ZoomCare working to change Oregon laws to support its neighborhood clinic network

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ZoomCare working to change Oregon laws to support its neighborhood clinic network

April 17, 2014 6:19 am by | 0 Comments

In addition to designing a good customer experience, ZoomCare is lobbying the Oregon legislature to improve the odds of success for its neighborhood clinic business model. Founded in 2006 by…


How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm by | 1 Comments

Michigan’s medical schools, doctors offices and health care networks are tackling a shortage of primary care doctors that is expected to worsen under the Affordable Care Act. The state and…


Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

April 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Akhil Saklecha has seen many a startup stumble over the process of getting physician adoption of new technology. If a company fails to get physicians on board early in…



Yuck of the week: Amoeba makes you sick by chewing on and spitting out bits of intestine

Yuck of the week: Amoeba makes you sick by chewing on and spitting out bits of intestine

April 14, 2014 7:42 am by | 0 Comments

The suffering stomach bugs cause is bad enough, but what’s worse is how a certain amoeba create food poisoning that can last months. NPR reported on a new discovery: The…


More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

April 12, 2014 4:26 pm by | 0 Comments

LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for…


Cancer doctor glad that Medicare data dump is causing consumer outrage

Cancer doctor glad that Medicare data dump is causing consumer outrage

April 10, 2014 11:25 am by | 0 Comments

When Dr. Minh Nguyen got a phone call from a reporter telling him he’d been paid $11 million from Medicare in 2012, he was shocked.
“I didn’t make $11 million in 2012. I’d be ecstatic if I made $11 million. I’d be ecstatic if I made a million dollars i…


Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

April 9, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Contrary to what some might believe, doctors don’t necessarily resist new technology – if it will make them more efficient. At least two-thirds of physicians in a new survey by…


Have You Checked Out The ‘SAFER’ Guides For EHR Management?

Have You Checked Out The ‘SAFER’ Guides For EHR Management?

March 30, 2014 3:20 am by | 0 Comments

“Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience,” or SAFER Guides, give direction for EHR implementation and safer EHR Management. As of January 2014, healthcare providers can use the SAFER Guides for…



RWJF’s Flip The Clinic wants to take the frustration out of the standard doctor visit

RWJF’s Flip The Clinic wants to take the frustration out of the standard doctor visit

March 24, 2014 5:10 am by | 2 Comments

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hoping that many “small flips” can build to a big flip and change the culture of healthcare. Its latest project – Flip the Clinic…


Like a Yelp for medical treatments, this app crowdsources doctors’ insights on what works best

Like a Yelp for medical treatments, this app crowdsources doctors’ insights on what works best

March 19, 2014 5:47 am by | 3 Comments

As a young doctor of naturopathic medicine at his first job, Dr. Andrew Brandeis was like a sponge, trying to absorb as much as he could from his mentors at…


Dear Girl Scouts: Time to find a new fundraiser and stop contributing to the obesity epidemic

Dear Girl Scouts: Time to find a new fundraiser and stop contributing to the obesity epidemic

March 16, 2014 1:50 pm by | 5 Comments

It happened while I was leaving a grocery store in the southeastern United States. The young girl who asked me if I wanted to buy Girl Scout cookies was strikingly perfect. She was thin, happy, and well spoken. So were her colleagues. The moms, too, were of healthy weight and cheer.


What healthcare should NOT learn from Amazon

What healthcare should NOT learn from Amazon

March 4, 2014 6:20 am by | 3 Comments

Ed Park Presentation at HIMSS from Brian Ahier A few months ago I spoke with the CEO who ran several nursing homes. We were having lunch in Cincinnati and I…


Survey: Quality metrics make their way into more physician compensation packages

Survey: Quality metrics make their way into more physician compensation packages

February 25, 2014 4:50 pm by | 0 Comments

As reimbursement moves toward value-based payments, so are healthcare organizations slowly adjusting their physician compensation plans to factor in quality metrics. A new report from healthcare human resources firm SullivanCotter…


What the collapse of Big Law can teach Big Medicine

What the collapse of Big Law can teach Big Medicine

February 16, 2014 10:54 am by | 0 Comments

An important read from The Atlantic explains why doctors should fight to avoid the changes to their profession that lawyers are currently enduring.

With each passing year, Big Med is following Big Law. Physicians, medical schools, and hospitals all proudly trumpet their standing in national rankings. Efforts to preserve and augment revenue streams produce …


No ear job for you! Germany may ban plastic surgery for kids

No ear job for you! Germany may ban plastic surgery for kids

December 2, 2013 1:52 pm by | 1 Comments

According to The Local – Germany’s news in English, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats are going to start the new year with a new nanny state…


Vanderbilt researchers crunch data from 15,000 EMRs to find genetic link to skin cancer

Vanderbilt researchers crunch data from 15,000 EMRs to find genetic link to skin cancer

November 24, 2013 1:08 pm by | 0 Comments

Usually, studying the relationship between DNA and disease involves comparing the genomes of thousands of people with a disorder to the genomes of thousands of people who don’t. These studies…