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Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (14)

Personal Behoviors and the Costs of Medical Care

A very important reason for medical care cost escalation has to do with our own personal behaviors. We are a country of people who are overweight --one-third are overweight and one-third or more are frankly obese --, under-exercised, poorly fed from a nutritional perspective and highly stressed. And it gets worse each year. Even children have progressively declining physical activity from about three hours per day at age nine to less than an hour by age fifteen. And this will correlate to… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on July 31, 2009 at 9:08am — No Comments

US Healthcare learnings from Cuba

Listening to President Obama’s recent speeches on healthcare reform it is clear that the US approach to healthcare requires a radical change in thinking.



The US is now spending over $2 trillion a year on healthcare – almost 50% more per person than the next most costly nation.



Americans are most definitely not getting “bang for their buck,” as the President himself puts it, and are… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on July 29, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Top 100 Web Sites of 2009 (PC Mag.Com)

Colleagues,



As reported in PC Magazine .. Some things stay the same, others change rapidly. The PC Magazine list of the Top 100 Web Sites reflects that. They have selected 50 classic Web sites that many of us already know, and 50 new and/or undiscovered sites that you may not have heard of yet ...For your convenience the sites are broken down into categories: Applications, Information, Technology, News, Shopping and Fun.



They also provide a download application to add all… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 28, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thinking Pharma Thoughtware: Pharma Social Media – Trouble in Grandstand

Ever watched two kids splitting hairs about something that they are actually both agreed upon and then mum arrives to sort things out and somewhat misses the point completely?

The principles inherent in a recent blog post interchange between Jonathan Richman, Fard Johnmar… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on July 27, 2009 at 5:48am — 1 Comment

World Class Health Care at Walter Reed

Last fall I was asked by Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin to join a group evaluating whether the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center [WRNMMC], when completed in a few years, would be “world class.” The group, a subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, met multiple times to learn about the plans and develop a report for Congress. The report is now available at http://www.health.mil/dhb/meetings/NCR%20BRAC%20HSAS%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf . Here is a brief summary. The Base… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on July 26, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Lack of Care Coordination Hinders Care Quality and Escalates costs

The switch from acute to complex chronic diseases and the wide variation in care patterns are closely related. It is the complex chronic diseases that need the most attention and hence are most expensive to treat. But as a country we have long had the tradition of the independent, autonomous practioneer in the community taking care of us. This was fine for acute illnesses. The physician could either treat you him or herself or else would refer you to a particular specialist for needed care.… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on July 20, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Deportation of our Best and Brightest

The Deportation of our Best and Brightest

By Kelly Lewis

7/17/2009 - 12:21:58 PM





The annual Pennsylvania state budget extravaganza showcases the mega-recipients of state aid conducting their annual fear-mongering stunts, billboards and media blitzes. This year the cuts will be real and deep, but the extravaganza is like crying wolf after so many years of sky-is-falling, false crisis creation.



We do not advocate tax or fee increases. Instead we advocate a… Continue

Added by Kelly Lewis on July 19, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

America's Top 20 Hospitals: the 2009–10 Honor Roll (US New & World Report)

Colleagues,



As compiled each year by RTI International for the U.S. News and World Report, please see this year's top 20 ranked hospitals in the United States ... In this year's rankings a total of 4,861 hospitals were considered; hospitals were scored on reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services; Johns Hopkins Hospital tops the list, as it has every year since 1991...



1 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

2… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 19, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

West Coast “Venture” vs. East Coast “”Stimulation” … Time to Bridge the Gap?... Read on & Comment

Colleagues,



Is it time to think differently about the “Valley of Death” ? The gap in capital and talent that prevents so many companies from successfully translating their promising medical technology from research to mass market success?



I think so, and here is why



In the last month, we at MedTech-IQ have experienced a number of illuminating encounters. On the U.S. West Coast, we spoke to numerous venture capitalists, investors, corporate… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 18, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Number of Physicians Using Smartphones More Than Doubled Over the Past Year.

Colleagues,



As reported in Health Leaders Media ... According to an April report by Manhattan Research, the number of physicians using smartphones more than doubled to 64% over the past year.



The results of the survey indicate that physicians ... are spending more time online using smartphones to access medical and pharmaceutical resources during the course of their busy day.



"It's rare for me to have an encounter—whether it's a phone visit, a virtual visit, or… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 13, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Use of Social Networking Tools Growing in Medical & Nursing Schools

Colleagues,



As reported in HealthCare IT News... Social networking tools are becoming more popular in medical and nursing school curricula, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association ... The study found that 53% of nursing schools and 45% of medical schools include Web 2.0 tools in their curricula. The survey also found that 58% of nursing schools plan to implement social networking tools in their curricula in the upcoming year, compared with… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 13, 2009 at 10:10pm — No Comments

More Chrome

Google has finally confirmed a 2010 release of its Chrome OS. Not simply a browser any longer, Chrome represents an open source Linux based architecture which scales upward from netbooks to desktops, and downwards to provide some overlap to its smartphone platform, Android. With Windows 7 gaining such good press, it can only be beneficial to… Continue

Added by Clymer/JR on July 10, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Seattle Area Health Co-op Offers Model for U.S. Healthcare Overhaul

Colleagues,



As reported in the New York Times ... Dr. Harry J. Shriver III, chief of a clinic near Seattle run by Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound ... one of the country’s few surviving health insurance cooperatives, has recently embraced electronic medical records and a collaborative model of primary care, allowing him to practice proactive medicine for the first time in years.



On Capitol Hill, those innovations have made Group Health a prototype for a political… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 7, 2009 at 8:44am — No Comments

Infectious Diseases In-Theater: Risks and Mitigation

The executive summary from this roundtable, held on June 5, is available on the Institute of Federal Health Care website: www.fedhealthinst.org



The roundtable produced a frank assessment of current and emerging threats and actions that might help deal with them.



Also on the IFHC website is a brief piece by Ellen Embrey, currently performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, on DoD's… Continue

Added by Nancy Tomich on July 1, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

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