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Patient Portals: Hiding in Plain Sight

August 20, 2014 by David E Williams

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Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot.[read more]

Visions of Care

August 20, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Americans want doctors who care about them, not just for them. Yes, we do want clinicians to be competent and skilled. But above all, we want doctors who genuinely care about our lives, listen to our concerns and allay our anxieties. So the visions of doctoring offered by two physician writers last week presented a jarring contrast.[read more]

To Up Patient Satisfaction, Hospital Supply Chain Units Need Better IT and Technology

August 20, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management.[read more]

Seizing the Opportunity for Transformative Change in Healthcare

August 19, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

As individuals, we all have that issue, topic, or subject that truly drives us. The healthcare industry is seeing an infusion of people that have this escalated passion. Couple this passion with innovative platforms and applications, and the opportunity to deliver truly transformative change can be realized.[read more]

The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

HelpAround Opens Up the Diabetes Patient Discussion

August 18, 2014 by Shay Moser

Yishai Knobel, CEO & co-founder of HelpAround

“Research has shown that peer support drives medical outcomes,” says Yishai Knobel, CEO and co-founder of HelpAround, the first mobile platform for the diabetes community. “We harness the superior trust, empathy, and camaraderie within the diabetes patient community, allowing members to discover peers who truly ‘get it.’”[read more]

Can Savvy Marketing Solve the Problem of Low Clinical Trial Recruitment?

August 18, 2014 by Dan Stempel

Low recruitment problems?

It’s not that manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies are not willing to spend money on recruitment; in reality, enrollment marketing comprises about 40% of their clinical trial budgets. The problem lies more in the fact that they are trying to recruit tech-savvy patients with old fashioned marketing strategies.[read more]

Andre Blackman: Sustain or Die Manifesto [PODCAST]

August 18, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman is an influential and connected agent of change/innovation within the health care community. He is very passionate about the intersection of media, technology and useful innovative concepts as it relates to the improvement of population and systemic health.[read more]

Better Health IT: Is Sending Docs to Tech School the Answer?

August 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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I’m all for education and career improvement. I’m just not sure that the best way to improve Health IT is to get more physicians trained in IT so they can move into IT roles. Goodness knows the time and education required to become, and continue to perform as, a really good clinician is demanding enough.[read more]

First Steps in Inbound Marketing for Medical Device Companies

August 15, 2014 by Chen Sirkis

inbound marketing (Photo: MikeBlogs)

Inbound Marketing places focus on creating engaging, valuable content that attracts people who need what you are selling. Medical device professionals can benefit from Inbound Marketing by following these three steps to get started.[read more]

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5 Things to Know About How Physicians Use Tech

August 15, 2014 by Cliff McClintick

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It’s not hard to identify a few patterns in how doctors use technology. Understanding the trends can help CIOs and CEOs make policy and technology decisions that lead to efficient healthcare. Here are a few insights into how doctors are navigating the digital world.[read more]

Assuring Safe Patient Health Information (PHI) in Radiology

August 14, 2014 by Andy Salmen

According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI is short for "protected health information." Keeping this information private and secure is essential in order to avoid negative repercussions for the patient and to avoid civil and criminal penalties that could be incurred if a practice fails to comply with HIPAA Rules.[read more]