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Former Procter & Gamble CEO Tapped as New VA Secretary

Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble CEO, is unanimously confirmed as the new VA secretary.

Many health-IT success stories to note

National coordinator for health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, publishes a response to an earlier Boston Globe article which reported that rushed EHR implementations are introducing new, sometimes serious, patient safety risks into care delivery.

Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs

The Institute of Medicine publishes a report analyzing what value taxpayers get from the $15 billion in annual funding that is provided to pay for medical student residencies. The report concludes that the investment is warranted, but that improvements, including more transparency and accountability, are needed.

Medical identity theft can threaten health as well as bank account

CBSNews reports that medical identity theft has become the low hanging fruit of

the criminal underworld because the security protections that banks and credit card companies have put in place to protect consumer data have not yet reached healthcare infrastructures.

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  1. Sad. In Karen De Salvo’s response to the Boston paper for highlighting the problems with EHR, she cited a “a proposed plan that would include the creation of a health IT safety center, which would assist in the voluntary reporting of health IT-related medical errors.”

    Really? The billions haven’t been enough to get it done right huh? What would lead anyone to believe that more would make a difference?

  2. @Karen_DeSalvo I am not aware of any evidence that EHRs have improved outcomes or reduced costs. And that does not include the $billions being spent on the devices and the consultants. Where is the beef, Karen?

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