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USA: Healthcare IT Posing More Pitfalls for Patients

July 29, 2011

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USA: Saw this story a few days ago by Ken Terry from Information Week. The subject: Healthcare IT’s impact on patient safety. Early results are a reality check for all those proponents of electronic records. While many communication problems have been eliminated, IT implementation is creating brand new ones, mostly Blunt End problems which impact not one patient, […]

NY: Does Anyone Actually Believe This?

July 26, 2011

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What can I say? Except if you do, then perhaps you’d also be interested in buying some land in Asbestos, Quebec? You know, near the vermiculite mine? Good grief, 911 Health Czar, (what a ridiculous title.) We know you don’t want to create a Super Fund to pay off these medical claims, but why don’t you […]

World Patient Safety Day – July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

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Today, July 25, 2011 is World Patient Safety Day. It has been observed since 2001 and was begun by a small group of dedicated and persistent survivors who have lost children, spouses, parents, siblings and friends to one of the greatest didn’t-have-to-happen epidemics our planet has ever seen – preventable medical harm. This observance should give you a […]

From the Archives: Oh Boy, It’s Awards Season Again

July 22, 2011

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Two moldy oldies in one week! This is a good one though and, once again, it is relevant. I remembered this post Wednesday when I saw that US News and World Report released their annual ranking of hospitals by specialty. Again. I think somebody there must have read my post last year because they actually shuffled […]

From the Archives: Truth in Advertising

July 21, 2011

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I have begun the process of deconstructing the original HealthCare PSI Blog, which debuted on Typepad in August 2008. That blog had a brilliant run and launched my work as a patient safety advocate. Typepad used to be the premier blogging platform but it began to shift focus late last year. It is pricey and is looking a […]

USA: More on Hospital ER Waits

July 16, 2011

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USA: This is a follow up to yesterday’s news item on the truth behind hospital wait times and what it means to patient survival rates. This article called The Waits That Matter ran in Health Policy and Reform and was sourced in Dr. Chen’s piece. (Thanks, Helen, for the heads up!) What should disturb you about this […]

USA: ER Care In Crisis

July 15, 2011

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USA: I found this story in my RWJF Digest for Quality & Equality this morning. It ran yesterday in the New York Times and was thoughtfully written by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. It gives the public a glimpse behind the curtain at the One Big Thing that ultimately determines what kind of hospital care we […]