Tag: bioethics

Blog Posts (73)

June 30, 2014

The Oz Effect

My wife remembers when Dr.  Oz was just a handsome and engaging cardiac surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She graduated from Columbia P&S the same year Mehmet Oz appeared on Oprah and began his journey to being a household name. Dr. Oz has become so popular and pervasive that any “health supplement” he endorses on his show sees a huge boost in sales: the... // Read More »
June 29, 2014

Jimmy Savile and the Hospitals

This week, a report released by the British government details sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and its relationship to NHS hospitals.  Remarkably, the blockbuster entertainer went decades escaping investigation.  Even in his later years when he faced some scrutiny, Savile was never prosecuted for any crime.  However, in the three years since his death in 2011 at the age of 84, a ghastly picture of... // Read More »
June 28, 2014

Objectifying Patients, Roboticizing Physicians

One of the things I have always enjoyed about teaching is the fact that in the process of doing so, I, too, learn. Concepts that are vaguely understood become clear; relationships between circumstances and events become more well-defined. That was true again as I recently led a workshop on Transitions in Clinical Medicine for CBHD’s summer conference, where it became apparent that the primary experiential... // Read More »
June 27, 2014

Big brother is a health care provider

Big brother may be watching you — no, not the one you’re thinking of, but one a lot closer to you: your local hospital or health care system. Some hospital systems are now obtaining credit card transaction data about local populations, plugging the data into algorithms that identify those people most likely to get sick, then trying to intervene to prevent them from getting sick... // Read More »
June 27, 2014

Have your Clergy complete the CBHD’s Pastors and Bioethics Survey

If you weren’t already aware, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity is running an online survey of what pastors know/think about bioethics.  This has not been done before, and looks like a really cool idea. We all know that our pastors are overburdened, and I understand that the survey does take 15-20 minutes, but it sounds like a good use of time.  CBHD plans... // Read More »
June 25, 2014

Enduring Issues in Bioethics

I spent several days last week at the CBHD summer conference. It was titled “Bioethics in Transition”, but one of the things that impacted me the most was the first plenary address by Gilbert Meilaender that focused on some of the underlying concerns of bioethics that have remained the same while new issues have emerged and old issues have changed with the advance of medical... // Read More »
June 24, 2014

Resurrection Weekend

She’s dead, I thought. Her tiny body rested in my hands, which applied rapid rhythmic pressure. Around her in the delivery room was a growing crowd, moving deliberately and just below a hectic threshold, working through the well-known steps for newborn resuscitation. With less than steady hands I did my part, and somehow the team accomplished each critical intervention—intubation, epinephrine, umbilical vein catheter placement, and... // Read More »
June 22, 2014

The Fountain of Youth

 “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Two weeks ago, family physician Joe Gibes wrote on the shaky medical footing of low testosterone treatment.  This week, Brian Williams reported on the NBC Nightly News that the FDA has issued warnings about thrombotic events... // Read More »
June 20, 2014

Meaningful Use and Justice

As part of the 2009 economic stimulus bill, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Among other things, this act sought to increase the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) by providing financial incentives to adopters of certified EHRs who met certain benchmarks by a certain timeline. These benchmarks are known as “Meaningful Use.” To receive the financial incentives... // Read More »
June 19, 2014

Values and Covenants

As has been noted several times on this blog, there is much current discussion of what constitutes “value” in medical/health care.  This is not surprising given the concerns about how much (one-sixth) of the US’s overall economic output is spent on doctors, hospitals, drugs, imaging tests, etc. in the name of getting and keeping Americans well.   One might pause to ask how the language of... // Read More »