Is Medical Data Really Safe In The “Warehouse?”

maamaThe American Medical Group Association’s plan to partner with a major pharmaceutical firm and create a national data warehouse is being met with reactions ranging from wholehearted support to wary skepticism.

“I think this is a glimpse into the future, that we can substantially improve the quality of care,” says Molly Joel Coye, M.D., CEO of the Health Technology Center of Menlo Park, Calif., a not-for-profit medical technology assessment group.

“I am skeptical that they won’t be identifying people,” says Betsy Mahoney, coordinator for the Medical Privacy Project of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. “The …

US Exports Add Up

Ever heard a line like, trade is vital to American agriculture? Or, agricultural trade is an important contributor to the nation’s economy?

We’ll bet you have. You may even have used these lines yourself.

But what are the facts behind these oft-repeated generalities? How does agricultural trade really measure up?

aaWe scrutinized the data and consulted trade analysts. Here are some of the answers we found — compiled in this special selection of ratings, rankings, top ten lists and other factual morsels that are worth a byte in any exporter’s laptop files.

In an age …

Should Facebook Be Considered By Your Search Engine Optimization Company?

sfbusdIf you remember first days of Facebook (as a social network available for citizens), you will have to admit that it was understood as a new type of entertainment. But ask any search engine optimization company and they will explain to you that although it was used for fun in the beginning, Facebook is now a great source for internet marketing. It is often used for promoting online businesses and if you own a company, it would be a good idea that you open a fan page and post there regularly. But opening a fan …

Will Investors Consider A Strong Ag Concern For Their Capital?

Capital not only won’t consider agriculture, as now structured, in the future, it will “flee” the industry, he said.

acCooper and Zell, in remarks to the agribusiness leaders and interviews with Feedstuffs, said agriculture can’t succeed as an industry in which thousands of producers make independent, individual decisions about what they can produce based on their productive resources rather than on what they can add value to and sell. The industry’s structure must become “dramatically and profoundly” different, they said.

Cooper and Zell spoke to the agribusiness leaders at the 10th annual conference of the

AMA Can’t Escape The Master

amaThe American Medical Association is not about to shut down its lucrative Physician Masterfile, a treasure chest of biographical information on doctors that generates about $23 million in annual revenue for the Chicago-based organization.

As expected, the AMA’s policymaking House of Delegates, meeting last week in Chicago, skirted any action on a resolution to limit the organization’s use of the database, which is used by pharmaceutical firms to target physicians through their prescribing patterns. Filled with personal and professional information on more than 800,000 U.S. physicians, it is the most richly detailed and comprehensive repository …

Plunging Into The Eap

In a global economy where the competition for the best and brightest workers is perhaps even more intense than the competition for new customers and markets, the health and safety of employees and workplaces are critical to the success of any organization. EAPs, under the direction of or in cooperation with occupational physicians or medical directors, can help employers manage the health of their workers and worksites and promote greater employee productivity.

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My own experience in this area is instructive. As a plant physician several years ago, and later as regional medical director, I helped …

How To Choose The Best Blogging Platform

htctbbA lot of bloggers are sometimes confused as to what platform to choose. Well, in order to have the best blogging platform, it is important to consider several things. First, know your needs. It is necessary that you know what you need for the entire blogging process so that you can determine the effort and money you need. Some blogging platforms are given for free but you have to purchase some plug-ins so that your website will look nice. If you just purchase the plug-ins without even thinking if you need it, you just have …

Does Europe’s Agri-Policy Make Sense?

deapPoliticians have long justified the existence and maintenance of agriculture policies on the grounds that they protect the incomes of small and family business-type farms, thus sustaining all the multifarious functions of agriculture and rural policy.

Indeed, the maintenance of current policies which are now increasingly based on direct subsidisation, is being justified in Europe and other developed counties outside Europe on the grounds that it will favour the less geographically and economically advantaged in maintaining an agriculture capable of serving a number of socially, environmentally and economically desirable functions.

The reality is however that …