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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

InformaticsMD in Podcast by Neil Versel

Neil Versel is a journalist specializing in health IT, mobile health, patient safety, quality of care and the business of healthcare. He is a prolific writer of the web site Meaningful HIT News and others (http://www.informationweek.com/author-bio.asp?author_id=690).He...Show More Summary

Judy Faulkner and EPIC, Show us your EHR screens

At "Congressional committee releases timeline detailing how Presbyterian treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan", Dallas News, Oct. 17, 2014 there is a link that provides acccess to documents released by the U.S. House of Representatives'...Show More Summary

Are Million Dollar Plus Business Trained Managers the Right People to Lead Health Care in the Time of Ebola?

You can guess my opinion on the answer.Introduction News and opinions about Ebola virus are swirling around the US, fueled by a tragic epidemic in West Africa, and fears that more infections could appear here. On October 6, 2014, I posted...Show More Summary

If we had a widespread outbreak of virulent, drug-resistant Bubonic Plague in another country, would we ban travel from that country to ours?

Bubonic plague is known to have killed massive numbers of people in the 6th century and after (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague).... The first recorded epidemic ravaged the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century, and was named the Plague of Justinian after emperor Justinian I, who was infected but survived through extensive treatment. Show More Summary

The Mystery of the Discharged Ebola Patient - Where is Sherlock Holmes When We Need Him?

As discussion, if not outright panic, about Ebola infections increases in the US, it is still hard to figure out what heath care professionals and the health care system need to do to protect patients and the public in a very changed...Show More Summary

Speculation about EHR role in Texas Ebola debacle vs. real evidence - will it take a lawsuit to know what's real? Probably.

In the past several days the media has been abuzz with stories about the admission, then the following retraction, by a Texas hospital that and EMR "flaw" had caused a man who had been in West Africa and was infected with the Ebola virus to be sent home, instead of admitted and put into isolation.I wrote about these matters at my Oct. Show More Summary

Can Our Dysfunctional Health Care System Contain Ebola?

Not to bury the lede, I think it can, but it will be a lot harder than the talking heads on television predict.I have been writing about health care dysfunction since 2003. Lots of US politicians would have us believe we have the best...Show More Summary

Dallas Hospital reverses EHR-related explanation for fumbling Ebola case

At my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" (http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2014/10/did-electronic-medical-record-mediated.html) I questioned a possible...Show More Summary

A Little Sunshine Peeking Through the Clouds? - the Sunshine Act is Finally Implemented, Sort of

"Conflicts of interest" is probably the most frequently used Health Care Renewal tag. We believe conflicts of interest are a major causes of health care dysfunction. Therefore, I felt that one of the truly reformative aspects of theShow More Summary

Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?

This story merits special scrutiny in relation to EHR dangers (see for instance http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2014/04/fda-on-health-it-risk-reckless-or.html):http://bigstory.ap.org/article/44a12c35649f4f6782fcb3c9f476da09/ebola-case-stokes-concerns-liberians-dallas Oct. Show More Summary

Price Fixing, Regulatory Capture, Crony Capitalism - Will the New Public Citizen Report Succeed in Outing the RUC?

Just last month the RUC made it back into the headlines. Then we posted Politico made another attempt to shed some light on this obscure committee and its outsize effect on health care. Now the watchdog organization Public Citizen has...Show More Summary

Shire Settles Claims of Deceptive Marketing of Multiple Drugs for $56.8 Million, No Individual Held Responsible

Here we go again. A big drug company has settled claims of deceptive marketing, yet no individual was held accountable. The most extensive coverage came from the Philadelphia Inquirer, presumably since the announcement came from the local US Attorney.The basics were: Shire Pharmaceuticals L.L.C. Show More Summary

Being a Health Care CEO Means Never Having to Say You Are Sorry - (Michael) Covert Edition

Physicians and other health care professionals are increasingly subject to various measures of their quality, productivity, and "value," and beholden to administrators, managers and bureaucrats. The notion of health professionals being primarily accountable to patients and to professional standards has become old school. Show More Summary

Health Care Renewal Bloggers to Present

Course on Trustworthiness of Clinical Practice GuidelinesDr Roy Poses and Dr Wally Smith will be teaching a course on Trustworthiness of Clinical Practice Guidelines at the Annual North American meeting of the Society for Medical Decision...Show More Summary

Value Extractors, "Super-Managers," Vampires and the Decline of the US and US Health Care

Appearing during the last few weeks were a series of articles that tied the decline of the US economy to huge systemic problems with leadership and governance of large organizations. While the articles were not focused on health care,...Show More Summary

You Say You Want Some Revolutions? - Famed Academic Physician Dr Milton Packer's Endless Alternating Turns as Drug Company Spokesperson and FDA Advisor

Last week, we noted we again discussed the web of conflicts of interest that is draped over medicine and health care, and seems responsible for much of our current health care dysfunction. We have discussed examples of conflicts of interest affecting clinical research, clinical teaching, clinical care, and health care policy. Show More Summary

Higher Authorities? - Pharmaceutical Companies, Addiction Experts, and Marijuana Policy

We have often discussed the web of conflicts of interest that is draped over medicine and health care, and seems responsible for much of our current health care dysfunction. We have discussed examples of conflicts of interest affecting clinical research, clinical teaching, clinical care, and health care policy. Show More Summary

Does organized medicine need to "man up" on healthcare information technology risk and harms?

After reading a number of articles on healthcare IT problems over the past few years authored by leaders of organized medicine, please excuse me if I wonder out loud if organized medicine's leadership does not suffer from healthcare IT ignorance, low "T", or both.Case in point, a article by Robert B. Show More Summary

Logical Fallacies in Defense of the PARADIGM - HF Trial of Valsartan - Sacubitril, Suppsedly the "Game Changer" for Heart Failure

We frequently discuss how commercial sponsors manipulate clinical research to serve their interests. There have been many cases of commercially sponsored controlled trials ostensibly designed to assess their sponsors' products manipulated to make these products look better.Unfortunately, often such manipulation seems to escape public notice. Show More Summary

EHR safety, a false sense of security, and epistemological problems in the Medical Informatics community

Neil Versel is an author of many articles about healthcare information technology. He recently published "Patient safety in the balance: Questions mount about EHRs and a wide range of patient safety concerns" (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/patient-safety-balance) in Healthcare IT News, August 27, 2014, also appearing in the Sept. Show More Summary

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