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Friday, March 14, 2008

Microsoft Mobile platform earns critical security certifications Microsoft Mobile platform earns critical security certifications

Department of Defense...chooses Windows Mobile ...including health care entities...BD Washington, DC, March 14, 2008 -- Microsoft Federal ...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

The Healthy Humorist - Four Things About Aging The Healthy Humorist - Four Things About Aging

Funny...entertaining doctor...BD  http://youtube.com/watch?v=ktXSHslr9DA&feature=related

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Heart Scans Still Covered by Medicare Heart Scans Still Covered by Medicare

Good news for CT Scan procedures...hopefully the insurance companies will do the same..BD  Reversing a proposed decision issued in Decemb...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Chair Says Medicare More Efficient In Delivering Benefits Than Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Chair Says Medicare More Efficient In Delivering Benefits Than Medicare Advantage Plans

Somebody in Congress finally said it...it's going to the insurance companies...the administrative costs.... The problem with this payme...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wheelchair-Bound to Airlines: A Little Help? Wheelchair-Bound to Airlines: A Little Help?

Who's going to help the handicapped at the airport?  Airlines state there's not enough profit in the till to provide the service......

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Google Says Layoffs Are Coming Google Says Layoffs Are Coming

With the recent purchase of on line advertiser, DoubleClick...more automation and less humans to handle what servers and PCs accomplish...B...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Medicare Agrees To Pay Hospitals To Settle Suit Over Indigent Care Medicare Agrees To Pay Hospitals To Settle Suit Over Indigent Care

What happens when hospitals sue Medicare...in this case they won...BD  Medicare has agreed to pay 667 hospitals $666 million to settle a ...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Comcare, HIMSS form board to promote emergency integration Comcare, HIMSS form board to promote emergency integration

Emergency medical care...something on everyone's mind...with technology today there are many options available to perhaps "save a l...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Inhaled Tuberculosis Vaccine More Effective Than Traditional Shot Inhaled Tuberculosis Vaccine More Effective Than Traditional Shot

According to this story we could be inhaling our next immunizations ....BD  A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis (TB) ...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Report Shows How Many People Are Likely To Die In Oregon Due To Lack Of Health Coverage New Report Shows How Many People Are Likely To Die In Oregon Due To Lack Of Health Coverage

This may be a dumb comparison, but recently I posted about legal marijuana in the state...is there any correlation here as to a higher consu...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

China overtakes U.S. as top Web market China overtakes U.S. as top Web market

Will they overtake in healthcare on the web as well?  Big push in the US, but slow adaptation..BD  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has surpass...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Sources Needed To Fund Pharmacy Services, ASHP Tells CMS New Sources Needed To Fund Pharmacy Services, ASHP Tells CMS

Doesn't adequately cover costs related to outpatient benefits...BD  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should imp...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Penicillin Could Be Back In Battle Against Antibiotic Resistant Bugs That Kill Millions Penicillin Could Be Back In Battle Against Antibiotic Resistant Bugs That Kill Millions

Could me making a comeback with the fight against MRSA...BD Research led by the University of Warwick has uncovered exactly how the bact...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

A real business leader A real business leader

Good story from Robert Scoble...about leadership at the CEO level... he found it in San Antonio...good story and I reference leadership myse...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk Destroyed By Ibuprofen Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk Destroyed By Ibuprofen

If you are taking aspirin for stroke and heart therapy, this study indicates that Ibuprofen has the potential to negate some of the benefit...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Health IT Experts Say Incentives May Be Needed To Encourage Physicians To Adopt Electronic Systems Health IT Experts Say Incentives May Be Needed To Encourage Physicians To Adopt Electronic Systems

Nothing new here...we all know they need some type of incentive to buy in...new tax breaks are a smart start....but it goes way beyond this...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hawaii's Premier Physician Management Company, TeamPraxis, Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record for Statewide Deployment Hawaii's Premier Physician Management Company, TeamPraxis, Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record for Statewide Deployment

This announcement was a bit confusing with the name as there is another EMR called Praxis, but it appears it is just the common name and n...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Placebo Television #10 - The disruptive physician... Placebo Television #10 - The disruptive physician...

Always look forward to his updates...great humor....BD  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X8-uEstKuI&eurl=http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Health IT and the disadvantaged - Public Healthcare reporting Health IT and the disadvantaged - Public Healthcare reporting

In Orange County, CA, a web based system is being used to improve tracking and health care coordination of 25,000 residents who are either...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

National Launch For MyRapidMD National Launch For MyRapidMD

Power to the Cell Phones... not a full personal health record , but emergency information only if you ended up in the ER that would be easi...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

MagneTrace Sensor Necklace monitors what pills you take and when MagneTrace Sensor Necklace monitors what pills you take and when

Interesting new technology here...wear a necklace or a patch and the information is sent to a cell phone....a Windows Mobile smartphone.......

