Senate Democrats Attack Republicans on Medicare - “There will be blood” (HR3661) Senate Democrats Attack Republicans on Medicare - “There will be blood” (HR3661)

One senator wonders at this point why he is a Republican…and the Democrats were quick to hav...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Robert Scoble Visits Washington – How and Who is Using Technology… Robert Scoble Visits Washington – How and Who is Using Technology…

Anyone who has been on the Internet for any amount of time knows who he is.  Recently I have talked ...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Analyst Says Bristol-Myers A Buyout Target Analyst Says Bristol-Myers A Buyout Target

Is the big pharma business the next industry to face the melt down and consolidation process?  BioTech investments are growing, and persona...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Medicare to Test PHRs in S. Carolina Medicare to Test PHRs in S. Carolina

If this project proves to be successful, then watch out for Google Health and the Microsoft Vault who will want to integrate , which wo...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Training The Next Generation – EHR Training at the University Level Training The Next Generation – EHR Training at the University Level

What a novel idea!   I say this tongue and cheek as it has been something needed for a long time.  A...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Temporary Halt To Medicare Reimbursement Cuts – HR 6331 Update stalled until July 15th – The shot heard round the country…Loud and Clear in Texas… Temporary Halt To Medicare Reimbursement Cuts – HR 6331 Update stalled until July 15th – The shot heard round the country…Loud and Clear in Texas…

Somebody had to step up the plate here, so the deadline is extended to July 15th now.  In a related...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

GlaxoSmithKline Donates Cancer Genomics Data set to Public GlaxoSmithKline Donates Cancer Genomics Data set to Public

If others follow in the same path this stands to set some new priorities on how studies are conduct...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Battered Woman Imagery in Pfizer's New Fibromyalgia Ad Battered Woman Imagery in Pfizer's New Fibromyalgia Ad

John Mack makes some good points about advertising here…how low do we have to go in essence to drive attention to the ads to sell Lyica, th...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly

As in most industries, virtual meetings and web meetings are starting to make a large showing on th...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Training Surgeons From The Video Game Generation Training Surgeons From The Video Game Generation

New concept in training younger medical students with video simulation.  When you stop and think ab...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Progressive MyRate drive-monitoring device goes national Progressive MyRate drive-monitoring device goes national

The insurance business is getting more creative all the time.  This story has to do with car insura...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

10,000$ worth of free care 10,000$ worth of free care

Nice story from the ER doctor and nice to know charity and human soles are still alive and well out ...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

White Blood Cells Could Tell Your Fortune White Blood Cells Could Tell Your Fortune

Add on a little genomic advise here as well perhaps, but for right now I’m happy wit the Tarot card...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hearty USB Glucometer Promises Wonders Hearty USB Glucometer Promises Wonders

One more device to make it easy for diabetics to check their sugar levels.  This is is very interest...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

US checks if tomatoes caused Salmonella outbreak US checks if tomatoes caused Salmonella outbreak

The attack of the killer tomatoes continues…again with all the recent publicity a back take to the movie made several years ago, and yes I ...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

FDA Ponders Requiring Heart Studies for Diabetes Drugs FDA Ponders Requiring Heart Studies for Diabetes Drugs

This sounds like a project for the new software being built for the FDA to run some studies against...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

OC Attorney and Accountant Indicted in Nation's Largest Medical Insurance Fraud Case - California OC Attorney and Accountant Indicted in Nation's Largest Medical Insurance Fraud Case - California

Some of the allegations include hiding their illegal scheme from insurance companies, and of being one of the bank signatories for multiple...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

American Medical Association Outraged At Senators Who Put Health Insurers Before Medicare Patients – HR 6331 American Medical Association Outraged At Senators Who Put Health Insurers Before Medicare Patients – HR 6331

What does the new president of the AMA have to say about the failure to stop the pay cut for doctors...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

DEA Publishes Controlled Rx Rule DEA Publishes Controlled Rx Rule

  There are 60 pages of the report to read and they are accepting comments .  Amazing it has taken t...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

New Medicare bill fails in Senate New Medicare bill fails in Senate

I have already posted about the failure to pass, but wanted add the comments from another site here...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Pharma’s Reputation Sinks a Little More Pharma’s Reputation Sinks a Little More

