Pfizer Receives Approvable Letter from FDA for Dalbavancin Pfizer Receives Approvable Letter from FDA for Dalbavancin

Hopefully some additional help in the war with MRSA...BD  Pfizer Inc today announced that it has received an approvable letter from the U...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Unborn Babies on Our iPod Unborn Babies on Our iPod

Amazing they can get this correct and have patient chart issues...how safe is that "secure" site ...I guess down the road parents ...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

WebMD meets FaceBook... WebMD meets FaceBook...

Just how big is the Internet social network today, well I did some checking and found many big companies on FaceBook, including WebMD, which...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Judge overturns Maine law on Rx data Judge overturns Maine law on Rx data

Physician prescribing information is still going to be for sale...unless the opt out choice is made..BD BANGOR, Maine - A federal judge ha...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

RFID in Healthcare RFID in Healthcare

Great Video showing how RFID technology is being use in hospitals...especially in tracking all blood and waste products...BD YouTube - RFI...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

698-pound man dies after stomach surgery 698-pound man dies after stomach surgery

Sad, and it required a fork lift to get him there too...BD  GUATEMALA CITY - A man who weighed 698 pounds died Friday of heart failure aft...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

And you thought service couldn't get worse And you thought service couldn't get worse

Good thoughts here all around...is there a such thing as customer service?  Seems like we never get the same answer twice...and then we have...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Children's Hospital sues over unpaid bills - Philadelphia Children's Hospital sues over unpaid bills - Philadelphia

No doubt the attorneys are still the big bread winners and patients and doctors come in last...BD  The Children's Hospital of Philadel...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Family blames HMO for teen's death Family blames HMO for teen's death

Update from yesterday's story..... Procedure was too experimental said Cigna and lacked medical evidence...sad to watch the video as the...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Sahara Slate PC i440D: What I Love and What I Hate Sahara Slate PC i440D: What I Love and What I Hate

Great review and worth taking a look at...always good to see another perspective on the unit too...there are 3 videos to watch below...BD ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Sick and Sicker - Canada's Sicko? Sick and Sicker - Canada's Sicko?

First we had Sicko, and now we have Sick and Sicker...showing the other side of the coin outside the US...and the Canadians speak out about ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

FDA warns of deaths from fentanyl patch FDA warns of deaths from fentanyl patch

Wearing too many patches...getting the patches too hot which could cause an overdose...They are not for sudden, occasional or mild pain, or ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Private health insurance offers us sickly benefits Private health insurance offers us sickly benefits

Has President Bush spent most of his life benefiting from taxpayer funded insurance writes one observer..BD It may seem incredible to some...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

The Tug - Useful robots for hospitals The Tug - Useful robots for hospitals

Great news for the busy nurses today...even delivers food...wonder if it does dishes too...web page has a section of case studies...and this...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Bill Gates Invests $392 Million in Mexican Beer Bill Gates Invests $392 Million in Mexican Beer

Does Bill like beer?  A previous post said it's ok to drink alcohol as we get older...this might just confirm that...although we don...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Medical Visa Gift Cards Bring Well Wishes Medical Visa Gift Cards Bring Well Wishes

For everything else there is Master Card...BD  More and more of us are in the sandwich generation. We would love to be able to somehow hel...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

FDA approves Power Medical Interventions devices FDA approves Power Medical Interventions devices

Driven by software...BD The Food and Drug Administration granted marketing clearance Friday to Power Medical Interventions Inc. for its i...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Pair indicted on fraud charges in medical-device probe Pair indicted on fraud charges in medical-device probe

Update on  fraudulent medical devices ...BD A Mount Vernon couple operated a clandestine health-care clinic that offered bogus treatments ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Teen dies after transplant funds nixed - Cigna denies payment for transplant and reverses decision, but too late Teen dies after transplant funds nixed - Cigna denies payment for transplant and reverses decision, but too late

But the decision was too late to save her life...why don't insurance companies listen to the physicians...sometimes in healthcare we don...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Whistle-Blower Is Awarded $1.6 Million Whistle-Blower Is Awarded $1.6 Million

Over marketing to Medicare...BD To do so, prosecutors must show that a whistle-blower was the planner or initiator of the scheme involved;...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Potential Lifesaver Developed By Nevada Company Potential Lifesaver Developed By Nevada Company

A Las Vegas business and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are improving the odds for people medically at risk from dehydration or congestive h...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs Kansas doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs

Writing the top number of narcotic scripts in the state will certainly bring attention...fentanyl, methadone, morphine and oxycodone....this...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Abiomed Receives FDA Approval For The Combination IPulse Circulatory Support System Abiomed Receives FDA Approval For The Combination IPulse Circulatory Support System

Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABMD) announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for U.S. commercial d...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

U.S. Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction Against Medtronic's Vertex And Vertex Max Screws U.S. Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction Against Medtronic's Vertex And Vertex Max Screws

Patent infringement...any facility in possession needs to also return the product as part of the ruling..BD DePuy Spine, Inc. announced th...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Advanced melanoma - new treatment Advanced melanoma - new treatment

New study taking place...in sunny climate such as California, this would sure be a welcome new technology and drug to help with the cause......

