Small Business Blogging

The N.Y. Times has an interesting piece (“…Low-Cost, High Return Marketing“) on small business bloggers. It concludes that consultants are the mostly likely bloggers.  Aliza Sherman Risdahl, author of The Everything Blogging Book, comments that “They [consultants] are experts in their fields and are in the business of telling people what to do.â€?  A member…

GoozNews on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Merrill Goozner has a very interesting 4 part series on the pharmaceutical industry.  Goozner talks of the inordinate amount of spending on pharmaceutical R&D yet notices a decrease in truly beneficial medicines.  Pharmaceutical firms focus on trying to produce mass-market, blockbuster drugs for markets such as acid indigestion, headaches, and depression, but many of these…

Tyranny of the gift

The Sunday New York Times had an interesting article (“Disparately seeking a kidney“) on kidney transplantation. The author, a kidney recipient, suggests the following: “Altruism is a beautiful virtue, but it has fallen painfully short of its goal. We must be bold and experiment with offering prospective donors other incentives for giving, not necessarily payment…

EMR: Promise and Problems

Implementing electronic medical records (EMR) have been elevated to a top priority by healthcare policymakers. Using EMR, medical providers may be able to improve quality and better detect adverse events. One way to improve quality with EMR is chart abstraction. After a physician-patient encounter, the doctor can review the medical chart to see if he…

The Government still dominates the U.S.’s supposed ‘private’ health care system

A very interesting article in the L.A. Times (“Defining government’s role in healthcare“) points out the following: Though many Americans may not realize it, government is already the dominant player in healthcare, with federal and state expenditures accounting for 47% of the projected $2.3 trillion the nation will spend this year. Indeed, many private insurers…