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Dr. Robert Wachter is a familiar name among patient safety advocates. He is credited with coining the term “hospitalist” for doctors who focus on the care of hospitalized patients, and his latest book, “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age” concerns the risks and rewards of health care […]

If Google maps has made you less able to find your way around a printed version, consider that some people believe that advanced medical technology has led to some epically stupid human medical errors. Megan McArdle, a columnist for Bloomberg, has looked into the advanced technology = retarded thinking scenario in health care. She recalled […]

An interview with patient safety leader Dr. Robert Wachter in the New York Times was both encouraging and dismaying. Encouraging because Dr. Wachter gets it right about what the medical system needs to do to make health care safer. Dismaying for some of the shrill and hysterical comments from physicians posted on the NYT blog […]

Although Americans may love to wager on ponies, lotteries, and even church bingo games, they’re getting restive and confused about playing the odds with their health — and doctors need to step up their game a lot to help patients better cope with medical uncertainties. Dhruv Khullar, a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at […]

A New Yorker article by Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon, focused on why McAllen, Texas has higher medical costs than just about anywhere in the country. Dr. Gawande concluded that much of the problem could be traced to the very aggressive, intervention-oriented style of medicine practiced there — all stemming from the fee-for-service payment system […]

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