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12/05/2018

Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum 2019 Conference – Promoting Health or Creating Chaos? The Ethical Implications of Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare

The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum (CHEF) 2019 conference will be April 11-12, 2019, at the Stonebrook Event Center in Thornton, Colorado. The title is "Promoting Health or Creating Chaos? The Ethical Implications of Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare."

CHEF is committed to promoting ethical practice and collaboration by providing education and resources for clinicians, ethicists, educators, administrators, community members, and all who have an interest in the ethical dimensions of healthcare. 

This year’s conference will examine disruptive innovations in healthcare and bioethics. Webster’s dictionary defines disruptive as, “to throw into disorder” or “to interrupt the normal course or unity of…” In other words, do disruptive technologies, practices, and policy-oriented innovations in healthcare contribute more to promoting health or creating chaos in the lives of patients, loved ones, and caregivers?


Topics for conference presentations can include: discipline-specific issues in nursing, palliative care, hospice, spiritual care, and social work; technological advances such as those in surgical, genetic, and pharmaceutical industries; national, state, and hospital health policy; economic innovations in insurance and indigent care; strategies to address upstream economic drivers of healthcare funding; and the electronic medical record. Speakers are encouraged to consider both helpful and harmful dimensions of innovations in healthcare and provide insights for dealing with chaos at both bedside and structural levels of care.

CHEF hopes to learn with and from you about creative approaches, promising practices, and other work responding to the structural issues of 21st century healthcare. We are particularly interested in practical presentations that provide diverse responses to disruptive innovations that trickle down to the bedside to create more chaos than health, more moral distress than resolution.



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12/04/2018

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2019 Annual Conference: Deeply Rooted: Healthcare Ethics in an Era of Change

Join me at Emory University on March 22-23, 2019 for Georgia's Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2019 Annual Conference: Deeply Rooted: Healthcare Ethics in an Era of Change.

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12/03/2018

Brain Death Challenges – Podcast

One of the most fundamental questions that a doctor may be asked to answer is the following:  Is this man or is that woman dead? The wonderful Accad & Koka Report podcast has covered brain death twice in the past few weeks.

Episode 45 (11-22-18)
Fred Rincon, MD, who is a Assistant Professor of Neurology at Jefferson University Medical Center in Philadelphia.
We revisit the question of brain death, this time with a more practical focus. What should doctors tell families of patients who fulfill neurological criteria for brain death? 

Episode 35 (10/11/18)
D. Alan Shewmon, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA. 
His work, comprising decades of well-documented clinical observations and reflections, is now known as “Shewmon’s challenge,” a compelling rebuke to the principal arguments put forth to defend the concept of brain death.

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12/02/2018

10th International Shared Decision Making Conference

Join me at the 10th International Shared Decision Making Conference in Quebec City, Canada, from July 7-10 2019. This conference is a unique chance to discuss best strategies for involving patients in shared decision-making research so that it be...

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12/01/2018

Third International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice (ICEL3)

Join me at the Third International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice (ICEL3). This is one of the best conferences anywhere in the world focused on these issues.

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11/30/2018

Allocating Organs – the US Approach (podcast)

Here is a podcast of a presentation that I did this summer for the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.  Check out the other podcasts including those from the same session "Rationing responsibly in an age of austerity."

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11/29/2018

Avoid Late Stage Dementia with Advance VSED – Rodney Syme

This is a brief excerpt from "The Truth about End of Live Choices." Here, Rodney Syme recommends using an advance directive declining spoon feeding as a way to avoid late stage dementia. I outlined the same approach in a recent video for the Hemlock So...

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11/29/2018

End of Life Choices that Permit a Patient Hastened Death – Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

This is a particularly good video by Judith Schwarz (End of Life Choices New York Clinical Director) and David Hoffman (a lawyer and lecturer in Bioethics at Columbia University). They focus on the nature and legality of Voluntarily Stopping Eatin...

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11/28/2018

California Court of Appeal Rejects Constitutional Challenge to End of Life Options Act

On Tuesday, the California Court of Appeal rejected a constitutional challenge to the California End of Options Act. As expected, given its earlier tentative opinion, the court reversed the Riverside Superior Court. Medical aid in dying in Califo...

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11/27/2018

Make Your "Death Plan" in Writing AND on Video

Sarah Silverman offers some wisdom mixed with humor on the cost of aging and prepping for her father’s death.


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