FDA OKs Generic Ambien FDA OKs Generic Ambien

  The following 13 manufacturers have received FDA approval for zolpidem tartrate tablets: Mylan Pharmaceuticals, TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA,...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release

A policy paper and principles assuring that physicians are given the opportunity to comment on performance ratings that they believe are ina...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) Apr 17 - The influential organization for the elderly AARP has expanded its line of health insurance plans for older...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores

  ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) Apr 13 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forecasting more than 6,600 in-store medical clinics will open their doors in...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering

  Its members are suing two of the region's largest health insurers, claiming each tried to weasel out of paying for millions of dolla...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO

  A 22-Year-Old's Tirade Made Trouble for Kaiser; Mr. Deal Got Fired, Famous By RHONDA L. RUNDLE April 24, 2007; Page A1 LOS ANGELES -...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants

 Family MD blowing off a little steam?  BD MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A Brevard County doctor dressed up in a Captain America outfit was arrested ...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Mandatory tablet splitting Mandatory tablet splitting

I came across my first instance of an insurance company requiring a patient to split tablets about a month ago. One of our regulars has rece...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies

Can't beat them...join them I guess....good move on the part of RIM.  BD  Microsoft's Windows Mobile team should declare a holiday...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors... A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors...

  The City of Corvallis, Oregon, has gone Tablet PC with its building permit process. Applications and payment in the process can now be d...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc.

Issued : April 18, 2007 Dear Healthcare Practitioner: This is to notify you that all medical devices manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. of Un...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor

  In a little-noticed move, Lilly has dropped “Lilly Answers,” its Patient Assistance Program for people without health insurance. Merrill ...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices

  Merlin(TM).net Patient Care Network is First Cardiac Rhythm ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2007--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NY...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities

This is a great page on showing how a tablet pc can help individuals with disabilities..the keyboard...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Windows Home Server CTP Windows Home Server CTP

 I haven't had time yet to post my own screenshots, but found this blogger who has done some nice work with adding a few screenshots of ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission

  Raven, the mobile surgical robot developed in the UW's BioRobotics Lab, weighs about 50 pounds. Its nimble appendages can suture wo...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device

 Now this is very interesting...much less evasive than dialating pupils in the eyes...BD BiCOM Inc. at a recent conference call, reported ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal

  Doctors in New York have removed a woman’s gallbladder with instruments passed through her vagina, a technique they hope will cause less...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them

Be aware of the pre-formatted templates to a degree...they can be useful but maybe it is best to customized and adapt your own...  Overdocu...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation

 We must all have a lot of pain these days...BD Physical therapists have come out ahead as a top career choice for US college graduates and...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotics Institute: HeartLander Robotics Institute: HeartLander

The HeartLander is a miniature mobile robot to facilitate minimally invasive beating-heart intrapericardial therapies.  The robot: ente...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics

  CPT 2006 replaces the universal infusion codes—90780 and 90781—with six new codes that follow the G code structure that CMS introduced f...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract

  Why doctors and hospitals are hooking up again The upswing in hospital employment partly reflects the desire of many younger doctors to ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross

  The largest organizations representing California physicians and hospitals joined a lawsuit against Blue Cross of California on Thursday...

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Friday, April 20, 2007

More about Google as a health services tool More about Google as a health services tool

  In my office, where all documents are either PDF or rich text format, or RTF, we use Google's desktop search for anything from a pat...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Med school in Valley? UC Merced gets grant Med school in Valley? UC Merced gets grant

  MERCED - Creating a University of California medical school in the San Joaquin Valley got a jumpstart recently with a $225,000 grant to ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Schwarzenegger Touts Health IT as Part of Health Care Overhaul Schwarzenegger Touts Health IT as Part of Health Care Overhaul

  Schwarzenegger in the past year has signed executive orders to: Develop a statewide broadband policy; Accelerate health IT adoption; a...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tablets in Action Tablets in Action

  I don't know much about the context in which in this picture was taken, but it does demonstrate that Tablets are more welcome at a di...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

