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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]

Patience Is a Virtue

September 22, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

A bottomless chasm separates health care in developed and developing countries. This situation seems largely acceptable to the West. It’s rarely noted in policy debates. WHO and Doctors Without Borders have it covered. The philosophical arguments about fairness and the less fortunate are centuries-old. No new insights forthcoming.[read more]

Are Those Cute Baby Pictures in the Doctor's Office Offending HIPAA?

September 18, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Pictures and Privacy

Baby pictures have a nearly universal “human touch” appeal. On the social media scale of cuteness, engagement and share-ability, babies, kids and grandkids are at the top. But evidently “cute” has its limits when baby pictures are publically posted, as they commonly are, in doctors’ offices.[read more]

Why Outsourcing Your IRO Is a Good Idea

September 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

Outsourcing IROs

In any industry there are times when an outside perspective is the difference between progress and an impasse. In healthcare, where the bottom line of can be at odds with the wants and needs of the patients and payers, a third-party perspective can help to untangle the web of miscommunication.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Patient Engagement

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]

Don't Forget Importance of Trust, Listening in Healthcare Delivery

September 15, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen knows the healthcare system not only as a doctor, but also as a caregiver. The emergency medicine physician at George Washington University noticed a startling disconnect between patients and doctors as she juggled medical training while also helping her mother undergo breast cancer treatment nearly a decade ago.[read more]

Visions of Care

August 20, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Americans want doctors who care about them, not just for them. Yes, we do want clinicians to be competent and skilled. But above all, we want doctors who genuinely care about our lives, listen to our concerns and allay our anxieties. So the visions of doctoring offered by two physician writers last week presented a jarring contrast.[read more]

Doc Foreman: Suicide Education and Twitter [PODCAST]

August 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. April C. Foreman

Get Social Health talks to Dr. April C. Foreman (or @DocForeman to her social media following). She is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans in Louisiana as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator and is a leader of the Twitter Chat #SPSM every Sunday night on Suicide Prevention and Social Media.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Imagination Is More Important Than Innovation

August 5, 2014 by David Davidovic

I know that this will sound like heresy to most people in the “innovation machine” who could never accept that anything can be more important than innovation itself. But, in my view, innovation is more of the process and the output – and is not the actual catalyst.[read more]

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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]