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Personalize Your Hospital with Instagram's Hyperlapse App

September 2, 2014 by Michael Sherman

Instagram recently released a second stand-alone app called Hyperlapse. It allows users to create short, time-lapsed clips without the assistance of any additional high-tech video equipment. For a healthcare facility, this app has much untapped marketing potential. Here are four ways you can put it to work at your facility to enhance brand awareness.[read more]

Crowdfunding Cancer Research: Martin (Marty) Smith

September 2, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Marty Smith

Martin (Marty) Smith talks to Get Social Health about the radical change in his life when he heard the words cancer and his name in the same sentence. Taking the challenge as a call to action, Marty rode a bike across America, started a business and launched not one but two crowdfunding platforms for cancer research.[read more]

TalkItt: An App That Gives Voice to the Speech Impaired

September 2, 2014 by Diogo Costa

TalkItt is much more than a simple speech recognition software, as it can pick up specific patterns and syllables (like if someone says "sho-ko-la", the app will now that the person means "chocolate"), even creating something like a dictionary based on the user's type of speech.[read more]

An Exemption to the Insurance Mandate That Looks a Lot Like Insurance Without the Assurance

September 2, 2014 by Brad Wright

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I would encourage us to think broadly about who we consider our neighbors and how we care for them, and to engage with “faith-based insurance alternatives” with a keen understanding of the fact that they have many redeeming qualities, but that they are not–by their own admission and design–in the business of insurance.[read more]

Promote Your Research Departments, Promote Your Clinical Trial

September 1, 2014 by Dan Stempel

Clinical trial research

The successful marketing of your clinical trial can make or break a product launch. But let’s face it: clinical trials are not always the easiest sell. By focusing on promoting not just your clinical trial, but also your research department and overall “brand,” you gain enhanced opportunities to engage and retain clinical trial participants.[read more]

Post or Perish? Disseminating Scientific Research and the Kardashian Index

September 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Publish or perish has long been the mantra of academic research. While this used to be limited to peer-reviewed journals, researchers are increasingly needing to include public outreach through social media to their list of communication vehicles.[read more]

Moving from Volume-Based to Value-Based Reimbursement

September 1, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The shift from a volume based reimbursement format to value based one is taking shape across the country. Healthcare providers are being urged to move from payments based on quantity of services provided to payments based on the values of these services.[read more]

Health Care Conferences This Fall

August 31, 2014 by David Harlow

Your faithful HealthBlawger will be out and about at a number of conferences and events this fall, speaking, moderating ...and immoderately disrupting. I hope to see you at one or more of these. Read on for links to registration; I look forward to seeing folks at all of these conferences. Please say hello.[read more]

Think Like a Reviewer: Utilization Review

August 31, 2014 by Abby Norman

utilization review

One of the major focuses for utilization review teams is the issue of medical necessity. Because medical necessity is a topic that will often bring about the skepticism of Recovery Audit Contractors, it’s important to assess the issue on an ongoing basis.[read more]

How the New Requirements for Pathology Lab Accreditation Benefit You

August 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Pathology Lab

Appropriate, clear and concise clinical documentation methods are vital for every patient's medical record. In the field of Pathology, clinical documentation is even more critical. The Joint Commission has issued new requirements for accreditation. As of July 1, 2014, every Pathology lab is required to use synoptic reporting in order to qualify.[read more]

5 Issues Associated with Medical Necessity

August 29, 2014 by Abby Norman

Medical necessity

There are few things more frustrating to a physician than a pile of Medical Necessity edits. Medical Necessity is the term we use in healthcare to describe care what is reasonable and appropriate for a patient based on evidence-based care standards.[read more]

Doctor Entrepreneur: What Patient-Customers Want Is Good Business

August 29, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch


Doctors and patients have adopted new roles for themselves in the healthcare delivery system in the wake of healthcare reform. The “new normal” for patients includes a stronger and more proactive participation in personal health matters. More than ever, the role of the patient is that of an informed consumer.[read more]