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E-cigarettes: The California Cooler of the 21st Century

April 24, 2015 by David E Williams

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New data show 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. They seem safer than smoking, but my view is that, at least for kids, they lower the barriers to unhealthy behaviors by making drug use more like having a candy or soft drink.[read more]

Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

Addressing Medicare Cuts

April 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

Yesterday, the house made a fascinating bipartisan decision to repeal the current Medicare payment model and implement what they term the “doc fix” for reimbursing physicians for their Medicare/Medicaid patients. But the problems to be solved with the reimbursement process are far more complex than a relatively simple patch could possible rectify.[read more]

It's Time to Measure Patient Outcomes

April 16, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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With hospitals, we measure death rates for heart attack patients, timeliness of administering antibiotics and the use of medical imaging. While this is critical information, we have no idea if the patient ever felt better or went back to work.[read more]

Breaking Bad Healthcare: The Story of

April 15, 2015 by Anne Weiler

At a recent event sponsored by University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Kurt DelBene provided a mini-business case on what went wrong with the project and how his team fixed it.[read more]

Whole Foods Medical, Competitive Wellness and Rutabagas

April 14, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

The well-established chain of Whole Foods Markets has long been a grassroots evangelist for natural and healthy foods. And they may be another enterprise entry in the increasingly competitive healthcare delivery arena once reserved for doctors.[read more]

Medication Non-Adherence: A $290 Billion Unnecessary Expenditure

April 13, 2015 by Ashish Varshneya

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Drug therapy problems present a serious issue in healthcare in the United States. Industry estimates suggest total costs of unnecessary medical expenditures resulting from medication non-adherence to be approximately $300 billion, which represents more than 30% of the total waste (excluding fraud and abuse) in the healthcare system.[read more]

Cause Marketing: Autism Awareness Month

April 12, 2015 by Michael Sherman



April is Autism Awareness Month, and it’s a prime opportunity for healthcare providers and facilities to shed light on this condition that affects 1 in 68 children. A successful “cause marketing” campaign can increase awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and bring about positive change in the community and beyond.[read more]

The Fallacy of Patient Engagement

April 10, 2015 by Bill Crounse

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There’s no question that when we are in pain, injured or very sick that we are “engaged” patients. Not only is the patient engaged, but often his or her entire family. The problem is that when we are well again, we tend to disengage and fall back into our usual routines.[read more]

Cancer Drugs: Why the High and Rising Prices?

April 10, 2015 by David E Williams

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While politicians wring their hands, pricing strategists at pharma and biotech companies take action by charging high and rising prices for products for life-threatening illnesses. Cancer is Exhibit A, with many drugs costing more than $100,000 per year of treatment. I don’t expect any dramatic clampdown on cancer drug prices in the near term.[read more]


Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic

"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

Top 5 Facts About CPPA Accreditation

April 9, 2015 by Abby Norman

When it comes to accreditation for specialty pharmacies, you’re probably already familiar with a few — URAC ring a bell? You may not know about CPPA, the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, so we’ve got the top five facts you need to know.[read more]