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Luc Montagnier Makes His Case in Paris

Well, if you're in Paris next month and want to see some scientific (or perhaps not so scientific?) fireworks at a seminar, here's the event to attend. UNESCO is holding a symposium on the work of Luc Montagnier on his "water memory" studies. Show More Summary

Face-based Disposable EEG Mask to Help Quickly Diagnose Brain Damage

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a well known way of assessing brain function, but because of the great difficulty of applying electrodes to the scalp it is rarely used in clinical practice. In emergency medicine, in particular, being able to evaluate how the brain is doing following a trauma can help prevent a lot of long term neurological damage. Show More Summary

Checkme: A Medical Tricorder from China’s Viatom Technology

Viatom Technology, a company out of Shenzhen, China, received the CE Mark and has released internationally its Checkme health monitor. The device provides one lead ECG, blood oxygenation (SpO2), body temperature, and works as a pedometer to boot. Show More Summary

Industry News that is also Personal News

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions Yesterday I was director of education and communication for CentreLearn Solutions. Today I am director of product management for TargetSolutions. Tomorrow, like today and...Show More Summary

Drug Industry Slams FDA's Social Media Guidelines: Part 1 (Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations)

Ever since the epic #FAIL of FDA's webinar that was meant to explain its recent social media guidelines, the agency has been the butt of jokes here on Pharma Marketing Blog and also behind pharma industry closed doors. In particular,...Show More Summary

Infographic – Keeping your data safe

Infographic by MEA|NEA According to a new research published by healthcare electronic attachment vendor MEA|NEA, keeping data safe continues to be an overwhelming problem. The following graphic outlines digital data security and how it affects consumers, as well as business entities, especially healthcare. The data here makes clear that security continues to be a major […]

Health care fails to adopt technology. Here are 5 reasons why.

Why do so many seemingly great technologies fail to penetrate the health care system? I hope the following five answers shed some light on the realities of technology adoption in health care. 1. Many new technologies don’t address the real problem Tech entrepreneurs often take a backward approach to invention. They start by discovering a nifty […]

The Next Decade of Neurostimulation: Interview with Simon Karger from Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants recently held a neurostimulation workshop with leading innovators in the field. Following the workshop, the company released a working paper that looks at the potential of neurostimulation in the next ten years....Show More Summary

Being a Health Care CEO Means Never Having to Say You Are Sorry - (Michael) Covert Edition

Physicians and other health care professionals are increasingly subject to various measures of their quality, productivity, and "value," and beholden to administrators, managers and bureaucrats. The notion of health professionals being primarily accountable to patients and to professional standards has become old school. Show More Summary

Don’t spank your children. Do these 5 things instead.

In my mind it’s no wonder the American Academy of Pediatrics has a statement against spanking. Spanking, in the simplest form, is the act of hitting a child, using physical force to try to get a different outcome. Thing is, spanking is an ineffective discipline tool in the long run and research shows it’s damaging to a child’s […]

A twisted argument against end-of-life care

“All your patients will die. Maybe not today, but someday.  The defining fact of life is that it ends.  Only a fool would dedicate their career to fighting something that can never be beaten.  Therefore, a doctor’s task cannot be to fight death.  A doctor’s task is to heal when possible and prevent suffering always. […]

5 examples of what health care IT should look like

Over the last year I’ve written a lot about the problems with health care IT and how we need to get better. Unfortunately, unlike other aspects of our life where information technology has actually made life easier, in health care the user experience been nowhere near as smooth. IT solutions, including electronic medical records, are […]

Domestic violence and the NFL: We all need to change

If I were punched by an unknown man in an elevator there would be little doubt that my assailant would be prosecuted. If the trauma were enough to cause me to lose consciousness, meaning I suffered brain trauma, my attacker would likely be charged with aggravated assault. No one would be surprised if he received […]

You know Meaningful Use is Real When...

My 83 year old father-in-law returned from a recent outpatient visit to his primary care provider with two customized handouts - a transition of care summary detailing problems/meds/allergies and an opt-in consent for the exchange of...Show More Summary

The long road to a blockbuster drug

One thousand dollars per pill? A single treatment course for hepatitis C virus to cost $83,000? How can those prices be justified? The drug-discovery process is a long one, fraught with disappointments and massive investment, no matter what the outcome. Some pharmaceutical companies argue that the high prices charged for their rare “blockbuster” drugs help […]

Why health apps fall short and how to fix them

Searching for health and fitness apps on the iTunes app store turns up approximately 2,200 results. There are calorie counters, activity trackers, heart rate monitors, virtual fitness coaches and every other conceivable permutation. The quantity should grow even larger thanks to Apple’s latest product release, the Apple Watch, a wrist wearable computer that tracks health […]

Amaranth Medical’s 2nd Generation FORTITUDE Sirolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Scaffold

Amaranth Medical, a company with offices in Mountain View, CA and Singapore, has developed a bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffold that looks and works much like a stent, but slowly disappears over time after implantation. The companyShow More Summary

Shareable Ink and Bentley University Collaborate on Advanced Usability Features for Simplified Clinical Documentation.

Shareable Ink and Bentley University have announced a partnership that will take place throughout Bentley’s fall 2014 semester focusing on one of the largest barriers to the adoption of clinical software affecting patient care – ease of use. “Shareable Ink is proud to work with top talent from Bentley University to advance our intuitive and […]

Accountable care organizations struggling with HIT interoperability, according to survey

Although most accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the health information technology (HIT) to improve clinical quality, poor interoperability across systems and providers remains a barrier, according to an ACO survey conducted by Premier, Inc. and the eHealth Initiative. Show More Summary

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