Doc Punished For Treating Patients Via Skype: What To Make Of It?

The cHealth Blog

Last week, the Oklahoman news Website reported that Dr. Thomas Trow, a doctor living in “far Eastern” Oklahoma (read: towns few and far-between), had been disciplined for treating patients over Skype for mental health issues.

He was accused of prescribing them medications without ever having physically met with them; his response was that his nurse traveled to satellite clinics to meet the patients and present them via Skype.  Also, NewsOK reported, “He stated that he did not think he had to see patients in person since they were psychiatric patients.”

According to the complaint against him, one patient overdosed three times in six months, NewsOK reports.  “The patient known as R.C. died while under Trow’s care — as did two other patients during the same time — but investigators said Thursday that those deaths were not attributable to Trow.”  The penalty: “Trow was placed on probation for two years…

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Marlboro marketing 101 for regulated industries (including healthcare)

Marketing and communication insights


According to CNN, Marlboro is the 7th most valuable global brand. This is remarkable given the increasing regulation and negativity the tobacco industry attracts. However, it also highlights the inspired, creative and thought-provoking marketing activities undertaken by the company. Regardless of how you feel about the ethics of promoting cigarettes there’s lessons that all marketing and communication professionals can take from Marlboro. These are particularly relevant to those in highly regulated environments such as energy, food and healthcare.    

Let’s start by understanding our associations with the brand. Depending on your age, this will likely be a cowboy and the iconic red and white logo. If you live in the UK this demonstrates how sensational the marketing machine at Marlboro really is. Why? Because the adverts with the cowboy in appeared very little in the UK and that was back in the 1970s. The cowboy ads were banned well…

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Made the front page of Hacker News but for the wrong reasons

Stories of a (failed) entrepreneur

hacker newsWe all dream our new software product / service to make the front page of Hacker News. Even if most of us are (or should be) aware that, most likely, the long term impact of this achievement will be quite limited , this is still some kind of milestone many of us aspire to.

Well, the (pre)launch of our new WordPress A/B testing service made it. So, you may think I’m ecstatic. Well, I’m not it turns out that “our success” was not because of the huge interest in our product but in the huge interest people had in reading about our disaster prelaunch: “Worst timing ever – Google flagged us as malware on our prelaunch announcement day”.

I guess I should not complain (in the end we managed to fix the problem soon enough and still the huge peak of traffic from Hacker News was a good…

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Who owns a PhD Student (after the PhD is finished)?

My Research Rants

If you are thinking the student can decide his/her own future, let me tell you, you are wrong!

When looking for postdocs I’ve made the mistake several times to contact directly PhD Students that were about to finish her PhD in order to see if they were interested in applying for a postdoctoral position in our group  after defending the PhD thesis.

Sounds reasonable right? Well, that’s what I thought before getting angry messages and having harsh conversations with a couple of supervisors for not having asked them permission before contacting the students.

It seems that they already had other plans for them (even if sometimes the PhD student was not even aware of those plans and/or they were worse in terms of money and career evolution)  and they saw me as a clear threat/enemy.  I was so naive to think that as supervisors we should wish the best for our PhD students even…

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Sept 24 Chat – Our Goal: Providing Professional Development & Leadership for Health Care Leaders


hcldr - 082413 - 1730-1845 pacific timeA post by Lisa Fields

This week’s questions:

  • T1: As members of our community could you share one specific way you’ve demonstrated information you’ve learned from #HCLDR?
  • T2: As Healthcare Leaders do you believe best practice for #HCSM Chats would include sharing any potential conflict of interest?
  • T3: As Healthcare Leaders please share specific way(s) you’ve seen our colleagues demonstrate leadership during #HCLDR?
  • T4: Do you believe #HCLDR is a type of flipped classroom for medical education?

When Colin Hung and I first began to talk about designing the Healthcare Leader Tweet Chat we knew we wanted to design a new and innovative type of chat.

We agreed our goal would be to build a tweet chat that would focus on the professional development of healthcare leaders. It was important to create a comfortable community where we could all learn and grow together. Colin and I wanted a place where our…

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Relationship of Android with Thread

Prativa's Blog

A thread is an execution context, which is all the information a CPU needs to execute a stream of instructions. It controls what executes in what order.

When using threads, CPU gives you the illusion that it’s doing multiple computations at the same time. It does that by spending a bit of time on each computation.

Threads are like two people using the same computer, who don’t have to share data explicitly but must carefully take turns. Conceptually, threads are just multiple worker bees buzzing around in the same address sapce. Each thread has its own stack, its own instructor pointer(aka program counter), etc. , but all threads in a process share the same memory.

You can kill one thread and others will still be running.

Android’s user interface thread

1.1 Main Thread
Android modifies the user interface and handles input events from one single user interface thread. This…

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The Missing Link Between Meaningful Use And Health IT Innovation

HealthIT Plus - A Healthcare IT Blog

Deadlines can never bring forth innovation. When everything is under the MU pressure, the need to meet Federal Mandates overshadows everything else. This results in loopholes, and in many cases, leads to bad engineering. [] a times, EMRs are produced to meet the MU requirements but doesn’t meet the needs of the consumers. As a result, MU is failing to create the environment it is attempting to create through the stringent regulations and deadlines.

Yes, Meaningful Use has supported innovation in ways such as:

  • The Blue Button Plus supports a new, higher level of patient access to their data,and is built from components and requirements already present in Stage 2.
  • The Query Health initiative has done innovative work that supports not only its stated focus (health research) but also automation of quality measurement using HL7′s HQMF.

But eventually the Meaningful Use will stress on EMR developers to…

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