Month: August 2016

News Brief: New Corporate Governance Guidelines

Summer 2016 has been the summer of guidelines: our blog has already featured new guidelines about ransomware from the US Department of Health and Human Services and about telemedicine from the American Medical Association. And now, one more: in July, top corporate leaders issued a set of principles for good corporate governance of public companies. Spearheaded by a group of CEOs that includes Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, and Mary Barra of General Motors, the principles are intended to help protect the future of public companies while promoting the public’s trust in them. Some...

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Article of the Week: Can Kindness Cure Us?

How important is kindness to a patient’s recovery? This opinion piece examines the evidence linking doctors’ empathy to their patients’ outcomes. Perhaps not surprisingly, the evidence is weak; but that doesn’t mean that kindness isn’t still important. Meanwhile, on the legal side of the issue, it’s been found that doctors who sincerely apologize for mistakes are less likely to be sued for malpractice. You can read the article here: The Washington Post: “We all want our doctors to be kind. But does kindness actually help us get...

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News Brief: AMA Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine

Earlier this summer, the American Medical Association finally approved a set of ethical guidelines for doctors engaging in telemedicine. The guidelines, more than three years in the making, signal the AMA’s recognition of the newest model of healthcare delivery. But they also emphasize that technology must always take a back seat to a physician’s ethical responsibilities. The growth of telemedicine, whereby a face-to-face physician consultation is replaced by an interaction via technology, presents a number of practical and ethical challenges for the practice of medicine. Practically speaking, many of the new health technologies being offered are of dubious efficacy;...

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Article of the Week: 5 Myths About HIPAA

Poor HIPAA: it’s frequently maligned and often misunderstood. (See our  article about a gap in HIPAA coverage as one example of the confusion.) This Washington Post article breaks down five myths about HIPAA and patient medical privacy. The Washington Post: Five Myths About Patient...

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