Aug
19

Ebola Update: Stop Talking and Start Doing

In what seems like a rollercoaster ride of news and pronouncements concerning the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we have been told not to worry,  it is a fragile virus that does not move easily between host and victim, it is not airborne, the US healthcare system can easily contain an outbreak through better infection control process…
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Aug
05

The H1N1 Debacle of 2009 – Five Years on – Lessons Learned?

In 2009, we wrote a series of articles for the Washington Examiner about the waves of H1N1 spreading across the country and the Public Healthcare System’s lack of preparedness. The following is a summary of the articles along with links to the originals. “Success has many fathers and Failure is an orphan” Not so in the…
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Aug
01

Why Don’t Facility Safety and Security Count in Hospital Rankings?

There is a difference between clinical safety and physical safety and this difference is neither understood nor acknowledged by the trade publications that create lists – and run advertisements of- the “Best” hospitals. The lack of Clinical Safety and the shoddy survey methodology make us wonder why they produce the lists in the first place – they…
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Jul
05

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally Executive Summary from Mirror, Mirror “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the…
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Jun
13

VA Healthcare – Elephant in the Room – Enter the Enablers

As the VA scandal unfolds and we watch the talking heads go back and forth on how to minimize waiting times and improve continuity of care, the Congress is acting like this is all a big surprise. Watching the CSPAN hearings today and seeing what testimony was encouraged, and what was cut short unceremoniously, particularly…
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May
05

MERS Threat to Public – First US Victim?

In what appears to be the first US case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a man has been quarantined in Munster, Indiana with MERS. The disease has reportedly infected over 370 people in Saudi Arabia, with a 30% fatality rate. According to the Chicago Tribune article, “The man, who has not been identified, was…
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