Is going part-way for patient safety good enough?

This is the question that I have been asking myself ever since the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety posted an article encouraging Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to include continuous electronic monitoring of patients using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps. “Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps” says Pat Iyer, president of, “were developed to address … Continue reading

When is health data personal and when is it not?

Patient-physician confidentiality is a long held principle. Although the US Federal Rule of Evidence 501 does not specifically refer to this confidentiality, these rules of evidence provide that it “shall be governed by the principles of the common law as they may be interpreted by the courts of the United States in the light of … Continue reading

Governments unlikely to act on health care reform without public pressure

The news headline said it best — Governments unlikely to act on health care reform without public pressure Although this headline is from The Canadian Press, it could just as easily been a headline about US healthcare reform. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced initiatives designed to help health care providers improve … Continue reading