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Pharma Is from Mars, Patients Are from Venus

April 2, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

As the pharmaceutical industry faces increasing pressure to be more patient-centric, ensuring sufficient focus on the ultimate end consumer for medicines is starting to permeate into every aspect of its business, or so it would seem if you believe what is being said.[read more]

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Using Advanced Social Intelligence to Understand the Patient Journey

March 30, 2015 by Robert Gardner

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Today’s digital social age presents an incredible opportunity for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. For years, the struggle to understand evolving patient needs in order to strategically align and address them has been at the forefront of the value proposition for healthcare. Today the dynamics have completely shifted in the “open social age.”[read more]

Nursing Shortage or Nursing Surplus?

February 14, 2015 by David E Williams

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The conventional wisdom has been that we are facing a looming, massive shortage of nurses – in the hundreds of thousands in 10 or 15 years. I’ve always looked at those numbers with raised eyebrows, especially since they are often pushed by those with a vested interest in boosting the number of nursing students.[read more]

4 Barriers to Private Practice for Med School Graduates

February 6, 2015 by Andy Salmen

Released in September of 2013, Epocrates' 8th Annual Future Physicians of America Survey asked more than 1,000 U.S. medical students to share their opinions about healthcare and their career goals. Today's medical students are overwhelmingly planning to join group practices or hospitals instead of starting solo or partnership practices.[read more]

Medicine Is an Art and Science

February 4, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Judgment Outweighs Knowledge

Medicine is an art, not a science. We’ve all heard that maxim before, but what does it actually mean for living, breathing patients? Knowledge and experience are important, but judgment trumps them both, in my view. The best clinicians are those who consistently exercise excellent medical judgment.[read more]

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The Interview: Some Lessons for Healthcare PR

December 29, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

I should be writing about my highlights for healthcare in 2014, but I’m not going to. Firstly, because it’s already being done by many others who can write far more eloquently on specific healthcare topics than I can, and secondly, because I’ve been fascinated by the whole saga surrounding Sony Pictures’ ‘The Interview’ in recent weeks.[read more]

10 Best Jobs in Healthcare

December 19, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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Over the years I've supported young healthcare professionals with my ideas about the best jobs in healthcare. These usually arose as a result of the difficulty I found in finding qualified candidates for openings in my healthcare organizations. Here's a list of the 10 best jobs in healthcare, and it's one I agree with.[read more]

#HCSM Tweet Chat Founder Dana Lewis [PODCAST]

December 8, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

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Meet Dana Lewis, the founder of one of the most popular healthcare tweet chats, #HCSM. Dana, who has recently started a new job at Providence Health & Services, founded the first healthcare tweet-chat which often has over 1,800 tweets generated during the hour-long chat on Sunday nights at 8:00pm Central time.[read more]

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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]

HPI Safety Summit: Communication Key Component of High Reliability Journey

November 12, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

HPI is endeavoring to make the language of patient safety universal across healthcare by providing consistent, process-driven training that gives healthcare professionals a vocabulary in high reliability, resilience and a systems approach to care.[read more]

Secure Physician Network: Brainstorming for Cures [PODCAST]

October 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy
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Realizing the need for a secure communications network to engage their orthopedic surgeons and physicians, Duke University Medical Center developed a secure physician network to to allow intercollegiate conversations. In 2011, the platform was spun off as a med-tech startup called for[MD]. Here's our interview with Greg Chang, the co-founder.[read more]

Innovation, Primary Care Style

October 13, 2014 by David Harlow

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On a recent evening at Harvard Medical School, the Primary Care Innovation Challenge and Pitch-Off brought together six finalists, primary care luminaries and trainees, and a host of hangers-on and camp followers for a couple of hours of demos and discussions.[read more]