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Read the Krasnoff Blog at Krasnoff Quality Management Institute. KQMI is a leader in health care quality improvement. The Krasnoff Institute is pleased to offer the Krasnoff Blog, where Dr. Dlugacz and other KQMI professionals have a voice in addressing policies, reforms and issues currently affecting healthcare organizations and the patients they treat.

Why Do Health Disparities Matter?

First, let’s understand what we are talking about when we talk about disparities in health and health care. They’re different. Disparities in health refers to illnesses that one population group has when compared to another. Sickle cell anemia, for example, is thought to be more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians. Health care disparities refers… Read more »

Understanding Telemedicine

It seems like everyone’s talking about telemedicine these days. And why not?  Technology is taking over many industries and services.  Why not medicine?  Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services using telecommunications technology.  It was developed to help make medical care more accessible, especially to patients living in remote rural areas, and… Read more »

Is Your Consent Really Informed?

Informed consent is based on the moral and legal principle that you, as the patient, are in control of the decisions you make about your health care and that you have the right to make decisions about medical interventions, such as tests or treatments. If consent is not obtained before a test or procedure, it… Read more »

Does It Make A Difference If Your Doctor Is A Woman Or A Man?

Many people, when considering a doctor, evaluate whether or not the doctor accepts the insurance the patient has, or perhaps considers his or her credentials, education, certifications, hospital affiliations, convenience of the office, and so on, but a new study, just published in JAMA Internal Medicine (JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):206-213. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7875) suggests there is another… Read more »

Why Hack Health Care Data?

In the last few years, millions of health care records have been hacked by cybercriminals, the most recent target (December, 2016) was the lab, Quest Diagnostics, which had 34,000 patient records stolen. Anthem (an insurer) had tens of millions of records stolen from a database that had not been encrypted. Once these records are stolen,… Read more »

Good News: Dementia Rates are Dropping

No one expected to find in a large national study (JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 21, 2016) that dementia rates are dropping.  Dementia involves a decline in memory and other cognitive functions, usually accompanied by a lack of independent function.  (Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.)  The results are surprising because dementia is… Read more »

The War On Bugs: The Problem of Antimicrobial Resistance

At their September 2016 meeting, the United Nations pledged to address the world-wide problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), resulting in infections that are resistant to medication. AMR refers to bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that develop resistance to medications that previously could cure conditions they cause, such as MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus…. Read more »

Let Us Know Your Thoughts — Whose Lives Matter Most?

Physicians face ethical and moral dilemmas every day, and with almost no guidance as to the basis for making difficult decisions. For example, if a natural disaster such as a hurricane overloads a local hospital with patients, whose lives should be saved first?  Some people suggest the patients who are the most critically ill; others… Read more »

Can a Hospital Really Be TOO Careful?

Do you want your medical care to be extremely cautious? Even if it might involve radiological scans and other tests that seem excessive or unnecessary?  Are we all being given too many tests because hospitals and doctors are afraid of missing something?  If you were a patient, wouldn’t you prefer to have an infection identified… Read more »

Why Do Some People Live Longer than Others?

Doesn’t it seem entirely obvious that if you are rich, you can assume you’ll live longer than if you are poor? And indeed the rich (top 1% of income) in the US live longer than the poor (bottom 1% of income), men by 14 years longer and women, 10.  That’s a big difference to account… Read more »

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