Microsoft Research : "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation" Microsoft Research : "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation"

Great video from Dr. Crounse...must watch and what it entails is exploring input methodologies other...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

The A, B, Ds of Medicare The A, B, Ds of Medicare

Good article about choosing a Medicare plan that will hopefully work for you...BD  Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, people on Medicare can sig...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

USB heat pad ... USB heat pad ...

Who says you can't snuggle up to your computer and get warm...only 21.99...but not a medical device as stated on the website...BD   If ...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

My web rating: Oh no! - Thanks to the Web, everyone's a critic. The author describes her chilling experience with online reviews My web rating: Oh no! - Thanks to the Web, everyone's a critic. The author describes her chilling experience with online reviews

And of course, it all depends on who is doing the ratings and the criteria used...BD Fortunately, most people use personal recommendations ...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Is it worth it? - The author wonders why he continues to subject himself to a healthcare system that values paperwork over patients Is it worth it? - The author wonders why he continues to subject himself to a healthcare system that values paperwork over patients

Good perspective article...and we hope his answer doesn't change...as some have recently with all the red tape involved in health care.....

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Friday, November 02, 2007

If a patient can't pay for his prescription drugs, it can undermine your treatment. Here's how to help If a patient can't pay for his prescription drugs, it can undermine your treatment. Here's how to help

Good article and we link directly to Target and a couple other sites whereby patients can get affordable medications from this site...some o...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Darpa Site Event: Update, start your Processors... Darpa Site Event: Update, start your Processors...

Short update on the weekend competition.  Darpa also has some very interesting artificial limb replacement study going on as well, which was...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

When RFID merges with Wi-Fi When RFID merges with Wi-Fi

The combination leads to paperless, all digital hospital..... But while it's a wireless technology, it has never really been mobile o...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

The Scary Side Of Health Testing The Scary Side Of Health Testing

To screen or not to screen...problems with false-positives on some procedures...BD  The problem: Plenty of screens don't really work th...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Deere retirees riles about health care Deere retirees riles about health care

A group of salaried Deere & Co. retirees is trying to ward off changes in health care benefits planned by the company. The Flex Retiree...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Woman Takes Out Ad to Sell Breast Milk Woman Takes Out Ad to Sell Breast Milk

New way to earn some extra cash?  BD CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A woman who doesn't want her breast milk to go to waste has taken out a n...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Dept of Managed Care orders Blue Cross to halt practice - Los Angeles Dept of Managed Care orders Blue Cross to halt practice - Los Angeles

In the world of transparency building today...how can anyone keep things of this sort from being published or discussed...and the threat of ...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

California among worst in providing health insurance through jobs California among worst in providing health insurance through jobs

California employers lead the way in shedding company provided insurance..and the number of uninsured continues to grow...BD The percentag...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Fiserv selling health care business to UnitedHealth - Milwaukee Fiserv selling health care business to UnitedHealth - Milwaukee

Insurer buyouts continue...earlier publications indicate there will be more on the agenda in the upcoming year.  BD Fiserv Inc. is selling ...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Health insurer LifeWise to raise rates by 22.5 percent Health insurer LifeWise to raise rates by 22.5 percent

The rate increases begin...BD Health insurer LifeWise to raise rates by 22.5 percent By Kyung M. Song Seattle Times health reporter LifeWis...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Settlement charges put Health Net in the red Settlement charges put Health Net in the red

Class action lawsuits according to the article...BD A set of legal settlements hurt the bottom line for Health Net Inc. in the third quarte...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

In China, Brain Surgery Is Pushed on the Mentally Ill In China, Brain Surgery Is Pushed on the Mentally Ill

And doing some of this for a profit...BD NANJING, China -- Mi Zhantao, a poor 25-year-old living with his parents outside this provincial ...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Dementia Diagnosis By PET Scan Dementia Diagnosis By PET Scan

A PET scan (positron emission tomography) that measures uptake of sugar in the brain significantly improves the accuracy of diagnosing a ty...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Coding Cues: 2 Hospital visits..Medical Economics Coding Cues: 2 Hospital visits..Medical Economics

How to code with modifiers...BD Two hospital visits in a day Sometimes I see a hospital patient in the morning, but her condition deteriora...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Artificial joint makers lobby hard Artificial joint makers lobby hard

The latest debate on knee and hip replacements and their contributions to physicians and hospitals...$200 million paid out this year and som...

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Medicare issues rate cut for doctors Medicare issues rate cut for doctors

The one thing that bothers me a bit here is the comment about "reduced benefits" for participants..to continue paying the doctors....

