World Economic Forum USA World Economic Forum USA

For those who are not aware there's a big meeting going on this week in Davos, Switzerland.  There's a pretty impressive membership...

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Win An MRI - 2 Winners! Win An MRI - 2 Winners!

Lockport clearly pulled from behind and was able to get the community behind them...Sumter was way ahead in the race for quite a while, but...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Facebook Based Mobile Fitness Hits Ground Running Facebook Based Mobile Fitness Hits Ground Running

Do you want to let everyone else know your workout program and how you are doing?  Enter Facebook with a new application for mobile devices...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Doctor fined for privacy violation Doctor fined for privacy violation

  Employee or girlfriend...if you are not the patient's physician...don't go there ...according to this article...one more lawsuit a...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Last Day to Vote for the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare... Last Day to Vote for the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare...

  Welcome to the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives recognition program. Modern Physician and sister publication Modern Healthcare co-s...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Mayo, Microsoft partner on new health management system Mayo, Microsoft partner on new health management system

Strategic partnerships are the name of the game, just last month IBM had also announced their partnership with Mayo...BD  Mayo Clinic He...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Health company to layoff 79 in Dubuque Health company to layoff 79 in Dubuque

Restructuring and relocating resources to where they are needed...BD  McKesson Corp., which provides health care products and services, w...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Lack of Capital Biggest Barrier to EHR Adoption, Survey Finds Lack of Capital Biggest Barrier to EHR Adoption, Survey Finds

It all comes back to money.... with looming compensation cuts in the air, where is the incentive for physicians to adapt to electronic reco...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Wal-Mart CEO Announces Pilot Program To Provide Prescription Drug Services for Some Employers Wal-Mart CEO Announces Pilot Program To Provide Prescription Drug Services for Some Employers

Wal-Mart of course is known for driving down prices...will they have the same success with drugs as they have had with other suppliers?  Wi...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Life as a Healthcare CIO: Cool Technology of the Week Life as a Healthcare CIO: Cool Technology of the Week

Good article about this device...and has some very nice security features too...answers a lot of security issues.  You could almost call it...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Health Plan reports data breach affecting 30,000 members Health Plan reports data breach affecting 30,000 members

What do we not understand about encryption?  The technologist stated it had not been protected as originally stated... security breach stor...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Many Uses For The New Electron Microscope Include Medical Research Into Liver Disease The Many Uses For The New Electron Microscope Include Medical Research Into Liver Disease

Not only for health care but also being used for developing technology, such as cell phone, and computer chips as well...this is one big po...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Hey, doc, wash your hands Hey, doc, wash your hands

The article states it's not a bad idea to ask your nurse or doctor to wash their hands...patient awareness....in life we can all use so...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon Is First In Virginia To Implant 'Motion Preserving' Spinal Device To Treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon Is First In Virginia To Implant 'Motion Preserving' Spinal Device To Treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The 83 year old woman states she feels like a new person...BD  The research study is comparing posterior dynamic stabilization in patient...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Pelosi Speaks Pelosi Speaks

Pretty powerful words....how do we spend our money?  BD  Finally, she compared the cost of healthcare reform to the cost of the war in Ir...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

5 patients sue over tainted syringes 5 patients sue over tainted syringes

Would this fall under the "preventable" clause?  BD  CHICAGO - Five people filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer of...

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Transplant patient changed blood types Transplant patient changed blood types

Would be wonderful if this process could be replicated...BD  CANBERRA, Australia - An Australian teenage girl has become the world’s firs...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Computers That Recognize Your Face Computers That Recognize Your Face

This can be a bit help with health care with computers that recognize and log one in and out...in a busy medical office how many times a da...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bitter Pill Drug Companies Sued Over Ads Bitter Pill Drug Companies Sued Over Ads

What happens when you release a controversial study...lawsuits...class action lawsuits...and it probably wouldn't be happening if the c...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

GE Healthcare Teams With Centrak To Introduce Battery-Based RFID Asset Optimization Solution GE Healthcare Teams With Centrak To Introduce Battery-Based RFID Asset Optimization Solution

RFID is growing and showing up everywhere for tracking and offering time saving solutions.  There's also a new UMPC that has a modular R...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bono Responds.... Bono Responds....

Healthcare and poverty go hand in hand.... nice work here...and watch how Robert Scoble captures (2nd video below) the recording on Qik bel...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Microsoft's Big Brother Patent? Microsoft's Big Brother Patent?

