Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Legal Settlements to Remind Us How Our Health Care System Became Rigged: by GSK, Novartis, CVS

Amidst the sound and fury of the US election season, almost under the radar sneak legal settlements demonstrating continuing bad behavior by big health care organizations, and the continuing lack of accountablity of these organizations'...Show More Summary

Petitions for Research Integrity and Against Corruption Available for Signature

Recently, two petitions relevant to the goals of Health Care Renewal have become available. US Petition to "Stop False Reporting of Drug Benefits & Harms by Making FDA & NIH Work Together"Health Care Renewal blogger Dr Bernard Carroll,...Show More Summary

ONC to Boost Oversight over EHR Usability, Patient Safety Woes

ONC ( The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, is reportedly getting more authority to oversee HIT quality. Some initial observations: (1) More government...Show More Summary

Transparency International Once Again Takes on Health Care Corruption

I am happy to report that Transparency International is making a big new push against health care corruption.Health Care Corruption as a Taboo Topic Transparency International (TI) defines corruption asAbuse of entrusted power for private...Show More Summary

Ransomware and incompetence in backups leads to medical data loss...but the thieves were honest thieves!

The headline of this posting may sound absolutely insane, but it is factual.But don't worry, your precious medical data is far safer than it ever was on that 5,000-year-old invention, papyrus. Marin patients’ medical data lost afterShow More Summary

From my totally nonprofessional viewpoint, it looks like at least the first two of these hospital deaths were directly related to bad health IT

The Connecticut "Health I-Team" site ( provides access to a database sourced from the Connecticut Department of Public Health that includes reports of violations at Connecticut hospitals found during inspections, as well as corrective actions taken to prevent similar future violations. Show More Summary

Not So Wondrous Drugs? - New Warnings about Severe Adverse Effects of New, Heavily Marketed Drugs for Hepatits C,

Background - Wonder Drugs for Hepatitis C In our April, 2014, post we noted how Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the new antiviral drug made by Gilead for hepatitis C was touted as a "triumph of of medical technology." In that, and subsequent posts...Show More Summary

Our ED wait times wil be longer than usual this weekend (and beyond) so we can attend to the computer.

A hospital system, Pinnacle Health, not all that far from me in the Harrisburg, PA area is rolling out EPIC this weekend.The following banner is at the top of their homepage at A LERT: Due to our transitioning of a new computer system this weekend, ER wait times may be longer than normal. Show More Summary

Whose Hospitals Are They, Anyway? - Steward to Sell Off, but Continue Operating All Its Hospitals

This looks like the latest trend in the financialization of and diffusion of accountability for health care organizations. The case involves good ol' Steward Health Care, which was the subject of quite a few Health Care Renewal posts...Show More Summary

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

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