NeuroArm -  University of Calgary NeuroArm - University of Calgary

  World’s first image-guided surgical robot to enhance accuracy and safety of brain surgery Surgery is about to change with the introduct...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Making medical fact-finding easy Making medical fact-finding easy

  Faced with a minor illness or major health-care crisis, many people turn to the Internet for information. But with the misinformation th...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New York City To Provide No-Cost Electronic Health Record Technology To 'High-Volume' Providers Of Care For Medicaid And Uninsured Patients New York City To Provide No-Cost Electronic Health Record Technology To 'High-Volume' Providers Of Care For Medicaid And Uninsured Patients

New York City officials today will announce a $19.8 million contract with eClinicalWorks for electronic health records software systems, whi...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tablet Man Tablet Man

Watch the short video with some simple math with a tablet..hope we see more of him in action...BD http://www.ustream.tv/LorenHeiny/videos/...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Arkansas school to trial iPod, WiFi-equipped school bus Arkansas school to trial iPod, WiFi-equipped school bus

  If you thought taking a ride on the GamerBUS was a thrill, this one will really make you long to be a youngster in Arkansas again. Repo...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hand Sanitizing Spray Moves Clorox Into Personal Care Category Hand Sanitizing Spray Moves Clorox Into Personal Care Category

  For decades, The Clorox Company has helped consumers and industry professionals keep their homes and businesses cleaner and healthier t...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cervarix® Offers 100% Protection Against Precancerous Lesions Caused By Cancer-Causing Human Papillomavirus Types 16 And 18 For Over 5 Years Cervarix® Offers 100% Protection Against Precancerous Lesions Caused By Cancer-Causing Human Papillomavirus Types 16 And 18 For Over 5 Years

  The GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) cervical cancer candidate vaccine, CERVARIX®, demonstrated 100 percent efficacy in preventing precancero...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Dear Patient: P4P is Here Dear Patient: P4P is Here

As one MD states.....  Dear Patient: P4P is Here Dear Mr. and Ms. Patient, I regret to inform you that I will be spending less time focus...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

AARP Says It Will Become Major Medicare Insurer While Remaining a Consumer Lobby AARP Says It Will Become Major Medicare Insurer While Remaining a Consumer Lobby

  WASHINGTON, April 16 — AARP , the lobby for older Americans, announced Monday that it would become a major participant in the nation’s h...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Exmocare - a Watch that monitors your well being Exmocare - a Watch that monitors your well being

This sure seems like a good idea in some areas, but I have to give this some real thought..I'm n...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Epocrates for Windows Mobile Phones Epocrates for Windows Mobile Phones

Here are a couple screenshots of how the information looks on a mobile PDA phone.  You can customize...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Update on United HealthCare’s Plan to Fine Physicians for Using Out-of-Network Labs Update on United HealthCare’s Plan to Fine Physicians for Using Out-of-Network Labs

  Apparently physicians in several states besides New Jersey are catching the attention of their insurance regulators over UnitedHealthcar...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Is Pfizer Outsourcing Innovation? Is Pfizer Outsourcing Innovation?

  According to reports in the Pharma Blogosphere TM (see below), Pfizer has laid off a "large ...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

CMS Proposes Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008 CMS Proposes Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008

  Payment to all hospitals would increase by an average of 3.3 percent for FY 2008 when all provisions of the rule are taken into account....

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Massachusetts Connector Likely To Approve Health Insurance Exemptions Massachusetts Connector Likely To Approve Health Insurance Exemptions

Not sure how this could work...a law passed for all to have mandatory insurance and now a 20% exemption for low income categories...BD  The...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Feds say plans can soften deadline for doctors' universal ID numbers ... Feds say plans can soften deadline for doctors' universal ID numbers ...

Rumor has it that Medicare may not be fully prepared as well...BD Medicare and some insurers might allow physicians to use either their ne...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Massachusetts considers requiring all surgeries to be videotaped ... American Medical News Massachusetts considers requiring all surgeries to be videotaped ... American Medical News

Doctors and plaintiff lawyers are the bill's biggest critics, saying the doctor-patient relationship would become a Hollywood productio...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions ... Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions ...

