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Breastfeeding image joins the throng of emojis A London neonatal nurse thought there was something missing from the array of available emojis: one representing a mother breastfeeding. So Rachel Lee, who works at University College London Hospital, petitioned the Unicode Consortium, the not-for-profit corporation that sets global standards for emojis and other software. At the time there was just the baby emoji and one ... Read More
Providers and vendors team up for user-friendly EHRs Before an Allscripts electronic health record appears on screen, it first appears on a storyboard—sometimes even a paper one. That’s where Allscripts developers can test new ideas on providers, figuring out what should go where. “The design on paper is still at the basic level where we can change on a dime,” said Ross Teague, director ... Read More
Talking points: Daschle, Leavitt on reshaping healthcare Mike Leavitt and Tom Daschle sit on different ends of the political spectrum, but share the goal of seeing a public-private partnership drive healthcare innovation. Leavitt, a former HHS secretary and Utah governor and current head of Leavitt Partners, and Daschle, a former leader of Senate Democrats, recently shared their thoughts on policy and innovation ... Read More
Slumping Medicare margins put hospitals on precarious cliff David Ramsey is in a dark place. Despite running West Virginia’s largest hospital, a sense of dread has grown about the facility’s future. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel other than another train,” said Ramsey, CEO of Charleston Area Medical Center. “There no reason to feel optimistic.” Ramsey, and many of his C-suite ... Read More
The Case for Intelligent Design (and Infrastructure) in Life Science Biologics R&D New White Paper from IDC Health Insights examines industry trends, new challenges and emerging capabilities in biologics. With many recent blockbuster patents expiring, the pharmaceutical industry finds itself in the middle of a transformation. Leading life science organizations are updating their business strategies to include the pursuit of a new market opportunity – the discovery and development ... Read More