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dock for Tablet Kiosk EO Dock for Tablet Kiosk EO

  New dock available for the EO.... note this must be one of the new units and not the original units..in other words if you purchased on th...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Microsoft to Expand Investment in Desktop Virtualization With Acquisition of Kidaro Microsoft to Expand Investment in Desktop Virtualization With Acquisition of Kidaro

  Microsoft stands firm on their commitment to virtualization ....and it reads both VMWare and Microsoft virtual machines...have the virtual...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Woman Takes Two-Year Toilet Break Woman Takes Two-Year Toilet Break

One more strange one for the books...nice one for the ER room having to remove the seat which was fused to her skin.. .and what about the ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Drug Rep Tells All: Drink the Kool-Aid Drug Rep Tells All: Drink the Kool-Aid

You can even see the sites on the web with pharma companies advertising for former cheerleaders to become a sales representative...interest...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bill Gates Testifies before Congress - more technology education needed before the US falls behind.... Bill Gates Testifies before Congress - more technology education needed before the US falls behind....

Funding for basic research should be increased...private companies cannot do it alone and the government needs to jump on the bandwagon...s...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Germany Asks Companies Selling Heparin to Test for Contamination Germany Asks Companies Selling Heparin to Test for Contamination

Germany's medical regulator has asked all companies selling the blood thinner heparin in Germany to test all batches of their product ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The State of Health Information Technology in California: Consumer Perspective The State of Health Information Technology in California: Consumer Perspective

Full article download available at the link below....BD Although consumers frequently use and seek out health information online, most ar...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Parents may be jailed over vaccinations Parents may be jailed over vaccinations

Appeals pending...pretty stiff penalty for refusing polio vaccinations...BD  LONDON - As doctors struggle to eradicate polio worldwide, o...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FDA Names Woodcock As Permanent Director Of CDER; Leavitt Releases Documents To Avoid Contempt Charges FDA Names Woodcock As Permanent Director Of CDER; Leavitt Releases Documents To Avoid Contempt Charges

Good news for the FDA...hope so...in the meantime Leavitt releases information so he is not held held in contempt relative to the informati...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Prosthetic Device Manufacturers, Users Push For Higher Coverage Payments Prosthetic Device Manufacturers, Users Push For Higher Coverage Payments

Good points made here...what good are the devices if we can't get them to the people who need them...especially veterans...BD  Amputees...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

DOD vendors to secure internal networks DOD vendors to secure internal networks

Something on everyone's mind today...recently at the HIMMS convention in Orlando I spoke with a few of their representatives as to how ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Update on the 2008 Keep Me Awake Projects Update on the 2008 Keep Me Awake Projects

Good article and blog...honest information...and all these issues for any CIO in healthcare would keep anyone awake as there's a lot of...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hospitals File Lawsuit Against Federal Government To Stop Medicaid Cuts Hospitals File Lawsuit Against Federal Government To Stop Medicaid Cuts

Hospitals go to court...this means a huge loss of revenue, especially for community hospitals who rely on grants and other sources of reven...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Former Pfizer District Sales Manager Indicted Former Pfizer District Sales Manager Indicted

How far do individuals go for a sale?  Sounds like these efforts were beyond what would be considered normal...one more legal battle for Pf...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bio-electronic implant seeks to restore partial sight Bio-electronic implant seeks to restore partial sight

This is about one of the best medical technology stories I have seen and hope it goes a long way with the FDA granting the research applica...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Government Of Canada Announces New Food And Drugs Act Liaison Office Government Of Canada Announces New Food And Drugs Act Liaison Office

Canada is beefing up their pharmaceutical efforts...BD   The Government of Canada today announced the official opening of the Food and Dru...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What do you call an internist who spend enough time with patients...Poor... What do you call an internist who spend enough time with patients...Poor...

Good points - in the transportation field where I spent many years, we used to call the production time on the platform (moving freight) &q...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Aetna to offer wealth of health data online Aetna to offer wealth of health data online

This is an interesting twist...the service will mine your data from Aetna claim files..but how accurate will that be... the carrier already...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Could someone Hack your Defibrillator and steal your identity? Could someone Hack your Defibrillator and steal your identity?

Security issue...make sure you get a unit that uses encryption ....some are and some are not, obviously the benefits outweigh the risk, bu...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Medical Marijuana: Oregon's Flaming Success Medical Marijuana: Oregon's Flaming Success

It has been legal in Oregon for 9 years...with 16,000 permits...BD  (MOLALLA, Ore.) - It's difficult for me not to be a bit flamboyan...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Medical Progress Slowed? Medical Progress Slowed?

