Concierge Emergency Medicine - State of the Art ER care in Houston Concierge Emergency Medicine - State of the Art ER care in Houston

Nice!  Patients are handed a tablet pc to check in.  Also the facility has an onsite lab which can r...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Democrats Push Telecoms for NSA Disclosures - Privacy Issues Democrats Push Telecoms for NSA Disclosures - Privacy Issues

You may remember not too long ago Google denied the same request...but Google doesn't depend on wireless operating licenses from the FCC...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital gets child-friendly ambulance - Orange County, CA Fountain Valley Regional Hospital gets child-friendly ambulance - Orange County, CA

Television, DVD player...what more could you want...hmmm...maybe an X-Box...(grin)...BD  FOUNTAIN VALLEY The Fountain Valley Regional Hosp...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

New hospital opens its doors - Orange County, CA New hospital opens its doors - Orange County, CA

St. Joseph Hi-Tech hospital...of course it has wireless Internet access, but the one amazing feature that I had not heard of before is the w...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

PJ Party just what the doctor ordered PJ Party just what the doctor ordered

Nice story about getting pajama donations for children who have been hospitalized...BD If you saw a middle-aged man in ducky PJs jumping on...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

One in four hospital trusts fails to meet basic hygiene standards One in four hospital trusts fails to meet basic hygiene standards

Not just limited to the UK...Ireland and Norway also having issues...BD NHS trusts in rural areas are among the worst in the country for pr...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Midnight Mammogram party mixes manicures, medical testing Midnight Mammogram party mixes manicures, medical testing

A new twist for getting women to have their mammogram done...similar to the Botox parties that were once the rage a few years ago...all were...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Riverside Electrician Can't Get Medical Care Three Years After His Injury on Job--Asks California Insurance Commissioner to Investigate Riverside Electrician Can't Get Medical Care Three Years After His Injury on Job--Asks California Insurance Commissioner to Investigate

Greg Parr was injured over three years ago while working as an electrician. He fell and injured his left arm and shoulder. After more than t...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Free Medical Degree With Just One Small Catch Free Medical Degree With Just One Small Catch

First graduating class of American Medical students arriving back in the US to pass medical tests.  Cashed in on the scholarship offered by ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Senate Committee Discusses Cutting MA Plan Payments To Prevent Physician Payment Cut Senate Committee Discusses Cutting MA Plan Payments To Prevent Physician Payment Cut

The annual inquisition begins...does make one wonder if the government is perhaps is wanting to be out of the Medicare business?  By moving ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Everett Clinic to stop accepting one Medicare plan - Seattle The Everett Clinic to stop accepting one Medicare plan - Seattle

Original Medicare plan is no longer accepted as the compensation does not equate...in other words the clinic receive  more from a Part D man...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

House fails to override child health veto House fails to override child health veto

Good bye to "Healthy Families" in California as we know it?  Let's hope not...the negotiations still continue...the extension ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

HMO posts healthy profits - UnitedHealth HMO posts healthy profits - UnitedHealth

Profits still rising, Part D, a contributor to overall rise...BD UnitedHealth, the nation's largest health insurer, said quarterly prof...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Washable Keyboards and mice clean, safe and secure for the healthcare industry Washable Keyboards and mice clean, safe and secure for the healthcare industry

Help with the MRSA battle...anti bacterial properties are embedded in the plastic used to make the products...and you can run them through ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

FDA Announces Revisions To Labels For Cialis, Levitra And Viagra FDA Announces Revisions To Labels For Cialis, Levitra And Viagra

To  address ringing in the ears side effect...BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved labeling changes for erectile dysfuncti...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Accounting firm to clean up Grady's finances Accounting firm to clean up Grady's finances

Update...the firm won't be paid a dime until they identify $10 million and then receive an average of 20 of the savings there after...BD...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Novartis to cut 1,260 jobs from sales and marketing Novartis to cut 1,260 jobs from sales and marketing

Novartis today said it plans to eliminate 1,260 jobs from its US sales and marketing unit and replace its head of pharmaceuticals after ann...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Horror for woman forced to give birth at home -South Wales Horror for woman forced to give birth at home -South Wales

Lucky everything went ok..as they had no room for her...BD A WOMAN about to give birth was twice turned away from the maternity ward at th...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

In Diabetes, a Complex of Causes In Diabetes, a Complex of Causes

New studies and potential new treatment could be on the horizon...BD An explosion of new research is vastly changing scientists understand...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Health deal sought after veto upheld Health deal sought after veto upheld

13 votes short...BD WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House failed on Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a politically...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Proctologist and the Balloons... Proctologist and the Balloons...

  http://youtube.com/watch?v=CQmrB-BAgxM

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

MRSA Superbug a bigger killer than AIDS MRSA Superbug a bigger killer than AIDS

Scary statistics...32 invasive infections per 100,000 people...BD   The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States says MRSA i...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

