TechnologyGoogle's bold bid to transform medicine hits turbulence under a divisive CEO | STAT
Google's brash attempt to revolutionize medicine as it did the Internet is facing turbulence, and many leaders who launched its life sciences startup have quit, STAT has found. Former employees pointed to one overriding reason for the exodus from Verily Life Sciences: the challenge of working with CEO Andrew Conrad.
What's more harmful to patients being treated for drug or alcohol abuse: Risking their health by keeping other medical providers in the dark about their substance abuse treatment? Or risking their jobs, homes and child-custody arrangements by allowing potentially damaging treatment details to be electronically shared with an array of medical providers?
Mercy Iowa City warns patients of privacy breach | Iowa City (Iowa) Press Citizen
Mercy Iowa City and Mercy Clinics announced on Friday that patients are being notified of a breach of privacy incident.
Move to electronic health records begins to transform health care | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At Froedtert Hospital, a patient with stomach pain was spared from having to undergo a CT scan, with its heavy dose of radiation, and instead got a safer, less-costly ultrasound. At ThedaCare in the Fox Valley, the fatality rate from sepsis, a complication from infections, has fallen sharply. These improvements stemmed from the wise use of electronic health records — computerized systems that are replacing paper charts in medical settings across the country.
Medical devices and equipmentTwo more deaths may be linked to contaminated medical scopes | Los Angeles Times
Two patients died and six more were sickened in a new outbreak suspected of being caused by contaminated medical scopes, according to a regulatory report by device manufacturer Olympus Corp.
PharmaceuticalsU.S. seeks records of 80,000 Novartis `sham' events for doctors | Bloomberg
The U.S. is asking Novartis AG to provide records of about 80,000 “sham” events in which the government says doctors were wined and dined so they would prescribe the company's cardiovascular drugs to their patients.
The new head of D.C.'s biggest drug lobby has a strategy to help overcome a tortuous year of bad publicity on pricing: More lab coats on Capitol Hill. Steve Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Researcher and Manufacturers Association, plans to deploy top scientists and researchers to meet with lawmakers in a potentially make-or-break year for the industry.
Investors in Sprout, the female libido pill maker bought by Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion last year, said Valeant has failed to successfully commercialize the treatment by setting the price too high and neglecting to market it, putting the drugmaker at risk of violating the merger agreement.
PhysiciansThis doctor orders pregnancy tests on men. You're probably doing it too. | KevinMD
"It's not that I want to order pregnancy tests on men; I just can't seem to stop. I guess you could say that I know what Flip Wilson meant when he said, 'The devil made me do it.' In my case, the devil is the electronic medical record."
Safety, quality and clinical practiceA Perspective on the Principles of Integrity in Infectious Disease Research | Journal of Patient Safety
"The medical literature is prone to overstating results, a condition not thoroughly recognized among policymakers," say researchers in the Journal of Patient Safety. The researchers argue that widespread manipulation of trial data in medical literature means policymakers should take care to review research thoroughly before the authors' recommendations are accepted.