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7 Tips to Picking the Best Nursing Program

September 7, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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With all of the available nursing programs to choose from, picking just one can be a difficult decision. Chances are your decision process will be full of more questions than answers, but with these 7 tips, you can be sure to pick the best nursing program – or at least narrow your choices.[read more]

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When Is Social Media Anti-Social?

September 3, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

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Good social media channels have clearly articulated rules around how you can engage, normally based around some basic principles. But it’s not always that simple in reality - something which was reinforced to me in a discussion with a friend of mine who had just been booted out of a LinkedIn group.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: 7 Reasons Healthcare Professionals Should Blog

August 29, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

Healthcare blogs vary in content and style; they range from commentary on a topical issue to patients sharing the lived experience of a disease and healthcare professionals educating patients on the management of an illness. There are several ways that healthcare professionals can benefit from creating their own blogs.[read more]

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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: A Guide to Social Media Monitoring for Healthcare

August 15, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

Social media is a two-way conversation that requires you to listen more than you talk. With increasing numbers of patients turning to the Internet to research their health and joining online patient communities to discuss their care, it is good practice to have a system in place for monitoring what is being said about you online.[read more]

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5 Things to Know About How Physicians Use Tech

August 15, 2014 by Cliff McClintick

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It’s not hard to identify a few patterns in how doctors use technology. Understanding the trends can help CIOs and CEOs make policy and technology decisions that lead to efficient healthcare. Here are a few insights into how doctors are navigating the digital world.[read more]

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Open-Source EHR: Benefits and Drawbacks

August 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

As is the case in any "boom" industry, EHR software has had some well-publicized issues, including low user satisfaction, claims of fraud due to copy-and-paste or "upcoding," and poor interoperability between EHR programs. Open-source EHR software, while not a cure-all, can help solve many of these problems.[read more]

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3 Major Technologies Providers Need for Population Health Management

August 5, 2014 by Zach Watson

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Population health management offers great potential for reducing costs throughout the continuum of care. However, the technological barrier to entry can be high. Here are the three major technologies providers will need to adopt in order to effectively implement PHM.[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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Beyond the Buzz: 13 Unwritten Rules of Healthcare Tweeting

August 1, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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Twitter is a conversation, and just as you observe conversation etiquette in real life, when it comes to healthcare tweeting there are unwritten rules, too. If you are new to Twitter, becoming familiar with these rules will ease your transition into its culture; if you are already an experienced tweeter, see how you score on your Twitter etiquette.[read more]

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Why Mobile Apps Will Become Synonymous with Patient Care

August 1, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Now that medical practices have begun using electronic medical records, embracing a mobile application is the most natural next step. People of all ages and income levels are using mobile technology to manage their lives. With the right patient care app, they can manage their healthcare as well.[read more]

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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

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The Future of Medicine: How Cloud Computing Is Paving the Way to Better Medical Research

July 24, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Finding ways to cut the costs of medical research along with its long timetable has been a goal for doctors for a long time, and a breakthrough looks to have finally been achieved through the use of cloud computing. At the heart of medical research using cloud computing is the vast potential from big data.[read more]

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What's Google Doing with Healthcare Blogs?

July 22, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

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Has Google got something against smaller blogging sites? The conspiracy theorists might surmise here that Google is favoring listings towards those sites that spend the most money with them, but I like to take a more optimistic approach towards the situation.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: 10 Questions to Ask Before Setting Up Healthcare Social Media

July 18, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

Are you thinking of engaging with social media for your healthcare brand? Are you a health practitioner or marketer who has already started with social media but you are not seeing the results you had hoped for? This week's article will guide you through ten questions you should ask yourself before diving into social media waters.[read more]

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Best Practices for Boosting Patient Portal Engagement

July 17, 2014 by Zach Watson
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A patient portal needn’t just be another piece of the Meaningful Use puzzle; this type of technology can have tangible benefits for your practice. Patients enjoy the expanded freedom patient portals give them in relation to their healthcare, and what’s good for your patients is good for your practice.[read more]

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Hospitals Using Smartphones to Connect and Engage with Patients

July 15, 2014 by Kathleen Poulos

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Connect with your patients, one smartphone at a time. Today, smartphones can be found in the hands of 58% of American adults and they’re checking those phones at least once an hour. It only makes sense that this growing use of technology would carry over to healthcare.[read more]

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

July 14, 2014 by David Davidovic

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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

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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]

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5 Breakthrough Technologies in Orthopedic Rehabilitation

July 8, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Orthopedic rehabilitation is a constantly evolving field. Advances in science and an increasingly better understanding of orthotics have allowed doctors and other medical professionals to give patients more advanced rehab options.[read more]