Best Holiday Wishes

November 25, 2009
Jill Taylot

I'd like to send warm wishes out to everyone at the beginning of this holiday season. Enjoy a warm meal, savor a bit of time at home with loved ones, and trade hugs with children outside of the pediatric office, where they are actually happy to see you.

Money Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Healthcare Costs So Much

As November draws to a close, I also want to remind you that you can watch the documentary, Money Driven Medicine, free online by streaming video until the end of the month. The film is based on Maggie Maher’s book, , and no matter what side of the political fence you sit on regarding healthcare reform, it brings up some bottom line points for consideration.

Online communities are buzzing over the recent Harvard study that suggests the claims that IT investment will improve the quality of healthcare or reduce the cost is unrealistic. As one who has spent time in the IT industry, I feel comfortable saying that unless processes are improved along with IT implementation, there won’t be much bang for the buck. This is important, as we appear to be headed toward more significant investment in health IT, with an upcoming release of $80 million in grants by the HHS.

Hand sanitizers are probably at a premium among consumers traveling to visit family over the holidays. Amid the furor over the recently published USPSTF recommendations regarding mammography (if you’re interested, you can read the ACP rebuttal online, we are still getting news about H1N1.

A study by researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, has identified asthma as a significant risk factor for severe disease in children with pandemic swine flu as compared with children infected with seasonal flu, and a multitude of media outlets have picked up the story on Tamiflu resistant swine flu.

We’ll see next week if the poor economy is enough to discourage people from the annual holiday trek to Grandma’s house. If not, it will be interesting to see what happens with respect to status of swine flu in the US as we head into the colder months.

I’d like to send warm wishes out to everyone at the beginning of this holiday season. Enjoy a warm meal, savor a bit of time at home with loved ones, and trade hugs with children outside of the pediatric office, where they are actually happy to see you.