Hackers steal govt, corporate data from PCs Hackers steal govt, corporate data from PCs

 Stolen data story of the week.... BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers stole information from the U.S. Department of Transportation and several U.S....

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Is the relationship between the physician and patient extinct? Is the relationship between the physician and patient extinct?

Dear Patient...this is your doctor writing you today to let you know that I will no longer be able to continue your medical care due to insu...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Older diabetes drugs as effective as newer ones Older diabetes drugs as effective as newer ones

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older oral agents for type 2 diabetes, such as sulfonylureas and metformin, control blood sugar levels at le...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

HMO's forte is high maintenance HMO's forte is high maintenance

HMO with Caseworkers on the job.... The company, known as iCare, is an HMO designed for people who are disabled or elderly and who depend ...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Medical Marijuana -- A Progress Report Medical Marijuana -- A Progress Report

Quite a lengthy article that discusses enforcement and legal issues surrounding whether or not it is considered legal as the DEA and State g...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

UCLA Medical Center ranked No. 3 UCLA Medical Center ranked No. 3

  For the 18th consecutive year, the UCLA Medical Center was ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation and the best hospital in the...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Heart Imaging Technologies, LLC. - Web Based PACS Imaging..... Heart Imaging Technologies, LLC. - Web Based PACS Imaging.....

Web based PACS imaging system, press release today announces the ability to also view images on an IPhone.  The system uses a standard web b...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

There's no real choice of doctors  with HMO care There's no real choice of doctors with HMO care

Good point about bringing your own medical records to each doctor's office as we all hate repetition and filling out that same form at e...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Three-Doctor Practice Saves $30,000-40,000 a Year on Paper Charts Three-Doctor Practice Saves $30,000-40,000 a Year on Paper Charts

Nice story on the transition to paperless and a lot of good points made here...and the employees are much happier.  I can almost instantly t...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Top heart centers, docs stung by bypass study Top heart centers, docs stung by bypass study

Are the so called ratings affecting the ability of a patient to have access?  For fear of bad publicity are the top notch surgeons turning a...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

N.Y. Attorney General Objects to Insurer’s Ranking of Doctors by Cost and Quality N.Y. Attorney General Objects to Insurer’s Ranking of Doctors by Cost and Quality

Good point here, does the list show quality or cost?  BD In a sharply worded letter, the New York State attorney general’s office asked a ...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Lab Corp Cuts Forecast as Aetna Ends Contract Lab Corp Cuts Forecast as Aetna Ends Contract

July 1, 2007 Aetna insurance moves to Quest.  BD  CHICAGO (Reuters) Mar 01 - Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings said on Thursday No. 3 U...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Health Insurance, Overseas Customer Service and Outsourcing - Bad Rx? Health Insurance, Overseas Customer Service and Outsourcing - Bad Rx?

Blue Cross/WellPoint would like to have the choice to move customer service centers over seas in Virginia, but the corporation commission is...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

CMS won't tap reserve fund to ease Medicare physician pay cuts; money marked for reporting bonuses ... CMS won't tap reserve fund to ease Medicare physician pay cuts; money marked for reporting bonuses ...

The last 2 years this has been waived by Congress at the last minute sessions at the end of the year and who knows what may happen between n...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Don't Miss the Point on "Sicko": Americans are Dying Don't Miss the Point on "Sicko": Americans are Dying

I know there are numerous reviews of Sicko, but this one in particular seemed to bring the real points home as it leaves the politics behind...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Internet Drug Death A Warning To Canadians Internet Drug Death A Warning To Canadians

  Canada's first confirmed death from counterfeit drugs purchased over the internet reinforces long-stated concerns of the Canadian Ph...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Aetna Cuts Payments Aetna Cuts Payments

It continues to get more complicated when you might need an ambulance these days.  Do we need to check a data base for compliance in the cas...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Robot Visits Patients When Doctor Can't Robot Visits Patients When Doctor Can't

  BALTIMORE -- Has it come to this? Robots standing in for doctors at the hospital patients' bedside? Not exactly, but some doctors ha...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dr. Reddy responds to newspaper article about Prime Health Care Dr. Reddy responds to newspaper article about Prime Health Care

 Original article link posted a few days ago from the Los Angeles Times...BD Executives at Prime Healthcare, Desert Valley Hospital’s pare...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

California Hospitals fighting financial ills - the haves and have nots... California Hospitals fighting financial ills - the haves and have nots...

