Information technologyElectronic health records 'inflict enormous pain' on doctors. It'll take more than stopwatches to learn why | STAT
Electronic health records slow doctors down and distract them from meaningful face time caring for patients. That is the sad but unsurprising finding of a time and motion study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Medical devices and equipmentSt. Jude sues short-seller over heart device allegations | Reuters
St. Jude Medical Inc. on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against short-selling firm Muddy Water and cyber security company MedSec Holdings, saying they intentionally disseminated false information about its heart devices to manipulate its stock.
PharmaceuticalsDrug industry goes on defense amid fire on pricing | The Hill
The pharmaceutical industry is launching an ad campaign to promote cost savings amid criticism for high drug prices. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a top lobbying group for drug companies, is launching a “mid-seven figure” ad across the country to argue that drugs can save the health system money in the long run by curing diseases.
TV ads for prescription drugs are illegal in most countries and only became common in the U.S. in the late 1990s. Now, it's hard to imagine American television without them, but their effects on public health are mixed.
Safety, quality and clinical practicePatients with dementia present communication challenges in hospice care | Kaiser Health News
Hospice's purpose, at least one of them, is to ease a dying patient's pain at the end of life and improve the quality of life. But what's to be done when a dementia patient in her waning days can't communicate her pain or help identify the cause? All those concerns can be troubling for family caregivers for those with dementia and in hospice care, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.