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GM recalls are bad. Medical device recalls are worse.

It’s bad enough when your GM SUV turns into a rolling fire hazard. Imagine needing, and getting, a hysterectomy, only to discover that the surgical procedure itself turned you into an advanced stage cancer patient? That’s exactly what’s been going on since power morcellators became common in laparoscopic uterine surgery to remove fibroids. In morcellation, [&hellip

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Stetho-Snopes: Time for some rigorous myth-busting in healthcare?

It was recently revealed that an Excel error contributed to the European fiscal crisis, and a continuing global economic recession/depression. Paul Krugman called the revelation the Excel Depression in the NY Times.  Certainly lives are at stake when the success or failure of large economies are at risk, but not nearly as many lives as [&hellip

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Medical Monopoly: Medicine has a major image problem

When you hear the word “monopoly,” does it fill you with a warm and fuzzy feeling? (Unless you’re Hasbro, you really should say no, unless you’re a cyborg.) Healthcare is a monopoly. We can’t DIY cancer treatment, or surgically repair a broken hip for ourselves, so we have to go to the medical-industrial complex to regain [&hellip

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athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush on EHR & HIE (e-i-e-i-o)

Jonathan Bush of athenahealth has long been a provocateur in health IT. His take on EHR tech, and the build-out of health information exchanges, is worth a listen. He stops short of talking about any open API or open source, though, which means that EHR tech is still in legacy-IT-thinking mode to a degree. Perhaps [&hellip

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Paranoia: American as apple pie. And gunpowder.

Yesterday (Monday, April 2, 2012) the US Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision on the legality of strip searches in jails and prisons. The news is not good for anyone who gets arrested – guilty or not – and proves that the precept of “innocent until proven guilty” is sinking beneath the surf of [&hellip

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