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Overhauling Medical Malpractice to Address Defensive Medicine

April 27, 2016 by David Mann

there is a prevailing school of thought that American medicine is full of harm, that doctors make choices every day to harm their patients solely because they are afraid of being sued. Known as practicing “defensive medicine,” it refers to recommending a diagnostic test, procedure, or specialist visit that is not necessarily the best option for the patient.[read more]

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HIPAA Compliance Breaches Higher Than Ever: What Are You Doing About It?

April 26, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

In 2015, we witnessed the highest level of HIPAA compliance breaches yet, and 2016 isn’t expected to be much better. Even if you’re a small practice, you’re not immune to security breaches, and you’re probably making more mistakes than you realize. It’s essential that medical professionals make it a priority to protect themselves and their practices from such mistakes.[read more]

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Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis - A Deadly Mistake

April 21, 2016 by James Dezao

In 2015 cervical cancer killed almost 4,100 women in the United States. Although, great strides have been made in diagnosing and treating the disease early, resulting in a far lower death rate than in the past, the truth is that many women are dying needlessly or undergoing much more invasive treatment for cervical cancer today because of mistakes due to medical malpractice.[read more]

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Handling HIPAA Rules In Sports: Why Athlete Privacy Matters

April 18, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

HIPAA breaches are all too common, and the number of reported cases has grown significantly over the last decade. Most often associated with medical professionals and healthcare centers, these breaches can lead to serious legal issues, including medical negligence claims and professionals losing their licenses. However, it’s not only relegated to these areas. It can also play a role in sports when the media gets a hold of a major injury.[read more]

Calling the Doctor After Hours

April 12, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

Of course, patients are entitled to medical care around the clock. You would not expect to show up at 2:00 a.m. at an emergency room to find a ‘Closed’ sign. If you are having chest pain on a weekend, and you call your doctor’s office, you should expect a prompt response from a living and breathing medical doctor. Patients are aware that when they call the doctor at night, that they are unlikely to reach their own doctor.[read more]

Is the Healthcare Industry Prepared for Human Immortality?

April 12, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

If we live for another 30 years, we may live forever. But with so many more people to serve, will the healthcare industry be able to survive immortality as well?[read more]

Debunking Digital Patient Recruitment Myths for Clinical Trials: Myth #2

April 7, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

When it comes to clinical trial recruitment, fiction often rules the day. In this series, we debunk some of the most common misperceptions about digital recruitment for clinical trials, and set the record straight with hard facts and actionable solutions.[read more]

Is pharma industry too meek on pricing?

April 3, 2016 by David E Williams

The biopharmaceutical industry has been under attack for some time for the high and rising prices of its products. Pressure has increased recently with the arrival of costly medications for oncology, hepatitis, high cholesterol and more. Expect even further pressure as more specialty drugs are introduced, and then really significant pushback once seriously costly innovations such as gene therapy come online.[read more]

Population Health – The Work Has Just Begun

March 31, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

Despite remarkable medical advances, Americans are sicker today than ever. With slow inevitability, individuals and society are accepting responsibility for improving our national health. Addressing obesity and the chronic disease it spawns (see graphic) is America’s principal health challenge.[read more]

Debunking Digital Patient Recruitment Myths for Clinical Trials: Myth #1

March 25, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

When it comes to clinical trial recruitment, fiction often rules the day. In this series, we debunk some of the most common misperceptions about digital recruitment for clinical trials, and set the record straight with hard facts and actionable solutions.[read more]

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How to Keep Your Medical Staff Focused During Work

March 18, 2016 by Dennis Hung
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Nowhere is it more important for employees to be on-point than in the medical industry. The average award for an inpatient malpractice case is just more than $300,000. The stakes are high, so here are some good ways to keep staff focused.[read more]

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Tips for Helping Patients Navigate Chronic Conditions

March 17, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus
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Few things are as difficult for a healthcare professional as dealing with patients who have chronic conditions and ongoing discomfort. Not only do you have to help them feel better, but you also need to educate them in regards to what they can do to prolong their life and avoid unnecessary issues.[read more]