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Friday, December 21, 2007

No need for reduced alcohol consumption in later life No need for reduced alcohol consumption in later life

Moderate drinking...just because we are getting older we can still enjoy that good old glass of wine or cocktail.  BD Provided they stick ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Seven great "medical myths" revealed Seven great "medical myths" revealed

My favorite is #7, many wireless networks in hospitals operate on the same frequencies as cell phones...so this appears to be a precautionar...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Coast-To-Coast Trucker Medical Clinics Coast-To-Coast Trucker Medical Clinics

I can see where this could be a great benefit to drivers who are on the road all the time, will make it easier to find medical help at a con...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Health care workers convicted of insurance fraud Health care workers convicted of insurance fraud

“You come in and you have a colonoscopy, an EGD (endoscopy) and a laparoscopy and you could get a free breast augmentation,” ...such a deal...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hospitals under scrutiny as health records found in bin Hospitals under scrutiny as health records found in bin

Breach of the week... NHS still having security issues... this time paper in the trash was found with patient records and information...prob...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cardiac data equipment saves vital minutes Cardiac data equipment saves vital minutes

Now in case of cardiac arrest, folks are advised to call 911 and not rely on a friend or neighbor if possible since transmissions can start ...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Eden Medical Center uses patient lift system Eden Medical Center uses patient lift system

Great news for nurses...helps with patients who have a few extra pounds...10% leave nursing every year due to injuries...who does all the li...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Hospitalist Movement -- Time to Move On The Hospitalist Movement -- Time to Move On

They are here and an integral part of healthcare, but academic focus and roles are yet to be fully addressed....some fellowship programs fun...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Doctor monitoring via robot effective Doctor monitoring via robot effective

One more story about the continued success of the digital hospital, using Robo Doc to make rounds...and patients are positive as well, it...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Town Hall, the new HMO - Boston Town Hall, the new HMO - Boston

Interesting that they will track health claims back to see how effective the program is in time...BD Every Thursday morning at 9, staffers...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wii Fitness Parody ...see how a Wii can help Wii Fitness Parody ...see how a Wii can help

Another good one relating to fitness...BD 

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Insurance Status Linked To Cancer Outcomes Insurance Status Linked To Cancer Outcomes

Something we may have thought about, but now a study that confirms what we have thought...BD A new report from the American Cancer Society...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Facebook Infomercial Parodies Facebook Infomercial Parodies

With all the recent talk about social networks, it's only fair to have a good laugh too...if nothing else a look at what social networks...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

There's No Bubble in Technology? There's No Bubble in Technology?

Funny and entertaining video about the next bubble?  One of the best of the entire year.  BD

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

IT Faces Stiff Challenge From Emerging Workforce - Social Networks on the Rise IT Faces Stiff Challenge From Emerging Workforce - Social Networks on the Rise

Nice discussion and article about the CIO of Merck Pharmaceuticals exploring "the cloud" and how it stands to benefit the company,...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

In Vogue & Useful: Medical Warning Tattoos In Vogue & Useful: Medical Warning Tattoos

Interesting new concept for tattoos..that is if the medical staff was aware to look for them...BD Tattoos have been around for millenniums...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

CPT codes: Get ready for 2008 CPT codes: Get ready for 2008

It's that time of the year again and the list is changing once more...new telephone codes this year as well... use the link to read the ...

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

University of Miami Heart Clinic Uses Tablet PCs to Go Paperless University of Miami Heart Clinic Uses Tablet PCs to Go Paperless

This is pretty slick.  You have a choice of buying a kit to develop your own forms or you can have Active Ink develop them for you.  The par...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

UnitedHealth Unit Accused of Ageism UnitedHealth Unit Accused of Ageism

No lawsuit filed...yet...BD "Our data clearly shows a pattern of age discrimination by Oxford that can be characterized as 'elde...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hillary slams health insurers Hillary slams health insurers

"We're going to tell the insurance companies that they're going to have to change the way they do business," Clinton said...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Employer health costs rise in California Employer health costs rise in California

To offset the increases employers will be passing the increase along to employees...BD  Premiums for employer-based health insurance rose ...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Medicare Bill Is A Disappointment To Seniors, Victory For Insurers Medicare Bill Is A Disappointment To Seniors, Victory For Insurers

Does this mean money talks...shows there's still a very strong lobby group in Washington if nothing else..BD "The debate over Med...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Health Insurance: Satisfaction Not Guaranteed? Health Insurance: Satisfaction Not Guaranteed?

Talks about addressing the important issues needing to be addressed at both state and federal levels..BD Nearly 48 million Americans are w...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Utility Called Dossia- will it ever fly? A Utility Called Dossia- will it ever fly?

I try to keep up on most of the latest information here, but after reading what was here, I'll stick to my Microsoft Health Vault for a ...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007