March 24, 2017

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The Stupidity Continues!!!

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If our old buddy Pamela Wible’s headline and graphic, above, don’t tell you all that you need to know on the topic, read on. What you will see here is a compilation of horror stories from doctors that make the point, rather vividly, that sleep-deprived doctors can be deadly weapons rather than healers.

Bottom Line. I don’t have much to add here. The stories speak for themselves.  Just two quick thoughts. First, at a personal level, we might like to ask physicians about to treat us or our loved ones how long they have been on shift. Second, at a professional level, we might like to use these stories as a reason to temper our strategic marketing programs aimed at young doctors to establish their habits and loyalties early in their careers. Problem. They might be too asleep to pay much attention!

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March 23, 2017

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The Most “Empathetic” Companies

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Some interesting stuff here. Check it out! What you will find is a list of the 2016 “Most Empathetic Companies.” Important is the definition of empathy, which here is described in terms of understanding your emotional impact on others AND making changes as a result. Nice!

That Facebook tops the list is not surprising. Empathy has been their stock and trade, and they work hard at it. What is surprising, and frankly rather disappointing, is the tiny number of health care, pharmaceutical, etc. companies that make the cut.

Bottom Line. I sense an opportunity here. I bet you could build a nice business by developing an understanding of how the companies on this list practice empathy, then running seminars, research programs, etc. aimed at helping companies not on the 2016 list make it for 2017!

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March 22, 2017

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What Hospitals Waste

Ever work in a hospital? A big hospital? I have, so this article from our old buddies at ProPublica really doesn’t surprise me all that much. It describes the practice of hospitals throwing away millions of dollars of perfectly good medical equipment for “safety reasons” (???). It also describes millions of dollars in medical equipment […]

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March 21, 2017

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Glassdoor???

Frankly, I had never heard of Glassdoor. But then again, I am not exactly looking for a job. BUT. If you are, it would be quite valuable to access their list of top paying professions. You can check it out here. What you will find is that physicians top the list at $187,876 base salary […]

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March 20, 2017

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Smart Phones And Clinical Trials

Read this article. What you will see is a very smart company that has carved out a niche, and apparently a large niche, by integrating smart phones into clinical trials. They begin with the process shown in their graphic, above. Patients who respond to a call to action by texting are screened and enrolled if […]

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March 17, 2017

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States With The Highest And Lowest Paid Doctors???

Go here to see a ranking of the 50 States in terms of average physician salary. Bottom Line. Why would you care? I am guessing that you are not a physician looking for a State in which to practice. BUT. There are broader questions underlying these dollar amounts. Things like why the discrepancy? And no, […]

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March 16, 2017

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The Measured Man

Check out this article that describes how a new approach to collecting and analyzing medical information can foreshadow the digital transformation of medicine. Bottom Line. As I read this article, I compared the approach described herein with my own medical care. Although I am on several different medications for the treatment of mercifully non-life threatening […]

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March 15, 2017

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Payers In The Future…

Check out this story. What you will find are the results of a PWC survey of more than 100 health insurance executives. The topic? What will the payers of the future need to look like. The big piece here is that in the future, insurance companies will need to work with providers rather than abusing […]

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March 14, 2017

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Management Training At Harvard…Not The Business School, The Medical School!

Take a look at this. What you will see is a precis for a course that Harvard is offering to train Primary Care Physicians to deal with changes in the healthcare environment. Not much to read today. Just a little verbiage to ponder. Bottom Line. Question. Given all of the other “stuff” that PCP’s need […]

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March 13, 2017

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Why Do We All Want To Die???

That is the question posed, and elucidated, in this blog post from the Psychiatrist pictured above. Read the post at two levels. First, ponder the causes of suicidal ideation and think of the extent to which these causes are increasingly ubiquitous. Feelings of global unrest, absence of belonging, etc. Quite unfortunate, actually!!! Second, ponder the […]

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