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Facedeals: Check-In On Facebook With Facial Recognition. Creepy or Awesome? | TechCrunch

Facedeals: Check-In On Facebook With Facial Recognition. Creepy or Awesome? | TechCrunch | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Now you can check-in to a location on Facebook through facial recognition scanning.
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Employers to raise wellness incentives by 50% - FierceHealthPayer

Employers to raise wellness incentives by 50% - FierceHealthPayer | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Employers expect health insurance costs to rise 7 percent next year so they are looking to beef up their cost-control measures, including boosting wellness programs and enhancing employees' cost-sharing measures.
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Screening news: Komen mammography ads criticized, industry influence on kids' cholesterol screening debate - Health News Review

Screening news: Komen mammography ads criticized, industry influence on kids' cholesterol screening debate - Health News Review | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
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Medical News: Gonorrhea Near Complete Drug Resistance -

The CDC is launching a pre-emptive strike” aimed at delaying the emergence of complete drug resistance in gonorrhea.
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Medical News: Slower Growth in Health Spending Predates Recession

The slowdown in the growth in health spending predated the recession by nearly two-and-a-half years, one analysis shows, giving credence to the notion that the dip can't be pinned solely on the econom...
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The FDA, social media, and Big Pharma - Part 1 of 2

Direct communication between the pharmaceutical industry and patients is increasingly common. An important milestone in direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) was the 1995 FDA hearings, at which pharmaceutical companies requested that the FDA clarify the conditions under which broadcast advertisements need not include a brief summary of benefits and risks from the approved product label. The FDA subsequently stated that these advertisements could instead send consumers to a website, toll-free telephone number, print advertisements, or health professionals for this information. Overall pharmaceutical spending on DTCA then shifted from predominantly print to broadcast advertisements and rose from $1.3 billion in 1998 to $4.9 billion in 2007.

 

While the pharmaceutical industry has consistently argued that DTCA empowers patients by providing information on potentially undiagnosed health conditions and enabling them to initiate conversations with their physicians about treatments, physicians and physician groups have expressed concerns that DTCA would lead patients to request, and doctors to fulfill, inappropriate prescriptions. Limited evidence on the effect of DTCA on prescribing practices, including a single randomized controlled trial of DTCA for antidepressants suggests that DTCA increases prescribing of advertised medications in general, both for appropriate and inappropriate indications.


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Are US doctors preparing for the ePatient? UK doctors must prepare for the rise of the ‘ePatient’

Are US doctors preparing for the ePatient? UK doctors must prepare for the rise of the ‘ePatient’ | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Doctors and other healthcare professionals must prepare for the rise of ‘ePatients’ in the coming years and keep apace with the evolving digital landscape.

 

This is according to the 2012 version of ‘Learning to manage Health Information’, a clinical education guide that has been running since 1999.

 

Its aim is to understand the digital world and healthcare professionals’ working requirements within it.

 

This year’s focus is on the rise of the ePatients, who come to surgeries armed with information found on the internet about their condition - and are often more digitally aware than their doctor.

The guide says that in the near future, clinicians will be dealing more and more with the ePatient, adding that: “today, such patients need not be mere recipients of care and can become key decision-makers in their treatment process.”


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Long Office Wait Times: Don’t Blame the Patients | RangelMD.com

Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon practicing in Detroit places most of the blame for long office waiting times at the feet of the patients themselves. He...
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The Future of Healthcare is Already at Your Fingertips [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Future of Healthcare is Already at Your Fingertips [INFOGRAPHIC] | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Parents already know the fear that sets in when you think your child has an ear infection.
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Young doctors' outlook on the future of healthcare is gloomy | Healthcare Finance News

Young doctors' outlook on the future of healthcare is gloomy | Healthcare Finance News | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
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The Bullying Culture of Medical School

The Bullying Culture of Medical School | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Insults, threats, and even physical abuse are a part of life for many medical students, but a campaign led by one medical school aims to change the culture of mistreatment nationwide.
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The secret to a happy life? Close relationships with family and friends when you are a child, say researchers -- Sott.net

The secret to a happy life? Close relationships with family and friends when you are a child, say researchers -- Sott.net | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Having close relationships with friends and family as a child makes people happier in later life, a new study has found.

 

I bet we would all say that we know this. Then should we spend more time just BEING with our families rather than all the DOING with the lessons and the sport and the such and such? We all seem to believe that having our kids attend Oxford isi going to lead to happiness. When did this attitude become so strong?

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The Dr. Veronica Prescription: Less Equals More: Cures to Health Care Overspending

The Dr. Veronica Prescription: Less Equals More: Cures to Health Care Overspending | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
There is only one way to begin chipping away at the exorbitant cost of health care in America. That is by each and every individual adopting a new and different mindset to control spending.

 

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How could healthcare use this? Google Translate app now translates images

How could healthcare use this? Google Translate app now translates images | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Read about the new feature on Google Translate for Android. Now you can translate pictures.
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THE 90/30 CONUNDRUM: HOW TO CHANGE MEDICINE (I=IF IT'S EVEN POSSIBLE)

THE 90/30 CONUNDRUM: HOW TO CHANGE MEDICINE (I=IF IT'S EVEN POSSIBLE) | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Insightful question by a soon-to-be doctor.

