Flexicath gains FDA Approval Flexicath gains FDA Approval

  The FirmGrip™ combines a standard catheter enclosed in a polymer sleeve with a special silicone insertion unit to produce a self-contain...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Patient told to cough up or ship out Patient told to cough up or ship out

The practice continues to work with needy patients as stated in the full article...BD When a doctor's office prescribes timely payment...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Together Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Together

Nice interview and interaction and very well done. BD

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

ID cards for Medical Pot users to be issued ID cards for Medical Pot users to be issued

  The application fee for county residents will be $153, or $76.50 for Medi-Cal recipients. Medical marijuana users must present a doctor...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Medical lab automated at UCI Medical lab automated at UCI

New automated process for securing lab results...results sent electronically to the physicians...be sure your PC or network is ready...BD Th...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Former San Jose Medical Group manager stole patients' information Former San Jose Medical Group manager stole patients' information

  The former manager at San Jose Medical Group entered a guilty plea to charges that he stole computer equipment containing sensitive pers...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

FDA Approves Wyeth's Torisel For Treatment Of Advanced Kidney Cancer FDA Approves Wyeth's Torisel For Treatment Of Advanced Kidney Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved Wyeth's new drug Torisel (chemical name temsirolimus) for the treatment of ...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wearable monitoring devices from BodyMedia Wearable monitoring devices from BodyMedia

Working on a diet ...products are available for both personal and professional use and the data is recorded and used with PC software.  The ...

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Northrop Grumman Provides Patient Information Application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Northrop Grumman Provides Patient Information Application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

CMS outsourcing efforts for improving health care...BD MCLEAN, Va., May 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NO...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

United Health Group demonstration held at the annual meeting United Health Group demonstration held at the annual meeting

  MINNEAPOLIS - While United Health Group, Inc., tried to reassure shareholders that it's addressing a stock scandal that forced the o...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blue Cross to lose 350 jobs after Medicare contract expires Blue Cross to lose 350 jobs after Medicare contract expires

  TOPEKA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas will lose 350 jobs in the state after a bid for a five-year Medicare contract was rejected...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Microsoft unveils new Surface computer Microsoft unveils new Surface computer

This may totally change the way radiology reports and images are viewed or just accessing a patient chart.   Last year I remembered viewing ...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Visits to Doctors Who Are Not in, Ever Visits to Doctors Who Are Not in, Ever

This story breaks down the generations in the search for information, "Dr. Google" in particular here provides the basic informati...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bloodless Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed Bloodless Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed

More about robotic surgery.  As this field continues to grow and procedures are added, it really can help speed up recovery times and in mo...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked To Increase In Patient Infections ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked To Increase In Patient Infections

"Nurses are the hospitals' safety officers"....BD A review of outcomes data for more than 15,000 patients in 51 U.S. hospita...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

AMA wants doctors to swap idea online AMA wants doctors to swap idea online

I think this is already taking place in many circles on the web...goes under the name of "blogging"  BD The AMA on Wednesday plan...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hospitalist Model May Reduce Costs without adversely Affecting Outcomes Hospitalist Model May Reduce Costs without adversely Affecting Outcomes

(from Medscape, may require subscription May 25, 2007 (Dallas) — For patients with common inpatient diagnoses, the hospitalist model redu...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Despite advances, most hospitals are years away from fully computerized systems Despite advances, most hospitals are years away from fully computerized systems

Electronic records and accurate information do save lives; however, in the chase to provide the one central location cure all to locate medi...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Philanthropy's Struggle in Health Care: Nonprofit Hospitals in America Philanthropy's Struggle in Health Care: Nonprofit Hospitals in America

 Study available - fee required.  BD Margins are falling, bond ratings are dropping, and competition for patients and reimbursement is sha...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Print to OneNote - Great Organizational tool Print to OneNote - Great Organizational tool

For anyone needing to keep their notes, emails, client information in one place, this is a killer application.  I can literally take anythin...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Blues Plans Are Introducing More E-Prescribing Pilots, Initiatives Blues Plans Are Introducing More E-Prescribing Pilots, Initiatives

