Internists Say Pay-For-Performance Programs Must Put Patients First Internists Say Pay-For-Performance Programs Must Put Patients First

Good news, now will someone share this with Medicare and the insurers...BD The American College of Physicians (ACP) says that pay-for-perfo...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

More "smoke toad" venom to get high More "smoke toad" venom to get high

This is a new one for me, but obviously something law officials and physicians might need to be looking for...if you keep company with a toa...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Very Large Windows/Adobe Flash Crash Very Large Windows/Adobe Flash Crash

Times Square - New York....BD    http://www.aflynn.com/times-square/ Source:  ZD Net

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay

We all know that California has some of the lowest contracts in the country and then there's the "extra" effort that goes alon...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Intel® Centrino® Pro Processor Technology Intel® Centrino® Pro Processor Technology

We posted a story about a hospital a short while back using this technology ...now the same IT manag...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Half of doctors mum about medical mistakes Half of doctors mum about medical mistakes

Interesting how the facts and beliefs compare from this survey...although each case is it's own...but...look at the statement on payment...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

FDA launches e-mail alert system FDA launches e-mail alert system

For those still stuck in Email hell   and not up to snuff with RSS reader syndication, the FDA will ...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Support grows for e-prescribing Support grows for e-prescribing

One more time here...if you do not have software already set up, you can subscribe for free to NEPSI...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Where alternative and mainstream health meet Where alternative and mainstream health meet

Eighty percent of U.S. adults are online, and nearly three-quarters have used the Internet to research health information, and adding video...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY TAKES AWAY MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY TAKES AWAY MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT

Personal negligence - insurance companies can step in and take back the proceeds from the award...thank the federal government for this one ...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

When Health Insurance Does You No Good When Health Insurance Does You No Good

One more story in the quest for virtual insurance...BD  Dr. Kurtz says insurance companies have a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Woman Loses 500 Pounds Online - Internet Saves Life Woman Loses 500 Pounds Online - Internet Saves Life

Nice story as you can sometimes find support from web communities that you may not receive from friends and associates..good story and glad ...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Court rules employee worked to death Court rules employee worked to death

I think over working is making headway here in the US as well...BD  TOKYO (Reuters) - A Toyota Motor Corp employee died of overwork after ...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Harvard Medical Faculty Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Harvard Medical Faculty

United Emrates turning to Harvard Medical Facility for help and guidance for better healthcare...BD  During his recent trip to Boston in t...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Medical blogs worth checking out Medical blogs worth checking out

Nice write up for Dr. Fisher and his blog...medical blogs are worth checking out as each page and author has a different focus, so the key i...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

China shuts down 300 drug, medical instrument manufacturers China shuts down 300 drug, medical instrument manufacturers

This is a pretty big number, obviously the FDA is having some overseas impact as well...BD BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has shut dow...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Medtronic goes before Supreme Court - Dec. 3, 2007 Medtronic goes before Supreme Court - Dec. 3, 2007

Medtronic devices back in court once more...BD NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case tha...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Help Community Hospital of Long Beach win an MRI Help Community Hospital of Long Beach win an MRI

There's only one month left to vote.     Siemens will donate an MRI to the hospital with the mos...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Hospitals marshal resources to wipe out MRSA Hospitals marshal resources to wipe out MRSA

Good news on the battle with MRSA...BD  A recent federal report on the growth of "superbugs" deadly bacteria resistant against m...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

New minimally invasive procedure to treat tendonitis in the shoulder New minimally invasive procedure to treat tendonitis in the shoulder

While calcification can break up on it's own, if you are in pain, that may be too long to wait...this looks to be a good answer and alte...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen?' Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen?'

Bring your green card, your personal health record and be sure to let the INS know you are here...and be sure you have access to the same o...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Hospitals putting pricing online Hospitals putting pricing online

A couple hospitals are tacking the challenge, as there are many different rates than can apply, concurrent to insurance coverage by the pati...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

A new source of revenue for hospitals, clinics - go retail... A new source of revenue for hospitals, clinics - go retail...

Forget the old gift and flower shop as we have known them...get ready for some wigs, scarves, and many other items as the sale of these item...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Generic Drug Update Generic Drug Update

More generic drugs in the pipeline...dementia, pain relief and seizure related pharmaceuticals...BD  BANGALORE (Reuters) Nov 29 - Barr Phar...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Bristol-Myers Begins Cutting Jobs Bristol-Myers Begins Cutting Jobs

A move the article states to allow for more money for R and D...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) Nov 30 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said on Friday it...

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Carrier Bulletins for Providers Carrier Bulletins for Providers

Do you ever wonder why and how healthcare is so complicated? This is just a sample of one of the updates from one carrier for health care pr...

