Saint Luke's will end contract with UnitedHealthcare Saint Luke's will end contract with UnitedHealthcare

Termination date is for a year from now...until February 2009.  BD  Saint Luke's Health System said Thursday that it intends to termi...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Microsoft conference calling Microsoft conference calling

  Hilarious ....conferencing can be fun and there's even a little time left to dance!  Have fun with Office Communicator!  BD  More a...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Heroes Happen Here - Pitfalls of Paper... Heroes Happen Here - Pitfalls of Paper...

  http://blogs.technet.com/hhh_comic/archive/2008/01/31/hhh-comic-series-day-3.aspx

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Executives - Mobility and Tablet PCs - A Commentary Executives - Mobility and Tablet PCs - A Commentary

In my travels and in communicating with folks at various levels of health care, the one thing that somewhat continues to boggle my mind a bi...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Straight Talk from the Stanford ER Straight Talk from the Stanford ER

Hash cookies...good work from the ER in finding this....especially since the child had medical issues already....I thought some of this die...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Official says no drugs for off-duty police - Amsterdam Official says no drugs for off-duty police - Amsterdam

No pot for the off duty police...BD  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch interior minister wants police officials to stop using soft drugs wh...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Experts, Lawmakers Call For Increased FDA Funding To Address Agency Problems Experts, Lawmakers Call For Increased FDA Funding To Address Agency Problems

  Update:   Back in December it was noted that many front line employees don't have computers...and the article stated they never ask fo...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Medtronic Announces FDA Approval of CGMS® iPro™ Continuous Glucose Recorder Medtronic Announces FDA Approval of CGMS® iPro™ Continuous Glucose Recorder

288 readings a day for 3 days....return to your physician at the end of the 72 hours and go over the data collected on the computer....BD  ...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Washington State Health Care Associations Announce Resolution To Stop Charges For Preventable Medical Errors Washington State Health Care Associations Announce Resolution To Stop Charges For Preventable Medical Errors

And the insurers will not pay as well....again the question in some areas, what is preventable..some are obvious but there's an areas of...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Terminated - California Health Care Terminated - California Health Care

Back to the same issue..who's going to pay the bill?  There's quite a bit of money in the "cash reserves" held by the ins...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Should health insurance companies be for profit? Should health insurance companies be for profit?

Is it time to scrap the entire system and start over?  This article explores some opinions and thoughts on the issue...BD  Not only shoul...

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Turns out it wasn't just false labor... Turns out it wasn't just false labor...

NORWOOD, Ohio - A woman who had been told that her pains were false labor pains gave birth in the driveway of her home. Charryse Brooks, 25...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lawsuit alleges testing fraud at Presbyterian Hospital Lawsuit alleges testing fraud at Presbyterian Hospital

One more for the legal system...real diagnosing or a matter of money?  Not enough of a story here to speculate...BD  Eleven women have fi...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Marijuana machines could be cure for inconvenience - California Marijuana machines could be cure for inconvenience - California

I guess this will be easier for the DEA to arrest a machine...well at least help put an end to the recent activity of yes it ok, or no it i...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Database Taste Challenge! The Database Taste Challenge!

This is the hart hat area... as stated it is a trade promotion and you need to check company policy to ensure you are eligible to participat...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mobility Matters™: Tablet PC Mounting Solutions - Sahara i440D Mobility Matters™: Tablet PC Mounting Solutions - Sahara i440D

From Gail at the TabletKiosk blog...nice visuals that show the docking cradle for the Sahara i440D tablet ...be sure to watch the video in t...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A 'Crystallized Fart' Lasts Forever ..... A 'Crystallized Fart' Lasts Forever .....

There could be some value with an issue we seek medical advice for....for more on this story I have to leave it to Robert Scoble who found ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A swiped Blue Cross laptop puts data at risk - New Jersey A swiped Blue Cross laptop puts data at risk - New Jersey

Anybody heard of Windows Server 2003 or 2008 with the ability to wipe a mobile device...security breach of the week...or what's wrong w...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

President Bush Signs Bill With Veterans' Health Care Funds President Bush Signs Bill With Veterans' Health Care Funds

The veterans are getting a little help...now how about children and seniors...BD   President Bush on Monday signed into law a revised $696 ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Congress Budget Office Director Calls For Improvements In CMS Demos, More Data From Insurers Congress Budget Office Director Calls For Improvements In CMS Demos, More Data From Insurers

Budget office does not appear happy with the current reporting system...begging for data from insurance companies as relates to Medicare Ad...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Doc admits leaking study results to drug maker Doc admits leaking study results to drug maker

It could have been worse...could have been posted on Sermo?  BD   A Texas doctor leaked confidential research to the makers of the popular...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Physicians Can Update Evidence-Based Medical Information Using  WiserWiki -in Beta format at present Physicians Can Update Evidence-Based Medical Information Using WiserWiki -in Beta format at present

