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Big Data, Small Insights and Incalculable Benefits for Patients

January 27, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

Every day I hear commentary about how exciting big data is in all its glory and the plentiful applications it has in helping improve people’s health. And it does. But amidst all this big data and excitement over the depths of analysis it can provide, it’s important to remember the value of smaller scale, more qualitative research.[read more]

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Scope of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Current State of Application and Future Potential

January 26, 2015 by Varsha Jain

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The use of nanotechnology for developing efficient drug delivery systems has remained a topic of interest for many years now. Here are a few highlights that give testament to the fact that nanotechnology can be the true enabler of highly efficient drug delivery systems.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: A Practical Guide to Building an Online Healthcare Community

January 23, 2015 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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Social media has accelerated the growth of community, allowing people to come together regardless of time or place. To attract an online audience you need to consistently create and curate useful content. People will come for the content, but they will stay for the community.[read more]

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Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Paranoia, or a Tangible Threat?

January 23, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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When the US Food and Drug Administrationin October 2014 released a nine-page document of guidelines on how to manage the risk of cybersecurity in medical devices, many believed that the step was too little too late. The danger of hacking into hospital equipment is a problem that needs to be tackled right at the prototype and design stage.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

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PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

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Congenital Hearing Deformities at the Brink of a Breakthrough

January 12, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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The team at University College of London has created an exact replica of a human ear with the help of 3D scanning and printing technology, and while the procedure has already been tested on rats with successful results, human testing is projected to begin soon. It's a procedure that could mark the end of microtia in humans.[read more]

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HealthWorks Collective Connects People for a Better Healthcare Business

January 6, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

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Making healthcare a better business for everyone is something that I’ve injected into my training as an emergency medicine physician, all while honing my bedside manner. It’s also why I have decided to work closely with the team at Healthworks Collective: to connect more people dedicated to building a better healthcare system.[read more]

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Making a Case for Sustainable Health Care

January 6, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

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A new report from the UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health points out the potential escalation of Dengue risk due to climate change. The study found that as the world gets warmer, it is getting increasingly friendly for the Aedes mosquitoes to thrive.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: 35 Success Strategies for Healthcare Social Media in 2015

January 2, 2015 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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The start of a new year is the perfect time to review your social media strategy: to determine what’s working best, ditch or revise what isn’t, and resolve to build a stronger online brand. In today’s article I will share 35 ways for you to make 2015 the year you take your social media marketing to new heights of success.[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]

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Beyond the Buzz: ‘Tis the Season to Get Social

December 19, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor
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With less than a week to Christmas Day, it’s still not too late to add some festive cheer to your healthcare social media marketing. In today’s article I will share ten tips to build holiday cheer into your healthcare social media marketing and get your audience in the holiday mood.[read more]

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5 Things to Consider in Your Healthcare Big Data Strategy

December 18, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Big data is bringing big benefits to health care. Fewer hospitalizations and readmissions, better diagnostic tools, newer and safer medications, reduced healthcare costs and improved patient outcomes are all the result of big data adoption in healthcare settings.[read more]

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Adapting to Millennials with Health Care Technology

December 10, 2014 by Charlie Kimball

Home health monitoring is going to increase in use over the next few years as doctors and patients seek more information, and the group of people most likely to embrace it wholeheartedly is the Millennials. Leveraging the reasons this is so could open up a market as large as the Boomers over the next decade.[read more]

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Why Boeing's ACO Experiment Needs to Succeed

December 9, 2014 by Travis McKnight

This month the world’s biggest aerospace company, Boeing, is giving roughly 30,000 of its employees and retirees in the Seattle area the option to change their health care to one of two new ACOs, University of Washington Medicine Accountable Care Network or Providence-Swedish Health Alliance.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: Doctors Who Blog - An Interview with Dr. Brian Stork

December 5, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

I recently interviewed urologist Dr. Brian Stork - whose eponymous blog is a blend of digital health, social media, urology and bee-keeping - on the reason he blogs and if he has any advice to offer healthcare professionals who wish to blog too.[read more]

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Medical Device Security and the FDA

December 4, 2014 by Rick Deglado

For now, opting to follow FDA regulations is only voluntary, but that shouldn’t encourage manufacturers or hospitals to take their cybersecurity lightly. With new devices come new threats, and healthcare organizations could face severe penalties if they don’t take the right steps to protect their patients and their information.[read more]

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Prefilled Syringes: A Ready Answer to Saving Billions of Dollars and Mitigating Medical Errors

December 2, 2014 by Varsha Jain

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Within the $70 billion plus global market for injectable drugs, one specialty segment – the prefilled syringe – has garnered noteworthy popularity since the 1980s. Given that prefilled syringes have seamlessly adapted to contemporary medical demands, their popularity doesn’t come as a surprise.[read more]

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The Importance of the Cloud and Data Security in Healthcare

November 25, 2014 by Rick Deglado

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With effective network security, cloud computing can revolutionize the healthcare industry by making it easier for health professional to share critical data, giving patients greater control over their own health records and making the healthcare workplace more efficient.[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]