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Can Machine Learning fix the Pharmaceutical Industry's productivity crisis? Print E-mail
Written by Abraham Heifets | LinkedIn   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:29
Very few people would claim that we have all of the medicines we need, whether we're discussing untreated chronic diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's), neglected tropical diseases (e.g., Chagas), or re-emergent infectious diseases (e.g., antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis). Unfortunately, drug discovery is hard. Most people don't appreciate that there's a 66% failure rate before a drug candidate even gets to the clinic, and a 90% failure rate after that point, and that it's getting exponentially harder over time. Even achieving these rates requires large teams of smart, careful, dedicated, extensively-trained scientists who have spent many hundreds of millions of dollars on a wide diversity of experiments to prove - to other equally careful and skeptical scientists, regulators, insurance providers, doctors, and patients - that the new drug is safe, effective, and provides some advantage over existing standard of care. Drug hunters are not lacking in motivation, focus, expertise, drive, or skill, and yet we want better medicines faster. But what can be done?
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2019 19:56
First Choice Neurology Now Offers Pediatric Neurology Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00
Neuro Network Partners (NNP), a premier group of child neurologists and advanced care neurology providers with offices in Dade and Broward Counties, is joining with Miami-based First Choice Neurology, which has locations throughout South Florida and in the Tampa Bay area.

The combined organization becomes the largest private pediatric and adult neurology group in the United States with more than 80 neurologists and 120 support health care staff members.  The practice operates out of 41 facilities in six Florida counties and offers coverage in 35 major hospitals.

NNP was founded in 1978 and offers specialized pediatric expertise in such fields as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, neurocritical care, cerebral palsy, movement and neuromuscular disorders, headaches, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurogenetics, attention and learning problems, sleep disorders, and advanced neurodiagnostic services.  NNP neurologists and advanced care providers work as a team to provide quick access and comprehensive care to neonates, children and adolescents with problems affecting the brain.

First Choice Neurology, a Florida medical group of neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuropsychologists as well at occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs), began serving patients in 2004 in response to South Florida’s increasing need for high-quality neurology services. First Choice offers diagnostic imaging, electro-diagnostic testing, physical rehabilitation, and infusion for patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, migraines, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders and strokes. Additional subspecialties include neuromuscular disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, pain management, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“The mission of First Choice Neurology is to provide high quality, cost-effective neurology services to the communities we serve,” says Bruce Kohrman, MD, Chair, First Choice Board of Directors. “By combining our resources with NNP, we are now able to offer both adults and children these critical health care options.”

Roberto Tuchman, MD, NNP’s Managing Partner, adds, “We share the First Choice mission of providing strong patient-physician relationships that are so critical in neurology.  Together we are able to serve children and families seeking neurological care throughout the lifespan, expand access to care and provide an even better service through our collective ability to support our neurologists and advanced care providers.”

For more information about First Choice Neurology, visit
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2019 11:30
Pain Management – Making a case for PEMF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Woodcock   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:41
There are many approaches to manage pain including but not limited to physical approaches, psychological approaches and medications. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, therapists and nurses. Pain sometimes is resolved once the underlying trauma has healed and is treated with drugs. Both acute and chronic pain usually require the coordinated efforts of a management team for a long duration. Today with the blend of Eastern and Western medicine and holistic medicine, there are many other approaches to treating pain whether it be short-term or long-term chronic pain.

One approach to managing pain is known as Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF or PEMFT) which is simply pulse magnetic waves similar to the magnetic waves that surround the earth and all of us every day. Science has shown us that all energy is electromagnetic in nature. All cells produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Every organ in the body produces its own bioelectromagnetic field and all 70 trillion cells in the body communicate with electromagnetic frequencies. PEMF treats those cells and helps to reduce pain, inflammation and the effects of stress on the body. PEMF treatments can improve energy, circulation, oxygenation, sleep quality and many other bodily functions. PEMF devices have been approved by the FDA and most are considered safe and non-invasive by various standards and organizations. Therapeutic PEMFs are designed to positively support cellular energy helping cellular health and function. 

PEMF devices vary by waveform, strength, and types of applicators. No one type of treatment fits all situations. Most PEMF devices will help to varying degrees depending on the problem and condition.  Selecting the wrong device may produce unsatisfactory results. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979 specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures, which came after a Columbia University study that was supported by NASA and has recently gained attention in the U.S (even appearing as a segment on the Dr. Oz Show). The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and neurologists.

