Is Medicine a Stone-Age Industry?

This is the question that I was asking myself today when I read the recent USA today article, “Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology”: U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care. As a result, U.S. … Continue reading

Do Hospitals Care About Improving Patient Outcomes?: Hospital Report Cards Fall Flat at Improving Patient Outcomes

In a recent study published in Health Affairs, researchers wanted to know whether Medicare’s public reporting initiative, Hospital Compare, which began reporting measures of hospital quality for almost all US acute care hospitals in 2005, had an impact on patient mortality. They concluded: Medicare’s public reporting initiative for hospitals has had a minimal impact on … Continue reading