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Big Data = Big Brother? Leveraging Transaction Data for Better Healthcare

July 9, 2014 by Charles Settles

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Based on the results of countless studies - such as a 2011 Synovate study in which 52% of women admitted lying to their healthcare providers - and the experience of thousands of physicians, the fact patients lie should come as no surprise to any medical provider. But what if physicians didn't have to rely on patient honesty?[read more]

Are Your Medical Priorities Straight?

July 3, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Weighing medical priorities

An important physician skill is to judge which medical issues and tests should have a priority status. Often, it is not so easy to determine the medical priorities and different physician specialists on the case may disagree on what should be the next step. Consider these hypothetical scenarios.[read more]

Patient-Centered Physicians Have Lower Diagnostic Testing Costs

June 26, 2014 by Steve Wilkins

Diagnostic costs

For many physicians, the term “patient-centered” conjures up fears of longer office visits and patients demanding expensive diagnostic tests and procedures they don’t need. Several studies in recent years have shown that physicians with a patient-centered communication style had significantly lower diagnostic costs.[read more]


BioPharma Beat: Apple and the Dawn of the Worried Well (the Sequel)

June 3, 2014 by David Davidovic

Apple Announces HealthKit dashboard

Yesterday at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, in their much-anticipated keynote, Apple announced the launch of “HealthKit,” a hub app for iOS to integrate health and fitness information in a common ecosystem. They also announced partnerships with The Mayo Clinic, with Nike, and others to support the application.[read more]

Staying Competitive – Financing Medical Equipment and Technology in the Global Healthcare Market

May 20, 2014 by Gary Amos

medical technology

The rise in the demand for healthcare is driving the need for up-to-date medical equipment and technology. While the equipment investment requirements take different forms in different regions of the world, there is one common thread: creating financially sustainable healthcare systems is imperative and methods of accessing private capital are vital.[read more]

SolveBio Scores $2M to Clean Up and Index Genomic Data for Developers

May 19, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

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Hospitals and companies are building analysis tools that compare an individual’s DNA data against other people’s to guide diagnosis and treatment. One challenge in doing that, according to SolveBio, is that right now there’s relatively little reference data.[read more]

2014 Healthcare Marketing Report

May 2, 2014 by David Avitabile

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Healthcare as we know it is changing beyond recognition, and so it healthcare marketing. This report looks at the major changes taking place, and how they will impact healthcare marketers in three key industry sectors: pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and personalized medicine, and healthcare IT.[read more]


ICD-10? Get Ready for ICD-11

May 2, 2014 by Charles Settles

ICD-9 & ICD-10 differences

ICD-10 implementation has been called medicine’s perfect storm. Between the deadlines for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2, ICD-10, and other health IT requirements, it’s not surprising many are looking ahead to ICD-11 with trepidation.[read more]


Why EHRs are Key to Better Clinical Data

April 29, 2014 by Charles Settles


When the EHR mandates were passed down in ARRA in 2009, the idea was that moving patient records to an electronic format would improve clinical efficiency and treatment outcomes, thereby lowering medical costs. Now EMR software is being used to collect massive amounts of data that will, in time, improve treatment outcomes.[read more]

Patient-Centered Physicians Have Lower Diagnostic Testing Costs

April 25, 2014 by Steve Wilkins

Patient-centered care / shutterstock

For many physicians, the term “patient-centered” conjures up fears of longer office visits and patients demanding expensive diagnostic tests and procedures they don’t need. But the reality is that these “perceptions,” while real to the beholder, don’t necessarily stand up to the evidence.[read more]

Monash Health Benefits from a Vendor-Neutral Archive

April 24, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Tony Gabbert, Operations Manager at Monash Health

Monash Health in Victoria, Australia, has implemented a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) to store, secure, and access its medical images and other clinical data. Tony Gabbert, operations manager at Monash Health, told us that the facility has many sources of imaging, and that using a VNA provides a better experience for the physicians and the patients.[read more]

Lack of Listening Is the Core Problem in American Health Care

April 17, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

social listening

When doctors do not have enough time to really listen the result is that they do not listen. A study from 1984 of primary care physicians observed throughout patient visits revealed that the doctor interrupted the patient within 18 seconds on average. This lack of listening is the core care problem in American healthcare today.[read more]