Insurance companies deny coverage based on medications a patient is taking obtained from marketing reports… Insurance companies deny coverage based on medications a patient is taking obtained from marketing reports…

One more way for the information to run queries to cherry pick applicants is accomplished.  When yo...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

FDA, Military Health System tighten data sharing pact FDA, Military Health System tighten data sharing pact

Recently the FDA announced it was going to use the Medicare data base in the effort to mine and hel...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Gentag and MacroArray Develop Prostate Cancer Wireless Diagnostic Processes and Technology Gentag and MacroArray Develop Prostate Cancer Wireless Diagnostic Processes and Technology

According to this article, a patch would transmit the results direct to a cell phone, more telemed...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Biogenerics Would Reduce Health Care Costs For Patients, Says Generic Pharmaceutical Association Biogenerics Would Reduce Health Care Costs For Patients, Says Generic Pharmaceutical Association

A new possible term in the world of Biotech, Biogenerics?   We currently have Pharmacogenomics wor...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

GSK Gets on Board with The YouTube Revolution – Well Sort of… GSK Gets on Board with The YouTube Revolution – Well Sort of…

One more Pharma company joins You Tube Channels, GSK, but this post makes a very good point, no embedding, I agree here, what’s up with Gl...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Yahoo offers free Zimbra email Client on your Desktop Yahoo offers free Zimbra email Client on your Desktop

The race for the desktop email client continues with the latest offering from Yahoo.  Up until now y...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

PEAK Surgical Receives Clearance To Market PEAK(R) Surgery System For Use In General Surgery PEAK Surgical Receives Clearance To Market PEAK(R) Surgery System For Use In General Surgery

This appears to be a replacement to the scalpel as known today.  Less bleeding and better control a...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Physician Funnies – Real comments between Doctors and Patients Physician Funnies – Real comments between Doctors and Patients

It is time for a bit of humor, which is needed from time to time.  I don’t know who the author was that put all of these together, but the...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

California Wants Dr. Kevin Brown’s Medical License California Wants Dr. Kevin Brown’s Medical License

It sounds like there are some pretty major issues here from alleged sexual misconduct to over presc...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Microsoft HealthVault and RelayHealth (McKesson) to Connect Doctors and Patients Microsoft HealthVault and RelayHealth (McKesson) to Connect Doctors and Patients

Many of the Tenet hospitals are McKesson Clients. The Relay Health network will be able to connect...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Complaints Undermine Hip Device – Zimmer Hip Complaints Undermine Hip Device – Zimmer Hip

The sales have been suspended until an investigation from the company can determine the problems and...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

State freezes Medi-Cal payments to thousands of healthcare facilities - California State freezes Medi-Cal payments to thousands of healthcare facilities - California

We all know that this means and it stands to put many small businesses at risk if they cannot get a line of credit to carry them through un...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A sensible censor for sharing medical records – Anonymize medical records for research… A sensible censor for sharing medical records – Anonymize medical records for research…

This could be great news as how many times do medical records need to be anonymized for research, a ...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

AHLTA (military health records software) takes hits in latest Web hall AHLTA (military health records software) takes hits in latest Web hall

The physicians were stating it lacked features.  Recently the DOD and Military have been collaborating on the subject of medical records and...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Advanced Cancer Therapeutics licenses technology to develop HPV vaccine with plants Advanced Cancer Therapeutics licenses technology to develop HPV vaccine with plants

Merck may be getting some competition in time with the HPV Vaccine business, but the research here will focus on using plants, which they s...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Booming business helps patients navigate medicine – The Medical Advocacy Booming business helps patients navigate medicine – The Medical Advocacy

Some have annual contracted rates and some have a fixed or hourly fee, as complicated as healthcare...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

MedAvant Bankrupt, Will Sell – Medical Clearinghouse MedAvant Bankrupt, Will Sell – Medical Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse business has become very competitive and the company was not able to maintain the...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

GSK chief elaborates on biotech strategy GSK chief elaborates on biotech strategy

One CEO comes out and states how biotech will be the new focus for Glaxo, as in a related story whe...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

California Alcohol Problems Drain $38 Billion Annually California Alcohol Problems Drain $38 Billion Annually

We keep reading the articles about the problem with alcohol in the UK being a problem, well it looks like they are not alone and we give th...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

I have stem cells in my belly…harvesting fat.. I have stem cells in my belly…harvesting fat..

There could be a dual purpose now to having liposuction, save those stem cells during the procedure...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

UK Doctors to Face Regular Tests of Competence UK Doctors to Face Regular Tests of Competence

In the UK a new competence regulation goes into effect in 2009, a competence test to include a review of their peers.  That’s right, every ...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Schwarzenegger signs ban on health insurers' rescission reward practice - California Schwarzenegger signs ban on health insurers' rescission reward practice - California

Hopefully this will help give some “teeth” the Department of Managed Care here in California, which recently reviewed carriers and resulted ...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

FDA's June 2008 Clearances of 510(k)s FDA's June 2008 Clearances of 510(k)s

How fast is the FDA clearing medical devices?  This page will show you a list of what was approved ...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bristol-Myers Could Cut More Jobs Bristol-Myers Could Cut More Jobs

There is more potential downsizing going on with big Pharma.  Just yesterday an article related to the number of plants set to the be closed...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Statin Side Effect Test: Worth the Price? Statin Side Effect Test: Worth the Price?

