Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future

Mr. Ballmer also sees an end to paper.  I talk quite a bit about medical records and in this interview, Mr. Ballmer agrees that media is se...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

NY Medicaid to deny payment for hospital errors NY Medicaid to deny payment for hospital errors

New York Medicaid following the Medicare example with not paying for avoidable mistakes.  Last year 20 procedures were on the wrong patient...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tight Rein on Blood Sugar Has No Heart Benefits Tight Rein on Blood Sugar Has No Heart Benefits

Controlling your diabetes is necessary, but the studies show it does not reduce your chances of heart disease, and in this study of those w...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

11 Deaths In Medical Devices Tied To Heparin 11 Deaths In Medical Devices Tied To Heparin

The heparin saga continues with contaminated devices, the FDA still has to investigate, even though in April a warning letter was sent.  81...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

DARPA Wants 'Fracture Putty' To Fix Broken Bones DARPA Wants 'Fracture Putty' To Fix Broken Bones

  Darpa is reaching out for proposals in the healthcare area…putty to provide assistance to soldier...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Cuba approves sex change operations Cuba approves sex change operations

In addition to owning computers, one other right has been granted..BD  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba, in the latest change since President Raul ...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

How to Use a Gene Gun How to Use a Gene Gun

Science Roll always has some of the most interesting articles… video at the website.  Video is fas...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Two thirds of office staff suffer from repetitive strain injury Two thirds of office staff suffer from repetitive strain injury

Get yourself a good comfortable chair and start using some alternative methods of input, like dicta...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Safeway Kicks Off Month of Events and Fundraising for Prostate Cancer Research Safeway Kicks Off Month of Events and Fundraising for Prostate Cancer Research

  Watch for the events a local stores.  The money raised is donated directly to charities , which pr...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Cancer Concerns Fuel FDA Inquiry and European study delays another approval Cancer Concerns Fuel FDA Inquiry and European study delays another approval

This inquiry revolves around the pediatric use of the drugs to investigate any relationship to the ...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

J&J Aims to Sell Contact Lenses for Kids J&J Aims to Sell Contact Lenses for Kids

New products for Johnson and Johnson, but will children be able to work with using contact lenses?  BD  With stents and anemia drugs under...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

GE to Integrate Cardiac Data into Electronic Health Records GE to Integrate Cardiac Data into Electronic Health Records

This is good news for the physicians already using one of the Electronic Medical Records programs m...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Your private health details may already be online Your private health details may already be online

How much information is on the web?  Chances are there’s a lot more online that what you might thin...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Delta Dental Signs Up For Open Source Business Intelligence Software Delta Dental Signs Up For Open Source Business Intelligence Software

  More news for Linux emerging into the Health Care business with an open source solution for Business Intelligence.  One note here is that...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Coding Cues: The difference between billing for skilled nursing facility vs. custodial care Coding Cues: The difference between billing for skilled nursing facility vs. custodial care

Good article to review, what is the difference here as recent changes might lead to some confusion…BD  We're about to take on nursing...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Helping patients shouldn't hurt me! - extra effort to get low-cost drugs for her patients works to her detriment under P4P Helping patients shouldn't hurt me! - extra effort to get low-cost drugs for her patients works to her detriment under P4P

How does the physician come out a winner here?  We all like those $4.00 medications offered by reta...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Albertsons Health and Nutrition Grants Available Albertsons Health and Nutrition Grants Available

Potential opportunity for tax exempt nonprofit organizations to apply for grants.  Grants are avail...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

DuoFertility USB Skin Patch Helps Couples Plan A Baby DuoFertility USB Skin Patch Helps Couples Plan A Baby

More do it at home technology, this time a patch that can help when the time is right to conceive, t...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Medicare Updates Its List Of Recognized Sources To Help Make Coverage Decisions For Anti-Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs Medicare Updates Its List Of Recognized Sources To Help Make Coverage Decisions For Anti-Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs

Help to make sure the contractors for Medicare payments and physicians have the latest information on what will be compensated, which chang...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

CMS Proposes P4P I.T. Test – Physicians burned out on IT? CMS Proposes P4P I.T. Test – Physicians burned out on IT?

Interesting this comes at a time when Congress is looking at the 10% cut to physicians…pay for performance is probably not #1 on the list t...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Feds Back Wyeth in Supreme Court Case Feds Back Wyeth in Supreme Court Case

This case also might have an impact on future cases brought against drug companies…and brings the FDA into a touch situation as well.  No 2 ...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Crystal clear savings for Drug Companies – Developing Technology Crystal clear savings for Drug Companies – Developing Technology

Interesting new development for protection of drug patents, which is still in the working stage and could be developed to work at the facto...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Hospitals Closing…ER Rooms Crowded? Hospitals Closing…ER Rooms Crowded?

