The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”
Two items worth checking out. Robert Weisman's Globe story on technology to address hearing loss. Millions of boomers are now grappling with hearing loss — some of it caused by turning the volume to 11 — prompting companies to develop treatments that improve upon the expensive and often limited-value hearing aids and surgical implants that … Continue reading What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss
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.
Austin Frakt, director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System writes in The New York Times today: A large part of the answer can be found in the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by the Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt: “It’s the prices, stupid.” He … Continue reading Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.
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.
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.
Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive