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Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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Posts on Regator:1736
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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Guest Post: Scholarly Mad Libs and Peer-less Reviews

Health Care Renewal presents a guest post by Marjorie Lazoff, MD, a Board certified internist with a clinical background in academic emergency medicine. She is currently a full time freelance editor and independent consultant specializing in evidence-based clinical content and medical informatics. Show More Summary

The Medical School as Hereditary Plutocracy - Retiring Board Chair Sanford Weill of Cornell Weill Medical School Names His Own Daughter as New Chair

As I have written before, sometimes you just could not have made this stuff up.The Retiring Board Chairman Appoints His Own Daughter to Succeed Him The most even handed reporting on this story was in Inside Higher Ed,Leadership of the...Show More Summary

EHRs and Ebola in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital ED: the ED physician finally speaks out

At my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" ( I had written:WhileShow More Summary

Yale Medicine: "Straddling medicine and journalism, a former resident keeps an eye on the science press"

As a Yale medical school alumnus (post doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics 1992-4, faculty in Medical Informatics 1994-6), I receive their literary magazine "Yale Medicine."In the current issue I just received is a story about...Show More Summary

Again, the Hospital CEO as Scrooge - Erlanger CEO and Other Top Hired Managers Get Bonuses Months After They Froze Employees' Paid Time Off

Less than two weeks ago, we discussed a series of cases in which there was a marked contrast between how well top hired managers of non-profit hospitals were doing, and how their institutions were doing. Now another vivid example ofShow More Summary

The Tenth Anniversary of Health Care Renewal

Today is the tenth anniversary of Health Care Renewal. To commemorate, I have republished our introductory post...(with links added) Health care around the world is beset by rising costs, declining access, stagnant quality, and increasingly dissatisfied health care professionals. Show More Summary

Stryker Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Selling Adulterated Devices, Former CEO of Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Stryker's Track Record Goes Unremarked

The US Thanksgiving Day parade is over, so it must be time for the march of legal settlements to begin again. Our next example was best described by Bloomberg and by NJcom, but brief articles from the Associated Press, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal have also appeared. Show More Summary

A new "Better EHR" book and an observation re: health IT regulation, health IT amateurs, and user centered design (UCD) - "responding to user feature requests or complaints?"

A new book has appeared on improving usability of electronic health records. The result of government-sponsored work, the book is available free for download. It was announced via an AMIA listserv, among others: From: Jiajie Zhang []Sent:...Show More Summary

The Hospital CEO as Scrooge - Hired Managers Get Raises While Presiding Over Deficits, Layoffs and Pay Cuts

Million dollar plus managers of non-profit hospitals and health systems are now -forgive me - a dime a dozen. Payments to top managers continue to rise, faster than inflation, and faster than the pay given to other people in the health...Show More Summary

Is this why Abington Memorial Hospital tried to censor this blog - so they could shop around for a favorable ruling on Certificate of Merit attacks in future malpractice cases?

As I wrote on August 11, 2013 at "Who Would Have Thought That The Most Severe Form of Attempted Internet Censorship Could Originate in a Community Hospital, Abington Memorial?" (,...Show More Summary

Public Relations and the Obfuscation of Management Errors - Texas Health Resources Dodges its Ebola Questions

Our last posts about how revenue focused, generically managed US health care (non) system would have difficulty handling the threat of the Ebola virus were in mid-October, 2014. Yet since then we have learned little about what went wrong...Show More Summary

How Many Straws? - After $60 Million Settlement for Poor Manufacturing Quality, Hospira Warned by FDA, Assessed Punitive Damages for Firing Whistle-Blower

How many legal cases suggesting failures of leadership of large health care corporations will it take to break the back of health care? $60 Million Settlement of Class Action Alleging Cost Cutting Led to Poor Manufacturing of Drugs and...Show More Summary

Even Crazy Eddie Knows "Corporations Don't Commit Crimes, People Commit Crimes" - But Biotronik Settles

The deals the government gives are INSANE!!! Just ask Crazy Eddie's former Chief Financial Officer. The Former Crazy Eddie CFO on Impunity Those of a certain age who were in or near the New York area remember Crazy Eddie, a discountShow More Summary

The Bigger They Come, the Softer They Fall - the Size of Pharma Companies and How Vigorously they are Prosecuted

After we found lessons to be learned from even relatively small legal cases involving medical device companies, we reviewed some relatively small cases involving pharmaceutical companies made public in 2014. Again, we had an index case...Show More Summary

What in God's Name is Going on With Healthcare IT at Cambridge University Hospitals?

This story about a UK hospital that recently "went live"with an American electronic health record/enterprise command-and-control system (EPIC) was not only predictable, but expected considering the sorry state of the health IT industry...Show More Summary

Promises, Promises - Dendreon Bankrupt, Steward Healthcare Closes Quincy Hospital

Physicians and other health professionals are trained to attempt to make realistic, unbiased predictions, most frequently of the prognoses of individual patients. Thus physicians may not question apparently authoritative predictions, claims, and promises made in the health care context. Show More Summary

Bug in MetaVision ICU system potentially catastrophic - American bad health IT goes Down Under

I have often written in this blog about healthcare IT defects and the lack of quality control regulation and safety testing. I have indicated that patients have become guinea pigs for software development and testing, and healthcareShow More Summary

What Big Drug and Biotechnology Companies Will Not Tell US - Transparency International on Corporate Reporting

Drug companies are entrusted to provide pure, unadulterated medicines. Increasingly drug companies are now entrusted with doing research, including experimental studies, on human beings, and providing education to doctors and patients. Show More Summary

Department of Justice Throws (at Least a Small Paperback) Book at Bio-Rad Laboratories - $55 Million Settlement, Admission of Wrongdoing, Employees Fired

Hard on the heels of our recent roundup of legal cases involving medical device companies comes a notable settlement by Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc, a company that makes equipment and supplies for clinical diagnostic testing. The Basics As reported by Reuters, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc will pay $55 million to end U.S. Show More Summary

Drip, Drip, Drip - the Steady Accumulation of Little Cases Pointing to Big Problems

Sometimes an apparently insignificant noise can signal a big problem, like the sound of dripping water in a room with no visible plumbing.Today, I noticed a few short stories in the media about one relatively small legal settlement involving a medical device company. Show More Summary

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