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URL :http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/
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Posts on Regator:1632
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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Knee Deep in the Hoopla - "A Triumph of Medical Technology" Sans Evidence of Superiority from Published Randomized Double Blind Controlled Trials

With the publication of several new articles in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the buzz about Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead), a new oral treatment of hepatitis C, has become feverish. The drug had been hailed as near miraculous, and the only debate has been about its near stratospheric cost (look here). Show More Summary

CMS does not have any information that supports or refutes claims that a broader adoption of EHRs can save lives

From the April 2014 newsletter of the American Association for Physicians and Surgeons (http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/about_us/), an organization that is dedicated "to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine":CMS Claims to Have No Information on EHRsOn Mar. Show More Summary

Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs

The New York Times published another article in its series on the high cost of US health care. This one, focused on the care of type 1 diabetes mellitus and other chronic diseases, shines some light on the business management practices...Show More Summary

Healthcare IT Amateur Kathleen Sebelius Resigns - Good Riddance

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is resigning.Press reports say she is resigning in large part due to the Exchange Website debacle. This from the New York Times:Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.govhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/ 04/11/us/politics/sebelius- resigning-as-health-secretary. Show More Summary

FDA on health IT risk: reckless, or another GM-like political coverup? "We don't know the magnitude of the risk, and what we do know is the tip of the iceberg, but health IT is of 'sufficiently low risk' that we don't need to regulate it."

In my Sept. 16, 2013 post "An Open Letter to David Bates, MD, Chair, ONC FDASIA Health IT Policy Committee on Recommendations Against Premarket Testing and Validation of Health IT" (http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2013/09/an-open-letter-to-david-bates-md-chair.html)...Show More Summary

Finally, An Article in a Large Circulation Medical Journal with Systematic Data about Leaders of Academic Medicine Conflicted by their Service on Health Care Corporate Boards

Background - a New Species of Conflict of Interest Since 2006, we have posted repeatedly about what was then a new species of severe conflicts of interest. This occurs when leaders of academic medical institutions or other health care...Show More Summary

No Fooling - When a Retired Conservative Politician Warns About Oligarchy...

then things must be getting really bad.Of course, we have been warning about oligarchy, and related issues such as concentration of power, oligopoly in health care for a long time. Basically, we have been warning that health care isShow More Summary

Oh, the irony: three health IT industry experts concerned that "FDA has largely placed the burden of reviewing and certifying mobile health apps on the marketplace"

How ironic. Three health IT industry experts are concerned that "FDA has largely placed the burden of reviewing and certifying mobile health apps on the marketplace."How reckless of FDA. Of course, the commercial Big Health IT sector...Show More Summary

Too Good to be True - Sovaldi Kerfuffle Focuses on Price, While Ignoring Limits of Evidence about Effectiveness and Safety

There seems to be rising skepticism about the prices we pay for the latest drugs, devices, and health care programs, especially in the US. However, our faith in the near miraculous properties of the newest technology appears to go on unabated. Show More Summary

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Bad Health IT: "People Aren’t Educated on How to Use the Internet"

The ultimate "blame the user" excuse for bad health IT comes from, of all places, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:Washington Free Beacon http://freebeacon.com/issues/harry-reid-people-arent-educated-on-how-to-use-the-internet/ March...Show More Summary

James Fallows - The Atlantic - "The Use and Misuse of Information Technology in Health Care"

James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, wrote "The Use and Misuse of Information Technology in Health Care: Several Doctors Reply" at http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/the-use-and-misuse-of-information-technology-in-health-care-several-doctors-reply/284601/It...Show More Summary

This EHR "glitch" killed three-year-old Samuel Starr - but patient safety was not compromised

Actually, safety was compromised. I have written repeatedly that the term "glitch", an often-seen euphemism (usually accompanied with the phrase "but patient care/patient safety was not compromised"), is really a term for life-threatening health IT bugs and malfunctions. Show More Summary

Turnabout is Fair Play - Why University of Illinois Students, Faculty and Alumni Should Question the Dean of Medicine about Novartis' Ethical Misadventures

Since 2006, we have posted repeatedly about what was then a new species of severe conflicts of interest. This occurred when leaders of academic medical institutions or other health care non-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations...Show More Summary

EHR recall: Use of this affected product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death

Here is another example of a grossly defective health IT product: "There was an occurrence where the patient case data did not match the patient data when the case was recalled in the Anesthesia Care Record (ACR) in that it included data from another case. Show More Summary

Better Late than Never - JAMA Article Advocates Banning Academic Medical Leaders from Serving on Many Health Care Corporate Boards

Will wonders never cease? Eight years after we started posting about this issue, it has made it into a large circulation medical journal, albeit not completelyA JAMA Commentary Decries Leaders of Academic Medical Centers Serving on Boards...Show More Summary

Forbes contributor Nicole Fisher, claimed proponent of healthcare human rights, writes long article on EHRs that neglects to mention patient harm

The field of health IT lives a charmed life.Even self-stated human rights advocates in healthcare won't seem to broach the topic of EHR-related harms and lack of informed consent processes regarding their use in a patient's care, even...Show More Summary

CA Supreme Court upholds "whistleblower" protection for Modesto physician - and on replacing the abuser-favoring connotations of "whistleblower" with "Corporate Integrity Advocate"

"Whistleblower" is a term commonly used to refer to insiders in an organization who do not "go along to get along" or look the other way with regard to corruption and malfeasance.The connotation, of course, is that these individualsShow More Summary

Medical Malpractice Insurer CRICO Challenges "EMR Complacency" - Or Do They?

In my Feb. 28, 2014 post "Malpractice Claims Analysis Confirms Risks in EHRs" (http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2014/02/patient-safety-quality-healthcare.html) I pointed out that the annual medical malpractice claims related to health IT...Show More Summary

Clinical Trial Prestidigitation - Making Old Data Look Worse So New Data Looks Better

Prestidigitation, also known as sleight of hand or legerdemain, is a form of stage magic which uses dextrous manipulation and misdirection to distract the viewer from seeing it. The example, reported by Bloomberg on 26 February, 2014,...Show More Summary

As the Door Turns - The Ongoing Interchange of Leaders Among Large Health Care Corporations, Those who Represent Them, and Government

The revolving door is the two-way conduit between leadership positions in government and industry that helps to enable health care, and maybe all of society, to be run by a group of insiders who can move easily between large or influential...Show More Summary

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