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Measuring Physician Quality - Bully or Just Plain Bull

May 26, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

Patients are amazing creatures.   The current breed is hyperinformed on medical information and has an ever expanding reservoir of physician data to trove through.  I’m not just referring to physician reviews on Angie’s list.  Soon, the public will be encouraged to review our success and failure rates with respect to...[read more]

The Silent Epidemic: Nursing and Addiction

May 14, 2016 by Jennifer Landis

One in 10 nurses will struggle with substance addiction in their lifetime. Several factors contribute to the high prevalence of substance abuse among nursing professionals and this post discusses them.[read more]

Staying Healthy in Philadelphia's Hospitals

May 3, 2016 by Steven Wigrizer

Grey’s Anatomy. ER. Scrubs. General Hospital. St. Elsewhere. Chicago Hope. Just a few of the many television shows revolving around hospitals that have captured America’s imagination. While some of the portrayals of these medical institutions were accurate, many were fantastical representations of healthcare. Real-life hospitals are a fluctuating atmosphere of good and bad patient care, which often varies based on how well the staff works together.[read more]

Risks of Probiotics - Who Cares?

April 26, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

We have a medical industrial complex that is a beast that needs to be fed. It fuels itself on our fidelity to medical practices that are labeled as truths. ‘Wellness’ rules.[read more]

Millennial Speak: Reaching the Next Generation of Healthcare Consumers

April 21, 2016 by Craig Fairfield, MBA

The new boom in healthcare involves those born between roughly 1982 and 2003. Not only are their numbers on the rise, but so is their purchasing power. Their lifetime value as healthcare consumers cannot be ignored.[read more]

Debunking Digital Patient Recruitment Myths for Clinical Trials: Myth 3

April 19, 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 That New Drug Goes From Idea to Market

April 16, 2016 by Ryan Kh

The development and approval of new drugs is mandated by FDA's CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) center, the apex government body governing this segment. So how is a drug conceptualized and then developed, marketed, and then transported to various parts of the country for storage, management, and transportation of drugs?[read more]

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Healthcare Costs Involved in Treating Drug Addiction

March 31, 2016 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff
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In a sense, the true costs of drug addiction are incalculable. How do we calculate the cost of incompetence in the public and private sector? How many people are late to work due to one drug-related accident? How many of those people will be fired as a result of being late one too many times?[read more]

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How Physician Offices Can Improve Patient Health Care

March 31, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Doctors and their staff want what is best for patients. Yet in physician offices across the country, it’s becoming an increasingly challenging feat to provide the best level of care for patients despite best intentions. Many are swamped with appointments, understaffed, and stretched thin on resources.[read more]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

March 31, 2016 by Katie Brant

On March 16, 2016, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in certain forms. The vote was 149-43, with all voting Democrats and more than half of Republicans in support of the bill. The bill now moves onto the Senate, which has already approved an earlier version of the measure 10 months ago.[read more]

Physician-Patient Collaboration: A Conversation With Dr. Danny Sands

March 27, 2016 by David Harlow

Danny Sands joined me recently to discuss the state of physician-patient collaboration, the nudge forward given to this notion by value-based purchasing trends in health care, and the need to focus on what happens in between office visits as the key to helping patients manage their own health. This is the bridge between doctor and...[read more]

Six Tips for Happier Patients and a Healthier Bottom Line

March 26, 2016 by Craig Fairfield, MBA

Cancer is scary. So are diabetes, heart problems, depression and all other serious health challenges. Slinging a multisyllabic mess of med-speak at the masses isn’t going to put them at ease. If you want them to choose you instead of the guys down the street, show them you know how to use words they can understand.[read more]