Karen Blum

Karen Blum

Contributing Writer

Karen Blum is a Baltimore-based freelance health and science writer whose articles have been published in The Baltimore Sun and numerous publications for physicians and other health care professionals. Before freelancing, Blum did media relations work for academic medical centers including The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Why Link Between Cognition and Vision May Emerge as a Focus of Innovation

Why Link Between Cognition and Vision May Emerge as a Focus of Innovation

WASHINGTON – With the graying of America and a push to create age-friendly communities and health systems, ophthalmologists and innovators in the field need to ...
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National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System Gears Up for September Launch

National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System Gears Up for September Launch

WASHINGTON – The national Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS) being built by researchers at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) ...
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The Upside of the Optometric Channel

Corporate Leaders Explain the Upside of the Optometric Channel

NEW ORLEANS – Optometry has become a source of big business for ophthalmic companies over the past decade, with about 40 to 60% of sales ...
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Alcon Executives Lay Out a Road Map for after the Spin-off

Alcon Executives Lay Out a Road Map for after the Spin-off

With a management team experienced in healthcare and ophthalmology, and market trends like aging increasing the need for ophthalmic care and a rich pipeline of ...
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Seven Steps for Walking the Reimbursement Maze

Seven Steps for Walking the Reimbursement Maze

WASHINGTON, DC – Getting insurers to reimburse for novel ophthalmic devices and procedures has been getting harder, but by planning early, involving the right employees, ...
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Keeping the MIGS Explosion in Perspective

Keeping the MIGS Explosion in Perspective

WASHINGTON, DC - When Stanford University ophthalmology professor Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH, underwent medical training 25 years ago, there were maybe five to six non-pharmaceutical ...
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Workshop’s Message: Handle Data with Care

Workshop’s Message: Handle Data with Care

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Digital Health devices can help detect eye disease in various health-care settings, although ophthalmic practices need to carefully monitor data they generate, ...
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Where Digital Health Fits in Ophthalmology

Panel: Where Digital Health Fits in Ophthalmology

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Trusting Digital Health devices to identify slow-progressing eye diseases like glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy may make sense, but trained ophthalmologists, not machines, ...
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Learn how the Ophthalmic Digital Health workshop fits with the FDA Commissioner's vision

Workshop Part of Gottlieb’s Digital Plan

When Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced a new agency-wide initiative last summer called the Digital Health Innovation Plan, the goal was ...
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