Community Hospital's patient charts go paperless Community Hospital's patient charts go paperless

And they accomplished this on a pretty conservative budget...BD Hutchinson Community Hospital’s new electronic records system is improving...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tenet success with turn around at Des Peres hospital Tenet success with turn around at Des Peres hospital

  Those capital improvements have begun. The changes at Des Peres Hospital, for example, will include upgrades to information technology sy...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dr. Peeno - On Sicko Dr. Peeno - On Sicko

  Dr. Linda Peeno, not much of a party woman to begin with, resented the festive atmosphere of a premiere party last week for Michael Moore’...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

'SiCKO' Premieres Outside on Los Angeles' Skid Row 'SiCKO' Premieres Outside on Los Angeles' Skid Row

The premiere is shown on the same street where "patient dumping" in Los Angeles had occurred.  BD

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Doctors for the rich, nurse specialists for the poor - NHS Blog Doctor from the UK speaks out Doctors for the rich, nurse specialists for the poor - NHS Blog Doctor from the UK speaks out

Does this sound a bit familiar with some of what is occurring here?  HCP would perhaps equal a nurse practitioner here with terminology.  He...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nursing Home MAR's sent to the ED with all times removed: A new and horrible trend Nursing Home MAR's sent to the ED with all times removed: A new and horrible trend

Good article about nursing homes records and the scary side of this trend.  It certainly doesn't make sense to me either.  BD There is...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Surgery, then a shock Surgery, then a shock

Surgeon operates with the wrong images as loaded by staff manually.  Technology with having the data link versus relying on human hands to l...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

AMA Adopts Strategies To Address Rising Health Care Costs AMA Adopts Strategies To Address Rising Health Care Costs

  The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the nation's physicians today voted to approve a set of strategies for contain...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The healthy debate over Cuba's medical care The healthy debate over Cuba's medical care

  WHEN Jose Luis Cabrera had coronary bypass surgery after a heart attack five years ago, his wife had to bring food and clean sheets to h...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dr. JC Jensen, retired radiologist responds to Sicko request Dr. JC Jensen, retired radiologist responds to Sicko request

Could there be work on a sequel before Sicko even hits the mainstream release?  BD  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKYew1MEjcI

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Monday, June 25, 2007

2007 AMA Medicare Physician Payment Action Kit 2007 AMA Medicare Physician Payment Action Kit

Commercial from the American Medical Association to block Medicare cuts and get in touch with Congress.  BD   AMA (Washington) 2007 AMA...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Medicare cuts threaten imaging companies Medicare cuts threaten imaging companies

Reimbursement can and does get a bit confusing.  Imaging equipment does not run cheap, nor does maintaining and servicing, thus offices outs...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Uh oh, we're making it TOO nice! Uh oh, we're making it TOO nice!

Nice comment on "Running a Hospital", a blog from hospital CEO Paul Levy.  From the various articles posted on the Internet and re...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Another Response from about Physicians and lack of training for using electronic records Another Response from about Physicians and lack of training for using electronic records

I post some of these comments in order to help bring the awareness of training to a new level hopefully as I see this all the time.  Many of...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Hospitals Are Posting Surgical Results Online To Inform Those Considering Going Under The Knife Hospitals Are Posting Surgical Results Online To Inform Those Considering Going Under The Knife

Hospitals are now posting surgery results and potential outcomes on their web sites.  Excellent way for both the physician and patient to be...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Ink Show TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Ink Show

Very nice review and video about the Sahara Tablet from Tablet Kiosk.  For those wanting a unit with real power and portability, this one ge...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

SoftBrands Partners with Tablet Kiosk to Provide Mobile Software SoftBrands Partners with Tablet Kiosk to Provide Mobile Software

Hotels and Spas are realizing the value of mobility, both in customer service and providing a live tablet PC for interactions.  Those who si...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

More Hospitals Ask For Up-Front Payments, Increase Collection Efforts More Hospitals Ask For Up-Front Payments, Increase Collection Efforts

  The Tennessean on Thursday examined how "as the volume of unpaid medical bills increases, hospitals in middle Tennessee and national...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Business - Big Pharma Chases Dogs And Cats Business - Big Pharma Chases Dogs And Cats

  IS THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry going to the dogs? In a way, the answer is yes. A flurry of regulatory approvals for dog medicines in th...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

California radiologist group sues United Healthcare over payment rates .. California radiologist group sues United Healthcare over payment rates ..

