Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

More Barbarians at the Gates: Private Equity Puts Primary Care in Play

There are still some idealistic physicians who enter primary care practice as a calling.The usual informal definition of primary care is care which is continuous, coordinated, comprehensive and compassionate. The official definitionShow More Summary

Open Letter to Minnesota's Heath Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger on ill-informed health IT puff piece

Minnesota's Heath Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger penned a puff piece on EHRs entitled "Electronic health records advance quality care for all Minnesotans" (Minn Post, 4/23/15, More Summary

On Generic Management in Health Care: Hospital Chief Information Officers (CIOs) Say Patient Engagement is All About ... Themselves?

To laugh or to cry? - now it seems that hospital CIOs think they "own" patient engagement. An article in Medscape summarized a presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual meeting that provided a surprising insight into how some hospital managers think. Show More Summary

"God Damn the Pusher Man" - Especially when Enabled by the FDA Revolving Door

Who is watching the watchers? A story this week involving "speed" like drugs added to "dietary supplements" suggests how far the once respected US Food and Drug Administration has fallen.An Amphetamine-Like Drug Spiking "NutritionalShow More Summary

Three More Settlements by Medtronic of Allegations of Deceptive Behavior, but No Umpire Says "You're Out"

Medtronic, the giant, previously US based device maker settled three lawsuits, all alleging deceptive practices, over three months in early 2015. I will summarize the settlements in chronological order.Medtronic Subsidiary EV3 Settled...Show More Summary

Not with a bang but with a whimper

This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but with a whimper -- T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, 1925Those across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who lived through the disaster...Show More Summary

The Troubles at Cooper Continue, Lately Gruesomely, But Will Its Leadership and Governance Change This Time? - Part II: the History since 2005

In our most recent post, we noted the latest tragic, and gruesome development at Cooper Health System, the largest hospital system in southern New Jersey. Months after the system CEO, John F Sheridan, and his wife Joyce were found dead...Show More Summary

The Troubles at Cooper Continue, Lately Gruesomely, But Will Its Leadership and Governance Change This Time? - Part I: Historical Background

Allegations of Murder-Suicide by a Hospital System CEO This will be a hard series of posts to write. It wa triggered by the latest, and perhaps most gruesome chapter in the troubled history of the leadership of Cooper Health, the largest hospital system in southern New Jersey (known locally as South Jersey). Show More Summary

Times: American boards are exceptional--and not necessarily in a good way

The recent New York Times piece on the behavior of (mainly for-profit, but by extension...) US organizations' boards of directors, goes some way toward explaining the anechoic effect.The redoubtable Gretchen Morgenson reports on theShow More Summary

Opinion, CIO Magazine: "The medical profession needs to get over its fear of information technology"- their complaints bogus

There comes a time when the pundits defending the status quo in the healthcare information technology sector and health IT utopianism simply need to be thoroughly and definitively refuted.This is such a time:Let's start with the title...Show More Summary

Two New Independent Reports on the Death of Dan Markingson, But Now What Will Happen?

Years after his death, there is now a little more clarity about why Dan Markingson died. Whether this clarity will have any impact remains to be seen.We most recently posted about the aftermath of Mr Markingson's death here, (and see...Show More Summary

A $6.6 Million CEO Dreams of a "Doctor-Less" Future

The CEO of giant hospital system UPMC, Mr Jeffrey Romoff, has been one of the best compensated CEOs of ostensibly non-profit hospital systems. As we noted here, his 2013-14 compensation was $6.6 million. UPMC has become so big and its...Show More Summary

Same Old, Same Old - Johnson and Johnson Settles Charges it Concealed Adverse Effects of Risperdal, Vaginal Mesh Device, Pleads Guilty to Selling Adulterated Tylenol, Announces CEO Got 48% Raise to $25 Million

We have devoted a lot of bytes over the years to the stream of allegations and ethical questions about Johnson and Johnson, the giant pharmaceutical/ biotechnology/ device company, and resulting legal actions. Meanwhile, the company has bestowed a gushing stream of money on its top executives. Show More Summary

Increasing bad press for today's healthcare information technology - deserved and overdue

Here are three candid, quite revealing articles about the distaste for today's health IT that appeared recently. I will address each:1. Forbes: Pentagon's $11 Billion Healthcare Record System Will Be Obsolete Before It's Even BuilthShow More Summary

An ironically titled session by ECRI Institute: "Would You Bet Your Mother's Life on the Safety of Your EHR?"

An ironically titled session by ECRI Institute "Would You Bet Your Mother's Life on the Safety of Your EHR?" is being held at the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting by Ronni Solomon, JD and William Marella, MBA of the ECRI Institute on April 13, 2015 (http://www.himssconference. Show More Summary

Health Care Run by Those "Who See the Practice of Medicine as a Set of Economic Transactions," or as a "Moral Endeavor?"

Calls are getting louder for restoring medicine and health care as a calling that puts patients first, versus a business that puts money first. For example, in the conclusion of her opening talk for the 2015 Lown Institute Annual Conference:...Show More Summary

A "PR Pawn" Confounds the Public Relations Burnishing of Texas Health Resources and its CEO

The Ebola virus epidemic in Africa is hopefully winding down. The uproar, if not panic, over Ebola virus in the US has been eclipsed by the latest internet craze. However, we are still learning from the echoes of the brief, and thankfully...Show More Summary

Rideout Hospital, California: CEO Pinocchio on quality of patient care during hospital computer crash

EHRs and other clinical IT are touted as essential to improving safety, among many other benefits.Yet when hospital systems crash, the common refrain by hospital executives to the press, when such stories are reported, is "...but quality of care was not compromised." In fact, I've made an indexing term for this refrain. Show More Summary

Turn, Turn, Turn - Another Health Care Revolving Door Update

It has been a while since our last revolving door update, so it's time to take another spin.Summary of the Revolving Door Phenomenon Before we get to some cases, though, let me summarize an important article on the revolving door that came out since. Show More Summary

Did You Ever Notice?

To quote the late 60 Minutes curmudgeon Andy Rooney, "did you ever notice" how documentary movies--we could extend this to all sorts of documentation as Lancet does it far better than any American medical journals--on anechoic topics...Show More Summary

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