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Healthcare reform drives interest in captive insurers | Modern Healthcare

Healthcare reform drives interest in captive insurers | Modern Healthcare | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Healthcare reform drives interest in captive insurers | Modern Healthcare...
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Medical News: FDA Asked for More Details on Nano Technology - in Washington

WASHINGTON -- The FDA needs to provide more specifics on what nanotechnology products it is regulating and in what ways, members of an agency advisory committee said Thursday.
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Are you health literate?Health literacy the missing link in patient-physician communication

Are you health literate?Health literacy the missing link in patient-physician communication | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Which of the following is the strongest predictor of an individual's

health status?

 

A) Age

B) Income

C) Literacy skills

D) Education level

E) Racial or ethnic group

 

[AS: The clue is in the title... ;) ]


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Stop designing studies around outcomes that don't matter to patients

Stop designing studies around outcomes that don't matter to patients | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Eve Harris writes:

 

'Researchers should stop designing inquiries around outcomes that don’t matter to patients. We reviewed some studies that seemed better suited for mice but were nonetheless conducted in humans.

 

Overall, though, it appears that patient perspectives and values are increasingly part of research design. The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is funding exciting new studies. In a recent article, PCORI explains “Why Methods Matter.”

 

The healthcare delivery systems of today differ markedly from those of the past, and the way care is delivered can have a profound impact on outcomes. These factors combine to make it difficult, but critical, for patients and their care providers to understand and use the research information most relevant to the health decisions they make.

 

Providers and patients are making progress in defining and trying out new ways of communicating about clinical decisions. Achieving the best outcomes via this newer, more participatory practice of medicine requires attention not only to the evidence provided by high quality studies but also clinical judgment and respect for the bottom line: patient values.'


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How Surgeons and Engineers Can Communicate Better

How Surgeons and Engineers Can Communicate Better | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Engineers have to realize that the current decision makers (senior surgeons) on the clinical side of R&D were trained to do things a certain way, that they do very well and have been shown to have very good outcomes. Senior surgeons often want to know that new technologies can operate in the same workflow they are comfortable with and that there is always a failure mode that allows them to use their existing well-honed skill-set to fix any problems. Residents and junior surgeons will often be more comfortable with newer technologies, but they often won’t adopt them without support from the senior partners in a group or senior faculty in an academic medical practice. It follows that engineers will have to design and convince two sets of end users: the senior and junior surgeons, both groups of whom are concerned with how new technologies will fail them, but with two different mindsets.

 

In the other direction, surgeons should realize that when they go looking for an academic engineer to solve a problem, that engineers don’t think in terms of differentials and that they are not going to automatically accept that the surgeons’ way of doing things is optimal. Often, the best way to pose a problem to an engineer is to follow this rough guide:


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Put a pin in it, healthcare social media acolytes: Pintrest now allows open registration

Put a pin in it, healthcare social media acolytes: Pintrest now allows open registration | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Read about a chance in the way you register for Pintrest. The site now allows open registration instead of e-mail invites.
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Doctors: Social media strategies to manage your identity online

Doctors: Social media strategies to manage your identity online | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Traditionally, a physician’s reputation was best established and passed along by word of mouth. Discussions among friends or at church, sporting events or civic groups often provided the information necessary for potential patients to choose a healthcare provider. Today, most patients and consumers of healthcare get information about medical conditions and physicians online.

 

Some studies have shown that nearly 80% of today’s consumers go online first when evaluating a medical provider. Information (whether accurate or not) is consumed and perpetuated at a light-speed pace and it is often difficult to keep up with your own digital presence. Physicians must actively manage their online reputations or suffer the consequences of an unfair and unfounded digital reputation. In my world, online reputation is critical. Cyberspace is where my patients and customers are, where they go first and where I need to be.


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Healthcare adds 12K jobs in July | Healthcare Finance News

Healthcare adds 12K jobs in July | Healthcare Finance News | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

The sick will always be among us. If you want a permanent job.....healthcare which remains sickcare under Obamacare. Given there is not shift to wellness on the horizon, American should retrain workers for tasks needed in healthcare.

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A Molecule Central to Diabetes Is Uncovered -- Sott.net

A Molecule Central to Diabetes Is Uncovered -- Sott.net | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
At its most fundamental level, diabetes is a disease characterized by stress -- microscopic stress that causes inflammation and the loss of insulin production in the pancreas, and system-wide stress due to the loss of that blood-sugar-regulating...
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5 ways healthcare innovators are helping old people

5 ways healthcare innovators are helping old people | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Read five healthcare innovations that the elder set will really enjoy in their sunset years from places such as the Carnegie Mellon Quality of Life Technology Center.

 

As we are developing more and more technology to help people manage their chronic diseases, get well and stay well, its still interesting that the population is not getting well. What factor are innovators and healthcare providers missing?

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