The NIH budget does not appear to be handing out as many grants for medical research according to the article...and they are getting harder...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Deadly Superbug Evades Hospital Screening Deadly Superbug Evades Hospital Screening

Screening is not enough...MRSA still thriving unfortunately....BD  What they found was that, screening or not, the levels of MRSA that spr...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What ever happened to carpal tunnel? What ever happened to carpal tunnel?

"So now that carpal tunnel is no longer the plague of cubicle workers everywhere, what’s our next pain point likely to be? The thumb....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

WellPoint Warning May Long Haunt HMO Stocks WellPoint Warning May Long Haunt HMO Stocks

Are folks going to finally stop investing...BD  NEW YORK (Reuters) Mar 11 - WellPoint Inc may have just shot down any investor hopes that...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Toddler takes Viagra in order to survive Toddler takes Viagra in order to survive

What the drug was originally designed for...hypertension...BD  A two year old in Britain has a rare condition that causes chronic high bl...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Estrogen Tied to Breast Cancer Recurrence Estrogen Tied to Breast Cancer Recurrence

One more study....BD  (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The higher a woman’s estrogen level, the more likely breast cancer will come back, according ...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Facebook Is Extending Its Network to Blood Donations looking for blood....in all the right places... Facebook Is Extending Its Network to Blood Donations looking for blood....in all the right places...

Still think Facebook is something just for entertainment....well think again...if you donate blood you can get a reminder and when your bloo...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Surgeons Assemble On Capitol Hill For Landmark Advocacy Conference Surgeons Assemble On Capitol Hill For Landmark Advocacy Conference

For the first time ever, surgeons from a wide variety of specialties are joining together to create a powerful, unified voice on Capitol Hi...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nurse Tampered With Painkiller Fentanyl Nurse Tampered With Painkiller Fentanyl

One word for this.... nutcase... patients needing pain relief received saline instead ....BD  MINNEAPOLIS —  A Mankato hospital suspended...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

California Endowment Health Care Grants - Accepting Grant Applications California Endowment Health Care Grants - Accepting Grant Applications

California non-profits...BD  The California Endowment is accepting applications for its health care grants to support projects in Califor...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Accident ruins 800-lb. man's date Accident ruins 800-lb. man's date

  Having to rent a fork life for a date... obesity does have some unusual expenses in this case...goodness he's down to 800 pounds...and...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Medical records sold to teacher as scrap paper Medical records sold to teacher as scrap paper

UPS originally lost in the shuffle.... security breach of the week... love this story...the old "freight salvage sales"...spent m...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Passes US House Once Again Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Passes US House Once Again

March 10, 2008 — The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed in the US House of Representatives last week, as a section ...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

India Asks Drug Makers to Lower Prices India Asks Drug Makers to Lower Prices

India wants lower drugs prices too...BD  NEW DELHI (Reuters) Mar 10 - Pharmaceutical companies will have to lower prices on most of the n...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Internet Is Changing Doctor-Patient Interactions Internet Is Changing Doctor-Patient Interactions

Good article and makes a point about the references for physicians... numerous... I post them here all the time....it's different when ...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Can Bullying at Work Lead to Suicide? Can Bullying at Work Lead to Suicide?

  Interesting that 2 different sites chose to address this...we all have seen it and either been the bully or victim of a bully...the bull...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sprint phone first to use fast network - EVDO Sprint phone first to use fast network - EVDO

If you are not aware of EVDO wireless...read on... have one of those wireless cards from your carrier...well there's even more you can ...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Drugs in the Drinking Water: Reason for Concern? Drugs in the Drinking Water: Reason for Concern?

Give as whole new meaning to "its in the water"... are you getting medicated just by drinking the water in some cities...flushing...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Pharsight Announces Procter and Gamble as a new client... Pharsight Announces Procter and Gamble as a new client...

  Hard Hat area:   " Using WinNonlin AutoPilot, customers can automate the production of PK analyses mandated by the FDA for any new d...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Three Of Five Largest U.S. Health Insurers Receive Low Approval Ratings In Survey Of Hospital Executives Three Of Five Largest U.S. Health Insurers Receive Low Approval Ratings In Survey Of Hospital Executives

Hospitals in California rank Insurers....even the best responses are not that good ....""It's definitely a wake-up call for t...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Depuy Orthopaedics Launches Significant Enhancements for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery... Depuy Orthopaedics Launches Significant Enhancements for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery...

2 of the mostly commonly researched procedures...additional information at the links below...also announced are new technologies in rotator ...

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Monday, March 10, 2008