More about United Health Care related to the PacificCare contract....BD A radiology group in California has taken UnitedHealthcare to cour...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Health of US system is Spotty Health of US system is Spotty

Faced with casual comparisons with Canada or Europe, many were ready with counterarguments: Americans don’t have to wait months for bypass s...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Video game addiction may become medical diagnosis Video game addiction may become medical diagnosis

We will have to wait it appears until the year 2012 before the ICD and CPT Codes could appear for this.  BD The American Medical Associa...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mail Encryption -  Are you encrypting information sensitive emails? Mail Encryption - Are you encrypting information sensitive emails?

As one individual, you can use the service for free.  If you require service for a network of computers, the product requires a purchase.  P...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Surgeon removes gall bladder from mouth Surgeon removes gall bladder from mouth

  PORTLAND, Ore. --An Oregon surgeon has performed gall bladder surgery that removes the organ through the patient's mouth -- the late...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Health leaders issue stark message to Gordon Brown regarding the NHS in the UK Health leaders issue stark message to Gordon Brown regarding the NHS in the UK

With healthcare here in the US in the center arena, this is a good article telling a bit about how the Brits feel about their health plan, t...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security and Medicare, 2ndEdition Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security and Medicare, 2ndEdition

My kind of books...even though I am not a Medicare patient, the title seems to elude to the fact that this might simplify some of the very c...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Australia has healthcare issues too Australia has healthcare issues too

  The federal government was failing Australians when it came to health by underfunding public hospitals and shifting the cost burden to i...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory health insurance - Framingham, MA Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory health insurance - Framingham, MA

Interesting article on the mandatory health insurance law in Massachusetts.  There are still a couple waivers available if you can't aff...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Palm Beach County faces health care crisis as family practices dwindle Palm Beach County faces health care crisis as family practices dwindle

Something that is happening all over the country as family practice physicians are getting smaller in number...BD Dr. Jim Byrnes already h...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

9/11 Responders in "Sicko" investigated 9/11 Responders in "Sicko" investigated

I think we have bigger fish to fry in this country and I'm sure if there's a fine to pay, Mr. Moore will gladly contribute to the ca...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

'I don't like talking about it' says Ms Judy from Romper Room - another good reason for electronic records 'I don't like talking about it' says Ms Judy from Romper Room - another good reason for electronic records

Good article telling about a patient with cancer having to relive the entire ordeal with each physician she meets with.  BD  She has never...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Another California hospital not making the Medicare grade - Enloe still caring for Medicare patients Another California hospital not making the Medicare grade - Enloe still caring for Medicare patients

  Enloe Medical Center wants to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they can still be treated at the Chico hospital. After reading a story...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

OC jury awards $11 million to man in medical malpractice case OC jury awards $11 million to man in medical malpractice case

  SANTA ANA, Calif. ( Map , News ) - A 45-year-old man who suffered a stroke because doctors failed to treat an infection that spread to h...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blythe hospital facing shutdown Blythe hospital facing shutdown

Update on the story, definitely a sad state of affairs for everyone involved and medical care suffers all the way around.  BD Palo Verde H...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Wal-Mart to Host Health Event Wal-Mart to Host Health Event

 More retailer involvement in health education.  BD Jun. 22--The Meridian Wal-Mart will host a health and safety event from 10 a.m. to 4 p...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Lines Drawn in Calif. Health Care Debate Lines Drawn in Calif. Health Care Debate

  SACRAMENTO (AP) -- If California lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger strike a health care reform deal this year, Thursday may go do...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

New technique in the delivery room New technique in the delivery room

Baby wants beer...BD Video: Beer Ad

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Visit your Doctor on the Net Visit your Doctor on the Net

Nice video showing a visit to the doctor via use of the Internet.  Dr. Bill Crounse of Microsoft does a good job in showing how some of our ...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Spoof on Microsoft Surface Technology Spoof on Microsoft Surface Technology

This is funny....BD Video: Parody of Microsoft Surface

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Medical Error Is The Fifth-Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S. Medical Error Is The Fifth-Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

Something that is within our power to improve upon.  BD Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market...

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Health Insurers Show 14 Percent Increase in Use of MIB Data Health Insurers Show 14 Percent Increase in Use of MIB Data

The MIB   has been around for many years and much of the information they provide is used to combat fraud, but on the other hand this inform...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Microsoft Surface Video - could this help with medical coding? Microsoft Surface Video - could this help with medical coding?

