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    • The Latest Threat to Your Health: Cyber Attacks

      The Latest Threat to Your Health: Cyber Attacks

      Last February, a small Southern California Hospital in a sleepy art deco neighborhood found itself under a full-scale attack that brought all semblances of health care to a standstill. While the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI were sought […]

    • How Public Views Could Be Changing Liability Laws

      How Public Views Could Be Changing Liability Laws

      When an individual is injured in the process of medical treatment and suspects medical malpractice, he or she has the right to hold all responsible parties accountable for any negligence—including the hospital. That is, unless the treating physician is an […]

    • What Are Medical Malpractice Caps Really Costing Us?

      What Are Medical Malpractice Caps Really Costing Us?

      In a recent post, I explored the constitutionality of medical malpractice damage caps after Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Charlotte County ruled against limits on non-economic damages in October. Across the state in Broward County, a similar ruling is […]

    • An Unhealthy Habit: Using Phone Apps for Medical Advice

      An Unhealthy Habit: Using Phone Apps for Medical Advice

      According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are currently more than 165,000 health apps out there for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. While some are simply either a coach or a convenience—think fitness trackers, runner’s logs or […]

    • Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      According to some of the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on hospital acquired-infections, approximately 650,000 people picked up a bacteria or virus after being admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2011—of those, 75,000 died. […]

    • Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      For many of us, the traditional four-day weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving in the U.S. brings about more than turkey leftovers, football watching and afternoon naps. It’s also when many states begin a long-running campaign to halt the practice of holiday […]

    • Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Earlier this month the Leapfrog Group, a leading advocate for hospital transparency, released its Fall 2016 safety grades on 2,633 hospitals across the Nation. For some, the results were surprising, as the rankings didn’t necessarily correspond with regions known, or […]

    • Is Raising Resident Hours the Right Thing to Do?

      Is Raising Resident Hours the Right Thing to Do?

      It was March 4, 1984 and a young college freshman was admitted to New York Hospital suffering from fever, chills and an unexplained flailing of her arms and legs. While she had a history of drug use and depression, hospital […]

    • Learning a Lesson When It Comes to School Bus Safety

      Learning a Lesson When It Comes to School Bus Safety

      On Tuesday, November 1st, a school bus in Baltimore, Maryland was en route to pick up its first charge of classroom-bound children when it collided with a car, ricocheted off a structural element on the right side of the road […]

    • Medical Malpractice Caps Under Scrutiny

      Medical Malpractice Caps Under Scrutiny

      Last week, Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Charlotte County declared limits on “noneconomic” damages in medical malpractice suits to be unconstitutional. In their decision, the court cited another appeals court case in Broward County that declared such statutory […]