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12 Great Clinical Trial Finder Websites

August 31, 2015 by Joan Justice

Consider Clinical Trials!

Searching for a clinical trial is getting easier! There are several other trial finders besides the behemoth ClinicalTrials.gov, some that are designed to be very user-friendly and some that offer toll-free numbers with specified navigators to help you with your search.[read more]

Director of First Impressions and Other Great Job Titles

August 31, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Recently I was looking for a new school for one of my daughters. In that process, I phoned one of the prospective organizations—a modern school with a good reputation and a progressive-sounding name.The individual who answered the phone was...[read more]

The Digital-Digital Trend in Doctor-Patient Encounters

August 30, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Here’s a totally unscientific marketing experiment: Look up from your smartphone (just for a moment) and scan the people at any Starbucks—or any airline departure lounge—or any street corner.It’s become a social caricature: People of all ages have...[read more]

Computer aided diagnosis for mental health: two important strides

August 30, 2015 by David E Williams

Advancing the state of the artResearchers are using modern technologies to develop advanced tools to assist with the assessment of mental health problems. We hear a lot about “big data” and genetic sequencing, which can be expensive and complex, but...[read more]

Medtech: Numbers and Size of Fundings, Jan-Aug 2015

August 30, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Fundings in medtech in 2015 follow a common pattern in that most fundings are between $1 million and $5 million — in 2015 thus far, we have identified 111 separate fundings in the $1M-$5M range — with the aggregate value of all fundings in this...[read more]

Patient Survives Death Sentence - Medical Negligence?

August 30, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Doctors do not know everything.    We make mistakes and mistakes in judgment.  Sometimes we make the mistake of speaking when we should keep silent.  At times, patients ask us questions that we can’t or shouldn’t answer; and...[read more]

Medical technologies under development at startups, August 2015

September 1, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Below is a list of the technologies under development at medical technology startups identified in August 2015 and added to the Medtech Startup Database.Non-hormonal, non-invasive treatment for vaginal dryness and atrophy.Vascular access technology for hemodialysis and oncology.Stents for peripheral vascular disease.Combined ultrasound...[read more]

Guess the X-ray – September’s Image Challenge

September 1, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

It’s a new month so that means it is time for a new “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge. August’s Image Challenge, a wind-up toy, was guessed pretty quickly, so let’s see if we can make things a little more difficult this month..The image for September is below. The challenge will run until the end of the month or until the first person...[read more]

If Patients Chose Doctors Based on How Creative They Are

September 1, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Somewhere in the US—we wouldn’t disclose exactly where—there’s a large medical practice that has, until recently, been in a relationship with a local advertising agency. What’s troubling about this relationship is that, over many years, the agency never talked about results, data or Return-on-Investment.The medical practice likes the...[read more]

After the EMR. The technologies that will truly transform healthcare and clinical workflow.

August 31, 2015 by Bill Crounse

Last week, Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard wrote a piece that might have escaped your attention. He offered up 18 health technologies poised for big growth based on data from HIMSS Analytics. While none of the technologies listed are quite as sexy...(read more)[read more]

Health Reward Stat of the Day – Aug 31

August 31, 2015 by Michael Dermer

  In the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield rewards program, called HealthyRewards, members can earn up to $1,000 per family* each year for doing healthy actions – such as going for a run, working around the yard, and even taking the stairs. https://www.excellusbcbs.com/wps/portal/xl/mbr/hnw/healthyrewards/[read more]

Does Social Media Influence Rx Habits and Choices?

August 31, 2015 by Colleen Young

September 2015, #hcsmca turns 5 year old. Hosting over 230 chats, we’ve covered a myriad of topics (#hcsmca archive). So many in fact, I often wonder if we are running out of things to discuss. Getting topic ideas from #hcsmca community members and visitors helps. #hcsmca members, people and organizations bring...[read more]

The Last Day of Summer

August 31, 2015 by Irene Gabashvili

Is that it? Summer is finally over. And so is the sweet melancholy of August, listening to nature sounds - soothing ocean waves or a chorus of crickets while sitting on a porch, sun drying you with warm rays... It's the end of the holiday break.Tomorrow is September, the second most stressful month of the year. It is known for stock...[read more]

Biotech & Life Science Companies Target Emerging Markets in 2015

August 31, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

As competition between life science companies intensifies, traditional markets – especially those in the Unites States – are beginning to see secondary markets catch up. Suburbs are becoming more and more popular for companies as rents increase and specialized labor talent demand higher wages. Additionally, countries like Brazil, China...[read more]

Furry Crutches

August 29, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Randall Goskowicz and ZoeyI was reflecting on the heroic ways my fellow patients go about their day and struggle not to be defined or confined by their disease. We all have our secret methods of coping, which—in speaking to my fellow clinic patients—run from changing socks after a night sweat to the overall benefits of chocolate.I would...[read more]

How health quality measures became a jungle: Joanne Kenen

August 29, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

Summary: “Quality measures are good, right? We all want our doctors and hospitals to follow best practices and be held to them,” writes Joanne Kenen, health editor at Politico, on the Association of Health Care Journalists blog. “It’s not so simple. Put aside for the moment whether the measure is accurate – we don’t always know or agree...[read more]

The Case for Patient Video in Doctors Visits: Take a Selfie and Call Me In the Morning

August 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The selfie culture and our desire to photo-document every aspect of our lives has started to influence healthcare as well, and patients want to be able to record their doctors visits. The concept is so prevalent that it’s making headlines in the mainstream media.[read more]

Get the Most Out of Your Facility’s Services Page

August 27, 2015 by Michael Sherman

For a hospital or healthcare facility, the Services page is one of the most critical elements of a website. It’s here that you can paint a picture to your audience of what you do. In other words, it’s the perfect place for storytelling.But for many companies – including those in healthcare – these pages have been collecting dust since...[read more]