Caffeine:  Shower Shock Caffeinated Body Wash, Javapops Caffeine: Shower Shock Caffeinated Body Wash, Javapops

For those who can't get enough caffeine in their coffee, you can now bath in it and suck on a lollipop all day if needed...where do they...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Government Health IT News - FDA to propose rule on e-health records Government Health IT News - FDA to propose rule on e-health records

  RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration is working on a proposed rule to regulate only electronic health records that are trans...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

OxyClinton.... OxyClinton....

Hilarious...and cute..BD Source:  You Tube

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sorry Works Advocacy Group for Disclosure and Apologies Sorry Works Advocacy Group for Disclosure and Apologies

Helping physicians say "I'm sorry" and manage their own liability risk in hopes to keep the pricing of malpractice manageable?...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

San Diego County, 6 others sue U.S. over Medicare payments San Diego County, 6 others sue U.S. over Medicare payments

San Diego and six other counties yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, accusing it of underpaying physician...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

60% of Physicians Would Limit Number of New Medicare Patients if Scheduled Payment Cut Is Enacted, AMA Survey Finds 60% of Physicians Would Limit Number of New Medicare Patients if Scheduled Payment Cut Is Enacted, AMA Survey Finds

  As part of AMA's campaign, the group released a survey of nearly 9,000 doctors showing that if the payment cut went into effect: 60...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Aetna to Buy Schaller Anderson for About $535 Million Aetna to Buy Schaller Anderson for About $535 Million

NEW YORK (Reuters) May 25 - U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. said on Thursday it agreed to acquire privately-held Schaller Anderson Inc., a pr...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

California Nurses Association plans to host private premiere parties for "Sicko" California Nurses Association plans to host private premiere parties for "Sicko"

Interestingly enough, she is also a member of an HMO and had to wait herself for a procedure.  I'm sure more press is coming before the ...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Michael Moore Wants to Reform Health Care Michael Moore Wants to Reform Health Care

Here's the trailer for the movie via You Tube...I think I'll put this one on my list to see when released...BD But many others, i...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Electronic records catching on with doctors, patients alike Electronic records catching on with doctors, patients alike

Good story about electronic records.  When you stop and think about all the time spent "chugging paper and racing to the fax machine&qu...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

'Paper Kills: Transforming Health and Healthcare with Information Technology' Released by CHT Press @ SYS-CON Media 'Paper Kills: Transforming Health and Healthcare with Information Technology' Released by CHT Press @ SYS-CON Media

Many of us have said this for years, but now there's a book with the same title "Paper Kills"...BD WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNew...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

E/Tablet Technology May Provide Benefits To Patients, Researchers E/Tablet Technology May Provide Benefits To Patients, Researchers

Patients like those tablets too, no more old clipboard and filling out the same information over and over.  A tablet can easily be placed in...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

New Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center unveiled at dedication ... 6/4/2007 New Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center unveiled at dedication ... 6/4/2007

Very nice they included "training" in the comments, a very vital part today in the success of any new technology and in the past h...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Doctors once reserved for rich say fee-based system helps all their patients - the Boutique or Concierge Practice Doctors once reserved for rich say fee-based system helps all their patients - the Boutique or Concierge Practice

  SAN FRANCISCO -- After practicing medicine for 25 years, Dr. Jeffrey Duckham almost was ready to hang up his stethoscope. The high cost ...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

New York billed insurance company for 20 brain operations New York billed insurance company for 20 brain operations

This has other dangerous implications down the road with insurance companies and medical records that could be exchanged not showing correct...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Physician Blogger unmasked, court case upended Physician Blogger unmasked, court case upended

Physician blogging about his court case under an alias revealed in court hearing -  One thing about the web is that someone will somehow fig...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Health Care Property to buy Sengro's US Unit - Slough Estates USA Health Care Property to buy Sengro's US Unit - Slough Estates USA

  (RTTNews) - Long Beach, California-based REIT Health Care Property Investors, Inc. (HCP) revealed early Monday its definitive deal to b...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Methodist Hospital Is First in United States to Offer 'Custom Fit' Total Knee Replacement Methodist Hospital Is First in United States to Offer 'Custom Fit' Total Knee Replacement

  SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its ongoing commitment to bring breakthrough medical advancements to residents of Elk Gr...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

'Financial hemorrhaging' led to sale 'Financial hemorrhaging' led to sale

Another non profit turning to "for profit" in California...BD Paradise Valley Hospital in National City faced imminent closure wh...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Robots on the Hospital Ward Robots on the Hospital Ward

