Archive | September, 2008

The Color-Coded Wristband Saga

Last week’s New York Times front-page piece on colored wristbands highlighted an issue I’ve been fretting about for years. We can achieve consensus on a $700B bailout in 3 days (well, perhaps not), but can’t agree on what color a DNR wristband should be? Wow. My interest in this subject began with a remarkable case […]

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Big Brother Arrives: Monitoring Patient Safety Compliance By Remote Video

Today came the announcement that Suzanne Delbanco, founding director of the Leapfrog Group, has assumed the presidency of a company that tracks compliance with safety and quality practices via remote video. Big Brother, meet the Joint Commission. The report, in today’s Modern Healthcare, describes the process this way: Video auditing refers to a system in […]

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Why the Medical Record Needs to Become More Like Facebook

The explosive growth of Facebook and MySpace illustrates the market for electronic tools to enhance communication and collaboration. Could there possibly be another workplace more in need of social networking tools than the modern hospital? If you are not familiar with Facebook, find yourself a teenager and take a look over his shoulder while he […]

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The Latest JibJab Campaign Satire

My Olympics addiction has been replaced by “All Conventions, All The Time.” If you’re a politics junkie like me, you’ll love the latest hilarious campaign satire from the folks at JibJab, the ones who brought you the groundbreaking “This Land” knee-slapper in 2004. Check out the face on the guy who gets goosed by the […]

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