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I originally joined this wild and woolly collective known as ScienceBlogs back in February 2006. I was not part of the very first wave of bloggers who made up ScienceBlogs when it launched, although I potentially could have, mainly because I had to work out policies about outside employment with my university before I could join up. In any case, one of the very first posts that I did back then that made a bit of a splash was a little ditty I called in my usual inimitable and restrained fashion, Why not just castrate them? It was the dark saga of an even darker father-and-son tag team of quacks named Mark and David Geier. Dr. Mark Geier is a physician but has no expertise in pediatrics, endocrinology, vaccines, or autism. His son only has a bachelor's degree in biology; yet he assists his father in his "research" and in essence helps him treat patients, despite his la... (more)

New Video Game Rating Category, 'E10+,' Added to ESRB Rating System

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A new video game rating category, E10+ (Everyone 10 and older), was introduced today by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), to help consumers more easily differentiate between games that have content appropriate for the whole family and games that are suitable for ages 10 and older. "The content of computer and video games continues to advance in terms of sophistication, complexity, and graphic quality," said Patricia Vance, president of ESRB. "Given this evolution, the new E10+ rating category will provide consumers, particularly parents, with more precise guidance on the age appropriateness of certain titles, fulfilling our goal of helping ensure that the right games are selected for their children and families." Vance added that the ESRB consulted numerous child development experts and academicians in creating the E10... (more)

OR-Live.com Launches OR-Library, a Dynamic New Content Channel for Healthcare Professionals

WEST HARTFORD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/02/05 -- slp3D, Inc is announcing the launch of a new content area on its OR-Live.com broadcast portal. This portal is designed to provide healthcare professionals with credible news and information created in collaboration with Advanstar Medical Economics, a leading publisher of clinical and business information for healthcare professionals. The New OR-Library is featured directly on OR-Live's home page and was developed to support surgeons, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, medical technologists and other healthcare professionals. The new feature provide free access to content from dozens of award winning medical journals conveniently organized into the following medical specialties: * Allergy & Immunology * Gastroenterology * Ophthalmology * Cardiology * Geriatrics * Orthopedics * Clinical Pharmacology * Infectious... (more)

Mills Peninsula Medical Group Delivers Personal Health Records

BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mills Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG) has launched a new online service that includes a personal health record for all patients, a core element of the effort to empower Americans with their own health records. The new service, called "iHealth," is being delivered in collaboration with U.S. medical societies and other healthcare leaders, and is an important part of fulfilling the President's call for a personal electronic health record for every American. MPMG is the first group to offer this new service on the Peninsula. MPMG's iHealth suite of services provides patients and their families with a secure online personal health record, and the ability to share this record with their doctors, family members, or in case of emergency. The service also includes automated education programs that are specific to the patient's cond... (more)

Community Hospital of Anaconda Is First to Bring Personal Health Records to Montana

ANACONDA, Mont., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Hospital of Anaconda (CHA) CEO, Steve McNeece, today announced the launch of a campaign to create personal health records (PHRs) for residents of Anaconda-Deer Lodge and adjoining counties in an effort to increase the use of healthcare technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency and to meet the Federal Government's goal of an online PHR for all Medicare beneficiaries. Community Hospital of Anaconda and its affiliated medical staff will be offering the iHealthRecord via the Medem Network, the largest secure online physician communication network in the U.S. The iHealthRecord service includes a standards-based secure PHR as well as content and patient education from 47 medical societies, national patient advocacy groups and government agencies. The Anaconda iHealth project is a national model for PHR rol... (more)

Mercy Medical Center Standardizes on Infoblox Appliances for DNS/DHCP and Other Core Network Services

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/31/08 -- Infoblox Inc., today announced that Maryland's Mercy Medical Center, rated one of the top medical facilities in the United States, has selected and deployed Infoblox appliances to deliver internal and external domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment and management (DHCP/IPAM), as well as other core network services. Mercy Medical Center is a full service hospital delivering a comprehensive range of health services including internal medicine, obstetrics, urology, pediatrics, cardiology, rehabilitative care and emergency medicine. With more than 600 physicians and 2600 employees, the Mercy Medical Center depends on its IT network to effectively serve its patients in these practices. Core network services like DNS and DHCP are essential to the daily operation of the Mercy Hospital network and applications li... (more)

