Posted 12/19/11 on Not Running A Hospital
Medscape Today has an article featuring “The Most Significant Medical Advances and Events in 2011.” The list includes things like some FDA drug warnings; the fact that the Supreme Court will review the health care reform law; some finding about cellular phone use and brain activity; withdrawal of propoxyphene from the market; and new listings of top hospitals.
To which I say, “Bah, humbug!” Most of the things mentioned have had and will have little or no impact on you, me, our relatives and friends as we seek to get care or avoid care.
What are the most significant advances and events? They are the ones that have occurred by communities, patients, and clinicians in their home towns or their home regions that demonstrate the potential for real improvement in clinical care. These are the ones that save lives now. These are the ones that empower patients to be true partners with their caregivers and vice versa. These are the ones that have nothing to do whatsoever with government mandates, accreditation actions, and the like.