There are many reports out over the over crowding of the ER rooms at hospitals, yet hospital closur...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

UCI students victims of health insurer leak – United Healthcare UCI students victims of health insurer leak – United Healthcare

After several students had issued filing tax returns, the investigation is now pointed towards United HealthCare.  After not being able to f...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Three Calif. health care centers cited after patient deaths Three Calif. health care centers cited after patient deaths

3 hospitals in Northern California..the State of California continues to assign fines, these occurring after deaths at each facility. Fines ...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Hospital system to try in-store clinics - Washington Hospital system to try in-store clinics - Washington

The hospital chain is going to try it’s hand at retail clinics…with nurse practitioners.  Medical r...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Personalized UV protection arrives in Canada Personalized UV protection arrives in Canada

The product is not available here in the US, yet and there are plans to roll out later this year.  ...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Medical Quack Posts Syndicated with Professional Journalism Sites Medical Quack Posts Syndicated with Professional Journalism Sites

Just as information, you may begin seeing additional coverage, like the 2 examples below.  I don’t h...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Do Medical Devices get recalled – Yes they do… Do Medical Devices get recalled – Yes they do…

Something to be aware of, hip replacements, heart defibrillators, and more.  This may not be something one would want to think about right ...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

North Oakland Medical Center – Physician’s Group to purchase after Chapter 11 Bankruptcy North Oakland Medical Center – Physician’s Group to purchase after Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

This is one hospital who got lucky…in a sense…as the article states, this was not the ideal situation but it beats the alternative of an em...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

TripSync and Microsoft Outlook for Travel TripSync and Microsoft Outlook for Travel

For anyone  who travels and lives in Outlook for their schedule and email, this is a “must have”.  ...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Misys Seeks Resellers for MyWay Misys Seeks Resellers for MyWay

One of the larger ambulatory EMR/EHR retailers has created a program to attract additional resellers….BD  Misys Healthcare Systems has la...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Prostate Cancer Foundation Awards for the 2008 Challenge -funding of continued research to find a cure… Prostate Cancer Foundation Awards for the 2008 Challenge -funding of continued research to find a cure…

Prostate cancer award recipients with high potential for solving problems with advanced prostate ca...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Democrats Seek Support From Moderate Republicans  Medicare Package – Physician Pay Cuts and e-Prescribing Democrats Seek Support From Moderate Republicans Medicare Package – Physician Pay Cuts and e-Prescribing

This gets a little confusing as both the Medicare Physician pay cuts and e-Prescribing have been rol...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Online Prescription drug database coming to California Online Prescription drug database coming to California

One of the most difficult trails to trace has been to find out what medications a patient is using....

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

A City Where Hospitals Are as Ill as the Patients – Los Angeles A City Where Hospitals Are as Ill as the Patients – Los Angeles

Sine the closing of Martin Luther King Hospital, things have been a little bit crazy in trying to c...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Walgreens to pay $35 million to settle Medicaid prescription drug fraud allegations Walgreens to pay $35 million to settle Medicaid prescription drug fraud allegations

This is the 3rd settlement with Walgreens …the cost of the tablets were a little bit more than capsules in this instance…and the charges co...

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Medical Device markets outperforms drug market growth Medical Device markets outperforms drug market growth

Medical devices are also converging on the world of pharma…G.E. Phillips, Siemens, and there are mo...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Clinical Trials – Numerous Florida Community Hospitals participating Clinical Trials – Numerous Florida Community Hospitals participating

Most of the physicians involved in trials are single physicians often recruited by drug companies w...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Increase in consultants makes heart surgery safer at night in the UK Increase in consultants makes heart surgery safer at night in the UK

During daytime hours heart surgery is more often performed by junior doctors and at night only 17 percent is carried out by junior physicia...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hospitals Put Patients' Debt Up for Auction Hospitals Put Patients' Debt Up for Auction

How much will debt pay?  With an auction, winning bidders may get to keep all of the money they col...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Kroger invests in The Little Clinics – Retail Health Facilities Kroger invests in The Little Clinics – Retail Health Facilities

Kroger sees a future in the small clinics located inside the stores.  Already there are several in place, now Kroger becomes an actual shar...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Silverlight June Webcast Series Silverlight June Webcast Series

  Hard Hat Area:  Developers ….If you haven’t seen the Common User Interface for the NHS in the UK, ...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost

The insurance companies continue to “cherry pick” patients.  This one caught my eye in the fact that much of this is out of one’s control. ...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

YouTube and Medical Product Approval Videos… YouTube and Medical Product Approval Videos…

This makes sense…promoting products via You Tube..why not, as we see everything else on the web.  This is actually a very smart marketing p...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Medicare Payments to Doctors May Hinge on Electronic Prescribing Medicare Payments to Doctors May Hinge on Electronic Prescribing

This is actually quite a bit down the road, the year 2011 before any pinch is felt, which allows pl...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008