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Sheep show a flair for recognizing faces Though their political leanings are a little fuzzy, eight sheep at the University of Cambridge in England can now recognize Barack Obama’s face. A team of Cantabrigian researchers trained eight female Welsh mountain sheep to recognize the faces of four famous people to determine how sheep measure up to monkeys and humans in the task. The sheep ... 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
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
Q&A with Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean: 'I will go anywhere there is a best practice and try to learn from others' Operating in 21 states, Dignity Health serves a diverse patient population. For CEO Lloyd Dean, ensuring that the system evolves to meet community needs is essential. Since arriving at the San Francisco-based organization in 2000, Dean has not only led a financial turnaround, but, more recently, has spurred Dignity to embrace population health management strategies. ... Read More
Pediatric Gene Therapy The European approvals of Glybera® in 2012 and Strimvelis® in 2016 seem likely to be the vanguard of the therapeutic revolution heralded by the decoding of the human genome. Both of these treatments originated from academic centers of excellence and became the subjects of agreements with pharmaceutical companies (Uniqure/Chiesi and GSK, respectively) with the experience ... Read More
The Great DTC Shake-Up Patient perspectives on direct-to-consumer advertising This in-depth eyeforpharma whitepaper, which we developed with Health Perspectives Group explores the evolving role of DTC advertising with direct feedback from patient’s – including exclusive results from the recent “DTC Attitudes, Behaviours and Preferences” patient study conducted by Health Stories Project – Insights, (HSPi). Read More