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Government backs down on some requirements for digital medical records
EHR utopian dreams have taken some pronounced hits in recent years.In recent months, the hyper-enthusiasts and their government allies have had to eat significant dirt, and scale back their grandiose but risible - to those who actually have the exper...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lahey Health: hospital jobs lost, but computer vendors prosper
At numerous posts on this blog I link to stories of health IT expense putting hospital financial stability at risk, e.g., "Monetary losses and layoffs from EHR expenses and EHR mismanagement" (
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Say It Ain't So: Logical Fallacies in Defense of Conflicts of Interest ... in the New England Journal of Medicine?
IntroductionWe have been viewing with alarm the web of conflicts of interest draped over medicine and health care since we started Health Care Renewal.  We have been particularly concerned about how conflicts of interest may have led to thre...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, May 21, 2015

BLOGSCAN - New England Journal of Medicine Scoffs at "Pharmascolds"
The venerable New England Journal of Medicine has now published an editorial,(1) and two commentaries(2-3), with one more promised, hailing physician industry "partnership," as per NEJM editor Jeffrey Drazen,(1) and deploring the "pharmascolds,"(3) w...
Health Care Renewal
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Apologies to All - Sitemeter Forced Redirect Problem Now Fixed
My apologies.  Starting yesterday I discovered that anyone attempting to view this blog was involuntarily transferred to a non-working URL,  The problem seemed to result from the Site Meter widget, which was origin...
Health Care Renewal
Friday, May 15, 2015

All the President's Trade Negotiators - Revolving Doors, Regulatory Capture, and Health Care Corporate Friendly Trade Agreements
This week's spectacle in Washington, DC was a nearly unanimous Democratic minority in the Senate blocking a proposal for expedited consideration of multinational trade agreements favored by the Republican majority, but also by the Democratic Presiden...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, May 14, 2015

DaVita Settles Another Lawsuit Amidst Accusations of "Managing Witnesses to Provide False Testimony," After Justice Department Lost Interest in Participating
The Latest Case Less than a year since its last big settlement (look here), DaVita HealthCare Partners, the big for-profit dialysis provider, has to settle again.  The basics, according to the Denver Post, were:DaVita HealthCare Partners sa...
Health Care Renewal
Friday, May 08, 2015

Health IT - How Did Things Get So Bad? Look to Late 20th Century Recruiters and "The School of Hard Knocks" Leaders They Preferred
I have a long memory, unfortunately for health IT opportunists and hyper-enthusiasts.After reading letters and reports such as:The Jan. 15, 2015 Complaint Letter about EHRs to ONC from this country's major medical societies (http://hcrenewal.blogspot...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Politico: Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuits
The indefatigable Arthur Allen of has authored a nice piece on the issue of EHRs being a cause of medical malpractice, with resultant litigation.  I was a contributor:Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuitsBy Arthur A...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Another day, another EHR outage: MEDSTAR EHR goes dark for days
At my March 2, 2015 post "Rideout Hospital, California: CEO Pinocchio on quality of patient care during hospital computer crash" ( I highlighted a stunning example of when th...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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