The site is open for all to read, but only board certified members can create and non certified can edit....While members of the public may...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

2 hospitals got millions, spent little on charity - San Francisco 2 hospitals got millions, spent little on charity - San Francisco

Somewhat difficult to make full sense of this report as there are many other factors in the study that were possibly not included, such as ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

United/PacifiCare fined record $3.5 million United/PacifiCare fined record $3.5 million

Update:  Penalties could get upgraded according to this article..as posted earlier in the state of Washington there are reserves of 2.2 bil...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Microsoft - Protect yourself from Piracy Microsoft - Protect yourself from Piracy

Felt a need to mention this site relative to concerns about identity theft...another good reason these days not to use pirated software as ...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

HMO To Offer Humana Associates Innovative Program For Weight Loss by use of your cell phone HMO To Offer Humana Associates Innovative Program For Weight Loss by use of your cell phone

This HMO is taking the approach of letting your cell phone be your weight loss coach...now you can have your phone help you with your diet,...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Reputation managers step in against Internet thugs Reputation managers step in against Internet thugs

Good advice here, especially if you are in Health Care, Google yourself once in a while to see what the anonymous world of the web has list...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Verizon Calls For Halt To Data Mining Of Wireless Phone Numbers Verizon Calls For Halt To Data Mining Of Wireless Phone Numbers

Wireless carrier takes a stand on privacy...if you were a physician for example and wanted to keep a number private, it's almost imposs...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

California regulators to audit health insurers California regulators to audit health insurers

Health insurance is expensive...a report recently released reporting on the 3 major insurance carriers in the state of Washington recently...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

i-LIMB bionic hand approaches 100 fittings i-LIMB bionic hand approaches 100 fittings

January 30, 2008 Touch Bionics has announced that its i-LIMB - the world’s first commercially available bionic hand - is expected to achie...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Microsoft partner first with hosted Communications Server Microsoft partner first with hosted Communications Server

  Looking for a solution to outsource Exchange... here's one solution and the opportunity to combine Office Communicator at the same tim...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Drug-name mix-ups getting worse Drug-name mix-ups getting worse

Big mistake and consequences...BD  Dr. Julius Pham's stomach churned when he saw a critically ill heart patient getting an antibiotic...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Grady CEO to leave position at hospital Grady CEO to leave position at hospital

Update:  The continuing saga of saving Brady hospital...big job to turn the hospital around and establish relief for financial debt which i...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Most Small Firms Don't Offer Health Insurance Most Small Firms Don't Offer Health Insurance

Current economics on small businesses and health insurance...and they also see the US economy taking forefront to the war...BD  Healthcar...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

LightEdge Solutions Partners with Misys Healthcare to Host Electronic Medical Records LightEdge Solutions Partners with Misys Healthcare to Host Electronic Medical Records

You may hear a bit on this blog about Web 2.0 and software as a service, here's one electronic medical records company taking the produc...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Shock Factor of Shock Therapy The Shock Factor of Shock Therapy

Psychiatrist explains how this type of therapy is useful and dispels some old rumors and interpretations...BD  I have been taking care of...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Grant to help connect Evansville with statewide health network Grant to help connect Evansville with statewide health network

These folks found a federal grant to help with record integration and information exchange which  involves 33 hospitals and large number of...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More Hitting Cost Limit on Health Benefits More Hitting Cost Limit on Health Benefits

Not something all of us will have to deal with, but what about those that do and it could happen to any of us with an accident as an example...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Operator of Walk-In Clinics Shuts 23 Located in Wal-Mart Stores Operator of Walk-In Clinics Shuts 23 Located in Wal-Mart Stores

Is this part of driving down lower prices?  Just like doctors offices they need 25 to 30 patients a day to pass the break even zone...other...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

HIMSS Analytics Doubles The Number Of Free Benchmark Reports Given To Healthcare Organizations HIMSS Analytics Doubles The Number Of Free Benchmark Reports Given To Healthcare Organizations

HIMSS Analytics announced that it has more than doubled the benchmarking reports made available to healthcare providers . The new reports in...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Link Between Severe Acne and Prostate Cancer Link Between Severe Acne and Prostate Cancer

Tetracycline was one of the antibiotics of choice years ago and now studies are linking some of the potential downsides that have developed...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Caffeine Increases Blood Sugar In People With Type 2 Diabetes Caffeine Increases Blood Sugar In People With Type 2 Diabetes

Coffee being studied once more...interesting thing about this study was the use of chips to collect the data...hmmmm.....guess it's ok ...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Defense Department Funds Study Of Drug That May Prevent Radiation Injury Defense Department Funds Study Of Drug That May Prevent Radiation Injury

DARPA is hot on this and the results could have some benefit to those undergoing radiation therapy...BD  In preliminary tests at M.D. Ande...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

FDA Grants Medtronic Approval To Begin Clinical Trial Of First Pacemaker System Designed For Safe Use In MRI Machines FDA Grants Medtronic Approval To Begin Clinical Trial Of First Pacemaker System Designed For Safe Use In MRI Machines

