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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

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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

physical Theraphy

Physical therapy (physiotherapy in many English speaking countries) is a health care profession which provides services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential… Continue

Added by tomcarry on August 7, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments


BALTIMORE, MD – Health information exchanges are taking root throughout the Eastern seaboard, with Maryland the latest state to support interoperability.

State officials announced Wednesday the unanimous approval of up to $10 million in startup funding to support the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), a not-for-profit membership corporation advised by a wide range of the state’s healthcare stakeholders.

The Maryland Health Care Commission… Continue

Added by Bari Shein on August 6, 2009 at 6:50pm — No Comments

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

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)


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

Social Media Savvy Becoming a Must-Have Job Skill


As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle ... Experts say social media skills are moving alongside knowledge of e-mail and Microsoft Word as basic job requirements. This emerging trend suggests that in finding a job, it's no longer just who you know, it's who you digitally "friend" & "connect" to ...

... said social media and career counselor Nance Rosen. "Who you have as your friends and how many people you have influence over have become a part of the… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — 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 . Here is a brief summary. The Base… Continue

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

Looking for Bloggers at "MedTech-IQ"


If any of you are interested in becoming a regular blogger @ "MedTech-IQ", please let us know.

Do you have a special talent, skill or expertise? Do you have something to say? I know personally, that some of you are the top experts in the world in your respective fields.

If you would like to share that expertise with an international community of over 700 fellow members (MedTech-IQ membership includes academic researchers, CEOs, corporate executives,… Continue

Added by CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight on July 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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