Five Great Healthcare and MedTech Info Resources

March 28th, 2011
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With the abundance of information available online today, sometimes it’s hard to sort through the SPAM to find quality sources of news and opinions, particularly if you want to stay current on trends and policies in healthcare and medical technology.  I’m here to help with some of my favorite sites for great info on these topics.  Add your picks to the comments, and together we can create a resource to sort through the junk.
The Healthcare Blog: WebMd dubs this blog “a free-wheeling discussion of the latest healthcare developments.” I enjoyed last week’s post on “The Incredible and Wasteful Complexity of the U.S. Healthcare System,” which provided a brief and twistedly entertaining look at the mishmash of laws, regulations, and other pieces that combine to create complexity and inefficiency in the U.S. healthcare system. The “internet journal of emerging medical technologies” has something for anyone interested in gadgets and medicine. A recent article spoke of new medical scrubs featuring fabric patterns based on micrographs of pathogens. What an opportune way for every nurse, medical student and hospital staffer to stand out from the crowd.

The Medical Technology Caucus: From the U.S. House of Representatives, the Medical Technology Caucus is a bi-partisan organization comprised of 48 representatives whose purpose is to raise awareness among House members of critical issues relating to medical technology. For the citizen reader, it’s a good source of medical technology news in the political sphere.
Mobi Health News: This is the go-to source for information about the practical convergence of healthcare and mobile technology. One recent article (“Albert: iPad has already won healthcare tablet war”) covers the electrocardiogram (ECG) app and the developer’s thoughts about tablet and iPad use for medical purposes.
Aza Raskin’s Blog: This blog is full of unique insights from the cofounder for Massive Health, who formerly served as creative lead for Firefox and before that was the head of user experience for Mozilla Labs. In The Story of Paul MacCready, Aza writes about Gossamer Condor as an example of creative problem solving.
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I co-founded Popper and Company more than ten years ago to help life science companies at all stages of development and of all sizes address inefficiencies in health care. Along with my team members, I focus on helping clients develop and implement strategies that enable the application of technology and processes to improve health care in novel ways, often through the establishment of relationships with industry partners. Click to send me an email.