STAT: Meet Boston Children’s #Hospital #specialeffects guy

Three-printers and more. Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on. More great video from STAT here.  https://vimeo.com/246154160

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Monday night, rescheduled from earlier in March: #ConjoinedTwins: At the Crossroads of #Surgery, Medicine and Ethics.”

In order to separate these two babies, who were joined at the chest, one had to die. The doctors told their story to   a group of health writers last year. One detail stood out: when the babies were rolled into the operating room, each one was holding a rattle. Free, but registration required.   

Why does Partners cost more than other #Massachusetts #hospitals? Price variation revealed in new report.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts tracks not only what it spends on Medicaid, but total  health care spending.  Modern Healthcare reports on the variation in care spending recently identified by the in Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.  The highest-cost providers in Massachusetts spent nearly a third more per patient than their lowest-cost peers, mirroring the widespread cost variation … Continue reading Why does Partners cost more than other #Massachusetts #hospitals? Price variation revealed in new report.

ICYMI: The #Boston Globe series on race included a look at our #hospitals, where “the color line persists.”

Hospitals story, quoted below,  here. Entire series here.  Patients fly in from all over the country to get care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Yet, most black Bostonians don’t travel the five to 10 miles from their neighborhoods to take advantage of the hospital’s immense medical resources. Just 11 percent of Bostonians admitted to the city’s largest … Continue reading ICYMI: The #Boston Globe series on race included a look at our #hospitals, where “the color line persists.”

BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.

Business Insider quotes MGH Chief Medical Officer O’Neil Britton who spoke at Hub Week on hospital cybersecurity. “We have 72,000 employees with credentials to log into our computer system,” says O’Neill. “Our network has many components, including a financial clearance system and an electronic health records database. Not all 72,000 employees can get into each … Continue reading BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.

Should hospitals be #compounding #IVfluids? Logistics and safety concerns could make it prohibitive.

Commonhealth, WBUR's health blog, reports on a potential shortage of IV fluids at MGH. One approach to deal with it: compounding.  But, a 2014 story in Health Leaders Media quoted pharmacists who believe "Logistics and safety concerns would make it prohibitive." Saline Compounding a Poor Option for Hospitals Nov. 12 2014 By Tinker Ready For … Continue reading Should hospitals be #compounding #IVfluids? Logistics and safety concerns could make it prohibitive.

Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

The Boston Globe's series on race focuses on health disparities on Tuesday. Though the issue gets scant attention in this center of world-class medicine, segregation patterns are deeply imbedded in Boston health care. Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals … Continue reading Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.