This da Vinci’s code: Less pain, fewer scars for women having robotic hysterectomy procedure This da Vinci’s code: Less pain, fewer scars for women having robotic hysterectomy procedure

More robotics - great news for women!  BD The little bit of down time that Stacy Siracki experienced after a robotic-based hysterectomy is...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Staph infection - physicians found negligent in missing diagnosis Staph infection - physicians found negligent in missing diagnosis

   Two Kenmore Mercy Hospital emergency room doctors were found liable Friday for $1.5 million that will be awarded to the widow of a Texa...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Chaudhuri buys stake in IHHI Hospital Group Chaudhuri buys stake in IHHI Hospital Group

  Dr. Kali Chaudhuri, who two years ago was forced to withdraw a bid to be majority owner of a group of four central Orange County hospita...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Huntington Beach Hospital Installs Dynamic Imaging's IntegradWeb(R) PACS Huntington Beach Hospital Installs Dynamic Imaging's IntegradWeb(R) PACS

  HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Huntington Beach Hospital announced today that it has installed Dynamic Imaging's In...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Exodus likely at Stroger hospital in Chicago Exodus likely at Stroger hospital in Chicago

Looks like hospitals still need doctors more than doctors need hospitals.  BD Large numbers of demoralized physicians are planning to leav...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Hospital group rejects system and cashes in - the story of Prime Healthcare and Dr. Prem Reddy Hospital group rejects system and cashes in - the story of Prime Healthcare and Dr. Prem Reddy

From cardiologist to hospital and healthcare mogul.  BD At a public hearing in Anaheim last month to determine whether Prime Healthcare ca...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Polygarol Polygarol

Another amusing Pharma spoof...BD

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Not your basic barebones HMO Commercial Not your basic barebones HMO Commercial

Definitely not your usual dry commercial.  BD

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

HMO Whistleblower interview at Sicko Premiere HMO Whistleblower interview at Sicko Premiere

 

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Heart Replacement - video on how the unit functions Heart Replacement - video on how the unit functions

  The AbioCor is the world's first completely self-contained replacement heart. A product of three decades of research, development an...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

At the Pearly Gates.... At the Pearly Gates....

Two doctors and an HMO manager died and lined up at the pearly gates for admission to heaven. St. Peter asked them to identify themselves. O...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Hospital and Blue Cross at odds on contract negotiations with patients and physicians caught in the middle Hospital and Blue Cross at odds on contract negotiations with patients and physicians caught in the middle

  Thousands of Lake County patients could face the harsh reality of having to change their health coverage provider due to stalled contrac...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Citizens Voice - Don't Cut Medicare The Citizens Voice - Don't Cut Medicare

A Pennsylvania citizen voices their opinion.  BD It would cause pain immediately, Well, that’s what the federal government is proposing fo...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

How to find a good doctor - #1 check for use of electronic medical records How to find a good doctor - #1 check for use of electronic medical records

Great article on how to select a physician.  Most of the time it is pretty easy to detect once you walk in to a lobby of a practice, those s...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

CMA Statement On Public Policy Institute Survey Saying Changes Are Needed In Health Care System, California CMA Statement On Public Policy Institute Survey Saying Changes Are Needed In Health Care System, California

  The California Medical Association said that findings of a Public Policy Institute of California survey released recently saying patient...

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

One-Fifth of Hospitals Give Bad ER Stroke Advice - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions One-Fifth of Hospitals Give Bad ER Stroke Advice - Heart Disease and other cardiovascular conditions

  THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who think they're having a stroke face better than a one-in-five chance of getting th...

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Friday, July 06, 2007

LEAKED INTERNAL MEMO; 'SiCKO' Has Capital BlueCross Exec Scrambling to Respond LEAKED INTERNAL MEMO; 'SiCKO' Has Capital BlueCross Exec Scrambling to Respond

Who knows how "confidential" information gets out there, but it does.  This might put an end to confidential emails and correspond...

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Friday, July 06, 2007

NHS Direct Smashes All Performance Targets, UK NHS Direct Smashes All Performance Targets, UK

Performance records in the UK show the NHS goals and performance of physicians are getting better, but only the doctors I think know for sur...

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Patient Sues Chiropractor over not diagnosing cancer from X-rays Patient Sues Chiropractor over not diagnosing cancer from X-rays

This is indeed a strange case as I don't think anyone could expect this type of diagnosis from a Chiropractor.  BD At trial, a chiropr...

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Pharmalot Pool - Drug Reps would prefer fewer speaker programs Pharmalot Pool - Drug Reps would prefer fewer speaker programs

  Speaker programs are sales reps these days. Novartis, for instance, is considering cutting back and many of its reps are thrilled. Astr...

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Potential Personal Heart Monitor - The Smart Shirt, I have email on my shirt and my heart is doing OK! Potential Personal Heart Monitor - The Smart Shirt, I have email on my shirt and my heart is doing OK!

Let me see, I think I'll download some music to my shirt today, load some RSS news feeds and maybe it can hold all my email too!  I coul...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Kidneys Could Be Damaged By Angioplasty Procedure Kidneys Could Be Damaged By Angioplasty Procedure

  The most common procedure for clearing blocked kidney arteries can also release thousands of tiny particles into the bloodstream that ca...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Business Owners Challenge San Francisco Health Plan Business Owners Challenge San Francisco Health Plan

  Restaurant owners in San Francisco say the city's new health care program for uninsured residents puts a heavy financial burden on b...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Beware Windows Hactivation Threat Beware Windows Hactivation Threat

Something new to be aware of - don't fall victim to this new threat.  Once your pc has been activated, there's never a reason to do ...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Diet Pill - Wear dark pants and bring a change of clothes when using Alli New Diet Pill - Wear dark pants and bring a change of clothes when using Alli

  GlaxoSmithKline has also not been shy about informing the public about the side effects of the pill. Alli comes with a warning label lis...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Blood Protein Offers Clues To Heart Attack In Healthy People Blood Protein Offers Clues To Heart Attack In Healthy People

  We've all wondered how a seemingly healthy person can actually be at high risk for heart disease or a heart attack. Now researchers ...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Quarantined TB Patient Said CDC Should Apologize Quarantined TB Patient Said CDC Should Apologize

  Andrew Speaker, the TB patient who was quarantined in the US because he was misdiagnosed as having an extreme drug resistant form of the...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Surgery Is More Effective Than Other Treatments For Common Back Problem, Study Finds Surgery Is More Effective Than Other Treatments For Common Back Problem, Study Finds

  When it comes to low back pain, physicians generally advise exhausting nonsurgical options before resorting to surgery. But a new study s...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Medical Students Mobilize In Support Of Single-Payer Healthcare Reform Medical Students Mobilize In Support Of Single-Payer Healthcare Reform

  Members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) joined nurses, survivors of the private health insurance industry, Michael Mo...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Landmark Discovery In Manipulating Fat Could Revolutionize Plastic Surgery, ASPS Says Landmark Discovery In Manipulating Fat Could Revolutionize Plastic Surgery, ASPS Says

  This week, physicians and researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center revealed they may have discovered a natural way to fill-in p...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Chavez Threatens to Take Over Private Hospitals in Venezuela Chavez Threatens to Take Over Private Hospitals in Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday his government will nationalize Venezuela's privately owned hospitals and clinics if they fail to re...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

F.D.A. Approves a Hip Resurfacing Implant F.D.A. Approves a Hip Resurfacing Implant

Nice to see this alternative coming to the US.  BD Hip resurfacing, a popular alternative implant to total hip replacement for younger pat...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

'Harry and Louise,' the Sequel? The Universal Health Care Debate Is Back 'Harry and Louise,' the Sequel? The Universal Health Care Debate Is Back

Interesting article on one person's opinion on what has changed since Universal care was proposed in the 90's.  BD In 1993, two un...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Children's, Blue Cross reach deal for 30 days while working on contract, patients receive notification to seek non emergency care elsewhere if new contract is not negotiated for HMO coverage Children's, Blue Cross reach deal for 30 days while working on contract, patients receive notification to seek non emergency care elsewhere if new contract is not negotiated for HMO coverage

  Blue Cross and the hospital sent letters out to patients this month informing them they would have to seek nonemergency hospital care el...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Hospital quits Medicare heart program Hospital quits Medicare heart program

If a health facility does not perform enough heart transplants by Medicare standards, then the funding may not be available, such as this ex...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Potential Organ Donors Fear Losing Insurance Potential Organ Donors Fear Losing Insurance

I truly hope this is not becoming a reality.  BD According to a new review in American Journal of Transplantation , people who donate thei...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

First Baby Is Born And 3 More Women Are Pregnant After Oocytes Were Matured In The Lab And Frozen First Baby Is Born And 3 More Women Are Pregnant After Oocytes Were Matured In The Lab And Frozen

  The first baby to be created from an egg that had been matured in the laboratory, frozen, thawed and then fertilised, has been born in C...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Company to Charge 'Unhealthy' Workers More for Insurance Company to Charge 'Unhealthy' Workers More for Insurance

  INDIANAPOLIS —  Unhealthy habits could cost Clarian Health employees a healthy chunk of money as the company tries to rein in rising he...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Health insurer cited in policy cancellations -Los Angeles Health insurer cited in policy cancellations -Los Angeles

  BC Life & Health revoked 1,880 individual health insurance policies in California in 2004 and 2005, and a state agency that examined...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Chicago Police Probe High Insulin Levels Chicago Police Probe High Insulin Levels

  University of Chicago Medical Center and police are investigating whether three patients, including two who died, were somehow given insu...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

As Costs of Drugs Shift to Consumers, Spending Drops As Costs of Drugs Shift to Consumers, Spending Drops

As pay for performance expands, this is not necessarily good news either as this seems to be one of the top reasons for patient non-complian...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Doctors have reattached one of injured girl's feet Doctors have reattached one of injured girl's feet

  Doctors were able to reattach one of the feet of the 13-year-old Louisville girl who had both feet severed on a ride at Six Flags Kentuc...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

City scales back employee benefits, blames tax reform - more join the ranks of HMO insurance City scales back employee benefits, blames tax reform - more join the ranks of HMO insurance

  PUNTA GORDA : Punta Gorda city employees could be paying more for health insurance if a new plan goes into effect. The city claims tax re...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Financial Health of California Hospitals Financial Health of California Hospitals

  The health of California's hospitals is better than it was in the 1990s, although there is a wide gap between those that are doing w...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

You can't call San Francisco 'Sicko' / City's universal health care initiative signs up its first applicants You can't call San Francisco 'Sicko' / City's universal health care initiative signs up its first applicants

  The first group of participants must earn less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is slated to expand in Septem...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Who is paying for uninsured medical patients? Who is paying for uninsured medical patients?

Interesting analysis...BD STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed setting up a universal...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Hike in NY medical malpractice insurance rates approved Hike in NY medical malpractice insurance rates approved

  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Regulators in New York approved a 14 percent increase in medical malpractice insurance rates on Monday and Gov. Eli...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sicko file sharing relentless - removed and then returned to Google Video as the movie premiered Sicko file sharing relentless - removed and then returned to Google Video as the movie premiered

This is an article about file sharing, but makes a point about the popularity of the movie and the number of people viewing, and after it wa...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Why Physicians don't email - Free care makes no money Why Physicians don't email - Free care makes no money

Very good points in this thread on physicians and email, little or no reimbursement.  BD Patients who consult with their physicians via e...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Minnesota To Require Insurers, Providers To File Claims Electronically by 2009 Minnesota To Require Insurers, Providers To File Claims Electronically by 2009

  Minnesota Department of Health officials on Wednesday announced that all health care providers and insurers in the state will be requir...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Pot update - New Mexico says grow your own Pot update - New Mexico says grow your own

   As of yesterday, New Mexico law not only permits the medical use of marijuana, but provides state oversight of medicinal pot's gro...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Two Doctors Arrested In UK Terror Investigation Two Doctors Arrested In UK Terror Investigation

  Among the seven suspects arrested for terrorist attempts in London and Glasgow last week, two are doctors who work in the UK: 1. Dr. Bila...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Physician Fee Schedule may include elimination of the E-prescribing exemption for 2008 Physician Fee Schedule may include elimination of the E-prescribing exemption for 2008

