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BioPharma Beat: No, the Facts Don't Always Speak for Themselves

July 14, 2014 by David Davidovic

BioPharma Beat

Shouldn't healthcare be all about making evidence-based decisions? Shouldn’t we credit research and data more than just anecdotal stories? At least that’s what we’re led to believe when we hear about the millions of dollars, high hurdles, and years it takes to approve new diagnostics, drugs and devices.[read more]

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

July 9, 2014 by Charles Settles

photo: Jorge Franganillo / photopin cc

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]

Ethical Decisions: Strong Leadership and Effective Planning Are Key

June 29, 2014 by Christina Thielst

Five Days at Memorial

Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink: If you are involved in hospital, sub acute or SNF leadership or active with ethics, disaster planning or emergency preparedness in your healthcare organization, you need to read this book. You also need to read this book if you are a physician...or nurse.[read more]

Bad Medicine: Spycraft and Vaccination Efforts

May 24, 2014 by Thomas Pane

Vaccination and spycraft

I admire many of the creative efforts used by our intelligence agencies to keep America safe. But some areas should be off-limits. The 2011 intelligence effort to locate Osama bin Laden included a vaccination program aimed at obtaining DNA from children at a compound where bin Laden was suspected of – and later found to be – hiding.[read more]

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The Importance of Keeping Patient Information Secure

May 22, 2014 by Valerie Androutsopoulos

Is this patient data secure?

Medical information is some of the most sensitive client documentation that exists. Keeping a patient’s information secure is an essential part of maintaining patient trust, as well as protecting your company from a lawsuit and tarnishing its reputation.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: We Want Healthcare at Any Price - Until We Have It

May 7, 2014 by David Davidovic
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In healthcare, we tend to desperately want and need solutions to serious problems, at any price, and then when we get them, we immediately think they are too expensive – also at any price.[read more]

Collaborating with Patients in the Digital Information Age

April 23, 2014 by Tali Shenfield

Digitally educated patient (source)

Who hasn’t encountered, in their working lives, a patient who comes to a healthcare appointment having done so much outside research that somewhere along the way he or she has stopped being open to new ideas or prescriptions? But are they really resisting, or just mired in copious, conflicting, and sometimes inaccurate information?[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]

Big Pharma: Direct to Consumer Marketing Is Unethical

March 24, 2014 by Terry Simpson

Direct to consumer marketing

Stop the direct-to-consumer marketing of drugs, and foster the conversation between the doctor and his patient. It is the relationship between the doctor and the “customer-owner” (formerly called patient) that will keep the patient from wanting the latest drug on the market.[read more]

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Direct Primary Care Goes to Washington

February 17, 2014 by Jessica Socheski
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Legislation has been proposed in Washington to allow direct primary healthcare to serve as an acceptable alternative to Obamacare’s government insurance. As this private form of care continues to grow, here are some answers about how it works and why it is being used by more and more people every year.[read more]

23andWho?

February 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler
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23andMe testing kit

I was one of the last people to get full genomic testing using the $99 personal genomic testing kits from 23andMe before the FDA “cease and desist” letter on November 22, 2013. I had sent in my saliva sample and was waiting for results, when the following letter was published by the FDA.[read more]

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Keeping an Eye Out for Medical Fraud

December 16, 2013 by Jessica Socheski

Watch out for medical fraud (image)

The federal government is losing billions of dollars each year because of Medicare fraud, reports Forbes magazine. Becoming familiar with the types of schemes in practice might help patients catch these medical crooks. Here are a few things to look out for.[read more]