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Intel · The Dreaded Merge Test: The DARPA Urban Challenge Intel · The Dreaded Merge Test: The DARPA Urban Challenge

Robotics and car crashes...this is a little off the normal path here, but due to all the accidents treated in our hospitals this story carri...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

The U.S. Is Unhappy with Its Health Care - Best in Bummers..$$ The U.S. Is Unhappy with Its Health Care - Best in Bummers..$$

One more survey about healthcare comparing different countries...US still continues to lead on the dollar page...quality of health care, onc...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Calif. hospital automates patient tracking - West Anaheim Medical Center Calif. hospital automates patient tracking - West Anaheim Medical Center

Under the leadership of Prime HealthCare Service, technology is updated at this facility...the flat screen monitors are great and can easily...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Memorial Health Services Announces Sale of Anaheim Memorial Medical Center Memorial Health Services Announces Sale of Anaheim Memorial Medical Center

It appears Dr. Reddy's attempts to purchase Anaheim Memorial has not been successful and instead the hospital will become part of the IH...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Centinela hospital is bought by Prime HealthCare - California Centinela hospital is bought by Prime HealthCare - California

Dr Prem Reddy adds one more hospital to his network...purchase of hospital in Anaheim still pending...BD  A growing hospital chain that ha...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Health Net Records $296.8 Million in Third Quarter of 2007 Pretax Charges Relating to Class Action Litigation Settlement Health Net Records $296.8 Million in Third Quarter of 2007 Pretax Charges Relating to Class Action Litigation Settlement

Medicare enrollees almost double the amount of the commercial group...BD LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 1, 2007-- Health Net, Inc....

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Clarian won't dock workers who fail to meet health marks Clarian won't dock workers who fail to meet health marks

One hospital employer had second thoughts on charging back employees who failed to control certain risk factors...probably good thinking her...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Healthcare CIO: Kill a Watt! Healthcare CIO: Kill a Watt!

One very active hospital CIO...good reading at this blog for anyone in the Health IT business...he's right on the money with not only sa...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

47 million Americans lack health insurance: report 47 million Americans lack health insurance: report

Numbers continue to rise...California hit hard with children affected...employers contribute as well with new offerings that  employees can&...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Concord Hospital buys up practice Concord Hospital buys up practice

What happens when a practice can't see enough patients to make a profit...in this case the hospital purchased the practice...put the phy...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Bill Maher: Short Clip on Sick Kids and SCHIP Bill Maher: Short Clip on Sick Kids and SCHIP

Parody on Bush's veto position...View the link below to see an actual discussion about those who are one step away from disaster...BD  ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bush calls children's health insurance bill a 'trick' Bush calls children's health insurance bill a 'trick'

Trick or Treat on the SCHIP bill?  BD Halloween's an appropriate day to talk about it because there's a bill moving through Congre...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FDA Approves Allergan Combo Eye Drop for Glaucoma FDA Approves Allergan Combo Eye Drop for Glaucoma

NEW YORK (Reuters) Oct 31 - Allergan Inc on Wednesday said U.S. regulators approved its combination glaucoma drug Combigan. The company sai...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Health Insurers Target Early Retirees Health Insurers Target Early Retirees

After the "cherry picking", how do you market the left overs?  The articles says that the over 50 group might be loyal, but also e...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Doctors sue Memorial Hermann over 'bully tactics' - HOUSTON Doctors sue Memorial Hermann over 'bully tactics' - HOUSTON

The hospital was only open for 2 years...BD Basically what Memorial Hermann did is they went to insurance companies like Aetna and United ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Aerial surveillance gets computer boost - Sahara Tablet PC Aerial surveillance gets computer boost - Sahara Tablet PC

Follow up on Initial post :  Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland I spoke with Gail at Tablet Kiosk to confirm that this is the Sahara...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hands-On Nabaztag 2 Wi-Fi Rabbit to the Office.. Hands-On Nabaztag 2 Wi-Fi Rabbit to the Office..

Nice addition to the office...it will read email to you among other fun things...nice perhaps for a pediatrician or anyone who likes somethi...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chemicals Flow Unchecked From China to US Drug Market Chemicals Flow Unchecked From China to US Drug Market

Do you know where all the ingredients come from with the medication you are currently taking?  How many sell ingredients to our US pharma ma...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lizard spit and bongs - Medication Origins and Future Lizard spit and bongs - Medication Origins and Future

What is the future on diabetes treatment medications - article explores the recent number of medications, origins, and the potential future....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

GP pay £110,000 after a 10% rise GP pay £110,000 after a 10% rise

In contrast to what is happening to primary care physicians here in the US , pay is on the rise for GP physicians in the UK...but the patien...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vanishing Breed: What Happened to the Family Doctor? Vanishing Breed: What Happened to the Family Doctor?

Is this happening to a practice near you?  He is closing as the system is not working.  $60,000.00 a year is not much income for all the tim...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Doctor? Or Druggist? Doctor? Or Druggist?

