

Opiate withdrawal: usually benign but not always

The main problem is when opiate withdrawal is precipitated (such as with naloxone) in a narcotic tolerant patient. Here is a case report and review.

Polhemus Microsensor 1.8 Offers Highly Precise Motion Tracking in Tiny Package (VIDEOS)

Polhemus (Colchester, VT) has unveiled its new motion tracking Micro Sensor 1.8 device that, as the name implies, is 1.8 mm in diameter – thin enough for use in minimally invasive vascular surgery. It monitors its movement in 3D using...Show More Summary

Neuronetrix Brain Scanner FDA Approved for In-Office qEEG/ERP Brainwave Analysis

Louisville Business First is reporting that Neuronetrix, a local firm, landed FDA clearance for its COGNISION system. It’s used to detect brainwave markers that point to the existence of certain neurological diseases, by producing quantitative...Show More Summary

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 23rd February, 2015.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a 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...Show More Summary

PVCs can help in the diagnosis of myocardial ischemic syndromes

Here is a case presented at Dr. Smith's ECG blog and a link to several more. As Barney Marriott was fond of saying, PVCs pay diagnostic dividends. Know them!

Breathalyzer for Lung Cancer Screening Shows Promise

At the Chongqing University in China, researchers have been working on a sensor able to detect volatile organic compounds in a person’s breath that point to the existence of lung cancer. So far the device has shown promise in laboratory...Show More Summary

Pelvalon’s Eclipse Vaginal Insert for Fecal Incontinence FDA Approved

The FDA has granted de novo regulatory approval to Pelvalon (Sunnyvale, CA) for its Eclipse vaginal insert for treating fecal incontinence. The choice of orifice may be a bit surprising, but the device works by exerting pressure on the rectum through the vaginal wall, just where a tampon is typically positioned, effectively closing off the rectum. Show More Summary

New Knowledge About Human Head Revealed, Via Anatomical Network Analysis

At the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Valencia, researchers have been studying the anatomy of the human head in a unique way, revealing the modularity of the musculoskeletal system and its evolutionary origins. Show More Summary

Fluorescent Biomarkers Can Now Show Entire Neural Circuits (VIDEOS)

Fluorescent tagging has revolutionized biology, but using it to study large neural networks has been challenging, because neural activity is so short-lived. The microscope only has a small field of view, so by the time it moves to focus on another region the fluorescence has already gone dark. Show More Summary

We Put The Cute New AlcoMate Revo Breathalyzer to The Test

Although breathalyzers are associated with police traffic stops, they are also used in sensitive environments like hospitals, nuclear power installations, and in the military – to make sure everyone is clearheaded. Many consumers also like to keep tabs on their alcohol intake, so easy to use breathalyzers are becoming quite popular. Show More Summary

Sapheon VenaSeal Closure System for Varicose Veins Now FDA Approved (VIDEO)

These days varicose veins are typically treated with compression stockings followed by surgery, as necessary. A new product from Sapheon (Morrisville, NC), a part of Medtronic, has just been FDA approved that offers a new approach to...Show More Summary

Detecting Tiny Magnetic Fields, with Diamonds

Complex molecules such as DNA and small lifeforms such as viruses have distinct magnetic signatures that may be used in applications such as genetic analysis and disease diagnosis. A device developed by researchers from the Joint Quantum...Show More Summary

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