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On HIPAA Hosting: What’s in a Business Associate Agreement?

Business associate agreement is very well defined. As it has most prominent place in business activity.



December 13, 2011    View Comment    

On 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song

Your welcome!  It is perfect for clinics to use to entertain waiting patients.

December 12, 2011    View Comment    

On Quality Improvement Using Patient Self-Management: Video Debate

Hi Joan, thank you for dropping by and for the feedback. I totally agree with your premise that, even without outcomes-related evidence, patient self-management is probably a "Good Thing". That was the argument I was making in the debate: that the evidence doesn't really exist (yet) but if we set our expecations on improved patient experience (like the airline industry found with digitization from paper) then patients may find navigating the healthcare system easier even if we can directly tie patient outcomes and cost savings to self-management. It's all about managing expecations -- for example, if we (in a predictive manner) tell patients that they will lose 50 pounds or signficantly lower their cholesteral then we'll be in trouble; however, if we tell them in a retrospective manner that they have lost weight or improved some other parts of their overall health then we'll be in the clear.

You are, of course, quite correct that reimbursements will drive all sorts of behavior but I think the government (writ large) understands that and things may actually get better in the future. 

December 11, 2011    View Comment    

On Schumer’s Completely Unhelpful Approach to Curbing Drug Shortages

I agree with yur comments. My colleague, Dr Curt Civin (a pediatiric oncologist and associate dean for research) and I (retired medical oncologist and academic hospital CEO) just wrote an OpEd on this subject that was published Dec 7th in the Baltimore Sun. Our recommendation is essentially that the market should set the prices for these critical intravenous generics thus allowing the manufacturers to recoup a decent profit so as to recapitalize their plant and technology base and develop redundant production lines. Here is the link,0,204719.story

December 9, 2011    View Comment    

On ARTAS Hair Transplant Robot Gets FDA Clearance

Not that exciting. I looked at their site. The robot does the harvesting, but not the implants. The implants are still done manually. I guess it's an advancement, but not a great one.

December 7, 2011    View Comment    

On Wireless Devices Will Dramatically Change How Medicine Is Practiced

The worlds of wireless technology and medical technology are converging at a very fast past.  Developers of embedded silicon and software have long been enabling other industries to provide customers with a higher level of service at a lower cost.  These same efficiencies are going to be brought to the healthcare industry in the form of improved patient care at a cost that is lower for all of us.  The key to market aboption of these technolgies lies in the ability for silicon providers to lower power consumtion and system cost, standards organizations to decide on medical interoperability standards, and lastly, regulatory market acceptance.  Exciting times to be in the world of wireless healthcare.

December 3, 2011    View Comment    

On Social Media and Healthcare: Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing

Thank you for your clearly articulated, concise definition of the differences between inbound and outbound marketing. These concepts can be applied to any industry or business and the forward thinkers of these various industries need to grasp the difference sooner than later! Very interesting! Thank You.
December 2, 2011    View Comment    

On Employer Health Insurance Premiums: A Stunning Graphic from Aaron Carroll

Keep on posting these types of articles. I like your blog design as well. Cheers!!!
December 1, 2011    View Comment    

On Social Media and Healthcare: Inbound vs. Outbound Marketing

A super article. Social is going to be ther breakout growth area for 2012. Thank you for this blog.


December 1, 2011    View Comment    

On Elder Financial Abuse Spikes 12% Since 2008

It's sad to know that people care more about money than their family member living a long, healthy life. When my grandmother got dimensia, none of us had time to care for her because we all worked full time. She lived with us, but we had to hire in home care services so she could still be at home. We did a lot of research to find the best person. We know she is in good hands.

November 29, 2011    View Comment    

On SickKids & Social Media: Interview with Janice Nicholson

Your post certainly gives me a differnt viewpoint regards children and their use of social media. 

I have 4 children myself and fully understand their need to communicate in this way but I am also concerned by how freely this can give the opportunist easy access to our children. 

I bring my children up to emarace others into their lives, in the real world this works okay as it's monitored in some way. Social media however takes down that protection leaving them vulnerable. I am all for our children utiizing social media, just feel that stronger measuers should be put in place so that they are not so exposed. 

Maybe I'm just an over-protective Dad..?toPagest Feutren

November 26, 2011    View Comment    

On Employers Encourage Healthy Choices by Hitting Your Wallet

Interesting piece... I agree that enticing employees with incentives to improve their health can be effective, but what if those benefits aren't fair to employees that are already healthy? Example - I work for a large company that pays for any employee to go through smoking cessation programs AND will give a $2,000 bonus to anyone who goes through the program and quits smoking for six months. What about the employees who have never smoked in our lives? Shouldn't we be eligible for the bonus? Nope, we aren't - which has led some employees to say they might pretend they smoked just to quit to get the extra cash.
November 26, 2011    View Comment