Digital Health, Medical Research and Physician Incompetence
A recent issue of The Boston Globe included an interesting juxtaposition of three medical-related articles that combined to paint an unintended picture of what plagues our deeply dysfunctional healthcare system.
In no particular order, these addressed…
A digital health revolution that hopes to create operational efficiencies in a healthcare system with a 51% record for efficiency. It must also, according to the physician authors of this op-ed, be expanded to “generate profound new treatments”;
Federal research cutbacks that could cost Massachusetts 5% of its medical research jobs. This is the result of our Washington politicians opting to allow the budget sequestration process to take effect and impose across-the-board budget cuts across many federal agencies; and
The failure of the state’s medical licensing board to make good on its promise to post more public information online about “Doctors charged with a crime or who have a history of negligent care”.