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Documentary: Why Does U.S. Health Care Cost So Much?

"Money and Medicine," a documentary set to air Sept. 25 on PBS, investigates some of the most notorious drivers of U.S. health care ...youtube.com
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What Happens When iOS Apps Can Access Health Records

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Besides being a way to increase medication adherence, identifying pills on the fly could ensure patients don't encounter unwanted side effects or somehow ingest the wrong medication. But the data play here is much bigger: Indexing the world's pill supply.

 

Optical character recognition and image recognition have spawned all sorts of amazing mobile apps. They can help users identify trees in the forest, identify business cards, and even measure heart rate. Now one new iPhone product, MedSnap ID, could change the way pharmacies are run by allowing for the instant identification of pills via phone camera.

 

MedSnap's product can help reduce the tens of thousands of patient deaths from accidental drug interactions annually, and save pharmacies and health care providers a ton by cutting down on wasted manpower from slower traditional medication history management tools.

 

Users place a set of pills on a special tray or a clear imaging service, take a picture with MedSnap, and the product's algorithms identify the pills from 60 images used for machine indexing.

 

Pills are identified through a combination of imprint recognition (the characters or logo on the pill) and visual characteristics (size, color, density, etc.). Apart from the company's current database--which is primarily centered on drugs available in the United States--users can add to what the company calls the Pill Mapping Project, an effort to “index the world's prescription drug supply so that it can be ready by a technology using a smart phone in a healthcare, patient, or caregiver environment.”

 

Identifying pills in medical settings is important, if only for the fact that an overworked, inattentive, or distracted medical professional can endanger lives by handing the wrong medication to the wrong person. Medical institutions currently use a host of proprietary products to identify pills, many of which require trips back and forth to a computer terminal. Apart from wasting time and money for the health care provider, this also ironically increases chances of a pharmacist being distracted.

  


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How to build online engagement with health care communities

How to build online engagement with health care communities | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it

Health-related research is among the top three online activities worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 100 million Americans per year will visit health-related sites such as WebMD, Familydoctor.org, Healthfinder.gov, and CNN Health, among thousands of others. Within the massive ecosystem of health-related content websites, community-based sites are critical sources of trusted information for patients and caregivers. They offer a single spot for multiple stakeholders ’ including marketers ’ to interact with and contribute content to the community. And that’s where marketers need to get smart.

 

The customer journey of trust

Online engagement is usually modeled in relation to the customers’ journey. When creating this life cycle journey, consider your ’degrees of trust’ for content categories at each stage.

For example, a diabetes care provider may consider the customer life cycle to be:

SymptomDiagnosisTreatmentUse


A layered content strategy


Many health care organizations are adept at creating, optimizing, and disseminating personalized content to specific targets. Yet, social media has changed the landscape in so many ways, and in health care, in particular, it elevates the role bloggers and other online influencers play in the information value chain.

 

A patient is highly influenced by these independent players when weighing treatment options and purchase decisions. While it is not entirely credible for a health care provider to provide, for example, a product comparison, a layered content strategy can enable a third party to supply information indirectly on your behalf.

 

Be very conscious about how to approach and engage with third parties, however. Bloggers are obliged, sometimes required, to be transparent about their associations with health care companies.


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CDC and FDA: Update on Taylor Farms, Olive Garden, Red Lobster Cyclospora Outbreak

CDC and FDA: Update on Taylor Farms, Olive Garden, Red Lobster Cyclospora Outbreak | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it

As of August 1, 2013, CDC has been notified of 400 cases of Cyclospora infection from the following 17 health departments: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, New York City, Georgia, Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

Most of the illness onset dates have ranged from mid-June through early July.

At least 22 persons reportedly have been hospitalized in five states.

 


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How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry [infographic]

How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry [infographic] | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it

Wow. I am in total awe of the upcoming Google Glass invention. I just heard about it a few days ago, and after reading today’s infographic, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. Google glass seems like a futuristic contraption straight out of a  sci-fi movie! Google glass is a pair of glasses frames with a small lense at the end. With this lense, you’ll be able to record videos, take pictures, access your email, look up directions, and probably a whole lot more that we don’t even know about. MIND BLOWN!


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South Padre Island King of the Causeway September 14-16

South Padre Island King of the Causeway September 14-16 | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it

The King of the Causeway Triathalon on South Padre Island is September 14-16 2012


The 2012 King of the Causeway Road Race, Triathlon & Tour has taken on a life of it's own. The KOC-Tri now offers both an Olympic distance option along with the original Sprint distance.