Interesting article on one hospital using a robot for non urgent supplies.  There are still a few bugs to work through, but they are expecte...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Ailing facility finds a buyer Ailing facility finds a buyer

  SAN GABRIEL - A local hospital group says it will buy the ailing San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, which has been on the market since S...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Prospect Medical Holdings Closes Acquisition of ProMed Healthcare for $48.0 million Prospect Medical Holdings Closes Acquisition of ProMed Healthcare for $48.0 million

  Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. ( AMEX: PZZ ) ("Prospect"), which manages the medical care of HMO enrollees in Southern Califo...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Another use for Cell Phones for the hard of hearing... Another use for Cell Phones for the hard of hearing...

  New hearin g instrument connects hands-free to cell phones Oticon, Inc. today introduced Oticon Epoq, the first hearing instrument desig...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

The Restless Leg Domino Effect The Restless Leg Domino Effect

This is an amazing video and took some real time to prepare.  Cute and entertaining.  BD I'm not sure how much GSK paid for this YouTub...

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Men Can Now Have At-Home Fertility Screening Men Can Now Have At-Home Fertility Screening

This includes both tests...FDA approved and home page offers advertised availability.  BD A new at-home screening test, called Fertell, le...

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

IRS ruling opens door for hospitals to donate IT to physicians ... IRS ruling opens door for hospitals to donate IT to physicians ...

Hospital EMR systems vary quite a bit from the ones a physician may use in a local office setting.  There are more than the hospitals wantin...

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

USB Camera with Facial Recognition - Sensible Vision and Digi Create Facial Log on System for PCs USB Camera with Facial Recognition - Sensible Vision and Digi Create Facial Log on System for PCs

I can see this in use in any health care area.  By using facial recognition software, a user can easily log in and out just be moving into t...

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

PV Hospital goes wireless PV Hospital goes wireless

Hospital becomes hot spot for Internet access.  This is a separate network from the hospital patient and administrative records, but can re...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

New Siemens Software Helps To Correct Cardiac Fibrillations New Siemens Software Helps To Correct Cardiac Fibrillations

  Worldwide, five percent of all people over the age of 65 suffer from atrial fibrillation. While cardiac arrhythmia can be treated with med...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Hospitals curing financial ills with specialty surgeries Hospitals curing financial ills with specialty surgeries

  Parkview Community Hospital has emerged from its 2002 bankruptcy better off financially, partly because of its bariatric surgery center,...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Hospitals Fear Privacy Claims Over Medical Records Hospitals Fear Privacy Claims Over Medical Records

HIPAA and the courts - still undecided? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is raising new legal fears for health care...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

WellPoint CFO resigned after investigation WellPoint CFO resigned after investigation

  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wellpoint Inc. on Thursday said its chief financial officer, David Colby, resigned after an investigation revealed ...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Wal-Mart: $4 generics now 38 pct of filled scripts Wal-Mart: $4 generics now 38 pct of filled scripts

It sounds like the generic $4.00 prescriptions are catching on.  With retailers such as WalMart and Target offering over 300 commonly prescr...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Flexicath gains FDA Approval Flexicath gains FDA Approval

  The FirmGrip™ combines a standard catheter enclosed in a polymer sleeve with a special silicone insertion unit to produce a self-contain...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Patient told to cough up or ship out Patient told to cough up or ship out

The practice continues to work with needy patients as stated in the full article...BD When a doctor's office prescribes timely payment...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Together Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Together

Nice interview and interaction and very well done. BD

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

ID cards for Medical Pot users to be issued ID cards for Medical Pot users to be issued

  The application fee for county residents will be $153, or $76.50 for Medi-Cal recipients. Medical marijuana users must present a doctor...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Medical lab automated at UCI Medical lab automated at UCI

New automated process for securing lab results...results sent electronically to the physicians...be sure your PC or network is ready...BD Th...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Former San Jose Medical Group manager stole patients' information Former San Jose Medical Group manager stole patients' information

  The former manager at San Jose Medical Group entered a guilty plea to charges that he stole computer equipment containing sensitive pers...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

FDA Approves Wyeth's Torisel For Treatment Of Advanced Kidney Cancer FDA Approves Wyeth's Torisel For Treatment Of Advanced Kidney Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved Wyeth's new drug Torisel (chemical name temsirolimus) for the treatment of ...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wearable monitoring devices from BodyMedia Wearable monitoring devices from BodyMedia

