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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Medically Unnecessary Treatments on the Rise in the US

Are all the treatments provided to patients in hospitals medically necessary? Studies tend to prove otherwise. Along with wrong medications and surgical errors, unnecessary treatments also account for a large number of fatal and near fatal events in hospitals. The incident at Halifax hospital reported in the Washington Post recently is a case in point. … Continue reading Medically Unnecessary Treatments on the Rise in the US

Preventable Medical Errors in Hospitals – The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Many physicians in the US have voiced their concern online regarding the conventional healthcare system and how it needs to be changed. The United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world, spending more on healthcare than the next ten biggest spenders combined, that is, Germany, Japan, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Canada, China, Australia … Continue reading Preventable Medical Errors in Hospitals – The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Patients’ Thoughts on their Personal Health Records

What do patients think of engaging more with their personal health records? It has been highlighted by a recent study that patients could be encouraged towards greater usage of personal health records by their primary care physicians. Patient involvement with their healthcare records is important to physicians in the light of stage 2 meaningful use. … Continue reading Patients’ Thoughts on their Personal Health Records

How Secure is Your Patients’ PHI? The EHR Privacy Dilemma Continues

How Secure is Your Patients’ PHI? The EHR Privacy Dilemma Continues

Is the transition from paper patient charts to electronic records happening too fast? There is a growing fear among patients, physicians and privacy advocates that security measures cannot effectively keep pace with the speed of transition. Now insurers, healthcare providers, researchers, regulators all can manipulate technology to gain access to patient healthcare data. Read More