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Newport Heights Elementary School gets Classmates-computers that ink Newport Heights Elementary School gets Classmates-computers that ink

These computers have inking capabilities too...just like a tablet PC....BD  When Newport Heights Elementary School sixth-grader TK McWhert...

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Scrubs "Like A Surgeon" Scrubs "Like A Surgeon"

Not quite Madonna...funny...BD http://youtube.com/watch?v=_uVYKzKW_bM&feature=related

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cry, robot: the android dental patient at the cutting edge Cry, robot: the android dental patient at the cutting edge

Dental robots...well these for for training purposes...this one sure is ugly without her skin though...actually pretty scary but a real nice...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Congress to send children's health bill to Bush Congress to send children's health bill to Bush

One more time...will it be vetoed again?  BD WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After waiting a month, Democratic leaders in Congress said on Friday t...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Custom TV helps I.T. company change channels for patients Custom TV helps I.T. company change channels for patients

Patients who cannot move their arms can switch on the TV set with a control attached to their forehead.  Now this is really cool...all I ha...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR

EMR = Save a Tree.  After reading about the encounter of the big green type, I would have more than respect for Douglas fir trees...good art...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Insurers tighten access to costly MRIs, CT scans Insurers tighten access to costly MRIs, CT scans

If you're going to seek an imaging procedure such as an MRI or CT scan, you'd better need it. BD New insurance company restrictio...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

These dummies may save your life These dummies may save your life

Better than crash test dummies by all means....BD J.B. may look like a crash-test mannequin, but he’s no dummy. In many ways, he looks and...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

New Microwave Technology Can Be Safely Applied To Cancerous Lung Tumors, Study Suggests New Microwave Technology Can Be Safely Applied To Cancerous Lung Tumors, Study Suggests

A microwave generator emits an electromagnetic wave that agitates water molecules in the surrounding tumor tissue, producing friction and h...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Situation Critical: ERs Face Doc Shortage Situation Critical: ERs Face Doc Shortage

Scary story...from Phoenix, AZ the closest neurosurgeon was in San Francisco...BD  In an emergency room situation the seconds between arri...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Woman Wakes Up Mid-Surgery, Paralyzed and in Pain Woman Wakes Up Mid-Surgery, Paralyzed and in Pain

Make sure you have a good anesthesiologist and be sure to not to forget to mention all your medications..there isn't a machine out there...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

New medical battleground: physician reimbursements New medical battleground: physician reimbursements

Doctors say no new patients until the contract is fixed...due to a 4 percent recent cut in rates..BD The state's largest commercial i...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Prescription For Trouble: New Study Shows Many Patients Skipping Meds Due To Rising Co-Pays Prescription For Trouble: New Study Shows Many Patients Skipping Meds Due To Rising Co-Pays

Unless generics are available, many patients don't take their medications if they are out of reach with insurance plans or if they don&#...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

InforMedix Rings Up Med-ePhone - Mobile, Wireless Patient Medication Adherence Solution InforMedix Rings Up Med-ePhone - Mobile, Wireless Patient Medication Adherence Solution

I know all of these programs are good, but do want to ask how many reminders and so on can one human sustain in a day?  How many devices doe...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Outgoing Glaxo chief Garnier to lead Dubai fund's advisory board Outgoing Glaxo chief Garnier to lead Dubai fund's advisory board

From medications to working for Dubai, advising on investments...BD JP Garnier, outgoing chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Medical Tourism Creates Thai Doctor Shortage Medical Tourism Creates Thai Doctor Shortage

Tourism from other countries creating doctor shortage for Thai citizens...is tourism creating shortages in other countries...BD  November ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Graveyard shift work linked to cancer Graveyard shift work linked to cancer

Perhaps lack of sunshine?  BD LONDON - Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "p...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Cost of Information Technology The Cost of Information Technology

This is one for the Health Care IT Folks ...John Halamka, CIO from Beth Israel was kind enough to share...as the hospital continues with it&...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

World faces "cyber cold war" threat World faces "cyber cold war" threat

Needs I say more regarding security for medical records...BD LONDON (Reuters) - A "cyber cold war" waged over the world's com...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Is that worth 50 cents? I guess so... Is that worth 50 cents? I guess so...