HMOs not meeting national standards in basic areas, report says HMOs not meeting national standards in basic areas, report says

  California HMO members are not getting all of the basic healthcare they need to prevent the onset and spread of cancer and other disease...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

UCLA Robot in ICU UCLA Robot in ICU

Fascinating video watching the physician controlling the unit and talking with staff and patients.  The unit is called R2-6 and is currently...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

California Says No To Human RFID Tagging California Says No To Human RFID Tagging

Good move in the privacy area...nobody should ever be forced into being "chipped"...RFID technology is good and can be used in man...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Docs turn to Botox to make ends meet Docs turn to Botox to make ends meet

The changing family practice office...I'll take one flu shot, one Botox and schedule me for a chemical peel next week...oh and perhaps I...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Stolen laptop prompts Administaff to alert 159,000 of possible breach Stolen laptop prompts Administaff to alert 159,000 of possible breach

Security breach story of the week...BD October 17, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Administaff Inc., a Houston-based provider of outsourced human r...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

FDA Approves Chemotherapy Drug Ixempra For Advanced Breast Cancer FDA Approves Chemotherapy Drug Ixempra For Advanced Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new chemotherapy drug called Ixempra (ixabepilone) for the treatment of advanced b...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pharma and Medical manufacturers using robots Pharma and Medical manufacturers using robots

Medco uses robots to fill prescriptions...Stryker Orthopedics uses robots in manufacturing and packaging of their products...BD  Industrial...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hawaii using telemedicine from Ohio and vice versa Hawaii using telemedicine from Ohio and vice versa

Through a digital PACS system, radiologists will be able to read and interpret images from both directions...good for late and after hours.....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A profession is born to help people navigate the health care maze A profession is born to help people navigate the health care maze

The Health Care Advocacy  ....at the rates in this article, this appears to be as costly as hiring an attorney...BD  Margalit Mathan and P...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Doctors Co. to Grow by Acquiring Calif. Medical Liability Insurer The Doctors Co. to Grow by Acquiring Calif. Medical Liability Insurer

Physician-owned liability insurer The Doctors Company is expanding its market by acquiring SCPIE Holdings Inc., a provider of healthcare li...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Aetna US acquires Goodhealth UK Aetna US acquires Goodhealth UK

Aetna expands it market to the UK and other countries.. changes in benefits to take place immediately...does this sound familiar and similar...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pressure is on hospitals to stamp out bacterial bugs Pressure is on hospitals to stamp out bacterial bugs

The story here says it all...BD Physicians, safety advocates and government officials are mobilizing to prevent the infections that have s...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

On-site clinic helps Microchip cut costs, provide routine care On-site clinic helps Microchip cut costs, provide routine care

This company has now instituted an "on site" clinic for employees...a minimum of 300 plus employees is required to set up a facili...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Electronic Records - or you are "out of network" Electronic Records - or you are "out of network"

They anticipate losing some physicians with this move...and the burden of the expense is on the practice with no financial support and no ch...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Virtual Doctor... The Virtual Doctor...

But, CMS does not want to reimburse a physician every time he/she sends an email...so what justifies an online or email physician visit...a ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Federal agencies stepping in to help financially stressed hospitals with pension plans... Federal agencies stepping in to help financially stressed hospitals with pension plans...

Community and other hospital types are facing all types of financial problems today...due to uninsured patients, drop in compensation rates ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Many Older Physicians Plan to Opt Out of Patient Care Many Older Physicians Plan to Opt Out of Patient Care

I am starting to see some of these efforts as well in my daily travels and conversations...my personal opinion here is too that much of the ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Canada's Expectant Moms Heading to U.S. to Deliver Canada's Expectant Moms Heading to U.S. to Deliver

U.S. Health Care helping wit baby booming business in Canada...not enough room in current facilities to deliver newborn babies...deliveries ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

British 'Nurse of the Year' quits the NHS British 'Nurse of the Year' quits the NHS

Frustrated nurses also in the UK...same issues...not being heard...and constant reform...BD Britain's star nurse has quit her job with...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers

Interesting study...if it can reduce the amount of painkillers needed after surgery that would certainly be right up there in my book..BD ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Unions give up on gov.'s health plan - California Unions give up on gov.'s health plan - California

Latest in the continuing story on California Health plans...BD SACRAMENTO -- Abandoning their facade of cooperation, a coalition of Califo...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ben Affleck supports unionizing hospitals in Boston Ben Affleck supports unionizing hospitals in Boston

Actor and film director Ben Affleck took time out today from promoting his new movie, "Gone Baby Gone," to stump for the powerful...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kaiser doctor, accused of negligence, remains on the job Kaiser doctor, accused of negligence, remains on the job

Sad story here...jury may be out on this one for a while too...the one item that is a bit odd is the comment from his attorney where the phy...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again