  A tiny Sonoma County hospital is losing $500,000 a month. A cash-strapped Tuolumne County hospital is shutting most operations next week...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Why Aren't Hospitals Cleaner?  Not All Deadly Infections Come From Dirty Hands. Check The Lab Coats Why Aren't Hospitals Cleaner? Not All Deadly Infections Come From Dirty Hands. Check The Lab Coats

  Restaurants and cruise ships are inspected for cleanliness. Food processing plants are tested for bacterial content on cutting boards an...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Doctors forge ahead - another California hospital in need of cash Doctors forge ahead - another California hospital in need of cash

  Officials overseeing cash strapped Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo voted this week to move forward with a strategy to save the hospi...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Program keeps doctors' addictions secret Program keeps doctors' addictions secret

Drug tests for physicians?  SACRAMENTO - A former trial lawyer and state senator, Joe Dunn battled the greedy and unscrupulous on behalf o...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Medical Marijuana in California High School Medical Marijuana in California High School

Interesting video from this high school in San Diego.  All you need is a "pot card" and it seems you are set, even to lighting up ...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ugly Health Care Waiting Times in Canada? Look at the U.S Ugly Health Care Waiting Times in Canada? Look at the U.S

Comparing US and Canadian wait times, the referral process here seems to be one of the largest contributors to wait times, even as identifie...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Hospital and Insurance Company communication error? Hospital and Insurance Company communication error?

Strange that the hospital accounting system didn't reconcile the insurance payment and left the man under the influence of the collectio...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Doctors pick Flagship EMR to manage online records -(Honolulu) Doctors pick Flagship EMR to manage online records -(Honolulu)

  The Hawaii Independent Physicians Association , the largest independent physicians' group in the state, has selected Flagship Global...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Henry Ford Hospital And Wayne State University School Of Medicine Partner On Use Of Portable Ultrasound devices Henry Ford Hospital And Wayne State University School Of Medicine Partner On Use Of Portable Ultrasound devices

  Using medical diagnostic technology developed by GE Healthcare and educational techniques developed by NASA and Henry Ford Hospital, Way...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Walking With A Computer Chip In Your Body Walking With A Computer Chip In Your Body

Some entrants in the walking event in the Netherlands will swallow a chip to measure body responses, as last year 2 people died during the e...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

GW Micro - PDA for the blind GW Micro - PDA for the blind

  The Voice Sense is the smallest, lightest and most fashionable PDA for the visually impaired with a Perkins style keyboard for inputting...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Simple shot becomes a pain - Medicare Simple shot becomes a pain - Medicare

  A few years ago, I was anemic when I finished radiation and chemotherapy, and the doctors told me I'd need a blood transfusion in th...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

How Rich Are You, Family Practice MD? How Rich Are You, Family Practice MD?

  So just how rich are you? Are you doctor or lawyer rich? Are you CEO rich? Or perhaps pro athlete rich? Or maybe you’re just a poor shlu...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Medicaid HMO hit with nearly $4M state fine - Atlanta Medicaid HMO hit with nearly $4M state fine - Atlanta

  The state has slammed one of its new Medicaid managed care organizations with a $3.7 million fine for denying patients timely access to ...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Rock Star, Politicians Fight Military Discharges as deemed pre-existing personality disorders from the US Army Rock Star, Politicians Fight Military Discharges as deemed pre-existing personality disorders from the US Army

Is the army using " pre-existing personality disorder" to deny claims and insurance coverage?  We hear about pre-existing from th...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Phone scam targets Medicare recipients - Pennsylvania Phone scam targets Medicare recipients - Pennsylvania

