Rounding up the year’s health news

Theirs and ours: You can read Commonhealth's list or listen to it on Radio Boston: Or listen to Carey Goldberg on WBUR MassDevice offers : The top medical device stories of the year, Part I From sweeping regulatory changes promised, but never delivered, by the FDA, to the industry and regulatory backlash against the impending 2.3% … Continue reading Rounding up the year’s health news

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The Globe on alarm fatigue, HIT and a hit to the hospital association

From The Globe: Wide heart monitor use tied to missed alarms/ State reports detail 11 patient deaths linked to alarm fatigue in Massachusetts Steward Health Care chain quits Mass. hospital group: For-profit chain says it can better advocate for its unique interests Report suggests HIT, incubators as part of economic development plan.

Boston hospital CIO Halamka on his wife’s diagnosis: “We have cancer”

Beth Israel CIO John Halamka usually blogs about health information with posts like "The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup," and very occasionally, his life as a vegan or his plan to  retire to a small family farm to raise organic vegetables. Today he reports the disturbing news of his wife’s breast cancer. They've decided to document her treatment in real … Continue reading Boston hospital CIO Halamka on his wife’s diagnosis: “We have cancer”

New look and new name for Nature Boston

So, the renamed Nature Boston is up and running. Check out this week's calendar of event and a "Storify" post on last weeks visits by science journalist Carl Zimmer   He  was t the Coolidge Corner Theatre on talking about viruses at a screening of the film 12 Monkeys. He also spoke at Harvard about his  book on science tattoos. Also … Continue reading New look and new name for Nature Boston

Lack of autopsies = missed medical errors: a Pro Publica investigation

This story notes that "when patients were autopsied, major errors related to the principle diagnosis or underlying cause of death were found in one of four cases. In one of 10 cases, the error appeared severe enough to have led to the patient’s death." So, it is bad news that all of the New England states … Continue reading Lack of autopsies = missed medical errors: a Pro Publica investigation

Did news reports miss the message on IOM breast cancer/environment study?

Earlier this week, we cast this IOM study as offering little new news.  But, as Julia Brody of  The Silent Spring Institute points out, that's not quite true.  From the environmental Health News website: ...(M)ost of the news media missed the significance of the assessment on environmental chemicals. The real news is that the report is an … Continue reading Did news reports miss the message on IOM breast cancer/environment study?

Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston

Donald Berwick, who was hounded out of Washington for saying something nice about the UK health system, is back in town and on WBUR today. Also check out today's NTYimes op/ed by Joe Nocera: Dr. Donald Berwick was already in Massachusetts when I spoke to him Sunday afternoon. He was back in the Newton home where he’d lived for 30 years, being … Continue reading Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston