Links of Interest

The World Wide Web has a wealth of medical and health information, but only some of it is reputable. Below are some links to organizations that have strict guidelines what they place on their sites. Most are focused on what is available now rather than on future applications.

Sites With Information on Health Care Delivery

New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM  is arguably the most respected of all medical journals, has published one or more articles on healthcare reform or other policy issues nearly every week for the past few years. By perusing its on -line archives, you will find a wealth of useful and interesting articles under the heading “Perspectives.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is one of the most widely read medical journals, and it regularly publishes articles on healthcare delivery and healthcare reform.

Health Affairs is the leading journal on health policy issues. It tends to develop a specific topic in depth, such as the June, 2011 issue, which was devoted to global opportunities  for massively  reducing morbidity and mortality at relatively low cost with vaccines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site is a wealth of useful information about vaccines, health promotion, and disease prevention and has many excellent interactive graphics on subjects such as the increasing threat of obesity and the fast increasing epidemic of diabetes.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. The Foundation’s polls on American sentiments toward the health reform legislation are excellent; I refer to them frequently in the chapter on reform. The Foundation also maintains a major web-based health news and information service.

The Heritage Foundation is a relatively conservative foundation with a substantial commitment to healthcare delivery policy

The New America Foundation is a non profit, nonpartisan foundation  with a long-held  interest in healthcare delivery issues, which previously focused on increasing access but now is directed more toward increasing quality and cost effectiveness.

Sites That Contain Well Researched Information on Medical Advances and Medical Education

The University of Maryland Medical Center web site has become one of the most visited of hospital sites. It is an excellent source of information on myriad diseases and medical issues. The content is based on School of Medicine faculty input.

The University of Maryland Medical System is a twelve hospital system including an academic teaching hospital, multiple community hospitals, a rehabilitation and a specialty hospital.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine was established in 1807; it is the first public and the fifth oldest medical school in the United States. The School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland. The School of Medicine serves as the anchor for a large academic health center which aims to provide the best medical education, conduct the most innovative biomedical research and provide the best patient care and community service to Maryland and beyond.

The National Institutes of Health focuses on basic, translational and clinical research activities. The NIH web site is very "conservative," meaning that nothing is placed there until it has been carefully examined and proven by scientific methodology. The NIH is made up of multiple institutes and centers, each with their own sites focused on disease related to their names. The Clinical Center is the nation’s largest hospital devoted solely to clinical research. Here are a few examples:

The National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine deal with genomics and complementary medicine respectively. You can also use the NIH general site search function to find specific information on diseases like stroke or diabetes or topics such as stem cells or vaccines.
A site that focuses on health technology, albeit primarily for military use, including simulation, robotics, digitized personal medical information and less invasive surgery is that of the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a web site devoted to approved drugs with much safety information. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has information on patient safety, preventive medicine, and quality indicators. The Institute of Medicine published the acclaimed book To Err is Human on patient safety.
Pharmaceutical companies such as Merck or Pfizer have sites related to their own drugs and some information about compounds under testing and in the "pipeline." Johnson & Johnson has both drugs and technologies such as stents and Boston Scientific Corporation and Medtronic both are devoted to devices.
Imaging equipment and technologies along with nanotechnology and bioengineering are available at the NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Imaging equipment can also be found at the major companies that manufacture them such as GE Healthcare, Toshiba America Medical Systems and Siemens Medical. Major radiation therapy equipment can be accessed at companies such as Varian Medical Systems, GE and Siemens.
Information about specific diseases can be found at the NIH site and also at the sites of the major nonprofits such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Dr Schimpff Has a Relationship with These Companies and Organizations

Sage Growth Partners provides insight, advice and multi-disciplined execution to growth minded health care organizations. Dr Schimpff is a SeniorAdvisor

Sanovas, Inc. has created a microsurgery technology platform that represents a major leap forward in the tools available to diagnose and treat lung cancer and other airway obstructions. Dr Schimpff was chair of Sanovasí advisory committee.

Salar, Inc. Baltimore, MD, develops clinical software solutions for hospitals, clinics and physician practices.

Akonni Biosystems, based in Frederick, Maryland, is a molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and markets integrated molecular diagnostic systems.”

Healing Seekers explores remote regions of the world in search of plants, living organisms and therapies.”

The BWI Partnership is a non-profit economic development and transportation management association made up of area employers.

Technical Products and Services, Inc. is a Manufacturers' Representative Agency specializing in the application and sale of fluid handling products.

Apple Ford sells and services new and used Ford and Lincoln products. Owner George Doetsch is a long time volunteer for the Shock Trauma Center and is vice chair of its board of visitors.

 

Last Modified: April 16, 2015


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