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Yet another health IT "glitch", that warm, fuzzy euphemism for life-threatening malfunctions: Internet outage left doctors without records for hours
Up to 112,000, in fact.Nobody seemed to be listening when I and other "Health IT iconoclasts" warned years ago of issues like this regarding the blind-faith abandonment of paper and lack of truly robust local computing redundancy. When you're a pa...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership - Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA
Hidden between the lines of some not very prominent news stories were reminders of how close health care and financial leadership have become in these times of continuing economic unrest after the global financial collapse/ great recession.After the ...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don't worry, your information's safe. Community Health Systems says data stolen in cyber attack: just a mere 4.5 million people affected this time.
I have often written about my observations of the generally unimpressive qualifications and capabilities of IT personnel, up to and including the CIO's, in healthcare settings (e.g., baccalaureate-level education in a doctoral and post-doctoral setti...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, August 18, 2014

Desperate, Vulnerable Research Subjects, Cost-Cutting Contract Research Organizations and Threats to the Integrity of Clinical Research
Introduction - Clinical Research Done by Contract Research Organizations Dr Carl Elliott seems to be one of the few people willing to investigate how modern medical research may threaten vulnerable research subjects.  His book, White Coat, B...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Retrospective on the Blumsohn - Procter and Gamble -Sheffield University Affair: the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers and the Anechoic Effect
Introduction - the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers The UK Times Higher Education Supplement just published a feature on the unhappy fate of academic, including academic medical whistleblowers.Whistleblowers in universities can hit the national headli...
Health Care Renewal
Friday, August 08, 2014

Medicare Pays $220 Million a Year for Acthar Without Any Controlled Trials that Prove it Works - While We Have No Money to Develop Ebola Vaccines or Treatment?
Introduction - No Money for Ebola Vaccine DevelopmentWhile a new Ebola epidemic continues in Africa, people in developed countries are getting worried. Even the 0.1%, who may have rarely worried about our dysfunctional health care system before, are...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

No Treatment or Vaccine for Ebola, but a $1000 Pill for Hepatitis C
The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa continues to grow, and now appears to be the worst known epidemic of that disease to date.  In the US and Western Europe, press reports are now raising concerns that the disease could spread there.&...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, July 31, 2014

New ONC Director Karen De Salvo seems no better than her predecessors - risk, harms and deaths due to health IT apparently OK for now, and all we need is a "Safety Center"
Karen De Salvo has assumed the role of Director of ONC, the office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS ( pretty face, but here's evidence of the same old tired political hucksterism ...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Allegations About Universal Health Services Inc - Why We Should Not be Surprised
Current Allegations of Poor Treatment and Threats to a Whistle Blower This month, a Boston Globe article reported trouble at a local hospital,Arbour HRI, a Brookline psychiatric hospital in recent trouble with regulators, disciplined a mental health...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap... Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials?
The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing.  The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its US price (...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, July 24, 2014

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