MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to make up for the exposure of more than 2,000 patients’ personal information that was hacked from a hospital computer.
The hospital told reporters that a computer repair vendor, who remains unnamed, failed to restore the computer’s security settings after servicing the machine. The computer was later found to have contracted a virus that snagged patient files and sent them to an unknown recipient.
Clinical innovations don’t have to
be complex. Sometimes, as nurse
Karen Sakakeeny has found, an
innovation can be as simple as a hat
(shown here on a doll).
(Courtesy Karen Sakakeeny)
By Tom Ulrich
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Sticks and stones may break Medtronic Inc.’s (NYSE:MDT) bone business, as analysts predict that the growing controversy over the company’s Infuse bone-growth product may lead the medical device giant to shed that arm entirely.
By Lois K. Lee
The use of computed tomography (CT) scans has dramatically changed the practice of medicine in the past two decades. Patients with abdominal pain are no longer routinely admitted for serial abdominal exams to evaluate for appendicitis, because now we can just get the CT. Children with head trauma may need less hospital observation time in the emergency department (ED), because we can just get the CT.
Philips (NYSE:PHG) is revealing a recall it began last month of eight lots of infant and neonatal carbon dioxide sampling lines after learning from their manufacturer, Oridion Systems Ltd., that they may contain hair-like plastic strands that infant patients might inhale.
At a conference in Texas a couple of years ago, I found myself — as at all good national conferences — talking to a colleague from my own institution. As we browsed the poster session, we talked about our respective work.
Eugenia Chan works in the Developmental Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, where I’m an emergency physician and health services researcher. I told Eugenia about The Online Advocate, a Web-based system I’d been developing for the past eight years. It screens patients and families for health-related social problems, provides feedback and helps them find services in their area that can assist them.
By Eugenia Chan
This is how it used to be when I saw a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: “You know, Dr. Chan, I really don’t think the medicine’s working,” the parent would tell me. “I just don’t see any difference in his behavior.”
“Well, the medicine has probably worn off by the time you see him at home,” I’d say. “What does his teacher think?”
“She hasn’t called me, so I assume there hasn’t been any trouble.” Then: “Oh — I was supposed to give her that questionnaire to fill out, wasn’t I? I’m so sorry, I totally forgot.”