A new tool called “Surgeon Scorecard” has been developed and just made available by the not-for-profit consumer advocacy organization ProPublica. What this tool does is it allows anyone to look at the adjusted complication rates associated with eight different types of common surgical procedure carried (more…)

A must read for all concerned with rising healthcare cost is Atul Gawande’s article in the May 11th New Yorker, “Overkill”. In this lengthy but readable review, Dr Gawande, a surgeon at The Brigham and Woman’s Hospital discusses how “an avalanche of unnecessary medical care (more…)



Although a significant number of medical and technology researchers see smartphones as “health’s next frontier” — and they may well be right — to date we have limited data that allow us to make declarative statements about the value of the health apps people are (more…)

I don’t know him personally, but Fred Pelzman has struck me for a while as a sensible, patient-oriented primary care physician who understands the profound difference between practicing medicine and providing “care” to his patients while dealing with the expanding range of administrative “hoopla” that (more…)

An op-ed in today’s New York Times by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman (two physicians at Harvard Medical School) is entitled “How medical care is being corrupted.” The authors basically suggest the following: That financial drivers are starting to undermine both quality of care and (more…)

A slide set posted last week on the Medscape web site provides an interesting update on new and “soon to be new” wireless devices, apps, and services that the authors consider to be of significant or potentially significant value in oversight and management of a (more…)