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Medical Image Archiving in the Cloud? Consider the 4 S’s

August 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical imaging

One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. What should you be looking for in a cloud storage partner? Let me suggest some of the things I think need to be top of mind. Let’s call them the 4 S’s of data storage.[read more]

Think Like a Reviewer: Utilization Review

August 31, 2014 by Abby Norman

utilization review

One of the major focuses for utilization review teams is the issue of medical necessity. Because medical necessity is a topic that will often bring about the skepticism of Recovery Audit Contractors, it’s important to assess the issue on an ongoing basis.[read more]

Health Care Conferences This Fall

August 31, 2014 by David Harlow

Your faithful HealthBlawger will be out and about at a number of conferences and events this fall, speaking, moderating ...and immoderately disrupting. I hope to see you at one or more of these. Read on for links to registration; I look forward to seeing folks at all of these conferences. Please say hello.[read more]

The Medical Marijuana Mess

August 30, 2014 by David E Williams

recreational marijuana

Marijuana should be decriminalized so that those who consume it for whatever purpose are not subject to arrest and imprisonment, with all the personal and societal costs that brings, but the widespread use of marijuana should not be encouraged.[read more]

Doctors 2.0 Storify at World Health Innovation Day

August 30, 2014 by Denise Silber

World Health Innovation Day

Enjoy this storify relating the sessions at the first World Innovation Day for Health Competition in Geneva.[read more]

How the New Requirements for Pathology Lab Accreditation Benefit You

August 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Pathology Lab

Appropriate, clear and concise clinical documentation methods are vital for every patient's medical record. In the field of Pathology, clinical documentation is even more critical. The Joint Commission has issued new requirements for accreditation. As of July 1, 2014, every Pathology lab is required to use synoptic reporting in order to qualify.[read more]

Doctor Entrepreneur: What Patient-Customers Want Is Good Business

August 29, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch


Doctors and patients have adopted new roles for themselves in the healthcare delivery system in the wake of healthcare reform. The “new normal” for patients includes a stronger and more proactive participation in personal health matters. More than ever, the role of the patient is that of an informed consumer.[read more]

5 Issues Associated with Medical Necessity

August 29, 2014 by Abby Norman

Medical necessity

There are few things more frustrating to a physician than a pile of Medical Necessity edits. Medical Necessity is the term we use in healthcare to describe care what is reasonable and appropriate for a patient based on evidence-based care standards.[read more]


Beyond the Buzz: 7 Reasons Healthcare Professionals Should Blog

August 29, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

Healthcare blogs vary in content and style; they range from commentary on a topical issue to patients sharing the lived experience of a disease and healthcare professionals educating patients on the management of an illness. There are several ways that healthcare professionals can benefit from creating their own blogs.[read more]

8 Things CFOs Must Know About Health Reform

August 29, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides: OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

Health care in the US is a multi-billion dollar business, and understanding the financial implications of health reform will make or break every CFO. Knowing that health access, demand, quality and payment changes are inevitable there is an immediate need for CFOs across the ecosystems to embrace and plan for transformation.[read more]

VCs Are Investing Heavily in Healthcare

August 29, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

VC investments

Investing in Healthcare is becoming extremely lucrative; so lucrative, in fact, organizations that historically focused on delivering clinical care have developed their own VC arms. This is a unique business model shift - so what is the value of such investments?[read more]

The Importance of Link Copy in Your Online Marketing Campaigns

August 28, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

What do your links say?

Site links are a powerful way to shorten your conversion funnel. Properly used, site links make your website a better stop for visitors and your business as they increase click-through-rates; cover more search engine results pages (SERPs); make for stronger internal pages; and foster consumer trust.[read more]