Is one of your health plans sponsoring NEPSI?  We will always maintain a permanent link on this site for physicians to get started as it is ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

BlueCross BlueShield Of South Carolina Launches Subsidiary To Facilitate Medical Tourism BlueCross BlueShield Of South Carolina Launches Subsidiary To Facilitate Medical Tourism

This is the first type of service I have seen combining local health services and tourism in one package to speak...allowing 2 visits with l...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heart congestion - share the revenue , better healthcare for the patients Heart congestion - share the revenue , better healthcare for the patients

This can certainly make the decision process much easier for the patient and hopefully ends up with fair compensation for all physicians in...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Partners TeleStroke Center Partners TeleStroke Center

Using mobility to get the technology to hospitals that may not be able to afford this service otherwise and saving lives at the same time......

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Watch Phone is almost here.... The Watch Phone is almost here....

For those of us that remember Dick Tracy and his phone...well many years later it has arrived or will arrive shortly...BD  Features: Time...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims

CBS has a good storyline about medical insurance and this is just one of the stories featured.  This so much reminds me of the recent Blue C...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors' list puts a price on care Doctors' list puts a price on care

I am guessing competition from the retail clinics may have some influence here with this decision and perhaps there will be more posted in t...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI

 Everybody seems to be suing everyone in this story...BD Shareholder physicians want to boot key managers, saying the company that control...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida

Is it getting any better anywhere?  BD Before reform, about 95 percent of Florida doctors participated in Medicaid. Now a survey conducted ...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors

I am not sure I totally agree with this methodology, but I can certainly add that in my travels, the "old school" hospital adminis...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Medicare pay-for-reporting: How to get your 1.5% ... Medicare pay-for-reporting: How to get your 1.5% ...

Get those registry modules up to date in any EMR to make this task easy.  If you are currently using an EMR or EHR program that incorporates...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Physicians say PPO network's fax masked 25% pay cut Physicians say PPO network's fax masked 25% pay cut

 Be sure to read any faxes these days from your neighborly PPO.  BD The AMA and several state medical societies are engaged in ongoing dis...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Videoconferencing services for hospitals and clinics Videoconferencing services for hospitals and clinics

  Hospitals and clinics are exploring the alternative with non-English speaking patients, but experts say the cost must drop before it mak...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Xiagara - over the hill, take the little blue pill Xiagara - over the hill, take the little blue pill

Cute animation and spoof on Viagara...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

LSU jumps on the PHR bandwagon - online personal health records LSU jumps on the PHR bandwagon - online personal health records

  By the time the 2008 hurricane season rolls around, the LSU Healthcare Network hopes its patients will be well on their way to having po...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

10 Educational Hours at the ER 10 Educational Hours at the ER

  May 25, 2007 - Having spent a sleepless night with a bit too much pain in my abdomen, I informed my wife I was suffering from another bo...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hospitals taking a cue from retailers to reduce on meds errors Hospitals taking a cue from retailers to reduce on meds errors

  Virtually the same kind of technology used to ring up merchandise at the checkout counter is being put to a new use by some hospitals to...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Chapter 8, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?" Chapter 8, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?"

Cell Phones made simple for seniors...good idea..BD  There's a reason Jitterbug has just won recognition as the best new company in th...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

UC Davis Medical Adds SmartPill GI Monitoring System UC Davis Medical Adds SmartPill GI Monitoring System

Check out the link below for the full story.  The site is still working on a "find a physician" list at this time wh uses the Smar...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mylan Laboratories To Acquire Generics Business Of Merck KGaA For 4.9 Billion Euros Mylan Laboratories To Acquire Generics Business Of Merck KGaA For 4.9 Billion Euros

Mylan Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: MYL) and Merck KGaA today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Mylan will acquire Mer...

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Medicare Plans to Deny Coverage of Artificial Disks Medicare Plans to Deny Coverage of Artificial Disks

  Government regulators said yesterday that Medicare, the federal insurance program, planned to deny coverage for artificial disks implant...

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blue Cross Earmarks $2 Million To Fight Health Reform Plans Blue Cross Earmarks $2 Million To Fight Health Reform Plans

  Blue Cross of California on Thursday launched an advertising campaign to oppose health insurance market reforms that are being proposed ...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

EHRs and Physician Training..Update EHRs and Physician Training..Update

From Modern Health Care...this is a response to an earlier post with physician involvement with implementation of electronic medical records...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Many Small Physician Offices No Longer Provide Injected Medications Because of Medicare Reimbursement Issues Many Small Physician Offices No Longer Provide Injected Medications Because of Medicare Reimbursement Issues

If you are a Medicare participant, this is worth checking out as many of the injection compensations are being changed by Medicare.  Many sm...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Demonstrators to target United Health Shareholders meeting Demonstrators to target United Health Shareholders meeting

United Health Care issues in the news once more...BD MINNEAPOLIS - To dramatize the need for health care reform, several organizations will...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Google declares war on $2 trillion health care industry Google declares war on $2 trillion health care industry

Interesting perspective on medical record technology.  Will we someday "Google" our medical records?  BD The Google health care ...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Pharma Marketing Blog: Dumb Blonde Reps vs. Slovenly Genius Reps Pharma Marketing Blog: Dumb Blonde Reps vs. Slovenly Genius Reps

John Mack creates some good questions here on the Pharma Marketing Blog...the Pharma companies do cater good lunches though, as many of the ...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

FDA Approves Tigris System for testing donated blood FDA Approves Tigris System for testing donated blood

  SAN DIEGO, May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administra...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Insurers Promote Use Of Generic Anticholesterol Drugs Insurers Promote Use Of Generic Anticholesterol Drugs

  The Syracuse Post-Standard on Monday examined how many health insurers have begun to encourage members to use generic versions of the a...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Chapter 7, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for phone calls?" Chapter 7, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for phone calls?"

Windows Live Search for your cell phone can be a huge tool. In this example we did some live lookups on the phone. It has a very simple in...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

California Grants Provide Funds for Nurse Training California Grants Provide Funds for Nurse Training

  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Wednesday announced more than $1.6 million in grants to help fund six nurse training programs statewid...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Hospital Compare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Hospital Compare

I gave this a try this morning using several different search criteria and the results for each hospital selected were given on a bar graph ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why hedge fund managers outearn doctors - BloggingStocks Why hedge fund managers outearn doctors - BloggingStocks

 Interesting comparison on this blog, one person's opinion...BD But there's really more to it than that -- society perceived that ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Health Benefits Direct to Enter California Market With Addition of PacifiCare as Health Insurance Carrier Health Benefits Direct to Enter California Market With Addition of PacifiCare as Health Insurance Carrier

If you have not used one of these services, this is an online service built to help companies and individuals select and purchase various ty...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sometimes, Sightseeing Is a Look at Your X-Rays Sometimes, Sightseeing Is a Look at Your X-Rays

Interesting article about both sides of medical tourism..and brings to light what type of medical attention the citizens of these countries ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Advertising pharmaceuticals with Legos? Advertising pharmaceuticals with Legos?

Does marketing need to go this far?  BD More new business opportunities for drugmakers - cross-promotional moments with toymakers. Here w...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chapter 6, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for Phone calls?" Chapter 6, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for Phone calls?"

In Japan a participant can simply snap a picture of the food and get expert advice back via the cell phone for nutrition information.   BD ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Robotic Surgery May Improve Survival Rate For Prostate Cancer Patients Robotic Surgery May Improve Survival Rate For Prostate Cancer Patients

  Performing less invasive laparoscopic surgery using robotic technology may improve survival rates for prostate cancer patients, accordin...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Patient Pain Medication - Self Dispensing pill medication at bedside Patient Pain Medication - Self Dispensing pill medication at bedside

This is not a new concept as IV dispensers have been around for quite a while, but new technology allows for the same type of dispensing wit...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
 
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