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For some, future is already here with cloud-based radiology

October 22, 2014

Your article “Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say” presents an interesting usage of cloud-based radiology, backed with practical examples of networks that are employing this model. Because the...

It's time to stand by Dallas hospital

October 21, 2014

Regarding “Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak”: THR has taken enough lumps. It's time for the medical community to stand by this facility.

'Research corporations' using patient data without consent

'Research corporations' using patient data without consent

By Dr. Deborah C. Peel  |  September 12, 2014

Regarding “Reform Update: UnitedHealth's Optum Labs adds universities, insurer and Merck”: The public has never agreed or given their consent to the use of their personal health data by “research...

Registries can be source of critical data

September 05, 2014

Regarding “Groups press FDA to encourage medical-device registries”: Hip and knee implant registries incorporating refined data for comparative effectiveness, quality monitoring and public reporting are clearly...

Device industry feeling the pinch

August 26, 2014

Regarding “Audit: Obamacare medical-device tax not meeting revenue target”: As a person who has worked for more than one medical-device manufacturer over the past 25 years, this article is spot on.

For most, health is not a priority

July 10, 2014

Regarding “Report looks at what drives healthcare analytics”: The authors of the article need to get their heads out of the clouds and get into clinical practice.

Big bucks are driving big data

Big bucks are driving big data

July 02, 2014

Regarding “When it comes to clinical-decision software, what does autonomy mean?”: The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial...

EHRs are a drag on providers

May 21, 2014

Regarding “CMS proposes stretching Stage 1 in EHR incentive program”: I think EHRs are being forced on us so insurance companies and Medicare can use lightly trained clerks to gather utilization data.

Is a Trojan horse lurking behind transparency push?

May 19, 2014

Regarding “Health insurance giants to make payment data accessible to public”: One wonders why health plans might want to send claims data to a plan-supported, not-for-profit enterprise that is collecting payment...

Smokers should pick up the tab for their habit

May 06, 2014

Regarding “CMS should not pay for regular CT screenings for heavy smokers, panel says”: At first blush it seems shocking that the CMS would not cover effective preventive care. However, being a smoker is a...

Decision points up ACA's dark side

May 02, 2014

Regarding “CMS should not pay for regular CT screenings for heavy smokers, panel says”: This will be the first of many decisions from the panels to outright deny or greatly mitigate benefits or care.

Misdiagnosis a worldwide problem

April 24, 2014

Regarding “Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds”: This is an issue that haunts medical care all over the world.

Providers deserve ICD-10 coding clarity

April 03, 2014

Regarding “ICD-10 delay puts pressure on CMS for answers”: I think that no matter when they mandate implementation of ICD-10, all payers should be required to provide end-to-end testing at least three to six...

Move toward transparency long overdue

March 18, 2014

Regarding "Castlight IPO blasts off with price transparency tech": I am delighted to have read your article on upcoming company products that provide the needed transparency within the medical field. For far too long,...

Online ratings prove unhelpful

March 07, 2014

Regarding “Dealing with online ratings often proves challenging for doctors”: Sadly, when I tried to Google my orthopedic surgeon, the reviews were emotionally charged, subjective and overall unhelpful.

Insurance companies drive costs

February 27, 2014

Regarding “'We can't afford' healthcare's continuing increases, Aetna chief says”: Insurance companies, with all their phony rules, are a major part of the problem.

It’s OK for docs to Google patients

February 18, 2014

Regarding “Some doctors are Googling patients”: I see no problem with anyone, physician or not, Googling other people to learn about them.

Portals useful if patients, providers both take part

November 22, 2013

Regarding “No evidence that messaging portals reduce costs, improve outcomes, review of studies shows”: Without digging into each study, I can't comment on the factors the reviewers used to determine value.

Priced out of insurance market

November 15, 2013

Regarding "Low enrollment expected to amp up pressure to tinker with ACA": The problem is that healthcare is now affordable for those who are going to get it free. However, it is now too expensive for those who used to have...

By now, privacy is a myth

July 16, 2013

Regarding “WellPoint to pay $1.7 million HIPAA penalty”: WellPoint is just the tip of the iceberg. Since all of our personal phone messages, e-mails and Internet correspondence have been tapped into by the...

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