  People who use Medicare are being targeted in a telephone scam that surfaced in Cumberland County today. Callers, claiming to work for ...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Medical Group Seeks To Block Scheduled Medicare Physician Reimbursement Reduction Medical Group Seeks To Block Scheduled Medicare Physician Reimbursement Reduction

This year there's a lot more action going on a lot earlier than in prior years it appears.  BD The Society of Thoracic Surgeons in rec...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Tablet PC Buzz - Review of the I440D from Tablet Kiosk Tablet PC Buzz - Review of the I440D from Tablet Kiosk

Great review on the new Sahara unit...if you are looking for a new top notch tablet, take a few minutes out to check out the review.  BD I...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Firm basing deductibles on Health tests sees costs fall Firm basing deductibles on Health tests sees costs fall

Well sure it is working as there is more monetary responsibility for the employee, a no brainer here.  Those who don't meet the standard...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Brits Keep Fit To Look Good, Not Reduce Cancer Risk, UK Brits Keep Fit To Look Good, Not Reduce Cancer Risk, UK

I knew it, looks are more important!   Seriously though, if reducing cancer risk at the same time is another benefit, then it is a win-win. ...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Americans cheer SiCKO, but not all convinced Americans cheer SiCKO, but not all convinced

If you can't fit in some time to see the movie, talk to someone who has had an unfavorable experience and see what you might learn, or t...

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Cal. nonprofit hospitals take center stage as Brown vetoes sale of Anaheim Medical Center to Prime Healthcare Services Cal. nonprofit hospitals take center stage as Brown vetoes sale of Anaheim Medical Center to Prime Healthcare Services

  SACRAMENTO -- San Diego is fine but not Anaheim. That's the message California Attorney General Jerry Brown's office sent Wednes...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Major E-Health Records Project Unravels Into Legal Battle Major E-Health Records Project Unravels Into Legal Battle

We may not see any action from Dossia in the near future if the items in this article hold true.  E-health records can be a good thing, but ...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Single-payer care faces obstacles - Opinions Single-payer care faces obstacles - Opinions

A short comparison between France and the US...and there's some real truth to the last line here....BD What is the problem? HMO's/...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

California rates cardiac surgeons' performance California rates cardiac surgeons' performance

  Starting today, Californians can learn by name which surgeons at which hospitals have significantly better or worse death rates for a co...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Legislation Would Provide Tax Credits To Businesses That Offer Workers 'Wellness' Programs Legislation Would Provide Tax Credits To Businesses That Offer Workers 'Wellness' Programs

Get ready to put those treadmills in place for a tax credit, and of course be sure to have a video running at the same time with all the edu...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Beta-Blockers Slow, Even Reverse Coronary Artery Disease, Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Beta-Blockers Slow, Even Reverse Coronary Artery Disease, Cleveland Clinic Study Shows

A Cleveland Clinic study is reporting that beta-blockers, a class of drugs used to lower blood pressure and prevent symptoms in a variety o...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

More Nursing School Applicants Denied Admission, Shortage Increasing, Study Finds More Nursing School Applicants Denied Admission, Shortage Increasing, Study Finds

More folks applying for nursing careers, but now where do we find instructors?  BD  Despite a growing shortage of nurses nationwide, the nu...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Opening door to imported drugs is not without risks Opening door to imported drugs is not without risks

Even with safe trade partners, products can still have origins in other countries, so this would be a real nightmare to monitor.  BD Allow...

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

VA to expand encryption to in-house removable storage VA to expand encryption to in-house removable storage

This is a great story, the VA is finally going to require encryption for portable storage devices,...what took so long, too many embarrassin...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

South County Hospital billing information stolen, this time it was paper South County Hospital billing information stolen, this time it was paper

 Why does this keep happening?  BD SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Billing information for 79 individuals is missing after a briefcase belonging to an e...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Qliance Offers Low-Income Patients a Level of Doctor Access Once Reserved for CEOs and Other Big Spenders Qliance Offers Low-Income Patients a Level of Doctor Access Once Reserved for CEOs and Other Big Spenders