  Update:   There's been quite a bit of press lately over this patent request and privacy issues...where and how it will be used if the ...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Health Providers To Expand IT Adoption in 2008, Study Says Health Providers To Expand IT Adoption in 2008, Study Says

Can't function without it these days....especially in Health Care...and the good news is that higher management is becoming more aware o...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blue Cross Blue Shield Calls for E-Prescribing Mandate, More IT Use Blue Cross Blue Shield Calls for E-Prescribing Mandate, More IT Use

One more jumping on the E-prescribing band wagon...and they are also planning on a personal health record plan for members this year as wel...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - New Treatment for Macular Degeneration Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - New Treatment for Macular Degeneration

New study taking place...couple years before any real results are known...BD  HOUSTON, Texas (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Age-related macular de...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

FDA Approves Additional Indication For Astellas' MYCAMINE(R) FDA Approves Additional Indication For Astellas' MYCAMINE(R)

New treatment for Candidemia fungal infections...BD  Astellas Pharma Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show TONIGHT Doctor Anonymous: Dr. A Show TONIGHT

Join in the discussion, use the embedded link on the site here to participate, located in the right hand column...BD  Thursday, January 24...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

End user training – Whose job is it? End user training – Whose job is it?

Good article about IT training and the employees...goes full circle and discusses every area to including the resistant employee with chang...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

30 Minutes - The HMO 30 Minutes - The HMO

One somewhat humorous video about working with an HMO...this is a long video so make sure you have a few extra minutes to view...addressing ...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dannon Sued Over "Probiotic" Bacteria Claims Dannon Sued Over "Probiotic" Bacteria Claims

This one makes no sense...if you don't want it, buy the cheaper product...waste of time and money with this legal action...BD  LOS AN...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

London Drunks Get Ride on 'Booze Bus' London Drunks Get Ride on 'Booze Bus'

The NHS Booze Bus..emergency care in the UK for those who have over indulged with alcohol..saving lives...BD  ABC News went aboard the Bo...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sargramostim Liquid Injection Withdrawn From US Market Sargramostim Liquid Injection Withdrawn From US Market

January 24, 2008 — The liquid formulation of sargramostim injection ( Leukine , Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals) is being withdrawn from th...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Doctors report transplant breakthrough Doctors report transplant breakthrough

Secret lies in bone marrow transplants....BD  LOS ANGELES - In what's being called a major advance in organ transplants, doctors say ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

2007 Medical Weblog Awards 2007 Medical Weblog Awards

Congratulations to Mr. Levy....a busy Hospital CEO who takes the time to blog and make a difference.  I like what he has to say as well and...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who Killed Marcus Welby? Who Killed Marcus Welby?

This office is trying something different in Washington, called Qliance...taking insurance out of the loop for standard office visits and b...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Employers put health coverage in workers' hands Employers put health coverage in workers' hands

I have spoken myself with several small employers and all of them would love to be relieved of the responsibility...as there's more tha...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Health changes matter more to US Democrats Health changes matter more to US Democrats

I would guess that is why the SCHIP bill was vetoed a second time....BD BOSTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Only half as many Republicans as Democ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Neurosurgeon shares a story of unimaginable survival on National Geographic show Neurosurgeon shares a story of unimaginable survival on National Geographic show

Interesting story on how she awoke during surgery and was clinically "dead", or supposed to be...BD  The surgical procedure is ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NY doctor charged with taking mom's cash NY doctor charged with taking mom's cash

NEW YORK - A physician was charged Wednesday with stealing his 94-year-old mother's life savings of more than $800,000 and leaving her ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hospital system adopts Cerner software Hospital system adopts Cerner software

Another hospital chain going electronic...BD  Cerner Corp. , which has been bucking downward stock market trends, continued its recent mo...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ron Springs' wife sues surgeon, anesthesiologist Ron Springs' wife sues surgeon, anesthesiologist

Kidney transplant...and then anesthesia problems with another procedure to remove a cyst from his arm created the problem and put him in a ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Obagi Medical Products Introduces the New ELASTIderm Decolletage System Obagi Medical Products Introduces the New ELASTIderm Decolletage System

Obtained only via a physician...new treatment for wrinkles and skin spots...BD LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Obag...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hospital industry may hit rough patch, Moody's warns Hospital industry may hit rough patch, Moody's warns

Same problem the doctors are having...getting the someone to pay the bill...BD  The nations hospitals, which have enjoyed steady and even...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Man allegedly offers cop $5 and Oxycotin for a hit Man allegedly offers cop $5 and Oxycotin for a hit

I would think the only hit man one could get would be one with an Oxycotin addiction...BD  INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - An man is accused of offer...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spray-On Condoms Ready for Production Spray-On Condoms Ready for Production

The project was announced last year and now it looks like it's coming to market soon...BD  We live in an era of safe sex (at least if...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wi-Fi Detector Shirt - Interesting mobility companion Wi-Fi Detector Shirt - Interesting mobility companion

