Rocking the health news at The Boston Globe and STAT.

An incomplete list, but worth noting.  Suicide rates up --How to get help Treating drug addiction with drugs --Five myths about addiction meds Community hospitals struggle to compete with better-paid rivals For smaller companies, a presence at BIO conference is a big deal STAT: The Gates Foundation rolls outs details of its new biotech, one … Continue reading Rocking the health news at The Boston Globe and STAT.

Advertisements

Big data is big in health care. With #data from police and social services, #hospitals could help patients who constantly show up at the #ER.

It's probably PI to call them this, but they are known as frequent flyers. An editorial in The Boston Globe this morning lauds a new program -- which calls them "Frequent Utilizers " --  aimed at helping hospital  staff help patients who show up at the ED again and again. Researchers, police officers, and doctors … Continue reading Big data is big in health care. With #data from police and social services, #hospitals could help patients who constantly show up at the #ER.

How to use interactive graphics to look at #Massachusetts #hospital #quality measures like infection rates. Data for individual hospitals, health care systems and the entire state.

NYTimes: How can police subdue a violent suspect without violence? Starr says look to hospital protocols for violent patients.

From The Sunday NYTimes: When a police officer in Cambridge, Mass., punched a black male Harvard student in the stomach multiple times while subduing him this month, the nation was reminded yet again of how quickly confrontations between the police and civilians can intensify beyond what the situation seems to call for. (The student was … Continue reading NYTimes: How can police subdue a violent suspect without violence? Starr says look to hospital protocols for violent patients.

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

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.