  A couple of years ago, Orange Cab driver Jagjit Singh, who lacked medical insurance, flew to his home country of India for a hernia oper...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Americans Are No Longer Free Americans Are No Longer Free

One person's opinion of all the lost freedoms that are occurring in the US over the last century and the difference of how elected offic...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Influx of Doctors Overwhelms Texas Board Influx of Doctors Overwhelms Texas Board

Cost of malpractice insurance weighs heavily here..BD The board received 4,000 applications for medical licenses in 2006, up from 2,992 th...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

“Boutique” Medical Care, can “Boutique” Hospitals Be Far Behind?  Ask Dr. Reddy from Prime Health Services in California. “Boutique” Medical Care, can “Boutique” Hospitals Be Far Behind? Ask Dr. Reddy from Prime Health Services in California.

  Recently a “chain” of eight hospitals in California has been described as operating under a similar approach, involving the cancellation...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A report card for health care A report card for health care

Paying more money doesn't guarantee better health care according to this study from Pennsylvania.  BD The conclusion: Paying more does...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Complaints spark state hearing on Blue Cross in California Complaints spark state hearing on Blue Cross in California

As an after effect of the accusations and investigation, doctors will be getting letters informing them of reduced compensation, meanwhile t...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tenet, Aetna Sign Access-Coverage Deal Tenet, Aetna Sign Access-Coverage Deal

  Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Wednesday it signed a national agreement with insurance provider Aetna Inc. to cover Ten...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Miracle man walks again Miracle man walks again

Nice story about medical technology - man has not walked since 1995 and only has 1/2 of his body left...BD He survived against all the odd...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Strap-free heart rate monitor fits like a glove Strap-free heart rate monitor fits like a glove

  The ultimate innovation: Pulse measurement without a chest belt! The ergonomic design of  the glove with fixed pulse watch is metrology ...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Medicare Trojan horse A Medicare Trojan horse

Medicare=Choice, just another aspiring private insurance product?  BD It's called Medicare+Choice and it's an option that has been...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Workers left to foot the medical bills Workers left to foot the medical bills

Although many employers offer health insurance, some employees can't afford it, even with the contributions from the employer.  I spoke ...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Proceduralists... Proceduralists...

Growing in popularity in many hospitals...BD  Awaiting both kidney and liver transplants last year, Larry Pritchard suffered from fluid bu...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Slippery Rock University intros RFID payment system for mobiles Slippery Rock University intros RFID payment system for mobiles

University invests in inexpensive RFID technology...this is also good for hospitals to track equipment, supplies, etc. and pretty inexpensiv...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Carmona says Bush officials muzzled him while he served as the Surgeon General of the US Carmona says Bush officials muzzled him while he served as the Surgeon General of the US

  "Political interference with the work of the surgeon general appears to have reached a new level in this administration," said...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Data on Americans mined for terror risk and other issues Data on Americans mined for terror risk and other issues

Information released today about the government and data mining.  Searching for terrorists is a valid issue, but of the additional 5 mining ...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

David Walker, Comptroller General of the US - coverage from 60 Minutes - HealthCare at the top of the list and warning all to "wake up" David Walker, Comptroller General of the US - coverage from 60 Minutes - HealthCare at the top of the list and warning all to "wake up"

This is a very good story on the state of affairs in the US.  He has numbers, facts and is working to share with all.  I often think that ha...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Private Medicare Advantage Program Too Costly Private Medicare Advantage Program Too Costly

Interesting information about regular Medicare and private Medicare programs...is regular Medicare having to somewhat carry the private plan...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Will It Blend? - iPhone Will It Blend? - iPhone

This is hilarious....I'll keep my Windows Mobile unit, thank you very much!  BD

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It's about time, say doctors in vanguard It's about time, say doctors in vanguard

One physician's solution to survival in today's health care, technology and a smaller and slimmer practice, with better patient care...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Microsoft Malware Protection Center Microsoft Malware Protection Center

  Good resource page from Microsoft.  There are free products, trials and for sale items listed on the site.  Windows Defender is a free re...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
 
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