Retail Pharmacies and Largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers Announce Merger of E-Prescribing Networks -- Improving Safety, Accuracy, Efficiency of Prescription Medicines for Patients Nationwide

ALEXANDRIA, VA and ST. PAUL, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/01/08 -- In the single most significant advance to the accuracy, efficiency and quality of information associated with the 4 billion prescriptions written annually in the United States, the nation's retail pharmacies and leading pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) today announced an unprecedented collaboration to unite the country's two leading health information networks. The groups have merged two organizations: RxHub, founded in 2001 by the nation's three largest PBMs -- CVS Caremark Corporation, Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco Health Solutions, Inc.; and SureScripts, also formed in 2001 by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The organizations will consolidate their operations, forming a single, secure, nationwide network for e-prescri... (more)

Alliance for Pediatric Quality Supports New ANSI-Approved Standard for Child Health Passed by HL7

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Many electronic health record systems are built with the adult patient in mind. So when a child goes to his or her primary care doctor -- whether in the hospital or at the physician's office -- the fields in the child's electronic health record system are not pediatric-specific. For example, height and weight fields are not appropriate for newborns; growth tracking and immunization management features are not standardized; there are no pediatric-specific norm values for physicians, families and patients to use to monitor lab results, vital signs and body measurements; and privacy is not adequately defined for the child. To improve patient safety and ensure more effective and efficient care of children, Health Level Seven (HL7), a healthcare IT standards development organization, recently passed the healthcare industry's first... (more)

Virtua Memorial Streamlines Workforce Management and Reduces Contract Labor Costs With Concerro

San Diego-based Concerro, the leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of web-based workforce management software and services, has successfully implemented its program at Virtua Memorial, located in Mt. Holly, NJ and part of the Virtua Health system, to optimize the operational and financial management of their workforce, empower employees, and promote excellence in staffing. Concerro is helping Virtua Memorial leverage the existing resource pool to fill open shifts, reduce contract agency costs, and manage PRN/float pool commitments and assignments. Qualified staff have a complete enterprise view and round-the-clock access to the hospital’s open shift needs from a single web interface. "Concerro has improved our staffing process by eliminating time-consuming manual activities, such as phone calling, to fill open shifts,” said Paul Minnick, CNO at Virtua Mem... (more)

Saint Peter’s University Hospital to Connect Physicians, Deploy EHRs with Complete Clinical Solution from McKesson

Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., has partnered with McKesson to deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and connect physicians across multiple care settings, from hospital to home. An expansion of Saint Peter’s strategy to improve the quality and safety of care, this technology investment is designed to enable participation in a community health information exchange (HIE). In addition, the hospital expects to qualify for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) incentives. Saint Peter’s latest investment builds on a strong relationship with McKesson for pharmaceutical distribution services and pharmacy automation. In addition, the hospital recently completed a successful implementation of McKesson revenue management solutions, which are improving cash flow and patient management throughout the organization. As part of the new agreement,... (more)

Miami Children's Hospital Enters Technology Venture With MediTouch EHR

MIAMI, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 10/21/13 -- Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) and HealthFusion, Inc., the developer of MediTouch EHR, announced today a strategic partnership to offer an MCH private-labeled electronic health record system to pediatricians throughout the South Florida market. The game-changing agreement makes the technology company's cloud-based EHR readily available to pediatricians in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. In addition to specific functionality that will allow doctors to interface with MCH's hospital-based systems, physicians who subscribe to MediTouch will also be able to take advantage of unique incentives and benefits. The MCH version of the technology will have its own name that harkens to its robust pediatric module, which facilitates quick and easy entry of patient-encounter information typical of what a pediatricia... (more)