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The Haunting of CVS - by the Ghosts of Its, Caremark's, MedPartners' and HealthSouth's Past
In our brave new neoliberal world of commercialized health care, many US health care organizations are products of numerous mergers, acquisitions, and other excercises in financial engineering. This makes it easier to obscure these organizations' his...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yes, the OS and filesystems on our EHR servers were hacked and our data encrypted for ransom, but "no medical information was looked at or compromised"
On this blog I have an entire series of posts regarding EHR crashes that point out an absurd-on-its-face and, in fact, insulting boilerplate executive response to the EHR unavailability:"BUT patient care has not been compromised."  The posts can be a...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stanford authors: Evolutionary Pressures on the Electronic Health Record - "Deimplementing the EHR could actively enhance care in many clinical scenarios"
A brief post.  In this new JAMA article by Stanford authors:Evolutionary Pressures on the Electronic Health Record  Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS1,2; Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD3; Abraham Verghese, MD4...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, August 15, 2016

Politicians get a very bitter taste of the very same medicine they've forced onto clinicians and the public
This is a case of education - I hope - by fire on electronic information security, and why "going electronic" can be a risky business.  This is a lesson deeply needed by our government leadership who have been pushing an unfettered national rollout o...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, August 15, 2016

Ioannidis et al.: What Happens When Underperforming Big Ideas in Research [such as Healthcare IT Exceptionalism] Become Entrenched?
Some years ago, John P. A. Ioannidis, MD wrote this piece:"Why Most Published Research Findings Are False", John P. A. Ioannidis, PLoS medicine, 2005 August; 2(8): e124He wrote:There is increasing concern that most current published research finding...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, August 15, 2016

Transparency International Asks Health Care Professionals About Health Care Corruption
Transparency International, the global NGO that studies and fights corruption, seeks information from health care professionals about health care corruption.  The details are in the official announcement below.  If you are a health care professional,...
Health Care Renewal
Friday, August 12, 2016

How the System is Rigged - Johnson and Johnson Board Member Pretends to be Independent Brookings Institution Scholar
Fears that "the system is rigged" may cause the lack of trust marring this year's political season. These fears are not baseless.Dr McClellan of the Brookings Institution on Drug PricesA recent series in the New York Times focused on the biases of th...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More on uncoupling clinicians from EHR clerical oppression
At my August 6, 2016 post (link) I wrote of my belief that "best practices" for EHR evolution call for:... a return to paper (specialized forms depending on the setting) for clinical data capture by busy doctors and nurses, and data entry into a comp...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Weird emails from Independence Blue Cross via its IT outsourcing partners: showing yet more health IT industry trust-destroying incompetence
In the past week I've received two emails that made me highly suspicious of medical/insurance identity theft.The emails came from Independence Blue Cross,, into the email account I receive normal mailings from them, and seemed to indicate som...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, August 8, 2016

NIST workshop "The Role of Standards in Preventing & Mitigating Health IT Patient Safety Risks" perhaps should be titled "The Role of Common Sense in Preventing & Mitigating Health IT Patient Safety Risks Before Rolling Out Bad Health IT Nationally"
Ready, fire, aim.As I wrote in 2010-12 at "Cart before the horse" posts at and, rolling o...
Health Care Renewal
Saturday, August 6, 2016

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