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Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

FDA Reveals Gender-Based Double Standard in Big Pharma Research

big pharmaQuick poll: Anyone take prescription drugs? Okay, while we count the waving sea of raised arms out there in PR land, the FDA will thank you. Now, for you women out there in that sea, guess what? Big Pharma research is sexist.

No, really. And the FDA just proved it.

A recent study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proves that a gender-based double standard exists when it comes to tracking the side-effects of popular prescription drugs.

What was that song about bad medicine again?

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It’s Damage Control Time for the ObamaCare Launch

HHS_HealthCare_MOBILE_BILLBOARDYou might have missed this story amidst the embarrassing failure of the “destroy the government” movement, but there have been quite a few technical glitches related to Healthcare.gov, the homepage of the only government program that could ever possibly be “worse than slavery” (these folks with their messaging). So yesterday the team that created the very thing those guys hate most decided to start cleaning up after their own embarrassing failure.

A report from the Washington Times asserts that, among other things, federal officials only tested the site for four to six days when they should have done so for four to six months—and that organizational failures left many anxious Americans unable to register for insurance on Healthcare.gov.

In a formal blog post, the Department of Health and Human Services responded by admitting that “The initial consumer experience of HealthCare.gov has not lived up to the expectations of the American people” thanks to error messages, slow-loading pages, and all the things that you’d expect from a dial-up Yahoo account circa 1998. The post highlights elements of the “product” that are working, notes improvements and promises that a coming “tech surge” will help everyone use that site as it was meant to be used.

Obama probably could have written the post himself if he weren’t busy giving a speech to the press today in order to defend and explain his signature project for the millionth time: he said that there’s “no sugar-coating“ the “unacceptable” tech issues, so someone’s been listening. Then this happened:

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Doximity Is the First Social Network for Doctors

Are you a hard-working, inquisitive physician who loves to discuss complex medical issues with your peers but lacks an appropriate forum?

OK, you’re probably not–but believe us when we say that this is a legitimate problem that is extremely relevant to anyone with clients in the medical field. Despite the fact that our hospitals and private practices offer the absolute latest in technologies designed to save and improve lives, the world of health care professionals is sadly behind the times when it comes to communications.

In the interest of maintaining absolute patient privacy, the 1996 HIPAA act essentially prevented doctors from using any sort of technology to discuss patient care. Many now turn to Facebook or Twitter with unfortunate results–in a 2012 study, more than 90% of American medical boards reported at least one case of social media misconduct by a doctor.

Today, those who share the details of individual cases with other health care professionals are more likely to invite a lawsuit than a medical breakthrough–even if they don’t include a given patient’s name. As doctor and mobile tech enthusiast Alexander Blau, MD puts it, “The average 12-year-old on a cell phone has access to better communications tools than most physicians.”

A group of investors and health care veterans aimed to remedy this problem by creating Doximity, the world’s first professional social network for doctors. Dr. Blau is the group’s medical advisor.

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