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3 Steps Toward Preparing for a Provider Rating System

October 9, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

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There has been a lot of dialogue lately regarding CMS’s potential expansion of a star rating system to providers. Not surprisingly, it is being rather heavily opposed. The difficulty with such a system is whether a star, or any other indicator, is ensuring the rating actually measures what it is intended to.[read more]

Collaborative Learning: Ebola

October 7, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post Collaborative Learning: Ebola because I empathize with the Presbyterian Hospital ED physician who sent the patient home initially. Unfortunately, this is how we learn to improve: by making mistakes, owning up to our shortcomings, and resolving to do better the next time.[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

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

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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]

What the Ebola Outbreak Shows Us About Modern Health Technology

September 19, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

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Unfortunately, emerging disease outbreaks are nothing new. However, the current Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is showing us more than just the cracks in international public health response effectiveness: it is also showing how modern healthcare technology can help defeat the virus and how it could be applied to other emerging diseases.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. This is most likely caused by poor administration rather than poor care.[read more]

Taking a Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct

September 17, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

The reason that I entitled this post “A Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct” is that I was pleased that it had been selected for presentation at a major surgical meeting. For too long, this subject has been swept under the rug.[read more]

No More Tobacco at CVS

September 5, 2014 by Brad Wright
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CVS: Tobacco-free

As of September 2, CVS–the ubiquitous pharmacy/convenience store–has stopped selling tobacco products, including both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. This is a bold move from the retailer, which is also planning to rebrand itself as “CVS Health” to emphasize its place in the health care delivery chain.[read more]

Alleged Photo Leaks Prompt Question: Can Apple Keep Healthcare Data Secure?

September 4, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Healthcare data in the cloud

If the alleged leak of risque celebrity photos from iCloud was going to happen, it couldn’t have happened at a much worse time. Apple is just a week away from unveiling its new iPhone and health wearable, according to reports. Now the question is: can Apple keep their health data secure?[read more]

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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

Massive Data Breach: Time for Sports Analogies?

August 26, 2014 by David Harlow

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

Physicians Lose Right of Free Speech

August 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A Federal Appeals Court recently decided in a Florida case that physicians could be sanctioned if they asked patients if they owned firearms if it was not medically necessary to do so. Entering this information into the medical record could also result professional discipline.[read more]