People with pacemakers and other devices cannot have an MRI due to potential interference, so perhaps this study and trial will create some...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

House Republicans Introduce Sonogram Measure House Republicans Introduce Sonogram Measure

This sounds a little crazy to me, why not let the doctor make this decision, besides we have folks needing MRI and other diagnostic treatmen...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Washington Post Examines Lack Of Congressional Action On Health Insurance Tax Deduction Proposal Washington Post Examines Lack Of Congressional Action On Health Insurance Tax Deduction Proposal

Don't think this is what Congress had in mind...BD  The Washington Post on Monday examined the lack of congressional action on a prop...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Middle Aged Misery: Why 44 is Worst Age Middle Aged Misery: Why 44 is Worst Age

Perhaps this is the age that we all come to terms that we are getting older... getting old sucks and what more can one say...BD  They fo...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Marriott E-Health Record System Spots Medical Mishaps Marriott E-Health Record System Spots Medical Mishaps

Run by Aetna, Dr. makes some good points here...he gets alerts on patients he doesn't even know and suggests the patients should be not...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

9 deaths at VA hospital in Downstate Marion due to substandard care 9 deaths at VA hospital in Downstate Marion due to substandard care

Sounds like the questions here is how did the surgeons get approved to provide procedures they were not specifically trained for at this fa...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Marshfield Clinic Nominated for Healthcare Innovation Award for Chartless Care Initiative Based on Tablet PCs Marshfield Clinic Nominated for Healthcare Innovation Award for Chartless Care Initiative Based on Tablet PCs

One more hospital success story based on the use of Tablet PCs ...and they saved a bunch of money while they were at it...not to mention be...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Internet helps doctor get back to basics Internet helps doctor get back to basics

He uses a secured server that goes through the web, as he states sometimes folks at work have access to email of others, this way it's ...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

New treatment can clear brain clots New treatment can clear brain clots

Approved by the FDA in late December 2007....doctor's discrimination required as sometimes this is not always the best method...each pa...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Heparin Recall Heparin Recall

Batch and lot numbers available at the source story below...BD  January 28, 2008 (Deerfield, IL) - Baxter Healthcare is recalling nine ...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

First Cell Phone That Reads To The Blind And Dyslexic First Cell Phone That Reads To The Blind And Dyslexic

A phone that will read content to the blind user through a single button access with braille buttons available....BD K-NFB Reading Techno...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

An Alzheimer's Hat -- Will It Work? An Alzheimer's Hat -- Will It Work?

Trials to begin this summer...one thing for sure someone with Alzheimer's would be easily identified...BD  What if the secret to stop...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Will the Doctors drop Medicare.... Will the Doctors drop Medicare....

Some already have...not because they want to, but when the profitability goes away...is there a choice?  The doctors are not the bad guys h...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hospital Groups Lobby Against Expansion of Medicare Audit Program Hospital Groups Lobby Against Expansion of Medicare Audit Program

Is the audit program soliciting better health care or justification for non payment to hospitals?  17 million in over payments, 14 million ...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Double amputee walks again due to Bluetooth Double amputee walks again due to Bluetooth

Bluetooth...coming to a prosthetic device near you soon.....this is the same technology used in your cell phone...years ago I used to wonder...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Who gets what level of care - UK Who gets what level of care - UK

Some doctors in the UK want to withhold medical care from those who had lead an unhealthy lifestyle...and this blogger states it may even a...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

U.S. should have Medicare for all ages U.S. should have Medicare for all ages

Good points here...can Medicare work for all?  BD There is a somewhat illogical argument being made against expanding Medicare to include ...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Kidney racket scandal shocks country - India Kidney racket scandal shocks country - India

More on the black market for kidneys...scary...BD  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The uncovering of an illegal kidney transplant racket in a boomi...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Medi-Cal Cuts Will Exacerbate Health Care Crisis In California Health Care Providers Will Testify, USA Medi-Cal Cuts Will Exacerbate Health Care Crisis In California Health Care Providers Will Testify, USA

It already appears that the legislation for California's insurance plan is facing a dim future and many predict it will not stand a cha...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Community Hospitals Transfer More Patients To Trauma Centers, Despite Their Own Ability To Treat The Injuries Community Hospitals Transfer More Patients To Trauma Centers, Despite Their Own Ability To Treat The Injuries

There might be another issue here as well...funds and money available to community hospitals..BD Researchers suggest that this trend could b...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Center For Medicare Advocacy Calls For Support For Traditional Medicare in Anticipation Of The State Of The Union, USA Center For Medicare Advocacy Calls For Support For Traditional Medicare in Anticipation Of The State Of The Union, USA

Prediction for more of the same...more cuts to standard Medicare and pumping more money in to private plans from the President...years ago ...

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Monday, January 28, 2008
 
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