The application of pulsed magnetic fields has, through research findings, been shown to help the body to restore normal potentials at an accelerated rate, thus aiding the healing of most wounds, regenerating tissue and reducing swelling and pain faster. Clinical experience has shown that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues, and that the benefits include:
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improve energy/circulation, blood/tissue oxygenation
  • Regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as the uptake of nutrients
  • Increase cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells
  • Accelerates repair of bone and soft tissue / relaxes muscles
In subsequent articles I will attempt to describe PEMF and how it works. We will also show the results of many years of trials and studies.
Tim Woodcock is an executive at Quantum Cellular Therapies, LLC. He can be reached at or 954-551-1809. Learn more at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:30
2019 SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition: Another Successful Year! Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00
The Dania Beach based South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE),  recently announced the 2019 SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition participants and winners. 

The awards ceremony was held on April 18, 2019 at Memorial Regional Hospital- Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in Hollywood. In the graduate division, the first, second and third place winners and first runner-up placement are Florida International University Healthcare MBA program; Florida Atlantic University Health Administration program; Barry University Health Services Administration & Public Health program; and in its inaugural year, University of Miami Health Management and Policy program, respectively.  In the undergraduate division, first, second and third place winners are the University of Miami Health Management and Policy program, in its inaugural year; Keiser University Health Service Administration program; and Florida Atlantic University, Health Administration program, respectively. The ceremony was part of SFHEF's monthly educational program.  The educational event, titled “Mapping Your Career,” offered a great complement to the theme of healthcare professional and leadership development, reflected by participation in the case competition.

The case competition took place at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, April 12, 2019. This year featured 7 teams with a total of about 29 students from the undergraduate and graduate health management and administration programs in 5 local South Florida universities and facilitated by the support from their respective program advisors. These universities are members of the ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN). The teams were awarded both monetary and non-monetary prizes.

“It is amazing to witness the growth of the case competition events over the years, and more important, the impact that they have on the professional development of participating students who will become our future healthcare leaders," stated Oyinkansola “Bukky” Ogunrinde, the SFHEF Board of Directors 2019 Student Services Chair. "I am grateful for the unwavering support of the 2019 SFHEF Board of Directors especially our president, Charles Felix, for his commitment to making the case competition a great success,” she added.

The case competition allows students to work together in teams over the course of 3 months on a specified case study.  It is held every spring and has been held every year since 2002. The topic changes each year to reflect the latest issues and challenges confronting the healthcare industry. This year, the focus was on Aetna and the transformation of healthcare.  The students were charged with developing substantive and effective recommendations to the important considerations given the foreseeable acquisition of the organization by CVS. The students rose to the challenge as evidenced by the high performance in their presentations on the day of the case competition. The student teams are partnered with liaisons and mentors who are executives from various healthcare organizations - a distinguishing format of the program which was designated a best practice by both ACHE and the Association of University Public Health Administration (AUPHA). There were 7 liaisons, 4 mentors, a panel of 3 subject matter judges, and a committee of about 7 people that made the case competition a success.

“We look forward to the 18th annual case competition and appreciate the support from the community of healthcare organizations and leaders through active membership participation in SFHEF, and by way of specific support of the SFHEF Foundation,” Charles Felix, the 2019 SFHEF president, said. "The foundation was established for the purpose of continuing to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow through educational events and programs like the SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition," he added.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2019 07:35
1 in 5 physicians use telehealth; burnout may drive more adoption, survey says Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:52
Heather Landi reports for Fierce Healthcare on Apr 15, 2019:
About 1 in 5 physicians currently use telehealth to care for patients-up from about 5% in 2015-and that figure is expected to soar within the next few years, a new survey from telehealth company American Well  found. By 2022, more than half of physicians (61%) who are not currently using telehealth indicated they are either very likely or likely to start using telehealth representing half a million doctors, according to the survey, which polled 800 physicians. The survey revealed a correlation between physicians' interest in using telehealth and physician burnout. Specialists which are among the most burnt out according to an Advisory Board Company survey, including urologists, emergency medicine physicians, infectious disease specialists, and pediatricians, are also the top specialties willing to practice via telehealth, according to the American Well survey.
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