A healthcare startup for travelers sees Asia and Middle East as big priorities

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A healthcare startup for travelers sees Asia and Middle East as big priorities

July 3, 2014 8:55 am by | 0 Comments

Like a lot of healthcare entrepreneurs, Dr. Marcel Muenster initiated the development of a matchmaking service for doctors and travelers, Travedoc, when he got sick. After a six-day bout with…


Surprise! Physicians find glitches trying to register for Sunshine Act database

Surprise! Physicians find glitches trying to register for Sunshine Act database

July 22, 2014 4:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Yesterday, ProPublica released a story, “Error: You Have No Payments from Pharma,” shining a light on some of the problems physicians are facing while trying to register with the online…


16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

July 21, 2014 8:56 am by | 1 Comments

Many specialists are balking at what they say are onerous new rules to get recertified, warning the demands will force some physicians out of practice at a time when the…



Reimagining house calls as a concierge service

Reimagining house calls as a concierge service

July 17, 2014 6:30 am by | 1 Comments

A healthcare startup that made its debut at StartUp Health Weekend and went on to win has rebranded. The service that seeks to reimagine house calls for physicians and nurse…


Surgical innovations are great, but doctors say the process by which they’re adopted needs help

Surgical innovations are great, but doctors say the process by which they’re adopted needs help

July 8, 2014 5:33 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients may be more likely to have complications when a new surgical device is first being adopted, suggests a new study looking at prostate removal….


Grand Rounds collects another $40M to give 5 million people access to top medical specialists

Grand Rounds collects another $40M to give 5 million people access to top medical specialists

June 24, 2014 10:39 am by | 0 Comments

The business of connecting patients with leading medical specialists is getting bigger. San Francisco-based Grand Rounds does just that, and it’s taken in another $40 million to do it bigger and better….


Baltimore clinic finds a simple way to keep patients from showing up late for appointments

Baltimore clinic finds a simple way to keep patients from showing up late for appointments

June 16, 2014 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients arriving on time for outpatient appointments make a big difference in helping a clinic to run smoothly, according to a recent study. When more…


Sunshine Act update via Twitter Q&A: “Data will be easy to misinterpret without context”

Sunshine Act update via Twitter Q&A: “Data will be easy to misinterpret without context”

June 14, 2014 2:18 pm by | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, we talked to Dr. Richard Reiling to get a physician’s perspective on the Sunshine Act. Dr. Reiling currently serves on the board of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and is a member of the American Medical Association…



Six simple strategies for building a physician leadership program

Six simple strategies for building a physician leadership program

June 10, 2014 5:19 am by | 0 Comments

With all the hype about the importance of cultivating physician leadership, more organizations are engaging outside experts to help them build physician leadership development programs. Like many of the necessities…


New Obamacare endgame: The VA for all

New Obamacare endgame: The VA for all

June 9, 2014 5:46 am by | 2 Comments

Scandal at the Phoenix Veterans Administration lifted the curtain of secrecy on the VA’s secret waiting lists. The VA lies while patients die. This is by no means a new…


America has healthcare all figured out – except for the delivery system

America has healthcare all figured out – except for the delivery system

June 4, 2014 10:46 am by | 1 Comments

You the patient are really not the customer of the physician. Since the insurer will determine whether and how much the physician will be paid for attending to your needs,…


When doctors need a second opinion, it may not come from a human

When doctors need a second opinion, it may not come from a human

June 2, 2014 11:04 am by | 0 Comments

Long Island dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla knows well how to treat acne, burns and rashes. But when a patient came in with a potentially disfiguring case of bullous pemphigoid—a rare skin…


Treating people with dignity and respect will make patient engagement easier and better

Treating people with dignity and respect will make patient engagement easier and better

May 29, 2014 10:36 am by | 7 Comments

All it takes is a single visit to the doctor’s office to place one’s pride and self-esteem a dozen notches below baseline. I didn’t think much of my appointment, knowing…


A doctor’s dilemma: Most don’t want intensive end-of-life care but still give it against patient wishes

A doctor’s dilemma: Most don’t want intensive end-of-life care but still give it against patient wishes

May 29, 2014 9:09 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most doctors would not want high-intensity treatment near the end of life, according to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2013,…


CDC report: EHR adoption among office-based physicians reaches 78%

CDC report: EHR adoption among office-based physicians reaches 78%

May 23, 2014 7:46 am by | 0 Comments

The paper medical chart is not long for this world. After 25 years of false starts, doctors are now accepting the electronic health record (EHR). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…


Qstream uses competitive gaming to beat clinical inertia in hospitals, sharpen pharma sales staff

Qstream uses competitive gaming to beat clinical inertia in hospitals, sharpen pharma sales staff

May 22, 2014 6:45 am by | 1 Comments

A competitive game could help physicians and nurses bring patients’ blood pressure levels down faster, according to a study published in Circulation. The idea is to encourage medical professionals to…