Interesting new apparel..are you a busy mobile physician with a need to connect to the web...and don't have time to take out your table...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stryker to recall hip surgery product Stryker to recall hip surgery product

FDA states some patients have had to combat with follow up surgeries, and asked the complaints from patients be addressed....US manufacturi...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Parents sue Fort Worth hospital after baby's body sent to laundry Parents sue Fort Worth hospital after baby's body sent to laundry

Now how did this happen?  BD  FORT WORTH – The parents of a newborn who died at a Fort Worth hospital are suing the medical center after ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Health IT Personnel Shortage Hampers EHR Adoption Health IT Personnel Shortage Hampers EHR Adoption

I have a few comments on this topic....from personal experience for the most part...many don't want to deal with it and the changes it ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

WellPoint Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises 7 Percent WellPoint Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises 7 Percent

Another one with big profits...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) Jan 23 - Health insurer WellPoint Inc Wednesday posted a 7 percent rise in quarterly...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

St. Jude Medical Announces FDA and European CE Mark Approval of the QuickFlex Family of Leads St. Jude Medical Announces FDA and European CE Mark Approval of the QuickFlex Family of Leads

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European CE Mark approval of the QuickFlex(TM)...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Liability Insurer Offers Credits to Doctors Who Adopt EHR Systems Liability Insurer Offers Credits to Doctors Who Adopt EHR Systems

Another good reason for thinking about making the change...$$...BD  MHA Insurance will offer premium credits to physicians who use electr...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wal-Mart Is Piloting E-Health Record System - Wal-Mart Wal-Mart Is Piloting E-Health Record System - Wal-Mart

The Dossia e-health program once again...with all the legal battles and other issues that have plagued this program...not to mention being ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hospital Fair Pricing Program...New Law in California for Reporting Hospital Fair Pricing Program...New Law in California for Reporting

Search for a hospital policy by name or location to view it's discounting program for pricing...this is a result of a law prohibiting h...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heart Disease, Stroke-Related Deaths Down in U.S. Heart Disease, Stroke-Related Deaths Down in U.S.

Research and technology are paying off and the cardiologists and family practice MDs are making it happen...BD   Death rates in the United...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Approval Of Next Generation Internet-Based Data Management System For Implantable Cardiac Devices, USA St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Approval Of Next Generation Internet-Based Data Management System For Implantable Cardiac Devices, USA

Nice, and also can be exported to an Electronic Medical Records system...a system for gathering and working with data from cardiac devices....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

FDA Approves New HIV Drug For Marketing FDA Approves New HIV Drug For Marketing

FDA on Friday announced that etravirine tablets have been for marketing as a treatment for HIV infection in adults, approved following a pri...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pa. Won't Pay for Hospital Glitches Pa. Won't Pay for Hospital Glitches

Jumping ahead of even the Medicare laws that come in to play later this year, this is for Medicaid patients and thus far is the only state ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Major Healthcare ISV Catches the Wave with Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 Solution Major Healthcare ISV Catches the Wave with Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 Solution

  Dr. Crounse from Microsoft updates us and gives some more of the inside scoop on the X-Box and how it is making it's way in to hospit...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hopkins Hospital to begin implanting AbioCor replacement hearts Hopkins Hospital to begin implanting AbioCor replacement hearts

3 additional hospitals are slated to begin surgical procedures as well....the replacement heart is for patients with no hope of a transplan...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

230 retailers affected by data breach after tape lost 230 retailers affected by data breach after tape lost

Data breach story of the week..." The missing backup tape was unencrypted.".. enough said?...GE Money could be used to finance ot...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Diabetes Solution May Lie Under the Knife Diabetes Solution May Lie Under the Knife

Update ...and why are we still doing staples when banding is less expensive and the odds of complications appear to be less?  BD  CHICAGO ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Option: Day Care for Aging Parents New Option: Day Care for Aging Parents

One also added benefit could be the social side of things too, as one would be be alone all day long in the house if everyone is working......

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Surgeons Perform Better After Playing Wii Surgeons Perform Better After Playing Wii

Update and continued interest in with the Wii, how about a nice friendly competition match between Beth Israel Medical Center in Massachus...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

'Dark field' X-rays reveal bodies in new detail 'Dark field' X-rays reveal bodies in new detail

No question here on the quality, but not ready for prime time use yet...BD  A set of simple silicon filters could dramatically improve th...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CMS to check hospitals for HIPAA security compliance CMS to check hospitals for HIPAA security compliance

As the article states, those who have complaints on file could be the first to incur an audit...the advent of the HIPAA police...have the d...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008