Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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Blog Post Archive

Bill Clinton, Paid to Speak to Biotech Conference, Extolled $1000 Pill to Prevent "Liver Rot," Despite Lack of Evidence that It Does

What were they thinking?Former President Clinton Talkes to Pharma and Biotech Executives In mid June, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that former US PresidentClinton was the keynote speaker at Klick Ideas Exchange, sponsored...Show More Summary

How Institutional Conflicts of Interest Exacerbate the Anechoic Effect - the Example of ASCO Fearing "Biting the Hand that Feeds You"

As we recently discussed (here, here, here and here), in May, 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine, arguably the world's foremost medical journal, published an editorial and a three-part commentary arguing that current concerns about the effects of financial conflicts of interest (COI) on health care are overblown(1-4). Show More Summary

Childish, petty and vindictive: UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette from their gift shops

Here's a new angle on how a healthcare organization might react to unfavorable press:Ban the sale of the newspaper in question from their territory:UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette from their gift shopsJune 24, 2015 12:00 AMhShow More Summary

The US' Multinational Trade Negotiations - Trading Away Its Own and Other Countries' Current and Future Restraints on Drug Prices?

Trade Agreements More about Deregulation than Trade International trade negotiations, especially their more technical aspects, seem far removed from health care and health policy, and unrelated to health care dysfunction. However, it...Show More Summary

Challenging the meme that [yes, there are all these drastic flaws and problems - BUT] ... EHRs improve patient safety

One of the most persistent memes in healthcare IT is that, for all their deficits, bugs, flaws, interferences in care, and so forth, these systems "improve patient safety."I find the meme remarkable. 37 medical societies can issue aShow More Summary

The 2015 PharmedOut Meeting

The 2015 meeting is now in the history books. It featured many presentations and considerable formal and informal discussion about issues relevant to Health Care Renewal, including adverse effects of drugs, manipulation and suppression of research, deceptive marketing, disease mongering, etc. Show More Summary

Who Benefits? - Despite Data Breaches, Staff Cuts, Vulnerable Patients' Coverage Cuts, Transplant Program Probation, Multi-Million Dollar Executive Compensation Persists at UPMC

There are so many things wrong with US and global health care that it is easy to get lost in the details, and despair of finding solutions. Keep in mind, however, that the intractability of many of the problems may be quite man made....Show More Summary

Health Care Professional Societies Whose Leadership Betrays Their Own Members - the APA Alleged to Have Supported Torture, and Deceived its Members to Collect Money

Health care professionals usually view their professional societies as allies, supporting their values and acting in their professional and their patients' interests. Increasingly, however, these societies appear to be run more to support the interests of their top leaders. Show More Summary

Say It Ain't So, Again - a "Push Poll" to Minimize the Hazards of Conflicts of Interest the New England Journal of Medicine?

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a remarkable series of apologiae for conflicts of interest,(1-4) about which we have published three posts, here, here, and here. Just to ice the cake, the NEJM also set up a reader poll on the subject. Show More Summary

Government backs down on some requirements for digital medical records

EHR utopian dreams have taken some pronounced hits in recent years.In recent months, the hyper-enthusiasts and their government allies have had to eat significant dirt, and scale back their grandiose but risible - to those who actually...Show More Summary

Lahey Health: hospital jobs lost, but computer vendors prosper

At numerous posts on this blog I link to stories of health IT expense putting hospital financial stability at risk, e.g., "Monetary losses and layoffs from EHR expenses and EHR mismanagement" (,...Show More Summary

Say It Ain't So: Logical Fallacies in Defense of Conflicts of Interest ... in the New England Journal of Medicine?

IntroductionWe have been viewing with alarm the web of conflicts of interest draped over medicine and health care since we started Health Care Renewal. We have been particularly concerned about how conflicts of interest may have ledShow More Summary

BLOGSCAN - New England Journal of Medicine Scoffs at "Pharmascolds"

The venerable New England Journal of Medicine has now published an editorial,(1) and two commentaries(2-3), with one more promised, hailing physician industry "partnership," as per NEJM editor Jeffrey Drazen,(1) and deploring the "pharmascolds,"(3)...Show More Summary

Apologies to All - Sitemeter Forced Redirect Problem Now Fixed

My apologies. Starting yesterday I discovered that anyone attempting to view this blog was involuntarily transferred to a non-working URL, The problem seemed to result from the Site Meter widget, which was originally meant to keep track of our blog hits. I have removed Site Meter, and I believe the problem is solved.

All the President's Trade Negotiators - Revolving Doors, Regulatory Capture, and Health Care Corporate Friendly Trade Agreements

This week's spectacle in Washington, DC was a nearly unanimous Democratic minority in the Senate blocking a proposal for expedited consideration of multinational trade agreements favored by the Republican majority, but also by the Democratic President and his trade negotiators (look here). Show More Summary

DaVita Settles Another Lawsuit Amidst Accusations of "Managing Witnesses to Provide False Testimony," After Justice Department Lost Interest in Participating

The Latest Case Less than a year since its last big settlement (look here), DaVita HealthCare Partners, the big for-profit dialysis provider, has to settle again. The basics, according to the Denver Post, were: DaVita HealthCare Partners...Show More Summary

Health IT - How Did Things Get So Bad? Look to Late 20th Century Recruiters and "The School of Hard Knocks" Leaders They Preferred

I have a long memory, unfortunately for health IT opportunists and hyper-enthusiasts.After reading letters and reports such as: The Jan. 15, 2015 Complaint Letter about EHRs to ONC from this country's major medical societies (,...Show More Summary

Politico: Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuits

The indefatigable Arthur Allen of has authored a nice piece on the issue of EHRs being a cause of medical malpractice, with resultant litigation. I was a contributor:Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuitsBy Arthur...Show More Summary

Another day, another EHR outage: MEDSTAR EHR goes dark for days

At my March 2, 2015 post "Rideout Hospital, California: CEO Pinocchio on quality of patient care during hospital computer crash" ( I highlighted a stunning example of when the light shone through the corporate B.S. Show More Summary

MBA-holding Informatics Fellow's Portfolio: Revolutionizing Healthcare Through Plagiarism

I highlighted the MBA culture at least once before on this site, on April 16, 2010 at "Healthcare IT Corporate Ethics 101: 'A Strategy for Cerner Corporation to Address the HIT Stimulus Plan'", More Summary

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