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  • Crowdsourcing: Funding Vs. Information

    In a recent post, I covered some unique opportunities presented by crowdfunding for technological advances in areas like molecular diagnostics. While the crowdsourcing mentality can work well in gathering funds for equipment producers, crowdsourcing medical information through sites like Wikipedia can carry more limitations and even dangers. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on February 13, 2014
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

      News of fraud and abuse in our healthcare system appears frequently these days. Between scams, double billing and code jamming many dollars are illegally claimed from the system. Whether it be from Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company, one thing is certain, the honest consumers pay for it.   Just recently the Medicare Fraud ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on May 31, 2013
  • Laboratory Leadership Training

    There’s that famous saying, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I think it can be applied to any quality, especially leadership. As a kid, I always thought it was something people were just born with in the same way that some people are just athletic and others are just funny. I think we all ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 29, 2013
  • Steady Hands

    In what has to have been one of the most fun research studies in the history of academia, 21 surgical residents had to play video games on the Nintendo Wii “for an hour a day, five days a week, for four weeks” during their residency. In an article on NPR, a group of Italian researchers fostered the project and then had the residents perform ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 1, 2013
  • Penn’s Amazing Achievements

    The ADVANCE team toured the wonderful laboratories at University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine last week. I wanted to help spread the word of some of their significant achievements. For example, a new treatment for leukemia, called CART 19, has proven effective in several terminally ill patients. Their findings appeared recently in the New ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 14, 2012