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  • First, Do No Harm

    The Latin “Primum non nocere”, which translates to “first, do no harm”, has been a guiding principle for physicians since the beginning of time. It means that whatever the intervention or procedure, the patient’s well-being is the primary consideration. Although this phase is not in the Hippocratic Oath which nearly 100% of physicians swear to on graduation from ...
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  • Teaching 'New Dogs' New Tricks

    Most leaders in health care today know that physicians are the significant driver of the quality and costs associated with medical care. Because today payment reform is being driven by the value equation, the traditional roles providers have played in the past must be transformed. These transformations are requiring changes in practice style and focus, which many of the older physicians are ...
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  • Medical Devices: Healthcare's Heroes and Enemies

    Recently I was asked to present at the annual meeting of the MDMA – The Medical Device Management Association. The program committee requested that I speak about the most significant changes over the last five years and what I am forecasting for the next five years. In addition, they indicated the audience of device inventors, investors, and regulators from CMS and the FDA, would be ...
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  • The Opioid Crisis: The Physician's Role

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Chef Medical Correspondent for CNN, recently wrote that overdoses are the most common cause of preventable deaths in America today. In addition, the 2016 presidential primaries have highlighted states where opioid addiction and related deaths are their governments’ number one concern. Although drug dealers are part of the problem, we are reminded that doctors have ...
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  • The Knowledge Worker in Healthcare

    Question: Are nurses being educated and treated as knowledge workers? Background: As early as the 1950’s, Peter Drucker identified numerous challenges and opportunities related to the growth in knowledge work and knowledge workers. In Drucker’s 1973 book Management he stated, “Managing knowledge work and knowledge workers will require exceptional imagination, exceptional courage, ...
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