Doctors, Not Toys, Make People Feel Better
Introducing quality assurance into the American health care system is one of the topmost priorities of the administration's reform plan. To explain just what quality would look like, Big Think spoke with doctor and author Ross Donaldson this morning.
"Outcomes are a very low part of the American system," Ross Donaldson said in his analysis of the current framework.
In an outcomes-based health care system standardized records would track a patient's trajectory from malady to recovery.
Donaldson pinpointed much of the reason we have not fully adopted an outcomes-based system on the incentives-based structure in which medical professionals currently operate. Performance in many hospitals is based on the number of tests and procedures they deliver, not the patient's final bill of health.
Donaldson touted the electronic medical record which he said has an immense potential to bring coherence to the system. Still, he said, there is an over-reliance on technology in the American system.
"We have every last toy that you could potentially have," he said, though we lack a way to fully integrate the toys into the health care superstructure.
The full interview with Dr. Donaldson will be available shortly.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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