Need to find the restroom...now you can have a text message sent telling you where the closest one would be if you are in the Westminster ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Welcome to Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery Welcome to Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery

Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.  I had a few minutes to...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even With Insurance, Hospital Stay Can Cost a Million Even With Insurance, Hospital Stay Can Cost a Million

He wrote to the Wall Street Journal.....and the hospital wrote off the bill...BD Dawsons cap was $1.5 million but after a staph infection ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

10 Things Your Primary-Care Physician Won't Tell You 10 Things Your Primary-Care Physician Won't Tell You

Check out the list....I hear #6 all the time.....(6. "I hate technology")..good article...use the link below to read the rest..BD ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fifty Hospitals Around The World Are Now Using NeuroLogica's CereTom(R) Portable CT Scanner Fifty Hospitals Around The World Are Now Using NeuroLogica's CereTom(R) Portable CT Scanner

8 Slice CT scanner, can be in the office, in an ambulance, etc. and offers both 2D and 3D images....BD  NeuroLogica Corporation announced ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

AHA Responds To Medicare Hospital Payment Change Proposal AHA Responds To Medicare Hospital Payment Change Proposal

Robbing Peter to pay Paul?  There actually is no pay for performance here, just a readjustment of payments..somebody in the game such as any...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Obesity Rate In American Adults No Longer Increasing, CDC Obesity Rate In American Adults No Longer Increasing, CDC

Have we finally peaked out?  BD A new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released yesterday, 28th November, ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Will New Nutrition Labels Help Us Eat Healthier? Will New Nutrition Labels Help Us Eat Healthier?

Reminds me of the old commercial asking if "Mikey likes it"....we look to polls for just about everything these days and I guess f...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dr. Trace Curry Performs Realize Band As Alternative To Lap Band Surgery As Treatment For Obesity, USA Dr. Trace Curry Performs Realize Band As Alternative To Lap Band Surgery As Treatment For Obesity, USA

Information on the procedure and band to be available next month...BD  Dr. Trace Curry performed surgery and placed the first five Realize...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Forensics Go High-Tech With CT Autopsies and in the ER Room Forensics Go High-Tech With CT Autopsies and in the ER Room

CT Scans are really proving to be useful in so many areas of health care ...if you watch CSI - NY , you will see the crime lab routinely usi...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mobile Prodigy "Aero" Details - Bone Density Truck... Mobile Prodigy "Aero" Details - Bone Density Truck...

Trucks and then there are more trucks...mobility is not only with computers and mobile phones today...we have all seen the mobile MRI trucks...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A New Computational Technique Predicts Side-Effects Of A Major Cancer Drug A New Computational Technique Predicts Side-Effects Of A Major Cancer Drug

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a novel computer technique to search for the side effects of major pha...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Overweight?  Standing May Be Solution Overweight? Standing May Be Solution

Just get off our "you know what"...interesting study...stand up and don't sit as much...enzymes are suppressed when sitting......

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Using JumpBox - Roll out virtual server applications (Health IT) Using JumpBox - Roll out virtual server applications (Health IT)

This is the "hard hat" area of the blog ....for the health care IT folks, so feel free to...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches

Video about insurers and changing medications to a generic...most of us today would prefer a generic due to price, but there are sometimes a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI

As most regular readers probably know by now, I am in Southern California.  If you have a moment while reading, take a moment out and cast a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study

Great use of the CT scanner to accomplish this...BD CHICAGO (Reuters) - Freezing tumors may help relieve the extreme pain of cancer that ha...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees

Neat story and wonderful technology....hope to see more of this...BD A bionic hand that restores the sense of touch to amputees could soon...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias

More information on what we used to call sleep walking...can be much more to it as this article states..sleep apnea..doing things while we s...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships

Free technology can help here too...take a look at what you can do for free from Microsoft... and a Google toolbar add on will translate fo...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fly-By Surgery Fly-By Surgery

Will your insurance company soon be recommending a visit outside the United States for surgery?  Some carriers are already starting to reimb...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going

Do Nursing Home facilities belong on Wall Street?  BD  Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. hasn’t set Wall Street on fire in its first six month...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11 Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11

And they didn't even pay their taxes...health care or profit?  BD     ST. ALBANS — Following a scathing series of investigative report...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer 56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer

Instead of presents, Santa Claus might deliver a note to more than 56,000 families in California that will inform them that their children ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole

As the article states...start with generics from the beginning if possible...ask your doctor and shop at the retailers that offer $4.0 or di...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches

Secret Shopper program to check and see how insurers are pitching and selling...BD Weems acknowledged that he wasn't just a shopper. H...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA

  The Medicare Rights Center filed suit in federal district court today, asking a judge to declare unlawful the Bush Administration's ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance

An organ can be scanned in one rotation...eliminating the need to reconstruct slices from multiple p...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach

Not as big as the one in the UK, but serious as well...the second biggest cause of security breaches is the human tendency to ignore policy ...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln

One more that was left off the listing yesterday...BD  NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp(CI.N: Quote , Profile , Rese...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

Good comments and article as always from the wisdom of Dr Crounse...I agree that data input is a big...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study

The study states they get less care than legal immigrants...BD  Such immigrants tend not to have a regular doctor or other health-care pro...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling

Update...sad things are still not getting any better... ATLANTA - For generations, Grady Memorial Hospital has treated the poorest of the...

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Monday, November 26, 2007