TabletKiosk will show at CES two new devices TabletKiosk will show at CES two new devices

Stay tuned to CES for the announcements this week.  Brand new UMPC and a rugged tablet, as you can see from the pictures from the Mobility S...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Patients left to starve on NHS wards Patients left to starve on NHS wards

If it isn't bad enough with the super bugs in the hospitals, a new study shows that some patients are not being fed properly while in t...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Truth About Mandatory Health Insurance The Truth About Mandatory Health Insurance

How do you break it down to get everyone to pay what would be called their fair share...complicated..BD In the most recent Census report,...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Health Benefits and Retirees Health Benefits and Retirees

New law that will allow employers to shift employees 65 and older to Medicare...BD A new federal regulation allows employers to reduce or...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sears puts customers' buying histories on the Web Sears puts customers' buying histories on the Web

Potential security breach story of the week, but apparently Sears has responded...according to the article all you needed was a name and ad...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

‘Wombs for Rent’ - the next outsource frontier in India - Surrogate Mothers ‘Wombs for Rent’ - the next outsource frontier in India - Surrogate Mothers

For infertile couples this is another alternative to have a surrogate mother in India, and everyone seems to win from this as the surrogate...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

How doctors lie on death certificates to hide the true scale of the toll from hospital infections - UK How doctors lie on death certificates to hide the true scale of the toll from hospital infections - UK

Continuing issues with C diff and MRSA in the UK - are the numbers higher than anticipated?  According to this article, physicians are not ...

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

DH watch-ban ‘potentially dangerous’ DH watch-ban ‘potentially dangerous’

The debate over whether or not a physician can wear a watch in the UK...is one needed?  If they ban the watches, then a bed side clock will...

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Korean Boxer's Death Gives Life to Six Korean Boxer's Death Gives Life to Six

Sad story...victorious but only to fall to his death due to continuous blows to the head area with boxing...but wonderful that his organs we...

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Friday, January 04, 2008

'Sleepworking' Helps Make Business and Tech Decisions 'Sleepworking' Helps Make Business and Tech Decisions

First there was sleep walking...and now we have sleep working....this has my name all over it...and ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

California data-breach law now covers medical information California data-breach law now covers medical information

This has pretty much been policy by many, but now it is the law...BD California residents must now...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

‘Miraculous’ Recovery for Man Who Fell 47 Floors - New York ‘Miraculous’ Recovery for Man Who Fell 47 Floors - New York

Very lucky man and this is a true miracle that he will be pretty much back to normal in time.  BD But they predicted that his recovery wou...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

2008 the Year of Information Overload... 2008 the Year of Information Overload...

Ok you may have already seen this, Stress with Overload ......but here it is again...and guess what,...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

A new health care professional - the laborist? A new health care professional - the laborist?

Ten years from now, many babies could be delivered by doctors who are total strangers to the mothers. BD Medical malpractice insurance ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Microsoft Office Drops Support For Older File Formats Microsoft Office Drops Support For Older File Formats

With Service Pack 3 for MS Office 2003... word to the warning...some of your older documents may not open..check with your administrator if ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Lacking lawyers, justice is denied - California Lacking lawyers, justice is denied - California

With the malpractice caps in California...not enough money for an attorney to take the case...BD Dave Stewart's 72-year-old mother wen...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Hospital equipment on the auction block Hospital equipment on the auction block

Hospital supplies and equipment for sale in New Jersey after closure...BD Are you in the market for a slightly used X-ray machine or a cou...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

FDA clears first rapid blood test for MRSA FDA clears first rapid blood test for MRSA

Good news on the MRSA battle front...BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it has cleared for marketing the first r...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Verizon Wireless Launches Mobile Banking Verizon Wireless Launches Mobile Banking

Did not see Wells Fargo and B of A, yet...but one more good reason to invest in a Smart Phone ...not to mention having all your contacts, ad...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Small firms may hold key to healthcare Small firms may hold key to healthcare

With small companies passing more expenses of health care to employees...and in some areas making it non affordable for dependents, is this ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

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

Good article from Medical Economics summarizing the changes for this year...some of the key changes are outlined in this article...BD  The...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do

This relates ever so much to health care IT and CIO responsibilities for the upcoming year too.  Use the link to view the entire slide show....

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues

Using RFID technology...something we discuss here quite frequently as a huge tool for hospitals...coming this spring to a passport office ne...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Microsoft adding postings to You Tube Microsoft adding postings to You Tube

There are several more, but this one I found to be useful for those folks who do not have Outlook, Windows Live Mail desktop is very simila...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Bush Vetoes Defense-Policy Bill including Veterans Health Funding Bush Vetoes Defense-Policy Bill including Veterans Health Funding

President Bush on Dec. 28, 2007, vetoed a $696 billion defense-policy bill ( HR 1585 ) that included improvements to veterans' health c...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65 in Retiree Plans U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65 in Retiree Plans

Something to be aware of if considering early retirement....employers have options to exercise with those who qualify for Medicare...BD In...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Free Rx samples go to wealthy, insured-US study Free Rx samples go to wealthy, insured-US study

Some are still helping those in the poverty levels, but the study indicated that more above the poverty level benefited from RX samples...BD...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Looming CIO Shortage The Looming CIO Shortage

Good article addressing the future of the CIO....health care in particular is a challenging role for the CIO...a good idea to make sure the ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Critical Shock Treatment Often Delayed in Cardiac Arrest Critical Shock Treatment Often Delayed in Cardiac Arrest

Good point about having automated defibrillators at the hospital...they are are airports and in other public areas today...so why not at the...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

YouTube and similar sites have more doctors getting ready for their close-ups ... YouTube and similar sites have more doctors getting ready for their close-ups ...