More physicians are beginning to provide prescriptions right from the office...growing trend and certain a big convenience for patients...an...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland

Great article on using a tablet pc, and I agree here, this looks like the Sahara i440D from Tablet Kiosk ...it sure is much easier to work w...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Snoring Men Transform Into Sleeping Beauties After Surgery Snoring Men Transform Into Sleeping Beauties After Surgery

According to the article, this is a fairly simple procedure to have done with a plastic surgeon...BD Millions of men who suffer from sleep ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Scripps Research Team Blocks Bacterial Communication System To Prevent Deadly Staph Infections Scripps Research Team Blocks Bacterial Communication System To Prevent Deadly Staph Infections

In hopes of combating the growing scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, in particular drug-resistant staph bacteria, a team of scientis...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

1 in 8 veterans lacks health insurance 1 in 8 veterans lacks health insurance

Sometimes a group we may not think about in the ranks of the uninsured..BD WASHINGTON -- About one of every eight veterans under the age o...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Many older doctors plan to phase out their practice Many older doctors plan to phase out their practice

These are some pretty scary numbers in the survey...Marcus Welby no longer exists..and with all the additional pressures and reductions of i...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is U.S. stuck in Internet's slow lane Is U.S. stuck in Internet's slow lane

Might be part of the reason that Health IT is dragging as well....BD NEW YORK - The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on t...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Companies Tap RSS to Tame Info Overload Companies Tap RSS to Tame Info Overload

This site makes use every day of RSS Feeds....my choice is Attensa which is free and we have a link on the site.  The NHS in the UK is even ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

German hospital saves baby with pioneering surgery in womb German hospital saves baby with pioneering surgery in womb

Nice story...and the baby was born healthy...BD BERLIN (AFP) A German hospital is celebrating a world first after carrying out life-savin...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses

Not real good news with the current shortage of nurses...entering too much information?  From the information in this article, it sounds lik...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More young adults on cholesterol drugs More young adults on cholesterol drugs

Blood pressure and cholesterol drugs both on the rise for young adults.....but losing weight can also be a big help too...perhaps a more nat...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

TV raises blood pressure in obese kids: study TV raises blood pressure in obese kids: study

I am guessing this relates to more hours of inactivity...BD  They found obese children who watched four or more hours of TV a day were thr...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hospital to Screen for Staph Germ Hospital to Screen for Staph Germ

Good step and certainly can't hurt...BD  CHICAGO (AP) Loyola University Medical Center on Monday announced plans to start testing all i...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Health costs squeeze workers Health costs squeeze workers

Open enrollment - employees finding the choice a lot different this year..higher deductibles..change in types of plans with employers watchi...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

US makes new push on e-health records US makes new push on e-health records

Some physicians could stand to make some extra income on the pilot program...directed at Medicare patients..but the administration is also c...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Doctors test hot sauce for pain relief Doctors test hot sauce for pain relief

Hot sauce may be the next pain killer...purified of course.  Don't try this at home the article states next time you need some relief fo...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Prostate Cancer Effectively Cured In Young Men By Implanting Radiation Seeds Prostate Cancer Effectively Cured In Young Men By Implanting Radiation Seeds

Alternative to surgery if used before the age of 60...BD Radiation seed implants (brachytherapy) are just as effective at curing prostate ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Email sent to your Cell phone, just a regular cell phone will do Email sent to your Cell phone, just a regular cell phone will do

Neat service that will enable email to your normal cell phone, you do not need a Blackberry or Windows Mobile device to get your email...req...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

SEC steps into WellCare probe - HMO Medicaid  Provider SEC steps into WellCare probe - HMO Medicaid Provider

This could be serious...whenever the Security and Exchange Commission sets foot inside, there's usually some type of alleged substantiat...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

New wave of job cuts hits health care New wave of job cuts hits health care

Including pharmaceutical industry...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lack of significant new drugs and products, declining sales of lucrative fla...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Health care crisis Health care crisis

Major finding...people just don't go to the doctor...and small employers continue to look for a way out..but our leadership just tells u...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Humana Net Rises 90% - Medicare business Humana Net Rises 90% - Medicare business

Income making the most from the Medicare business....and projecting earnings in 2008 to be around 5.30 to 5.50 per share..up from the averag...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Record numbers go abroad for health - UK Record numbers go abroad for health - UK

Superbugs and lack of confidence in the NHS...India appearing to be the most popular choice..nurses all bogged down with administrative func...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Harmony and Synergy Merge to Form Leading On-Demand Health and Human Services Solutions Company Harmony and Synergy Merge to Form Leading On-Demand Health and Human Services Solutions Company

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Harmony Information Systems, Inc. (Harmony), the industry leading provider of software solutio...

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Monday, October 29, 2007