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Suspension of Medical Device Excise Tax Provides Opportunity to Demonstrate Why Repeal Should be Made Permanent

In a surprising development, as part of a $1.1 Trillion spending bill, Congress voted to temporarily suspend the medical device excise tax provision of the Affordable Care Act. Since it went into effect in 2013, medical device manufacturers have been lobbying heavily to communicate the undue financial burden placed on them by the tax. So the questi...

Following up on Healthspot

There are a couple of items worth mentioning since last week's surprise announcement from Healthspot.   Today MedCity News published a report stating that despite the demise of Healthspot, Xerox, one of the principal investors and developer of the technology powering the kiosks, remains bullish on the concept and wants to leverage the concept els...

Healthspot: What Went Wrong?

In a way, the events surrounding Healthspot are very similar to when Robert Bosch Health Systems Inc., exited the U.S. telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) markets last year. In both cases, the move was very sudden despite notable contracts; Bosch with Veterans Affairs and Healthspot with Rite Aid, the Cleveland Clinic and others.   So ...

The Paris climate talks don’t matter

The Paris climate talks are in progress, with President Obama and 150 other world leaders hashing out their commitments to a sustainable energy future. As this highest-of-high profile meeting occurs, speculations on implications to the global economy come thick and fast, to which I propose to add my two cents. It doesn’t matter what political lead...

The Slow Death of a Giant

Another blockbuster merger for the history books; Pfizer and Allergan will combine in the third largest takeover in history, a deal worth ~$160 billion. With combined annual revenue of $64 billion and market leading brands like Botox, Lyrica, and Viagara coming together under the same roof, this seems like a slam dunk. But my advice, to those of yo...

athenahealth Acquires RazorInsights

In line with its strategy of “connecting care”, athenahealth has acquired RazorInsights, a vendor of cloud-based clinical and financial solutions for rural, critical access, and small community hospitals. With this acquisition, ATHN continues its foray into solutions for in-patient care, and extends its presence into the 50-bed-and-under inpatient ...

Employers: Insist on Contagious Disease Vaccinations for Employees and Families

Communicable deadly and debilitating diseases like the measles cause immense havoc, not only to individuals and their families, but to the economy and society as a whole. The resulting costs: in suffering but also in healthcare expenses, and in lost productivity from stricken employees and their family members are immense. Vaccinations are a long-...

When you get hacked, you’re probably going to deserve it

                Every other week, some major corporation or government agency seems to be getting hacked. We beat our brows over the loss of personal data, and wail about those dastardly hackers and how could they do such a thing?!; then go log onto Netflix with the password “password”. Because how could I possibly be expected to remember anything ...

Clean Diesel: Marketing Nonsense or Viable Alternative?

When confronted with marketing of any kind, I find myself becoming increasingly skeptical. The incentive for misrepresenting the truth (i.e. lying) is massive, and repercussions seemingly nonexistent. This is particularly true in scenarios where a product or service has a very pervasive reputation and the provider of that product or service begins ...

Problems with the Sharing Economy - Is peer-to-peer (P2P) fundamentally broken?

Uber, Airbnb, and a host of other companies have capitalized on a new business model, enabled by our increasingly connected world. Called peer-to-peer (P2P), the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, this model allows people to sell their own goods and services through an exchange to other individuals, while the hosting company keeps a per...

Lockheed, give me something I can believe - There’s just no evidence of any fusion breakthrough

                I’m a nuclear energy nerd. This has been established. So when Lockheed Martin announced a breakthrough in the design of a fusion reactor small enough to fit on the back of an 18-wheeler, I was the most excited person in my office. And amongst my friends. Pretty sure I was obnoxious about it.                 The people who develop a...

Beating Ebola and Cancer with rats and bats - Evolution is the ultimate bio lab

In the wake of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded human history, scientists and doctors are scrambling to bring effective quarantine measures into place. After the current wave of this pretty terrifying disease is quelled (assuming it is), our focus will shift from containment and mitigation to a long-term cure. There are several species w...

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