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Helping Patients Protect Their Own Personal Health Information

October 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

I was leaving a meeting at a large hospital when I saw a patient record sitting on top of the payment machine in the parking garage. I took the paper records back into the hospital. But it got me thinking about information protection and privacy, and in particular about the many people who still think that a paper print out is more secure than the cloud.[read more]

The Doctor Will Skype You Now: Changing How We Go to the Doctor

October 1, 2014 by Abby Norman

In an era of notorious breaches, hacks and fraud, protecting patient information within telemedicine needs to begin at the outset, while the programs are still in development. Major consideration needs to be given to these features, in addition to usability and data management.[read more]

Online Messaging Can Improve Support Group Relationships

October 1, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

online messaging / shutterstock

Using online services and smartphone apps for private messaging and sharing like Pathcare, Whisper, and CoverMe (an iPhone app for private Texting & Secure Phone Calls), it’s never been easier to conduct a private, ad-free conversation with members of your support group.[read more]

Use Self-Publishing to Promote Your Brand

September 30, 2014 by Michael Sherman

ebooks and marketing

Social media, blogging and white papers are all fantastic ways to create content to brand your hospital or healthcare facility, but they’re all a bit … predictable. So how do you differentiate yourself from the rest so you can shine a little brighter? One surprising way is Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Tool.[read more]

CAP Template Providing Too Much Information?

September 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Synoptic pathology reports can become quite lengthy, and it is easy for the vital components of the report to get lost. How can you structure a pathology report in such a way that it can be beneficial for every person who is a part of the patient's care team? Efficiently summarizing the key points of the report may be the answer.[read more]

Adrenal Pathology Reporting: How to Prevent Errors with Pathology Reporting Software

September 29, 2014 by Tim Edlund

pathology reporting software

Synoptic reporting has become known for its ease of use, as well as for its ability to assist Pathologists and other practitioners in eliminating errors. The question is, how is it possible to avoid errors when the templates are being provided by CAP?[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

September 29, 2014 by Shane Climie, Ph.D.

ebola / shutterstock

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated recent newscasts and shocked many people with the speed and ferocity of its spread. Fortunately, researchers are now also applying the latest technologies to search for new ways to halt Ebola.[read more]

The Future of Medicine: Incredible Innovations to Expect by 2064

September 29, 2014 by Shahid Shah

Medical innovation / shutterstock

The Fred Alger Management team reached out to me recently asking what innovative changes I thought the medical and healthcare industry will be going through over the next 50 years. As Yogi Berra famously quipped “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” but I thought I’d give it a shot.[read more]

Dr. Anonymous: Blogger, Podcaster, Early Adopter [PODCAST]

September 29, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla's perspective on the birth of healthcare social media is unique because he has established a presence in a number of media platforms including a personal website, a blog, a radio show, a podcast, Google Hangouts on air, Twitter and Facebook.[read more]

What Do We Really Know About Patients?

September 28, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Patient data

While EMR data, patient claims data, pharmacy data and lab results are critical to stratify patient populations based on need, much of patient intelligence can only be gathered by talking to the patient. The clinical data we have is designed to treat conditions and get reimbursement for a CPTs and DRGs – not ensure patient recovery.[read more]

Challenges Evaluating mHealth’s Success

September 28, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

mHealth

I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day. What stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months. This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth.[read more]

Apple Health App: A First Taste

September 24, 2014 by David E Williams

I was brave (or stupid enough) to download iOS8 on my iPhone recently. It was neat to see a Health icon pop up on the home screen, and I had a chance to give it a quick look. I think Health is going to lead the market, but not dominate. Here’s my logic.[read more]