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Category Archives: Health Care

GAO Reports – Amtrak, SBA, DOD and VA Health Care

Amtrak: Better Reporting, Planning, and Improved Financial Information Could Enhance Decision Making, GAO-16-67: Published: Jan 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2016. Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-16-134T: Published: Jan 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2016. DOD and VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Appropriate Medication ContinuationContinue Reading

WONDER online databases utilize a rich ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data

CDC WONDER: Information and Communication – “Welcome to CDC WONDER — Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research — an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of publicContinue Reading

FDA is banning unsafe chemicals used in pizza boxes

“The agency says new data show that perfluoroalkyl ethyls, used to keep paper packaging dry (think microwave popcorn bags and sandwich wrappers), may not be safe for food contact. In response to a petition from several advocacy groups (including NRDC), the FDA will ban three specific types of the chemicals.” Food Safety News

We Feel: tracking the mental health of Australia via Twitter and social media

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) [via Data Driven Journalism] “What is We Feel? – We Feel is a project that explores whether social media – specifically Twitter – can provide an accurate, real-time signal of the world’s emotional state. We Feel was designed by and is being provided by the Language and SocialContinue Reading

The Search Engine for Medicine

“At MedNexus [beta] we believe having access to the right medical information can change someone’s life. Exciting new research developments are happening every day but patients (and doctors) are inundated with information and cannot keep up with the latest evidence. MedNexus is a medical search engine for patients – think “Google for Medicine”. Through ourContinue Reading

Study – Police Killings and Police Deaths Are Public Health Data and Can Be Counted

Krieger N, Chen JT, Waterman PD, Kiang MV, Feldman J (2015) Police Killings and Police Deaths Are Public Health Data and Can Be Counted. PLoS Med 12(12): e1001915. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001915 “Summary Points During the past year, the United States has experienced major controversies—and civil unrest—regarding the endemic problem of police violence and police deaths. Although deathsContinue Reading

Gallup – Workplace Health: Benefits Aren’t Enough

Jim Harter – “A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard and Stanford found that the amount of life lost to a stressful work situation varies significantly by race, ethnicity, education level and gender. They found that in some parts of the U.S., those with less education and lower incomes have up to a 30%Continue Reading

Tuberculosis Contact Investigations – United States, 2003–2012

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) January 1, 2016: “Although the number of TB cases in 44 states and Puerto Rico and the percentage of index patients with no contacts elicited declined from 2003 to 2012, the percentage of contacts who were examined did not change, and fewer than half of contacts who receivedContinue Reading

Report – Violations of Health Privacy Law Common Widespread and Unchecked

Research and reporting by ProPublica and NPR: “CVS is among hundreds of health providers nationwide that repeatedly violated the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA between 2011 and 2014, a ProPublica analysis of federal data shows. Other well-known repeat offenders include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente and Walmart. And yet,Continue Reading

Drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014

CDC – “From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths, including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The mostContinue Reading

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Kaiser – Medicare Penalizes 758 Hospitals For Safety Incidents

Kaiser Health News – “The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show. Among the hospitals getting punished for the first time are some well-known institutions, including Stanford Health Care inContinue Reading