AAFP model - TransforMed...incorporates Medical Home components...and more coming, insurance companies are doing it, as well as self insure...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Copy and Paste:  Medscape article for CME Copy and Paste: Medscape article for CME

You may need to register for this article, but one thing it drives home for all is over familiarity..and missing something in a medical reco...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Backstage Pass: Working at Kaiser as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist Backstage Pass: Working at Kaiser as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist

Interesting and good reading...from one who made a transition...BD So many of you have sent me emails asking for this post. Here it is, wor...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Medical Tablet PC Evangelist and Programmer Medical Tablet PC Evangelist and Programmer

From the Ablet Factory...Fritz Switzer the developer of One Note Add Ons ...I somehow missed this and it never hurts to  review and take ano...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Take Two E-Mails and iPhone Me in the Morning  - The boutique practice Take Two E-Mails and iPhone Me in the Morning - The boutique practice

Now this physician put on his thinking cap...granted this is may not work for all, but he's definitely got some good ideas in the making...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Survey: Californians favor 1-cent sales tax for health insurance Survey: Californians favor 1-cent sales tax for health insurance

More than likely the only type of pool large enough to capture needed revenue...and everybody contributes..BD  California voters would narr...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ending Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Good Idea Ending Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Good Idea

Someone finally said it...in all the recent postings here just on this blog and conversations I have had I don't get the idea that any e...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Study Of Siestas Finds Reduction In Blood Pressure Study Of Siestas Finds Reduction In Blood Pressure

Now I have been waiting for a study of this type!  If afternoon siestas reduce my blood pressure, put me down for one every afternoon!  Wh...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Digital Forms for Tablet PC Digital Forms for Tablet PC

Quick video on using digital forms on a tablet pc...think of this as perhaps a medical records...or lab request...BD  http://www.youtube....

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tablet software... InkSeine from Microsoft Labs... Tablet software... InkSeine from Microsoft Labs...

This is not available yet for public download, but wanted to include this video to show an idea of what's to come...exciting stuff...jus...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Using the Sahara Dual-Mode Tablet PC for speech therapy Using the Sahara Dual-Mode Tablet PC for speech therapy

Great video showing using specific speech software with the Sahara Dual Mode tablet ...no mouse required, just your hands and optional use o...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tablet PC Input Panel with Chinese Tablet PC Input Panel with Chinese

Now why is this here?  I wanted to show how you can switch back and forth between languages with a Tablet PC.  In this example using the inp...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Some writing on a Tablet PC Some writing on a Tablet PC

This is a very simple video showing tablet inking with both Windows Journal and One Note.  The power of ink and how simple it can be.  Imagi...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

California Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Democrats' Health Care Overhaul Bill California Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Democrats' Health Care Overhaul Bill

This one was also expected to prompt a special session of the legislature to continue working on the health care bill..BD In vetoing the me...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Night-Time Acid Reflux Can Impact Sleep, New Studies Reveal Night-Time Acid Reflux Can Impact Sleep, New Studies Reveal

GERD can disrupt sleep according to the study...check the latest developments on GERD on the site...updated as new information arrives...BD ...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pfizer Signs Deal With Physician Social Networking Site Sermo Pfizer Signs Deal With Physician Social Networking Site Sermo

Sermo is the forum for anonymous discussions related to health care...and is increasing resources available for physicians to pose questions...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fall Back Into Bed And Catch Up On Your Sleep Fall Back Into Bed And Catch Up On Your Sleep

Good advice and I can certainly learn from this article as well...interesting how lack of sleep can affect so many different areas of your h...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Surgery More Likely Than Angioplasty To Relieve Pain For Patients With Coronary Artery Disease Surgery More Likely Than Angioplasty To Relieve Pain For Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

Interesting report that compares the 2 procedures...and study results...BD  "Choosing a treatment for coronary disease has long been ...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

FDA Approves DORIBAX(TM) For The Treatment Of Complicated Intra-Abdominal And Complicated Urinary Tract Infections FDA Approves DORIBAX(TM) For The Treatment Of Complicated Intra-Abdominal And Complicated Urinary Tract Infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved DORIBAX(TM) (doripenem for injection) as a new treatment for complicated intra-abd...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Medco to have prescription review system Medco to have prescription review system

Additional use of technology and pharmacists to help reduce interactions and errors relative to prescriptions...a 2nd set of eyes for the ph...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

HIMSS Virtual Conference November 6-7 HIMSS Virtual Conference November 6-7

This is a virtual conference available from your desktop with CME credit.  It will also allow for questions and interaction with various por...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

American Academy of Family Physicians...Letters...do we need primary care - "not for me any longer, I'm driving a truck..." American Academy of Family Physicians...Letters...do we need primary care - "not for me any longer, I'm driving a truck..."

Not good news by any means with the shortage of Primary Care physicians taking place all over...one MD is going to leave the practice to &qu...

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Monday, October 15, 2007