Mar
09

CDC Dashboard Offers Good Visibility on Flu Trends

One of the themes we have been discussing over the past year is the role of analytics in healthcare to help improve quality, efficiency and outcomes. Visibility has long been lacking in the industry because of the scattered and disparate data, lack of standard collection and reporting formats and deliberate opacity keep mark ups as…
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Feb
19

Revisiting the Drug Shortage Two Years On

We originally published this article in Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, volume 28, #1, in early 2012. Many of the same issues exist today and some have become worse, as noted at the end of the article. Drugs, drugs – who has the drugs? Dr. James Blair, DPA, MHA, FACHE, FABCHS, MCAS  Drug diversion, although…
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Jan
22

CMS-3178-P – Don’t Count Your Chickens

As of today, only the Federal Healthcare Sector, about 10% of healthcare capacity in the US, is mandated to prepare for All-Hazards events, while the remaining 90% private sector has been expected to prepare voluntarily to meet their roles and responsibilities. Unfortunately, as is evidenced by every major disaster since 9/11, the Public Health and…
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Dec
30

Non Federal Hospital Infrastructure Remains at Risk, II

Originally published in our book “Unready: To err is human – the other neglected side of Hospital Safety and Security” July, 2010 and as relevant four years later as it was on day one. Due to length, we have broken this into two posts, of which this is the second. For context, it should be…
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Dec
30

Non Federal Hospital Infrastructure Remains at Risk

Originally published in our book “Unready: To err is human – the other neglected side of Hospital Safety and Security” July, 2010 and as relevant four years later as it was on day one. Due to length, we have broken this into two posts, of which this is the first. For context, it should be…
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Nov
13

Hospital Rankings Part Three…

This is the third in a series of posts concerning hospital rankings and comments on how we feel they could be more beneficial to patients while simultaneously reflecting a better view of reality. First, Do No Harm Without being overly nostalgic, we remember a time when the primary objective of medicine was to comfort, treat…
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