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Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Ebola

Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

Beyond Ebola: Doximity and Doctors Without Borders Work to Fight Infectious Disease

October 23, 2014 by Doximity Blog

Ebola

Doximity and Doctors Without Borders have begun working to recruit physicians for field operations, starting with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) projects. MSF is able to access advanced search tools on Doximity’s platform of 300,000+ US physicians to find the best candidates to fill their most pressing roles.[read more]

Little Things Do Make a Big Difference: Globalizing Personal Health

October 14, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Dr. Anita Goel

In a world where nearly 4 billion people lack access to basic health care, the need for mobile testing using simple methods such as a single drop of blood could have momentous impacts on care. The level of individualized, near real-time care could become a reality in the developing world, as well as in many remote areas of the industrialized world.[read more]

Ebola and the Bigger Patient Safety Issue

October 13, 2014 by David E Williams

Screwups happen in hospitals every day. Individual cases are being reported now because they’re Ebola-related and therefore newsworthy. I’m hopeful that a positive byproduct of the Ebola scrutiny will be a renewed awareness of patient safety and quality of care issues by hospitals and patients.[read more]

Singapore Scores a 10 in Health and Healthcare

October 8, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Singapore

Singapore's 5.4 million people receive healthcare that is ranked 6th in the world by WHO. The country has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world and places 4th in the world for a life expectancy of 80 for males and 85 for females. I’d have to give Singapore an all-around “10” compared to many of the countries I visit on business these days.[read more]

Collaborative Learning: Ebola

October 7, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

emergency room (ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com)

I entitled this post Collaborative Learning: Ebola because I empathize with the Presbyterian Hospital ED physician who sent the patient home initially. Unfortunately, this is how we learn to improve: by making mistakes, owning up to our shortcomings, and resolving to do better the next time.[read more]

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Medical Claims Processing

October 6, 2014 by Alleli Aspili

Outsource your medical claims?

There was a time in the past when the tedious and complicated task of medical claims processing was a hands-on responsibility for physicians and doctors. Now, healthcare organizations get a lot more when they outsource their medical claims processing tasks to a third party.[read more]

Were the Beatles Wrong About "When I Am Sixty-Four"?

October 5, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Interviewing a cancer researcher at the ESMO 2014 Congress

I am happy to tell Ringo, Paul and George that today I am 64 and feeling strong, vibrant, and not headed to living in a cottage and sitting by the fire. Too much to do! I am writing this from Madrid and the ESMO – European Society for Medical Oncology—2014 Congress, and I am happy to report there’s a lot of positive energy here.[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

September 29, 2014 by Shane Climie, Ph.D.

ebola / shutterstock

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated recent newscasts and shocked many people with the speed and ferocity of its spread. Fortunately, researchers are now also applying the latest technologies to search for new ways to halt Ebola.[read more]

Dr. Anonymous: Blogger, Podcaster, Early Adopter [PODCAST]

September 29, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla's perspective on the birth of healthcare social media is unique because he has established a presence in a number of media platforms including a personal website, a blog, a radio show, a podcast, Google Hangouts on air, Twitter and Facebook.[read more]

What Do We Really Know About Patients?

September 28, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Patient data

While EMR data, patient claims data, pharmacy data and lab results are critical to stratify patient populations based on need, much of patient intelligence can only be gathered by talking to the patient. The clinical data we have is designed to treat conditions and get reimbursement for a CPTs and DRGs – not ensure patient recovery.[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]