Time for another look at Surface.  I also couldn't help but think how this might be a real help for billing with electronic medical reco...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Michael Moore Is Not Worried About 'Sicko' Leak Michael Moore Is Not Worried About 'Sicko' Leak

Thanks Michael, now I don't feel so guilty about watching it on Google..and can't wait to see part 2 at the movies.  As I wrote befo...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

HIPAA Loophole Allows Pharmacies To Sell Patient Data HIPAA Loophole Allows Pharmacies To Sell Patient Data

This is a bit scary as the physicians need our consent, but it appears the pharmacies are not under the same rules so in essence the informa...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Touch-Sensitive Window Shopping Touch-Sensitive Window Shopping

Done as a promo in England, but shows more touch screen and surface technology and perhaps soon we can see this go to work for radiology for...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Open Wide and Say "Shame" Open Wide and Say "Shame"

Nice review from the New York Times.  BD  It has become a journalistic cliché and therefore an inevitable part of the prerelease discussi...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Medicexchange - Radiology Imaging, Radiology News and more all in one place Medicexchange - Radiology Imaging, Radiology News and more all in one place

  Medicexchange does a nice job of bringing many areas of interest and assistance  together under one site in reference to medical imaging...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Health Care Merger Raises Concerns in Las Vegas Health Care Merger Raises Concerns in Las Vegas

It is bad enough having to fight cancer, but add 2 insurance mergers to the picture and it can really get complicated, and this woman is in ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Medical records mix-up led to denial of benefits Medical records mix-up led to denial of benefits

How important is accuracy and protection of medical records - denial of benefits could occur and this case went all the way to court.  BD ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Popularity of medical insurance increases in the UK Popularity of medical insurance increases in the UK

This is an interesting turn of events with recent news and the initiative to move to a new health care system in the US.  BD More people fr...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Doctor has medical license suspended Doctor has medical license suspended

  A Needham doctor, whose offices were raided by state and federal officials in May, had his medical license suspended Wednesday, June 20,...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hospitals to provide more information on Medicare discharge appeals process Hospitals to provide more information on Medicare discharge appeals process

  Beginning July 2 , hospitals will be required to provide patients with more timely information about the Medicare discharge appeals proc...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Family of woman who died on L.A. hospital floor to sue Family of woman who died on L.A. hospital floor to sue

You can't hardly blame the family at all here with the recorded tape showing all.  This is truly a sad day for the health industry when ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Review: Sicko, Flawed But Brilliant - Politics on The Huffington Post Review: Sicko, Flawed But Brilliant - Politics on The Huffington Post

  I thought it was a great film, flawed deeply, as Moore's films are but with an important message nonetheless. But that said, Moore&#...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

California Hospitals - OK for Now California Hospitals - OK for Now

  WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- A predicted crisis in California hospitals has not materialized, but the overall picture is still not rosy,...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Too young for health insurance?  Maybe not Too young for health insurance? Maybe not

For a look at how an example of how some young adults view health insurance, take a look at a video  from an earlier post.  BD The 22- and...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Drug Delivery System: EMMA Drug Delivery System: EMMA

One more product added to the electronic pill solution.  If you read through the archives on the site, there are a few others with recent FD...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Robotics - a replacement for the family dog, I sure hope not! Robotics - a replacement for the family dog, I sure hope not!

Although I find this interesting, dogs are are source of tranquility for patients and have a lot to offer for the sense of well being, but h...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

German teen unplugs pensioner's 'noisy' life support machine German teen unplugs pensioner's 'noisy' life support machine

This is scary and how it happened is even more scary.  With all the new medical devices out there today, it might be best to ask questions f...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Gateway Computers to sell EMR subscription software with PCs Gateway Computers to sell EMR subscription software with PCs

One more new approach to electronic medical records through the purchase of a PC.  This is a web based subscription service and not a local ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Vagisil Screening Kit Vagisil Screening Kit

Another new do it yourself home product....for basic use and recommends a visit to your physician with other symptoms.  BD This number is ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Verizon to Offer Mobile Payments with Obopay - let the cell phone take care of the co-pay Verizon to Offer Mobile Payments with Obopay - let the cell phone take care of the co-pay

Many are already familiar with PayPal and this is another up and coming potential payment solution.  Soon patients may simply be able to wai...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nurses, Doctors Announce "Scrubs For SiCKO" Campaign Nurses, Doctors Announce "Scrubs For SiCKO" Campaign

  Planning to spark a fundamental change in national healthcare politics, an unprecedented national coalition of nurses and doctors organi...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Man bursts into flames after being shot by a taser gun Man bursts into flames after being shot by a taser gun

How safe are these units?  BD Officers used the gun after the man had poured gasoline over himself. Police are investigating the firey dea...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Study: Give Doctors Info on Most Widely Covered Medicare Drugs Study: Give Doctors Info on Most Widely Covered Medicare Drugs

I wholeheartedly agree with this.  We are doing our part in linking to the $4.00 generic medications from this site without having to search...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Medicare starts online Electronic Medical Records program Medicare starts online Electronic Medical Records program

And yet one more entry into the online medical records business...probably the biggest entry of all....and the saga continues...I still feel...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
 
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