Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

You Cannot Worry About Health Care Reform When You Must Bow Down to a Tyrant

We started Health Care Renewal to highlight major health care problems whose discussion had previously been nearly taboo, with the hopes that this discussion would lead to true health care reform. These problems included concentration...Show More Summary

Someone wasn't listening to me at my 2012 Keynote to the Health Informatics Society of Australia

In late July 2012 I gave an invited keynote presentation to the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) at the annual Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), that year in Sydney.I wrote up my presentation at More Summary

Cancer is just a software platform problem: Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells

A short post. Hand a computer scientist a computer and some genetic data, and the world then becomes a deterministic, binary place: Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells Sept. 20, 2016 SarahShow More Summary

Pharmaceutical Company Leaders Pretend to Advocate for the Public Interest - But Maybe it's All "For the Love of Money"

In this political season, the US public is confronted with a blizzard of protestations from candidates who claim to want to serve their interests. We ought to be used to this, because leaders of big health care organizations have been protesting for years about how they are always in it for the public and the patients' health. Show More Summary

Oh So Quietly, Evidence of Bad Health Care Corporate Leadership Accumulates - Three AstraZeneca Settlements

While the news media is distracted by seemingly more spectacular issues, we hear the steady drip, drip, drip of legal cases suggesting just how systemically bad the leadership of big health care organizations is. From February 2015 to...Show More Summary

Health Care Renewal Bloggers to Teach Short Course on Why Physicians Do Not Make Rational, Evidence-Based Decisions

Health Care Renewal bloggers Dr Roy Poses and Dr Wally Smith will be teaching a short course on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at the annual North American meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Show More Summary

Haunted by US Healthcare Inc - $27.9 Million/Year Aetna CEO Threatened Obamacare Pullback in Apparent Retaliation for Government Anti-Trust Litigation

We do not write about health insurance and managed care as much as we used to. Dysfunction in this area now gets much media attention. US Physicians frequently complain that bureaucratic impediments imposed on them by health insurance and the government are major causes of health care dysfunction. Show More Summary

The Haunting of CVS - by the Ghosts of Its, Caremark's, MedPartners' and HealthSouth's Past

In our brave new neoliberal world of commercialized health care, many US health care organizations are products of numerous mergers, acquisitions, and other excercises in financial engineering. This makes it easier to obscure these organizations' history, especially their past sins. Show More Summary

Yes, the OS and filesystems on our EHR servers were hacked and our data encrypted for ransom, but "no medical information was looked at or compromised"

On this blog I have an entire series of posts regarding EHR crashes that point out an absurd-on-its-face and, in fact, insulting boilerplate executive response to the EHR unavailability:"BUT patient care has not been compromised." The...Show More Summary

Politicians get a very bitter taste of the very same medicine they've forced onto clinicians and the public

This is a case of education - I hope - by fire on electronic information security, and why "going electronic" can be a risky business. This is a lesson deeply needed by our government leadership who have been pushing an unfettered national...Show More Summary

Stanford authors: Evolutionary Pressures on the Electronic Health Record - "Deimplementing the EHR could actively enhance care in many clinical scenarios"

A brief post. In this new JAMA article by Stanford authors: Evolutionary Pressures on the Electronic Health Record ticle.aspx?articleid=2545405 Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS 1,2 ; Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD 3 ; Abraham Verghese, MD 4 I note the passage:... Show More Summary

Ioannidis et al.: What Happens When Underperforming Big Ideas in Research [such as Healthcare IT Exceptionalism] Become Entrenched?

Some years ago, John P. A. Ioannidis, MD wrote this piece:"Why Most Published Research Findings Are False", John P. A. Ioannidis, PLoS medicine, 2005 August; 2 (8) : e124 He wrote:There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. Show More Summary

Transparency International Asks Health Care Professionals About Health Care Corruption

Transparency International, the global NGO that studies and fights corruption, seeks information from health care professionals about health care corruption. The details are in the official announcement below. If you are a health care professional, please consider responding to this survey. Show More Summary

How the System is Rigged - Johnson and Johnson Board Member Pretends to be Independent Brookings Institution Scholar

Fears that "the system is rigged" may cause the lack of trust marring this year's political season. These fears are not baseless.Dr McClellan of the Brookings Institution on Drug PricesA recent series in the New York Times focused on the biases of the think tank "independent scholars" whose work is used to justify much policy making. Show More Summary

More on uncoupling clinicians from EHR clerical oppression

At my August 6, 2016 post (link) I wrote of my belief that "best practices" for EHR evolution call for:... a return to paper (specialized forms depending on the setting) for clinical data capture by busy doctors and nurses, and dataShow More Summary

Weird emails from Independence Blue Cross via its IT outsourcing partners: showing yet more health IT industry trust-destroying incompetence

In the past week I've received two emails that made me highly suspicious of medical/insurance identity theft.The emails came from Independence Blue Cross,, into the email account I receive normal mailings from them, and seemed to indicate someone had created an unauthorized user account (I redacted my email address below):Aug. Show More Summary

NIST workshop "The Role of Standards in Preventing & Mitigating Health IT Patient Safety Risks" perhaps should be titled "The Role of Common Sense in Preventing & Mitigating Health IT Patient Safety Risks Before Rolling Out Bad Health IT Nationally"

Ready, fire, aim.As I wrote in 2010-12 at "Cart before the horse" posts at and,...Show More Summary

A Tenet of Impunity - Tenet Settles Kickback Allegations for $514 Million, No Individual Suffers Any Negative Consequences

Tramp, tramp, tramp. The march of legal settlements continues. The latest entry is a corporation that has had a 20 plus year history of legal misadventures, allegations of unethical behavior, and actual crimes. Here are the basics from the Atlanta Business Chronicle:Tenet Healthcare Corp. Show More Summary

The Wages of Sin - a Small Illustration of How Executives Can Personally Profit from Bad Corporate Behavior in Health Care

The resolution of two related cases involving drug/ biotechnology/ device giant Johnson and Johnson opened a small window on the perverse incentives driving bad managerial behavior in health care.The Settlement of the Allegedly Illegal...Show More Summary

Law and Order? - Bristol-Myers-Squibb Settles Case Alleging Fraud and Kickbacks, No Admissions of Guilt, No Individuals Charged

Introduction Donald Trump, Republican candidate for the US presidency last week announced he is the "law and order" candidate, accompanied by then vice presidential contender and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.I wonder if all this...Show More Summary

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