Getting Electronic Medical Records Right

Currently, only 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have electronic records systems covering all their clinical units; an additional 7.6% have systems in at least one such hospital unit (Jha et al. 2009).  This low EMR usage rate is astounding, especially since the RAND Corporation found that using EMR could save up to $77 billion annually.  The…

Medical Care for Obese $1400 extra per year

Conventional Wisdom: I can’t believe it!  Obese individuals are causing the collapse of our healthcare system.  According to a report I saw in the AP, obese individuals cost us $1400 more per year in additional medical costs.  Let’s get them on the biggest loser and save our health care system! The question is, does obesity…

Marketplace on Healthcare

This past week, Marketplace has had a great series of posts on health care. These include: Could we solve the healthcare crisis by convincing all hospitals to behave like the Cleveland Clinic? David Goodman of Dartmouth says “If many of these high-cost hospitals started practicing like the Cleveland clinic today, next year they would look…

Oakland’s Creative Revenue Generator

California is known for beautiful beaches, Hollywood, and sublime parks.  In this post, however, I will discuss two other things for which California has recently become famous.   Marijuana.  Here in California, medical marijuana is legal.  Based on my unscientific of pedestrians on a variety of U.S. regions, northern California also has the most lax…

Obama vs. Tanner

President Obama says: “If you like your current health-care plan, you can keep it.” “You will pay less.” “Quality will improve.” Michael Tanner says: You can’t buy any insurance, only “insurance that includes all the benefits government thinks you should have.”  Further, the government plan may dominate the market because the public plan “would be…

The American Forty Years War

The U.S. is currently involved with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but its longest running entanglement is its war on drugs.  Marketplace reports that “the war on drugs, though, has been going on for four decades. Forty years ago today President Nixon asked Congress to create a national anti-drug policy. It became the war on…