 

A kids 5K Beach run is new this year and Clayton's Bar & Grill will host after parties!

 

Since 2007 King of the Causeway has been bringing fun and challenging Cycling events to the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.

 

Each year they have added more choice and diversity to the events in order to make sure there was something for everyone to enjoy. Along with a commitment to providing great local cycling events, they also give back to the Rio Grande Valley.

 

Check events: http://kingofthecauseway.com/event-schedule/


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Texas abortion providers fear major shutdowns - Boston.com

Texas abortion providers fear major shutdowns - Boston.com | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
Texas abortion providers fear major shutdowns Boston.com The new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature could force Novick to close the Houston abortion clinic he opened in 1980 because, he says, he does not have $1 million to $1.5...
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Sebelius touts health care law in Texas - The State

Sebelius touts health care law in Texas - The State | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
Sebelius touts health care law in Texas
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AUSTIN, Texas — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration is open to talks with Texas about expanded health care for the poor.
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Marijuana stops child's severe seizures

Marijuana stops child's severe seizures | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
Charlotte Figi was having 300 grand mal seizures a week. The child's doctors were out of options, so the family decided to try medical marijuana.
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Dreaming of Healthcare (A Response)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjoK0Zf_N5Q Check out this 30 second video, "Dreaming of Healthcare." We made it in partnerships ...youtube.com
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Big data is healthcare's biggest threat – and also its likely savior

Big data is healthcare's biggest threat – and also its likely savior | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it

The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good.

 

Healthcare CIOs must feel ill some days. They are under pressure by boards of directors and governments to keep costs down, while the medical establishment and government simultaneously foist more requirements to collect, store and analyze ever-increasing volumes of data. It’s a headache that no amount of aspirin will fix.

 

Ironically, it may turn out that the CIOs’ latter problem can be a cure for the former. That is – given the right technology – insights gleaned from data soon will be the key to holding down healthcare expenditures while still improving patient care overall.

 

four critical reasons to be optimistic that healthcare will get better, and soon, for individuals:

 

First, we are seeing a global shift from “cookbook style” diagnosis – where symptoms are treated by a recipe approach – to evidence-based medicine, which applies data-centric methods to both diagnose and offer treatment.

 

Second, there is a major effort industry-wide to collect as much medical data as possible, in any format, to analyze and accurately determine proper treatment for ailments.

 

Third, with smartphones in hand, patients themselves are being empowered and learning to monitor personal health data themselves. And often at a fraction of the cost of the past.

 

And finally, IT vendors have finally delivered a processor, networking, and database infrastructure that is capable of handling the data volumes and variety of information fast enough.

 

Together these factors should help usher the healthcare industry into a new era of efficiency that still offers far better outcomes for patients.


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New UT System University in South Texas Awaits Governor's Signature

New UT System University in South Texas Awaits Governor's Signature | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
As soon as Gov. Rick Perry signs Senate Bill 24, which creates a new university in the Rio Grande Valley, "the real work begins," says University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

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UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American are about to become one university, "making it among the county’s largest institutions serving primarily Hispanic students."

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Your New Health Care System

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Rep. Kevin Brady's (R- Texas) representation of the complication brought about by new Democratic-sponsored health care legislation.

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Women’s Health Experts Virtually Absent From Cable News Coverage Of Texas Abortion Bill

Women’s Health Experts Virtually Absent From Cable News Coverage Of Texas Abortion Bill | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
Cable news has been covering the ongoing pro-choice protests in Texas for about two weeks by now — but not everybody has been invited to participate in that conversation.

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This is an interesting look at who got to speak out on women's health issues and abortions in Texas.

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Rio Grande Valley celebrates incoming UT students - The Horn

Rio Grande Valley celebrates incoming UT students - The Horn | Texas Health Care | Scoop.it
Rio Grande Valley celebrates incoming UT students The Horn On Tuesday evening, Rio Grande Valley freshmen from the University of Texas at Austin's incoming class, their parents, members of the UT community and UT Austin president Bill Powers...
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Congressman: Rio Grande Valley Sector's resources 'woefully inadequate' - Monitor

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Congressman: Rio Grande Valley Sector's resources 'woefully inadequate'
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U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, center, rides in a Texas Department of Public Safety boats to examine border security operations Tuesday Aug.
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Ex-Texas health care worker gets prison for fraud - KHOU

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Ex-Texas health care worker gets prison for fraud
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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former employee of a now-defunct South Texas medical equipment company has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for fraud and identity theft.
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