Computer with patient information stolen Computer with patient information stolen

Missing/stolen records story of the week and this time it was the renown John Hopkins hospital...hope it was encrypted....BD  Johns Hopkins...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Tainted water may have killed hospital patient Tainted water may have killed hospital patient

Hospital stay?  Don't drink the water...BD    GRAND RAPIDS -- It wasn't the leukemia that killed Scott E. Miller, a burly truck dri...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Medical records from old hospital illegally torched on a farm Salem Township Medical records from old hospital illegally torched on a farm Salem Township

Ok, well we hear all the stories about stolen medical records and these folks obviously have too and decided to take action...but the wrong ...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Medical Error Is For the Dogs, Too Medical Error Is For the Dogs, Too

Man's best friend can be at risk as well, 2nd opinions for pets works too...BD It was an absolutely devastating moment when we learned...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California Schwarzenegger pushes universal health care for California

2 good stories on the progress here in California...and the unique partnership between the governor and Assembly speaker Nunez...BD LOS ANG...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Hospital Might Face Fines, Loss Of Medicare Hospital Might Face Fines, Loss Of Medicare

  A Montgomery County hospital where a 29-year-old patient suffered extreme malnutrition before his death could face steep state fines wit...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

We are all uninsured now We are all uninsured now

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor give us her solution and suggestions to a better health care system...good reading...BD BIG NUMBERS, like ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format Medical Quack - Updated Blog Format

I have recently updated the format used for the blog. The information that was previously located i...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find Patient Records Need Reviews - paper errors harder to find

Errors on paper records are much more difficult to locate..something to think about by comparing to the use of electronic medical records.  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan Assembly leader calls off vote on health care plan

Continues to be work in progress in California...BD SACRAMENTO - The Democratic leader of the Assembly canceled a vote on Gov. Arnold Schwa...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion HMO's prefer doctors who save them money - opinion

Sad but perhaps somewhat true....BD  Finally, when doctors succumb out of fear for loss of income to any HMO's cost-cutting rules, even...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight

Sound like a move in the direction of getting rid of some additional red tape in the claim process...BD  AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 /PRNewswir...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online Opinion and response to electronic medical records - Modern Healthcare Online

  This, too, is in response to Al Puerini's letter where he wonders why electronic health records have not been widely adopted by the h...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells Heart Repair By Cardiomyocytes Produced From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  Published online in Nature Biotechnology, the landmark study is the first to document the potential clinical utility of regenerating dama...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing Angioplasties Increasing, Bypass Surgeries Decreasing

  Use of transluminal coronary angioplasty, or PTCA, a procedure for opening blocked arteries in patients with coronary artery disease, is ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA Calling On Congress To End Workplace Health-Benefits Inequity, USA

  This Labor Day, Mental Health America urges Congress to end a critical workplace inequity by passing legislation to establish parity betw...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs Star Trek Medical Device Uses Ultrasound To Seal Punctured Lungs

"Doctors will scan the body from the outside, recognize where the injury is, focus the beam on the injury and use the beams to seal the...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery FDA Approves Human Thrombin For Topical Use In Surgery

New alternative to control surgical bleeding..derived from human donors and cattle...surgeons have the choice of which one they use...BD  ...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance Telehealth Monitor receives FDA Market Clearance

This looks to have real possibilities and yet simple and easy to use.  These same folks also make devices (phones) that can help you use Sky...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash CBS Evening News and "health insurance and red tape, physicians do like and welcome cash

Good video on how the physician/patient relationship can work when it comes to paying the bills.  As you see in the video, cash is good is a...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare.... Ruling may unlock key data on doctors relative to Medicare....

Well worth reading, especially for physicians...Medicare could also have all your information relative to medicare cases up on the web for r...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS 3D functionality - KODAK CARESTREAM PACS

Perhaps an eventual end to the workstations as PCs get better and better with graphics..also this technology is taking advantage of a virtua...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives Biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma industry to save lives

  (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- The power went out at Hammersmith Hospital just a few minutes after I started chatting with Sunil Shaunak, a p...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell California health legislation not looking so well these days...time will tell

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The prognosis for universal health care in California is grim this year, and experts say a failure could set back si...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs? Corp. execs don't enter data, why should docs?