Check out the links on the site to the $4.00 prescriptions offered from Target and WalMart/Sams Club...this could be a real help and make th...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Medicare Provides Funding For Health Insurance Counseling In All 50 States Medicare Provides Funding For Health Insurance Counseling In All 50 States

Medicare will provide funding for health insurance counseling in every state to help beneficiaries get the most from the health program for ...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

New drugs promise two days without sleep and improved alertness and cognitive powers New drugs promise two days without sleep and improved alertness and cognitive powers

  March 5, 2007 Two years ago, we wrote about the “time-shifting” drug, Modafinil that enables you to stay awake for 40+ hours with close t...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Colo Rectal Surgeon The Colo Rectal Surgeon

This is a funny video of a short song from a couple Canadian comics that was taken from a medical convention...BD

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tailored plus sized pocket fashion for the mobile multimedia gadget lifestyle Tailored plus sized pocket fashion for the mobile multimedia gadget lifestyle

This page is very humorous and well worth the watch. With all the gadgets we carry today, they are p...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pharmalot...Pharmalittle... Pharmalot...Pharmalittle...

Interestingly, AstraZeneca was largely silent much of the week, but by Friday, was forced to reply to a few blogs, including Pharmalot, afte...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

RSS Translates Into Info On Savings RSS Translates Into Info On Savings

This site actually relies on RSS technology to preview the latest news as forces can be easily joined to combine new and events into one con...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

New Storm Surges Through I.T. World New Storm Surges Through I.T. World

  According to the Internet Storm Center, a hurricane-like virus is blowing through the PC world, with at least 20,000 infections on Thursd...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Faith, Hope, Charity, and the Jackpot Mentality Faith, Hope, Charity, and the Jackpot Mentality

  It is time to call an orthopedic surgeon. You don’t just put a cast something like this. “Good morning, Dr. Smith. Sorry to wake you up ...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Help Put Bob Through Med School! Help Put Bob Through Med School!

Hello, my name is Bob and I am a first year Medical Student. A very broke first year Medical Student. I need tuition money, this is where y...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Unveiling Of Neurosurgery Robot April 17 Unveiling Of Neurosurgery Robot April 17

  The world's first MRI-compatible robot for brain surgery has been developed by a research team from the University of Calgary / Calgar...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Sneak Peek Photos of TabletKiosk's New Sahara i400 Dock Sneak Peek Photos of TabletKiosk's New Sahara i400 Dock

The Sahara is the full size tablet from Tablet Kiosk that offers both touch screen and digitizer.  I have had my hands on the unit and it wo...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Canada exporting nearly 10% of its MDs to U.S. Canada exporting nearly 10% of its MDs to U.S.

  TORONTO -- One in nine trained-in-Canada doctors is practising medicine in the United States, says a study published in today's issu...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

F.D.A. Rejects Merck’s New Pain Medication F.D.A. Rejects Merck’s New Pain Medication

   A panel of federal drug advisers voted 20 to 1 Thursday to reject an application by Merck to sell its pain pill Arcoxia because of conc...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

DOQ - IT UNIVERSITY FROM CMS GOES PUBLIC DOQ - IT UNIVERSITY FROM CMS GOES PUBLIC

 CMS is ready to help physicians with learning about electronic medical records..there is a ton of information out there...not sure how effe...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

UnitedHealth offering real-time claims submission UnitedHealth offering real-time claims submission

  Physicians filing claims for patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance now can do so in real-time, thanks to a new claims submission Web ...

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Friday, April 13, 2007

High Tech Rendered Low Tech while Passing the Baton of Communication High Tech Rendered Low Tech while Passing the Baton of Communication

From the EMR Update page from my friend Dr. Wilkerson...good EMR at one end and perhaps not as organized at the other end...BD My son lace...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cigna expands e-visit options Cigna expands e-visit options

Cigna HealthCare for Seniors announced Tuesday it will offer free electronic visits and other online health services through McKesson Corp.&...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand

  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance ...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

What to do with a Bi-Polar surgeon... What to do with a Bi-Polar surgeon...