In short, it appears no E-prescribing, no pay is proposed on the agenda if the exemption is eliminated.  There is a link on this page to sig...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Fake CPR certificates spark new UCI inquiry Fake CPR certificates spark new UCI inquiry

  Campus police are investigating how 22 health care workers at UCI Medical Center got bogus certificates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Heart defibrillators now required in gyms by law in Orange County, CA Heart defibrillators now required in gyms by law in Orange County, CA

  The response in Orange County has been mostly disappointing, said Rhea Jones, vice president of HeartCharger, a Santa Ana company that s...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Thinking about out of state college and you have HMO coverage - be sure to check the policy first for coverage or select another alternative Thinking about out of state college and you have HMO coverage - be sure to check the policy first for coverage or select another alternative

  Different arrangements may need to be made if the family is enrolled in a health maintenance organization (HMO) -- which typically cover...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

HEAL Program seeks health care for area poor HEAL Program seeks health care for area poor

Bring in the attorneys from the Legal Aid Society....sad it has evolved to this point of legal aid just to get medical care when needed.  Th...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Aetna is First National Health Plan to Contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs Aetna is First National Health Plan to Contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs

One big question - how do the recognized in-network providers handle referrals, claims, etc.  How does this work with the in-house VA system...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Medicare to clamp down on fraudulent suppliers Medicare to clamp down on fraudulent suppliers

  (07-02) 04:00 PDT Washington -- Fraudulent Medicare billings submitted by medical equipment suppliers in the Los Angeles area and sout...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Ultra Mobile Device: Tablet Kiosk eo TufTab v7112XT Ultra Mobile Device: Tablet Kiosk eo TufTab v7112XT

Nice short presentation on the EO Tuf Tab.  The Tuf Tab is a heavy duty version of the EO UMPC.  The small size and semi rugged design makes...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Content and Face Validity of a Cost-Effective Personal Laparoscopic Trainer Designed for At Home Use Content and Face Validity of a Cost-Effective Personal Laparoscopic Trainer Designed for At Home Use

  ANAHEIM, CA (UroToday.com) - The groups from UC Irvine and Columbia presented their experience with a new affordable, portable laparosco...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Study Finds 5 Types Of Alcoholics, Research Also Shows More Than Half Of U.S. Alcoholics Are Young Adults Study Finds 5 Types Of Alcoholics, Research Also Shows More Than Half Of U.S. Alcoholics Are Young Adults

  New research on alcoholism shows that there are five types of alcoholics in the U.S., and more than half of alcholics are young adults. ...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

State intervenes in PacifiCare coverage dispute State intervenes in PacifiCare coverage dispute

This is the second story this week about patients being forced to change physicians based on HMO contracts.  Hope this is not a trend, espec...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

VeriChip Corporation Announces American Medical Association Recommends Implantable RFID Chips VeriChip Corporation Announces American Medical Association Recommends Implantable RFID Chips

I guess like it or not, we may all have a chip someday, just like Fido our dog has, but wit a lot more information.  This is truly a busy ye...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Hospitals flummoxed by patients too big for MRI machines Hospitals flummoxed by patients too big for MRI machines

Hospitals are not purchasing larger MRI machines for obese patients, but rather choosing for machines with better diagnostic features.  Want...

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Ontario chided over health records Ontario chided over health records

The first line of this story tells all, something we face here too in the US.  BD  The bigger you are as a jurisdiction, the tougher it is...

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Proposed IRS form revision irking nonprofit hospitals with additional bookkeeping Proposed IRS form revision irking nonprofit hospitals with additional bookkeeping

  The proposed form would ask nonprofit hospitals to detail how much money they spent on a number of specific areas, such as charity care, ...

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

MinuteClinic seeks waivers of Massachusetts public health rules MinuteClinic seeks waivers of Massachusetts public health rules

  Three medical associations and two other health care organizations in Massachusetts have asked the state's Dept. of Public Health to...

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Wired Doctors Bringing Technology to Treatment Wired Doctors Bringing Technology to Treatment

Good article about physicians using mobility not only with patient consultations and office visits, but also to keep on top of medical journ...

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Sunday, July 01, 2007