Working on a diet ...products are available for both personal and professional use and the data is recorded and used with PC software.  The ...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Northrop Grumman Provides Patient Information Application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Northrop Grumman Provides Patient Information Application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

CMS outsourcing efforts for improving health care...BD MCLEAN, Va., May 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NO...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

United Health Group demonstration held at the annual meeting United Health Group demonstration held at the annual meeting

  MINNEAPOLIS - While United Health Group, Inc., tried to reassure shareholders that it's addressing a stock scandal that forced the o...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blue Cross to lose 350 jobs after Medicare contract expires Blue Cross to lose 350 jobs after Medicare contract expires

  TOPEKA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas will lose 350 jobs in the state after a bid for a five-year Medicare contract was rejected...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Microsoft unveils new Surface computer Microsoft unveils new Surface computer

This may totally change the way radiology reports and images are viewed or just accessing a patient chart.   Last year I remembered viewing ...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Visits to Doctors Who Are Not in, Ever Visits to Doctors Who Are Not in, Ever

This story breaks down the generations in the search for information, "Dr. Google" in particular here provides the basic informati...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bloodless Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed Bloodless Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed

More about robotic surgery.  As this field continues to grow and procedures are added, it really can help speed up recovery times and in mo...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked To Increase In Patient Infections ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked To Increase In Patient Infections

"Nurses are the hospitals' safety officers"....BD A review of outcomes data for more than 15,000 patients in 51 U.S. hospita...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

AMA wants doctors to swap idea online AMA wants doctors to swap idea online

I think this is already taking place in many circles on the web...goes under the name of "blogging"  BD The AMA on Wednesday plan...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hospitalist Model May Reduce Costs without adversely Affecting Outcomes Hospitalist Model May Reduce Costs without adversely Affecting Outcomes

(from Medscape, may require subscription May 25, 2007 (Dallas) — For patients with common inpatient diagnoses, the hospitalist model redu...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Despite advances, most hospitals are years away from fully computerized systems Despite advances, most hospitals are years away from fully computerized systems

Electronic records and accurate information do save lives; however, in the chase to provide the one central location cure all to locate medi...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Philanthropy's Struggle in Health Care: Nonprofit Hospitals in America Philanthropy's Struggle in Health Care: Nonprofit Hospitals in America

 Study available - fee required.  BD Margins are falling, bond ratings are dropping, and competition for patients and reimbursement is sha...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Print to OneNote - Great Organizational tool Print to OneNote - Great Organizational tool

For anyone needing to keep their notes, emails, client information in one place, this is a killer application.  I can literally take anythin...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Blues Plans Are Introducing More E-Prescribing Pilots, Initiatives Blues Plans Are Introducing More E-Prescribing Pilots, Initiatives

Is one of your health plans sponsoring NEPSI?  We will always maintain a permanent link on this site for physicians to get started as it is ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

BlueCross BlueShield Of South Carolina Launches Subsidiary To Facilitate Medical Tourism BlueCross BlueShield Of South Carolina Launches Subsidiary To Facilitate Medical Tourism

This is the first type of service I have seen combining local health services and tourism in one package to speak...allowing 2 visits with l...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heart congestion - share the revenue , better healthcare for the patients Heart congestion - share the revenue , better healthcare for the patients

This can certainly make the decision process much easier for the patient and hopefully ends up with fair compensation for all physicians in...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Partners TeleStroke Center Partners TeleStroke Center

Using mobility to get the technology to hospitals that may not be able to afford this service otherwise and saving lives at the same time......

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Watch Phone is almost here.... The Watch Phone is almost here....

For those of us that remember Dick Tracy and his phone...well many years later it has arrived or will arrive shortly...BD  Features: Time...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims

CBS has a good storyline about medical insurance and this is just one of the stories featured.  This so much reminds me of the recent Blue C...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors' list puts a price on care Doctors' list puts a price on care

I am guessing competition from the retail clinics may have some influence here with this decision and perhaps there will be more posted in t...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI

 Everybody seems to be suing everyone in this story...BD Shareholder physicians want to boot key managers, saying the company that control...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida

Is it getting any better anywhere?  BD Before reform, about 95 percent of Florida doctors participated in Medicaid. Now a survey conducted ...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors

I am not sure I totally agree with this methodology, but I can certainly add that in my travels, the "old school" hospital adminis...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007
 
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