This article is actually pretty scary in the fact that a bi-polar surgeon can continue to operate with supervision, especially given the fac...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Co-Payments Cut Statin Use - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions Co-Payments Cut Statin Use - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions

  TUESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients taking statins to lower their cholesterol stop taking the drugs because of co-paym...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Web Based Care Plan Web Based Care Plan

  The Customer Solution: The Med-eXpert web-based system is utilized by the care manager to tell the Med-eMonitor what to do for each pati...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Military Plans to Surf in Space Military Plans to Surf in Space

  The U.S. military plan to test an Internet router in space, in a project that could also benefit civilian broadband satellite communica...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hospital CEOs' Pay Soars Hospital CEOs' Pay Soars

Pay for performance for hospital CEOs?  BD At most hospitals, a compensation committee decides how much to give the CEO after evaluating jo...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard but has a removeable UMPC tablet  - doubles as a virtual dashboard Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard but has a removeable UMPC tablet - doubles as a virtual dashboard

  Intel Motorcycle Has No Mirrors, No Dashboard Thursday April 5, 2007 11:38 AM PDT - By: Michael Kwan They haven't told us whether...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

HIPAA Update - police can access crime records from hospitals HIPAA Update - police can access crime records from hospitals

  HIPAA Allows Police Access To Alleged Crime Victims In Hospitals The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allows hospita...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

FDA Provides Web Access to Information on Post-Approval Device Studies FDA Provides Web Access to Information on Post-Approval Device Studies

 (but no subscriptions or RSS feeds to show updates...hmmmm) BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled a new Web page ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Is Pay for Performance spreading to WellPoint? Is Pay for Performance spreading to WellPoint?

This sure sounds like another round of P4P...as patients it sure appears that we might have prevention running out our ears...but I sure hop...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

FDA Approves C-QURLite Mesh for Hernia Repair FDA Approves C-QURLite Mesh for Hernia Repair

  Having a hernia is never fun, but fixing it sure is! Hernias are repaired more than 700,000 times a year. The procedure usually involves...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Free 411 from Google  - a new way to find a physician or hospital Free 411 from Google - a new way to find a physician or hospital

  1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) Google has just released a very nice service which is in the experimental stage called Google Voice Loc...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Drobo, the "world's first storage robot" Drobo, the "world's first storage robot"

This little unit could store a whole bunch of medical records....BD  Managing all of your data can be a little intimidating, especially i...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rock-Star Surgeons Tone Deaf on Communication Rock-Star Surgeons Tone Deaf on Communication

  Posted by Laura Landro In health-care circles surgeons have long been regarded as rock stars. They’re viewed with awe by patients and t...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

National provider-identifier deadline pushed back National provider-identifier deadline pushed back

  By: Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer When your mom let you out of cleaning your room, your professor postponed that big exam, the office...

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Most People Who Have Used Retail Clinics Are Satisfied With Care, Poll Finds Most People Who Have Used Retail Clinics Are Satisfied With Care, Poll Finds

  42% said their health insurer covered all or a portion of the costs; 22% were uninsured at the time of the visit; 83% were satisfied wi...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drug makers set lobbying record Drug makers set lobbying record

  WASHINGTON — Drug makers spent $155 million lobbying the federal government from 2005 to mid-2006, setting a record that they could top ...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gap Exists between E-Prescribing Tools and Doc use..... Gap Exists between E-Prescribing Tools and Doc use.....

  That said, the study concluded that most physicians who had switched to e-prescribing would not go back to paper. The report, entitled P...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drug Costs Pushing Companies to Abandon Promising Therapies Drug Costs Pushing Companies to Abandon Promising Therapies

Physicians, she points out, find themselves in the undesirable position of having to help patients make decisions about whether the poten...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor

  Pfizer's Dear Doctor Letter... About Lipitor No, this isn't one of those dreary missives about scary side effects. Instead, Pf...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007