Last week we read about how the US population felt about Congress and HMOs via a poll and this week it’s Big Pharma’s turn.  Of interest in ...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Employers urged to reserve drug in case of super-flu / Stockpiles of Tamiflu would supplement government's stash Employers urged to reserve drug in case of super-flu / Stockpiles of Tamiflu would supplement government's stash

Employers are already faced with insurance burdens and now there is a recommendation for stock pili...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Kaiser launches kiosk project in Southern California Kaiser launches kiosk project in Southern California

In addition to checking in for appointments, patients will also be able to swipe their cards and ma...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

FDA Boosts Bonuses Despite Ongoing Criticism From Hill FDA Boosts Bonuses Despite Ongoing Criticism From Hill

  This almost sounds like what is called “Pay for Performance”, something most physicians are very familiar with.   After having spent many ...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Medtronic Announces First Clinical Data on Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine to Be Presented at American Headache Society Meeting Medtronic Announces First Clinical Data on Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine to Be Presented at American Headache Society Meeting

More news about headache relief.  Yesterday there was a study from Canada about a portable machine that zaps headaches too .   It appears t...

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Doctors Face Payment Cuts for Patients on Medicare – Bill fails to pass the Senate Doctors Face Payment Cuts for Patients on Medicare – Bill fails to pass the Senate

They are in recess until after the 4th of July so perhaps some action could be taken after the holid...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Possibility of National Electronic Medical Records System Growing Possibility of National Electronic Medical Records System Growing

A couple months ago I made mention of this to a few and nobody took it seriously, and yet here toda...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sphere Related Resources – Find more information from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, US News and others from the Medical Quack… Sphere Related Resources – Find more information from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, US News and others from the Medical Quack…

This is resource update day on the blog.  Sphere related sources can take you to related blogs and n...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Personalized Medical Search Engine From Science Roll Personalized Medical Search Engine From Science Roll

Berci over at Science Roll has created a nice search engine and was kind enough to make it available...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Personal Health Records – Links to the Websites Personal Health Records – Links to the Websites

Since there has been so much posted on personal health records I thought it was about time that I ...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mission Community Hospital – No Keyboard Required here Mission Community Hospital – No Keyboard Required here

A story on a hospital in the Los Angeles area where no keyboard is required to log on and access pa...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Microsoft Picks VeriSign for HealthVault Microsoft Picks VeriSign for HealthVault

The HealthVault gets a little more secure with the single sign on from Verisign. You may have alre...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implants In Clinical Study Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implants In Clinical Study Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression

  Back in April I wrote about this and now there are 2 individuals in clinical studies with the imp...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

University of Washington is one of 8 hospitals worldwide to begin using surgical checklists University of Washington is one of 8 hospitals worldwide to begin using surgical checklists

This is great news with the use of the checklist, but the only thing I though was somewhat odd was ...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hi-Tech Hospitals…Telemedicine… Hi-Tech Hospitals…Telemedicine…

This hospital in Pennsylvania is converting all operating rooms to handle telemedicine.  One benefi...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Electronic device zaps migraine pain Electronic device zaps migraine pain

With the electronic medical era of devices, here’s the next one on the list.  A home migraine zappe...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

CVS to Offer Records Via HealthVault CVS to Offer Records Via HealthVault

One more item to add to the HealthVault. Both drugs and clinical visits to their retail clinics ca...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Even the insured losing access to health care Even the insured losing access to health care

We read the stories every day, is insurance going to be there for us when we need it?  That is the big question and some days it’s like a r...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Genomic Medicine and Warfarin Dosing: Webcast Genomic Medicine and Warfarin Dosing: Webcast

This is the second Webcast from Helix Health and will address Warfarin treatments and dosage as rel...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The high cost of low status The high cost of low status

This is probably more exaggerated today with the status of the economy, but stop and take a look at...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

BT and the X PRIZE Foundation Team Up to Inspire World Changing Innovations – Personalized Medicine Sequencing BT and the X PRIZE Foundation Team Up to Inspire World Changing Innovations – Personalized Medicine Sequencing

The $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics is focused on bringing the world of  personalized med...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008