From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

Not at the same time. Two Boston items. SEPSIS Public Citizen argues that a clinical trial of a new approach to sepsis is unethical. One of the lead investigators is at BIDMC. From NPR: A consumer advocacy organization is asking federal health officials Tuesday to halt a large medical study being conducted at major universities … Continue reading From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

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If you can’t join them, beat them: BIDMC in takes over Milton hospital

When the Harvard hospitals decided to join forces as Partners, they cut BIDMC out of the deal. So, this story from the Globe  - on Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton --is worth noting: Consolidation in the health care industry has been viewed with suspicion, leaving critics worried that the state’s biggest health care networks want to leverage increased … Continue reading If you can’t join them, beat them: BIDMC in takes over Milton hospital

Globe Q & A : BIDMC doc wins poetry award

A nice Q & A in the Globe today with BIDMC internist Dr. Rafael Campo, who is also a poet. Interview by Karen Weintraub.  He recently won the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Campo: When we take care of patients we are immersed in stories, in language, in metaphor. Every encounter is a form of poetry, because I … Continue reading Globe Q & A : BIDMC doc wins poetry award

BIDMC’s Haider Warraich in the NYTimes on how false hope harms patients

The NY Times offers a piece in the Sunday Review urging doctors to be straight with dying patients. From BIDMC doc (and novelist) Haider Javed Warraich: A study of cancer patients and their doctors in the Annals of Internal Medicine a year later found that many doctors didn’t quite tell patients the truth about their … Continue reading BIDMC’s Haider Warraich in the NYTimes on how false hope harms patients

Beth Israel, like other Boston hospitals, sees promise in personalized medicine

Update 10? 21: This Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center program  got a plug at the Connected Health meeting last week from Kevin Davies, editor Bio-IT World and author of  The $1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing  and the New Era of Personalized. Davies said it will help make genome sequencing a useful tool for diagnosis and treatment. Noting … Continue reading Beth Israel, like other Boston hospitals, sees promise in personalized medicine

UCSF v. Beth Israel on FDA on heart device safety

Docs from BI, working with the Food and Drug Administration, released a study this week suggesting that medical device makers are providing weak evidence to support the efficacy and safety of products, in particular cardiovascular devices like stents and implanted defibrillators. The study was release earlier to counter a similar study in the Journal of … Continue reading UCSF v. Beth Israel on FDA on heart device safety

What your doctor is really thinking

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced their new “Open Notes” project yesterday. According to the hospital new release, the project “will examine the impact of adding new layer of openness to a traditionally one-sided element of the doctor-patient relationship – the notes from patients’ doctors’ visits.” The Globe sort of scooped them and then some with … Continue reading What your doctor is really thinking