Statin side effects, weakening and sore muscles, this topic has been commented on here as well.  My...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Saint Mary's warns of possible data leak - Nevada Saint Mary's warns of possible data leak - Nevada

  Data breach story of the week, this was not the main health care records files, but data bases used for community programs.   Not too lon...

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Senator Dr. Tom Coburn – Talks about Bloggers, Healthcare and Technology from the US Senate… Senator Dr. Tom Coburn – Talks about Bloggers, Healthcare and Technology from the US Senate…

Nice interview with Senator Tom Coburn, one of two doctors in Congress, but he is the only medical doctor that continues to practice.  Im...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Slydial – Go Direct to Voicemail on the Cell phone you are calling without disturbing the other person by ringing the phone Slydial – Go Direct to Voicemail on the Cell phone you are calling without disturbing the other person by ringing the phone

This is nice from any wireless carrier and no sign up required.  Just dial the number and it will ...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Roche snaps up Arius platform for $189M Roche snaps up Arius platform for $189M

Mark up one more purchase for Roche this week.  Pharmaceutical companies are looking for for biote...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kaiser Permanente -The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group partners with West Coast group Kaiser Permanente -The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group partners with West Coast group

All locations have the the same medical records at all facilities and now they can consult with each other coast to coast.  The patients and...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Press Release E-MDs Health Care Records - Maryland Press Release E-MDs Health Care Records - Maryland

As an added benefit, for the participants in the program, special pricing incentives have been included for the group.  BD  e-MDs, an ...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

3rd Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on The Road to Interoperability – Key Note Speakers, Goals and PHRs 3rd Annual World Congress Leadership Summit on The Road to Interoperability – Key Note Speakers, Goals and PHRs

This week the Congress meeting is in Boston.   I referenced in a earlier post that PHR's, (pers...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

And The Next Pharma Plant To Close Will Be And The Next Pharma Plant To Close Will Be

This article is an eye opener when we think about reality and where pharmaceuticals are being manufactured, and there are 26 more still sch...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

North Hawaii hospital CEO quits after 2 months – Grady gets new CEO North Hawaii hospital CEO quits after 2 months – Grady gets new CEO

Hospitals under stress with re-organization – North Hawaii also just lost their big financial supporter, Earl Bakken, founder of Medtronic....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Medical Travel RoadShow Debuts in Six U.S. Cities The Medical Travel RoadShow Debuts in Six U.S. Cities

If you haven’t heard enough about Medical Tourism, they are taking it on the road now.  Health scre...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Medpedia, new Wikipedia of medical information – Medical Professionals can sign up now… Medpedia, new Wikipedia of medical information – Medical Professionals can sign up now…

We have another encyclopedia type site in addition to the new Knol from Google, except this new Wi...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Healthcare leaders favor personal networks (Personal Health Records) to RHIOs for data exchange Healthcare leaders favor personal networks (Personal Health Records) to RHIOs for data exchange

If you are not familiar with the term RHIO ( regional health information organization ) this is the...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Healthcare professionals leading source of information On company's prescription savings programs Healthcare professionals leading source of information On company's prescription savings programs

If you forget to ask, there’s a reference on this site called “Needy Meds” that will link to a pag...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Google Opens Doors to Knol – Online Encyclopedia - Open for Contributions... Google Opens Doors to Knol – Online Encyclopedia - Open for Contributions...

If you are familiar with Wikipedia , Knol will be no problem to understand and work with.  There a...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Struggling generations: Bankruptcies among seniors soaring Struggling generations: Bankruptcies among seniors soaring

Senior bankruptcy rates go up, while middle ages filing go down, this clearly reflects a need to get Medicare reconnected, as this is not wh...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Roche Helps Catch Tour de France Cheater Roche Helps Catch Tour de France Cheater

Roche has been all over the news this week and one more claim to fame to their technology was the ability to catch an athlete cheating.  At...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dennis Quaid tours Dallas hospital Dennis Quaid tours Dallas hospital

Dennis Quaid is continuing his efforts for better safety in taking a tour of a hospital in Dallas th...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Viagra helpful to women on antidepressants, study finds Viagra helpful to women on antidepressants, study finds

Well it sounds like the female gender could soon be enjoying the benefits of Viagra according to the study, especially when taking anti-dep...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The cancer patient gives his verdict on Drug Trial - Abiraterone The cancer patient gives his verdict on Drug Trial - Abiraterone

At 50 diagnosed with prostate cancer, tried radiotherapy and hormone suppressants, but a few months ...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Generics Are Cheap, but They Could Be Cheaper Generics Are Cheap, but They Could Be Cheaper

Good article from the Wall Street Journal blog here about generics, however in the example quoted be...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008