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AusHealthIT Poll Number 317 – Results – 24th April, 2016.

Here are the results of the poll.Should The Private Sector And Academia Have Much Greater Input To e-Health Strategy And Policy Setting Than At Present?Yes 99% (160) No 1% (1) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 162 There clearly needs...Show More Summary

Ask patients how they feel, along with how they are feeling

“How are you feeling?” It’s a question we frequently ask patients — on rounds, in the clinic, post-operatively — and with all good intentions and gentility.  But, do we ever stop to think: What is really the point of this question?  What information are we trying to glean?  I think for most of us, we’re […]

Learn the physical exam by following an oncologist

“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.” – Sir William Osler, “The Father of Modern Medicine” (1849–1919) In this modern era of oncology, the potential extent of malignant spread is staged by […]

MKSAP: 55-year-old man is evaluated following a screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 55-year-old man is evaluated following a screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus. He is asymptomatic. He has a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Show More Summary

PhRMA Intern Retrospective: Drug News Stories

Principle #14 of the final version of PhRMA’s Guiding Principles on Direct to Consumer Advertising about Prescription Medicines, which applies to both TV and print DTC ads, states in part: "DTC television and print advertising should...Show More Summary

Augmented renal clearance of antibiotics in critically ill patients

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }a:link { } From a recent review: Highlights Augmented renal clearance (ARC) is a prevalent condition in the critically ill. ARC may result in sub-therapeutic exposure of renally eliminated antibiotics. Beta-lactams are particularly affected due to their pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic

It’s Past Time for a More Holistic Response to Malaria

On World Malaria Day 2016, Estrella Lasry of Médecins Sans Frontières calls for a more holistic approach if we are to make more than a dent in the malaria burden in areas most difficult to

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 23rd April, 2016.

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

Drug addiction is a learning disorder

When I think back about what I learned about drug addiction in medical school in the 1980s, I can’t think of much. Sure, I talked to plenty of patients who had been snorting coke and injecting heroine. One man with AIDS promised to teach me how to draw blood, if I’d sit by his side […]

The FDA’s Muscular Dystrophy Debacle Shows Trying To Speed Drug Approvals Up Can Slow Them Down

The handling of the experimental drug eteplirsen reflects badly on its maker, Sarepta Therapeutics, and on the FDA. It points to some very fixable flaws in our drug regulation system, many of them involving the way that the FDA communicates with the public.

Activated Molecules Kill Tumor Cells Only Where Light Shines

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and University of Kiev, Ukraine have developed a new photodynamic substance that may be useful for attacking tumors. Photodynamic therapy typically involves using light to create free radicals out of oxygen. Show More Summary

Needed: A Value Chain Model for Data Analytics

Coming out of HIMSS 2016 I was struck by the sheer number of Population Health Management offerings. There are a myriad of vendors offering a multitude of data analytics offerings for providers and payers navigating the new waters of value-based … Read more ›

Highly Stretchable Elastomer May be Candidate for Artificial Muscles

Researchers from Stanford University developed a new silicone rubber elastomer, based on a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-derivative. The material can be stretched to 45 times its original length, a characteristic that the team attributed to the constant breaking and reforming of metal-ligand coordination bonds throughout stretching. Show More Summary

How a physician suicide 30 years ago affected this doctor today

Physicians have one of the highest rates of suicide of any profession: nearly twice the rate of the general population. 400 physicians commit suicide each year in the United States. The stress of being a doctor is constant and unrelenting. The majority of us are perfectionists with a strong work ethic: your classic Type A […]

Lown Institute/ Right Care Alliance 2016 Conference

I am back from the annual Lown Institute/ Right Care Alliance meeting in Chicago. A considerable part of the meeting was devoted to issues that may be familiar to readers of Health Care Renewal.Shannon Brownlee, in her keynote talk,Show More Summary

HealthVerity Raises $7.1M to Unlock the Value of Patient Data

HealthVerity, a provider of technologies and software tools for the discovery and integration of optimal patient data sets has announced $7.1M in funding led by Flare Capital Partners and Greycroft Partners with participation from additional strategic healthcare investors. Show More Summary

Centra to Deploy Cerner EHR, HealtheIntent Population Health Across Enterprise

Centra, an integrated delivery network based in Virginia has selected Cerner to implement its Millennium EHR across its five hospitals, more than 50 ambulatory and long-term care facilities, and health plan. Additionally, Centra will also implement Cerner’s near real-time population health management platform, HealtheIntentSM. Show More Summary

Tiny Sensor Detects Cancer Cells Through Multiple Channels at The Same Time

While microfluidic devices that can help detect disease biomarkers can get pretty small, they often require a microscope to read the results, negating the size advantage. Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an electronic sensor that can detect cancer cells flowing through many channels of a microfluidic device simultaneously. Show More Summary

Hologic Releases Affirm Prone Breast Biopsy System in U.S.

Hologic won FDA clearance and is releasing its Affirm prone biopsy guidance system, a product already approved in Europe. The system provides both 2D and 3D image guidance for performing breast biopsies. The system has a relatively wide field of view to more easily access suspect lesions found during 3D mammography exams. Show More Summary

Vevo MD, World’s First Clinical Ultra High Frequency Ultrasound FDA Cleared

FUJIFILM SonoSite won FDA clearance to introduce the world’s first clinical ultra high frequency ultrasound system. The compatible transducers operate at frequencies up to 70 MHz, providing imaging details down to 30 micrometers. Typical...Show More Summary

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