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Diagnostic Reading #30: Five Must Read Articles From the Past Week

June 10, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Diagnostic Reading highlights five must-read articles published in the last seven days. This week’s articles focus on Stage 3 Meaningful Use, dense breast tissue, VNAs, breast cancer screening, and mobile app adoption among radiologists.[read more]

Personal or Population Health? Big Data or Small Data?

June 10, 2015 by Anne Weiler

June’s Seattle Health Innovator’s Meetup topic was on Innovations in Population Health Management. Interestingly much of the discussion from panelists circled back to the individual patient. It seems that much of this was because the great promise of big data analytics in healthcare and automation and economies of scale through electronic medical records have not been realized. The audience consisted of entrepreneurs building solutions in this area, and innovative and entrepreneurial people within health systems.[read more]

Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road II

June 5, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Disruptors and “creative” destroyers blew through American health care like EF5 tornadoes blow through the prairies, starting about a decade ago. Electronic health records are the Winged Monkeys of Medicine. They’ve taken the stuffing out of physicians, dented trust patients had in providers and hijacked the pleasures of caregiving.[read more]

How Technology Is Affecting Healthcare

June 3, 2015 by Keith Tully

We are discovering new and more innovative ways to operate and fix health issues every day. The days of saws and axes are fading and the days of lasers and gadgets are arriving. Here are just a few ways that technology is revolutionizing healthcare.[read more]

Most Medical Decisions Are Not Risk-Free

June 2, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Patients and doctors need to be a team in making important health care decisions. Good decision making requires solid, appropriate information but all too often it is either not available or presented in a format that is not of great value. High stakes decisions require both doctor and patient have good data in order to reach a well informed decision.[read more]

Schmoozing for Cancer, Part II

May 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

If you become part of the Patient Power community, we don’t schmooze with you once but all the time. It’s the way we interact. And we believe it’s unique. We talk with people, not at them, and we want to know everyone’s story. That’s why our town meetings are not seminars, they are conversations.[read more]

Telemedicine Requires Optimism and Patience: Dispatches from American Telemedicine 2015

May 14, 2015 by Anne Weiler

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The 21st annual American Telemedicine Conference wrapped up last week in Los Angeles. While there were amazing patient success stories, and a group of people dedicated to the success of telemedicine, it was slightly depressing that after 20 years, there are still people questioning the value and calling for more data as well as no consistent reimbursement except in rural settings. Here are a few high-level impressions of the event.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

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Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic
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"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[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]

What's the Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain?

January 1, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Some cases defy sleuthing.

The majority of cases of chronic abdominal pain that I – and every gastroenterologist – see will not be explained by a concrete diagnosis. Sure, I’ve seen my share of sick gall bladders, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, bowel obstructions, appendicitis and abdominal infections, but these represent a minority of my afflicted patients.[read more]