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Featured Blog Posts – August 2009 Archive (19)

Rural Telehealth & Advanced Technologies Conference

(The full text of this excerpted blog post appears on Mike Russell's blog at:

As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania heads into the 60th day of its marathon state budget impasse, that's… Continue

Added by Michael J. Russell on August 29, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments


ICD-10: Just the Facts

CMS conference call sets the record straight.

By Lynn Jusinski

Posted on: August 26, 2009

On the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conference call dealing with General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), speaker Pat Brooks, RHIA, senior technical adviser, hospital and ambulatory policy group, Center for Medicare Management, CMS, gave several facts about ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation in general. As these came straight from… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

EHR Adoption is Business Process Change: Not Technology Adoption Alone!

August 26, 2009 Nari Kannan Leave a comment

EHR adoption or Non-adoption as I see it, is not because of Physicians alone! Lots of other people need to change the way they practice medicine, not just the Physicians!

Success or Failure of EHR adoption is often laid at the feet of Physicians. They are technology-averse, they are not comfortable with computers, etc. However it appears that everyone from the Office Manager or the person at the reception at the practice, to the… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 27, 2009 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Remembering “The Lion”


MedTechIQ expresses our deepest condolences to our member, Dr William Smith, nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy. The senator died today following a battle with brain cancer.

Senator Kennedy will be long-remembered. Regardless of one’s political persuasion, none can deny the force of his ideas or the sincerity of his motivation. The “Lion of the Senate” was an energetic fighter. He spent much of his political career addressing the issue of equity in health care… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on August 26, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

What will business life be like in the future?

I wanted to start this post with a flow diagram that resonated with me so much that I immediately sent it to my Mother. I’ve been doing ‘tech support’ for my family for years, and for Geoff and, and, and. I expect you’ve been doing it too.

But although funny, truthful and nicely wry, the diagram got me thinking about what web 2.0 really means in real life. How does it change some of the things we consider to be ‘normal’ now and… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on August 26, 2009 at 6:48am — No Comments

Federal panel's meaningful use, certification guidance sparks criticism

Federal panel's meaningful use, certification guidance sparks criticism

August 14, 2009 | Diana Manos, Senior Editor

Related Links

* Access the HIT Policy Committee Meeting

* Meaningful Use chart

* Certification/adoption WorkRecommendations - Specific

David Blumenthal

WASHINGTON – The Health IT Policy Committee, a federal advisory panel, adopted additional recommendations from its Meaningful Use Workgroup on Friday that had physicians,… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 17, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Migrating Pharma to Web 2.0

I had occasion this week to write the specification for two website redesigns. And that has set me thinking about the new state of affairs within the wide range of marketing communications that includes a website as a communication tool.

When I was taught my trade we had a series of headings in our marketing budget and plan that included the word “Collateral” which used to mean anything-printed-that-promotes-our-brand.

Well, collateral now includes digital stuff as well as print and… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on August 17, 2009 at 3:16am — No Comments

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.


"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out

of other people's money."

—Margaret Thatcher

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 16, 2009 at 10:07pm — No Comments

The Way We Live Now Fat Tax

The Way We Live Now

Fat Tax

Jen Davis/Lee Marks Fine Art

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Published: August 12, 2009

Two years ago, the Cleveland Clinic stopped hiring smokers. It was one part of a “wellness initiative” that has won the renowned hospital — which President Obama recently visited — some very nice publicity. The clinic has a farmers’ market on its main campus and has offered smoking-cessation classes for the… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 16, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

InWorld Solutions Introduces InWorld, A Multi-User Internet-Based Virtual Environment Designed Specifically for Behavioral Healthcare

Hello to the MedTech world;

I'm posting to announce that I've started a new company, focused on developing new technology for behavioral medicine and rehabilitation. We just returned from the American Psychology Association Meeting where we announced our first product, and it was very well received.

Our products use shared, multi-user virtual worlds to facilitate cognitive therapy and rehabilitation.

Virtual reality technology has a been shown repeatedly to be a… Continue

Added by Walter Greenleaf on August 15, 2009 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

MedTech-IQ ... Updates ... Blogs, Members, Videos, Meetings, Books ....


In the continuing quest to provide you with the 3C's of "Content, Community & Collaboration", and to advance the translation of medical technology from laboratory to marketplace, we will be providing MedTech-IQ updates over the next couple of days.

Today ... the Blogs:

Total MedTech-IQ Blog Posts = 382

Most Popular Blog Posts

*… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on August 14, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pharma Brand Launches & Herding Cats

Thinking Pharma is delighted to Welcome it’s new SEVP of Thinking Pharma – Sally Church.

Dr Sally is an eminent Blogger and Marketeer. Sally’s own enterprise, Icarus Consultants, will continue as we complete the transition into Thinking Pharma in the mean time enjoy Sally’s Thoughtware.

“Anyone can herd cattle” is like saying, “Anyone can go through the motions of a… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on August 11, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

Guest Blog: Do 297 hospitals really use social media? Should you?


Interesting guest blog from Roberta Rochman, RN, MBA in Examiner.Com on the spreading use of Health 2.0 tools by top flight medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and Duke University...




Yes, indeed, 297 hospitals use some form of Social… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on August 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Friendship Strained ???

Apple and Google are much alike. There is a natural kinship, with very similar corporate cultures. But ... something of late has been changing. Recent events suggest a major rift may be developing, with a "touch" of national politics being injected into the mix. PC magazine reports on the latest.

Added by Clymer/JR on August 5, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A visionary for the future of Pharma marketing? Or just slow progress

Jon Richman has done a fine column in Advertising Age about the future of digital marketing for pharma. He is drawn into five major predictions

1. Patients will have a portable network tool showing recommendations from trusted friends

2. Service companies who match patients with similar conditions to each other using opt-ins from electronic medical records

3. Pharma will abandon their own websites… Continue

Added by Rebecca Caroe on August 5, 2009 at 5:08am — No Comments

eHealth Initiative Releases Results From 2009 Survey on Health Information Exchange

National Health Information Exchange Survey Shows Increased Activity, Cost Savings, Positive Impact on Physician Practices

More Initiatives Exchanging Data Leads to New Improvements in Quality and Returns on Investment

WASHINGTON DC (July 22, 2009) The exchange of health information electronically between physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients has increased substantially in the last year and is reducing the cost of care and positively impacting physicians, according… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 4, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Open Letter to President Obama in Support of Web 2.0, Social Media & Participation


On the 70th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s letter to President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging attention to atomic technology and science, Ben Shneiderman, a computer science professor at the University of Maryland, and several colleagues decided to offer a new version. The following is an open letter to President Barack Obama encouraging exploration of technology-mediated social… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on August 4, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

World Class Health Care - A Medical Imperative

In appropriating funds for the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Congress determined that the military should receive only “world class healthcare” but did not define the meaning of the term. When the Health Systems Advisory panel of the Defense Health Board described in the previous blog was assembled, it decided that its first order of business was to establish a benchmark for world class. After much discussion, research and debate,… Continue

Added by Stephen C Schimpff on August 2, 2009 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Latest Institute for e-Health Policy educational seminar on NHIN

The Institute, under the leadership of Neal Neuberger, hosted an education luncheon titled "Progress Toward A Nationwide Health Information Network: Linking Agency-Held Data Now – Providing Patients With Secure Access to Their Government-Held Personal Health Information Next". Vish Sankaran and David Riley of Federal Health Architecture and the CONNECT project, Jim Traficant of Harris Corporation, and Denny Porter, Exec in Residence at the Institute spoke at the event. See an archived webcast… Continue

Added by Reginald Wayne Humphries on August 1, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

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