Nancy Cappello, PhD, founder of "Are you Dense"

The Problem of Dense Breasts

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October 1, 2014

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ACTIVISM, Cancer, Patient engagement, PODCAST, Salber, Women's Issues:

Forty-three percent of women ages 40-74 have mammographically dense breasts. Dense breasts show up as white areas on mammograms, the same as a cancer, making it difficult to detect cancer on routine screening. Listen to “Are You Dense?” founder Nancy Cappello discuss the problem of dense breasts on TDWI Radio.

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Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

You can only shake your head and wonder

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October 1, 2014

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Costs:

The AG spent several years documenting the fact that Partners’ market power is responsible for the substantially higher rates it receives from insurers for the same work done by other academic medical centers, community hospitals, and physicians. Indeed, she concluded that this disparity has been one of key drivers of health care cost increases in Massachusetts.

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Tracy Granzyk MS, Managing Editor, Educate the Young

“Don’t Breathe” from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

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September 30, 2014

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EDUCATION:

Director Nino Kirtadze had no idea the patient education tool she created in the somewhat engineered documentary film, Don’t Breathe, a film intended as a study in the fragility of human nature. From my seat however, the story she captured only further illuminates how in-the-dark many patients remain when it comes to their own health and the care they receive.

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Pat Salber, MD, MBA, Host of The Doctor Weighs In

The Doctor Weighs In Survey – Help Us Serve You Better

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September 30, 2014

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Salber:

Your answers will be kept in strict confidence and will be used only in the aggregate. We know your time is valuable, so we’ve kept the survey brief – only 5 questions that should take no more than 2-3 minutes of your time.

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Challenges Evaluating mHealth’s Success

Challenges Evaluating mHealth’s Success

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September 29, 2014

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IT:

I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day. I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.

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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD, author of The Doctor Weighs In on Everything

Why Do We Die? And What Can Be Done About It?

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September 28, 2014

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Aging, anti-aging & longevity, Cognition & the brain, Death and Dying, Evolution, Metabolism and biochemistry, Michaeli:

Dr. Dov Michaeli explores the answers to the questions: why do we die? and can anything be done about it?

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Will Apple’s Strategic Beachhead Be Doctors, Not Patients?

Will Apple’s Strategic Beachhead Be Doctors, Not Patients?

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September 27, 2014

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IT:

Apple is a consumer technology company, and it’s natural to think that their efforts in healthcare will be aimed directly at patients. However, I’ve been pondering whether that’s looking at Apple’s opportunity through the wrong end of the telescope. Are physicians — 85% of whom own an iPhone — a much more natural and powerful strategic beachhead for Apple to focus on?

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Eric Topol, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape & Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health

Interview with Eric Topol: Do Docs & Patients See Eye-to-Eye?

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September 26, 2014

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Digital health, Health care professionals, Innovation/innovative companies, Patient experience, Salber:

Eric Topol, MD, Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape, and author of the “bible” of digital health, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” joined us on camera to talk about the results of the recently released (September 2014) WebMD/Medscape Digital Technology Survey about doctors and patients perceptions of digital health technologies. The survey found that sometime docs & patients see eye-to-eye and sometimes they do not.

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Sven Junkergard, Director of Technology, Zephyr Health

Zephyr Health: Combining Disparate Data for New Health Insights

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September 25, 2014

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Big data, Digital health, Entrepreneurs, Innovation/innovative companies, Salber:

Zephyr Health is merging disparate data sets to help customers gain new insights that can be used to solve big challenges and complex problems.

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Lisa Suennen - the Venture Valkyrie

The Apple Announcement and My Deja Vu

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September 25, 2014

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On September 9, 2014 it seemed the whole world (or at least the people who think they are the whole world in Silicon Valley) was holding its collective breath to find out what Apple Computer was about to announce regarding the iPhone, the Apple Watch, HealthKit, and everything else it might have up its sleeve.

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Technology & Innovation

Eric Topol, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape & Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health

Interview with Eric Topol: Do Docs & Patients See Eye-to-Eye?

September 26, 2014 44 comments

Eric Topol, MD, Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape, and author of the “bible” of digital health, “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” joined us on camera to talk about the results of the recently released (September 2014) WebMD/Medscape Digital Technology Survey about doctors and patients perceptions of digital health technologies. The survey found that sometime docs & patients see eye-to-eye and sometimes they do not.

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Politics & Policy

Should We All Die at 75?: Addressing the “Emanuel Principe” in Obamacare

Should We All Die at 75?: Addressing the “Emanuel Principe” in Obamacare

September 22, 2014 6 comments

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the authors of the Affordable Care Act spoke publicly this week about his own desire to “die at 75” in a article published in the Atlantic. In his piece, he argues that as he ages, he wishes to stop all preventative medical measures and “let nature take its course” as he approaches the age of 75.

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