The term "double dipping" is commonly used in the context of extortion and other white collar crimes. Less seldom is it seen in regard to pharmacies.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is the largest pharmaceutical company and medical device maker in the world, with drug and equipment sales made across the globe that reap the company billions of dollars in profits annually.
Say that you're a doctor who is concerned about the repercussions of a medical malpractice error -- both in human and economic terms -- and wondering what to do about it.
Although researchers involved with a recently issued report by the American Medical Association (AMA) focusing upon electronic health records (EHRs) say that they take no official position one way or the other on EHRs, their report manifestly indicates a number of wide-ranging problems with the evolving hospital technology.
The ability of scientists or research teams to replicate or otherwise test and evaluate the results of scientific studies authored by other parties is critical for a number of reasons.
"An "anecdotal complaint" (see health IT-specific definition of 'anecdotal' at this link) from a practicing medical informaticist on an EMR system being rapidly rolled out - in a neonatal ICU, where a single slip is an ended life or lifelong crippling injury, and a multimillion dollar lawsuit, in the making..."
The argument made by government attorneys recently in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against the Veterans Administration alleging negligent treatment of infection apparently struck the judge as being patently unpersuasive and clearly unsupported by striking evidence to the contrary.
Federal investigators and a team of independent doctors say that, while the primary reasons for medical facilities' underreporting of medical errors -- including medication errors and hospital-induced infections -- might have changed over the years, the end result is the same: Adverse events are being visited on patients in far too many instances, and medical practice and policy is not being changed to prevent them.
It is no secret to many people who have gone to an emergency room for treatment in the past few years that ERs have become increasingly frantic and busy places.
Here is a bit of decided irony increasingly playing out in American hospitals: In much the same way that too many vitamins or too much exercise can actually be bad for a person, so, too, can too many heart monitors being routinely hooked up to patients bring about unintended medical harm.