I sure wish the execs would learn though, it would sure make it easier for everyone if they would at least do some data entry, even if for t...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York Remedy sought for MD crisis --Upstate New York

  LAKE GEORGE -- The Adirondacks are hemorrhaging doctors. More primary care physicians are fleeing the North Country than ever before. Bu...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi Hospitals hone their Web-side manner with WiFi

As more hospitals add wifi to their systems, it might take some of the pressure off Starbucks...:)  BD  Now, in many cases, patients or vis...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen Microsoft develops double-sided touchscreen

A two sided touch screen tablet...now this one has me thinking and dreaming a bit...BD  Microsoft is pioneering a new touchscreen that can ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st.. RemedyMD® SpecialtyEHR", giving it away for free after September 1st..

Support and training...#1 with medical records these days and this company seems to be banking on it with the offer of free software...as wh...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson Plastic Surgeon to the Stars by Chris Thompson

 Interesting story about the most popular and famous plastic surgeon...he has a few suits following him as well...BD Brad Jacobs calls hims...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc FDA Clearance Received For First Cervical Artificial Disc

The bionic hand, arm...and now the bionic disc. and this could be good news versus spinal fusion if it can still offer more mobility.  BD P...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA Medicare Proposes New Rules For ASCs That Serve Medicare Patients, USA

One more new rule...who is going to do the inspections to be sure the outpatient surgery centers are compliant?  Is this a rule with out a b...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral, USA

This puts an end to investing or participating in anything that could be related to the practice if you own part of the business it appears ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors Study Blames Abbreviations For Medication Errors

This one should come as no surprise...pharmacists see this every day and I really marvel sometimes as how they can read some of the handwrit...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA New AHIP Ad Campaign: Medicare Advantage Cuts Threaten Seniors' Health Security, USA

Time for politics this week...BD America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has launched a new national television ad campaign reminding C...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK

It has to be increasing at the same or similar levels here too in the US...BD  Five years ago UK GPs prescribed 721 million drugs, in 2006 ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest Cooline - personal evaportaive cooling vest

I wonder what this will do for hot flashes?   Perhaps you might see more of the female gender sporting these...if it works, it could be well...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States Medtronic And Bayer Diabetes Care Announce Alliance To Provide Blood Glucose Meter To Medtronic Patients Outside The United States

  Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Bayer Diabetes Care, a division of Bayer HealthCare LLC and a member of the Bayer Group (NYSE: BAY), anno...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tablet Kiosk Forums Tablet Kiosk Forums

Great news...Tablet Kiosk now has a forum whereby you can post questions and comments.  This will be a great help.  Be sure to register in o...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Docs often write off patient side effects Docs often write off patient side effects

Side effects can be many and vary ...and there could be multiple drugs being use by the patient as well...not as easy as it seems sometimes ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device

  GE Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it has received FDA approval for its mobile mammography screening device, Reuters reports. The ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication

Anyone any size can make the transition...BD Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research from the HIMSS Analytics Database (derived from ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study

  By comparing brain tissue of people who had taken statins with those who had not, US scientists have established for the first time that ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say

Do you know what your blood pressure and cholesterol readings are?  Your employer may want to know soon as it will save money to ensure you ...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List 700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List

  Having a job is not necessarily a passport to health insurance in New York City. One million New Yorkers -- some 17% of the adult populat...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Pharma lobbying shifts to states Pharma lobbying shifts to states

  WASHINGTON -- At a national convention of state legislators in Boston this month, Novartis spon sored a reception for women lawmakers, As...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

State purchases three mobile hospitals - California State purchases three mobile hospitals - California

Fascinating technology on how one of these portable hospitals can be rolled out and set up in a hurry...picture below shows an ICU bed...and...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

End the doughnut hole... End the doughnut hole...

  Somerset County senior citizens who thought they were getting help with the doughnut hole provision of Medicare Part D prescription drug...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Time running out for health care reform in California.. Time running out for health care reform in California..

Also, California has the 10th largest economy in the world...one state...BD  When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping proposal i...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007
 
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