Beginning in March 2006, you have printed a number of articles and a letter to the editor concerning the Healthcare Research and Development Institute, with headlines such as Antitrust probe targets HRDI, HRDI loses 10 members and The hypocrisy of HRDI.
Now you write an epitaph: Its settled: HRDI to be no more (Jan. 29, p. 8).
Many issues have been raised that cry out for, among other things, raising the ethical bar of relationships between vendors and hospital executives, examining the consequences of these relationships, improving the profession of healthcare leadership and evaluating how providers can continue to give the public the highest quality healthcare services in the most ethical and cost-effective manner.
HRDI was started several decades ago, at a much different time in the healthcare industry. In todays world, relationships and their financial obligations need to be more arms length and squeaky clean.