Nice touch to add video...even if it is just a message to call the office as an attachment to an email...hearing and seeing is not available...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Payer Trend: 'Tiering' Physicians and 'Steering' Patients Payer Trend: 'Tiering' Physicians and 'Steering' Patients

Profiling is done via "grouper" software...no this is not the fish...everything relative to one diagnosis is grouped together...ph...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Aquariums in the Doctor's Office - Attorney Chooses Sharks... Aquariums in the Doctor's Office - Attorney Chooses Sharks...

We have all seen them and they are nice to watch, and it appears this attorney is following what many physicians have done in their office.....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Wee Target zeros-in on toilet training Wee Target zeros-in on toilet training

New technology for helping parents "potty" train the boys...and affordable...BD  January 3, 2007 Desperate parents resort to any...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

California Court Overturns Cancellation Case, Sends to Trial California Court Overturns Cancellation Case, Sends to Trial

Blue Shield considering an appeal...BD A unanimous ruling by a California appeals court backs individuals' cases against health insure...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Cost of Information Technology The Cost of Information Technology

Good article on hospital IS services...even though it seems like it's a lot of money, with IT/IS technology there's never enough...a...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What the hell is that? What the hell is that?

Urologist gets caught off guard here with something very unusual...something the cleaning crew found...humorous story about what happens in ...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Anonymous Kidney Donors Use Internet To Find Recipients Anonymous Kidney Donors Use Internet To Find Recipients

One more health care item has turned to the web to run queries to find a match...service is not free for those listing but could be lifesavi...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Pentagon, VA Take Next Step To Interoperable EHR System Pentagon, VA Take Next Step To Interoperable EHR System

Department of Defense and VA team up on health records...Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository, has been operating on a limited ba...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

First-Time Generic Approvals: Combunox, Dilantin, Antizol First-Time Generic Approvals: Combunox, Dilantin, Antizol

Pain killers, seizure treatments, and emergency poison care and treatment...BD  December 28, 2007 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FD...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Research Suggests New Treatment Suitable For All Brain Tumor Patients Research Suggests New Treatment Suitable For All Brain Tumor Patients

Combination could also apply to breast, pancreas and prostate cancers as well...BD New research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical ...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Turning Anthrax Toxin Into A Cancer Killer Turning Anthrax Toxin Into A Cancer Killer

Mutated toxin...someday could hold some answers and help...BD Most people wouldn't consider anthrax toxin to be beneficial, but this b...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cocaine Vaccine May Provide Addiction Cure Cocaine Vaccine May Provide Addiction Cure

A request has been sent to the FDA to approve a trial...BD Two Baylor College of Medicine researchers in Houston are working on a cocaine ...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Celestron to debut new LCD digital microscope at CES Celestron to debut new LCD digital microscope at CES

Microscope technology changing...nice LCD screen....BD It looks like those in need of something a little more serious than a DIY microsco...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

FDA Approvals: Kuvan, Protonix, Kaletra FDA Approvals: Kuvan, Protonix, Kaletra

December 27, 2007 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved sapropterin dihydrochloride tablets for the adjunctive treatment ...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New equipment 'best for patient' - cardiac arrest response New equipment 'best for patient' - cardiac arrest response

It has blue tooth technology to transmit data to various locations as well....as the plan evolves and grows, the patient could bypass the ER...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hospital files lawsuits for payments...UVA Medical Center Hospital files lawsuits for payments...UVA Medical Center

If you don't pay or return calls...this hospital will send it off to the courts...BD  "The hospital invests significant staff tim...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Technology connects family - Redlands, CA with Iraq Technology connects family - Redlands, CA with Iraq

Great use of the free technology from the hospital to allow the US soldier to see and talk with his wife who had just given birth...Voice ov...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Brain mapping technology Brain mapping technology

Helpful for tumors and stroke victims...having a picture ahead of time via use of and MRI and software...BD CINCINNATI, Ohio -- In brain s...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hospitals' action stops spread of infection - California Hospitals' action stops spread of infection - California

In the one example cited here, data mining was a big help as patterns were identified with urinary tract infections...and traced to the cath...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Course Provides Refresher And Certification For Surgeons Performing Laparoscopic Surgery at Beth Israel in Boston New Course Provides Refresher And Certification For Surgeons Performing Laparoscopic Surgery at Beth Israel in Boston

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and will now require certification for laparoscopic sur...

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Monday, December 31, 2007

FDA Approves Voluven To Treat Serious Blood Volume Loss During And After Surgery FDA Approves Voluven To Treat Serious Blood Volume Loss During And After Surgery

Not for patients on dialysis....BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Voluven, an intravenous solution that prevents and...

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Thrifty patients pay price with botched surgery Thrifty patients pay price with botched surgery

Something to think about before traveling over the border...especially if one has any chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, et...

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Sunday, December 30, 2007