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How EMR And EHR Systems Can Kill Patients

June 30, 2010 8:36 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Comments

Back in the times when EHRs were just EMRs, they had a very simple and humble mission. The software was supposed to help providers of health care services better manage their business. EMRs were supposed to help physicians adhere to CMS documentation rules, automate patient flow management and get rid of all the mountains of paper floating around a typical medical office or hospital .

Focused vs. Thorough

June 29, 2010 6:13 am | by By: SHADOWFAX | Comments

I get emails, and one which caught my interest was this recent one from loyal reader Nurse J (lightly edited): "Do you assess everybody that comes into your ER for everything, or do you just assess the complaint? I am a newish critical care nurse at A Great Big Hospital, and my wife is a sixth year ICU nurse at a Smaller Hospital.

Clinical Trial Conflict Of Interest For Doctors

June 28, 2010 6:55 am | by Paul Levy | Comments

This is a painful story to write. A close friend of mine, in his 40’s, had a persistent light cough for many months. Finally, when he had an X-ray taken, it showed a large tumor on his lungs. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As a non-smoker and strapping, physically fit man, he was shocked, as you can imagine.

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Temperature Management Brainstorm

June 28, 2010 6:54 am | by Allyson Bower-Willner, Sr. Product Manager for Temperature Management, Kimberly-Clark Healthcare | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? Patients and surgeons are both interested in the same goal – the best possible outcome.  According to several studies, patients who successfully maintain normothermia (36C – 38C) during surgery require fewer transfusions, experience less post-operative bleeding, spend less time on mechanical ventilators, require less time in intensive care and go home sooner.

Rethinking the Way We Rank Medical Schools

June 22, 2010 7:28 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today. “So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?” In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment.

Disinfection Revolution

June 22, 2010 7:24 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan, editor | Comments

In recent years, recognition to the role the environment plays in spreading potentially infection-causing microorganisms around hospitals has grown. As a result, new technologies have emerged that look to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, countertops, bedrails and more that are discreetly contributing to hospital-acquired infections in patients.

Will Telemedicine Be The Next Killer App?

June 22, 2010 6:30 am | by Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief, Wireless Design Magazine | Comments

At the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting recently the results of a national survey were revealed. The survey of health care and information technology professionals, sponsored by Intel, found that a majority of decision makers believe that the emergence of telehealth will have a major role in improving the care for the globally aging population, aka the “baby boomers.

Helping Hospitals Attack C. diff And Other Superbugs

June 22, 2010 6:29 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan, editor | Comments

While the danger of infection for patients has always been a top concern at health care facilities, the increased cost associated with hospital-acquired infections makes finding solutions to manage infection-causing microorganisms even more crucial. Recently, a UK study published in the June 1 print edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that Clostridium difficile (C.

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A Taxing Proposition for Medical Manufacturers

June 22, 2010 5:46 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Is the health care reform bill excise tax on medical device manufacturers a fair trade for more customers, or an unnecessary burden that threatens innovation? Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong.

Real Survivors

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

The stillness in the meeting room was electric.     First, one panelist addressed the audience members who have never experienced a malignancy. She described the unique and powerful bond that exists between cancer survivors. She described how the brush with mortality forces each survivor to renegotiate terms with Life itself.

Temperature Management In The OR

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Troy Bergstrom, Marketing Communications Manager, www.arizant.com | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? June 21, 2010 With the CMS normothermia measure (SCIP-Inf-10) now a reality, hospitals will likely be warming patients that, in previous years, may have gone unwarmed.

What I Learned From Bill Clinton

June 18, 2010 6:59 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Comments

DO? When I found out that I was going to have the rare opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, many things ran through my mind: What would I say? What would I do? What would I wear?  The only thing I was sure of was that I wasn’t going to wear a blue dress.

Why Patients File Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

June 14, 2010 6:56 am | by John Schumann, MD | Comments

Criminalizing Medicine Will Lead To Fewer Doctors

June 14, 2010 6:50 am | by WhiteCoat, MD | Comments

I recently read about a case involving the next step down the slippery slope of criminal prosecution of physicians. First Michael Jackson’s physician gets prosecuted when his physician gives him an unintentional overdose of an anesthetic medication when trying to help him sleep. According to a previous discussion on this topic, most people seemed to think that prosecutors were justified in those charges.

Atlas HD iPad App Offers Patient Education

June 14, 2010 6:39 am | Comments

A new point of care patient education tool takes advantage of new Apple device to enhance visualization of common medical conditions and treatments. June 16, 2010 Blausen Medical, developer and owner of the world's largest library of 3D medical animations, announced its new Human Atlas HD iPad app is now available in the Apple iTunes App Store.

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