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Another Use for Mobile Phones in Health Care: Stopping BulletsFred FortinReblog this post [with Zemanta]

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 23:48:33 +0000

From A stray bullet hit a man in his chest while he was mowing his lawn Saturday, but he escaped injury because the bullet slammed into a cell phone in his pocket. . . (The man) said he didn’t know what hit him, but he knew something was wrong. When he tried to dial […](image)

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Britain’s Mobile Phone “Nurses”Fred FortinReblog this post [with Zemanta]

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:23:12 +0000

In my continuing posts on mobile phones in health care comes news from the Telegraph: People suffering from asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure simply enter details of their condition and treatment into standard mobile handsets that have been programmed with special software. The data is automatically sent to hospital database where it is analysed […](image)

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Advertising with Chinese CharacteristicsFred FortinA panoramic view of Ürümqi's city center taken...Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 16:41:29 +0000

Image via Wikipedia Reported by The China Beat, a description of a Pepsi ad shoot in Urumchi, the capitol of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. The story unfolded for us as we arrived at the sports stadium before dawn on a warm Saturday morning in May. The ad centered on a football match […](image)

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The Commodification of Barack ObamaFred FortinCampbell's Soup I (1968)Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:18:44 +0000

Image via Wikipedia “Obama Slept Here” reads one headline in the Wall Street Journal. The Honolulu Advertiser follows with a story on all the places Obama lived while in Hawaii – to promote tourism, of course. The media is awashed with Obama images. Cardboard cutouts of Obama infiltrate political rallies. The Obama campaign symbol emerges […](image)

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President-Elect Obama: A New Day is Upon UsFred Fortin

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 16:29:53 +0000

What an amazing evening with the triumph of Hawaii’s own Barack Obama. As readers who have followed this blog know, we have been a strong Obama supporter from the beginning of his candidacy. The emotional exhale with his victory last night was felt not only by me, not only here on this little speck of […](image)

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PatientsLikeMe: A New Disease Management Tool?Fred FortinReblog this post [with Zemanta]

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:26:11 +0000

Ben Heywood, co-founder and President of PatientsLikeMe, recently participated in live chat session (see transcript) hosted by the World Health Care Congress. I was particularly interested in his several comments related to the value of his site to disease management programs now sponsored by health plans and other health care organizations. I think one of […](image)

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Starbucks Health Care?Fred FortinStarbucks at the Forbidden City in Beijing (cl...Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 17:42:10 +0000

Image via Wikipedia The thought came to me this morning as I was hitting the local Starbucks: Why couldn’t local retail health care be this easy and this prolific? The inventory of products is limited but the need for them is widespread. You walk in at your convenience, get your needs met and leave. And […](image)

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New Study: Costs of Moving to ICD-10 Diagnostic Codes for ProvidersFred FortinReblog this post [with Zemanta]

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:15:43 +0000

Conclusions from a new study on the transition to ICD-10 diagnostic codes: If ICD‐10‐CM were to be mandated as the code set to replace ICD‐9‐CM, it would have a significant effect on both the business and clinical processes of physician practices and clinical laboratories.  The impact is expected to be greater than the impact of […](image)

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