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Reducing Sepsis Infection Rates through Ownership and Storytelling

April 7, 2014
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      PODCAST : Dr. Scott Neeley, VP Medical Affairs at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, CA, explains how he and his team were able to drastically reduce sepsis infection rates within their hospital.

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Cardiology practice tests out concierge package deals

November 12, 2012

Right now, concierge medicine is largely offered by primary care doctors.  It seems,  however, that specialists are catching on as well. According to cardiovascular marketing blog The Main Artery, cardiologists are rolling out concierge packages too. One example comes from the Pacific Heart Institute in Santa Monica, CA, where cardiologists have begun offering services ranging from […]

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Report predicts rise of standards-setters in health information networks market

November 11, 2012
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In coming years,  a handful of healthcare IT companies will rise which will set industry standards and provide integrated services including information management, analytics and revenue cycle management distributed through a network. This, at least, is the conclusion of a  report on the future of healthcare IT by boutique financial and strategic advisory firm Marlin & Associates. The […]

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Has Google lost the PHR race?

September 21, 2012
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A few years ago, a consensus began to develop that healthcare consumers needed a place to store — and control — their health data online. (If you’re asking why access to a well-designed electronic medical record doesn’t get the job done, join the club.) This platform, known as a personal health record (PHR), was quickly […]

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Brace yourself: Health plan contracts may be an even bigger pain

September 9, 2012
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While some aspects of healthcare reform be profitable for healthcare providers, such as the likelihood that most will be carrying health insurance, others may turn out to be a threat. For example, new health reform-driven demands for quality may prompt health plans to cut long-time network members — or refuse others they’d happily have taken […]

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Codes may help healthcare track devices worldwide

August 30, 2012
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Outside of the murky world of supply chain logistics, few readers may have heard of a trade group known as GS1. But the even if you’re not a logistics kind of gal/guy, don’t fall asleep yet. There’s some very interesting ideas floating around the GS1 world, and if you have your hands on a medical device — or want to manage one — check this out.

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Will the FTC ever get tough on health plans?

August 25, 2012
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According to the American Medical Association — which is boiling mad over what it sees as undue market control by single plans — there have been 400 health plan mergers over the last 10 years, and 94 percent of markets in the U.S. are “highly concentrated.”

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WSJ gets it wrong on hospital buyouts

August 19, 2012

Is there a “hospital bandwagon” rolling around the private equity world?  That’s the word from Josh Beckerman, who writes the Wall Street Journal’s private equity blog.   Beckerman seems to see a trend emerging here – that PE types are lurking in every hospital hallway looking for deals. But  I’d say, personally, that he’s missed the ball.  […]

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How to get biotech from the bench to the bedside

August 15, 2012

The notion of “translational medicine” — moving clinical discoveries from the lab bench to the patient’s beside more quickly — has been much discussed in recent years. And it makes a great deal of sense.  After all, if a discovery can be fast-tracked to use (safely) in patient care, and stands a chance of helping, […]

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PHRs and the Wii generation

August 15, 2012

In a few short years, our currently younger, tech-savvy and web-dependent generations are going to become better acquainted with the healthcare system. Whereas they now maybe see a doctor once or twice a year for basic services like a physical or a flu shot, they’ll soon start catching up to us older folks who utilize […]

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