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Looking into the Future: Without Fear or Favor

Like many industries, healthcare is riddled with group think and “trends” that don’t materialize. Billions of dollars and, more important, irreplaceably scarce professional and managerial time and effort are wasted chasing opportunities that are really not opportunities at all. Jeff Goldsmith is a powerful antidote to group think. No-one can predict the future with unerring accuracy. But with more than thirty years of experience spanning all the major sectors of the health field, Jeff can help sort the trivial from the significant, and explain in English where the real opportunities and challenges lie- without fear or favor.

Jeff Goldsmith

Health Futures was founded in 1982 by Jeff Goldsmith. Jeff Goldsmith is one of the nation's foremost health industry analysts, specializing in corporate strategy, trend analysis, health policy and emerging technologies. He has worked across the health system- hospitals, health plans, physician groups, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health manufacturing and distribution sectors- advising senior management and Boards. Health Futures also helps guide venture and private equity investment in emerging technologies. Jeff Goldsmith writes and lectures actively on health policy, financing and technology, both in the United States and overseas. You can find an active archive of his writings and topics in this site.

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"No Protocols"

With news of a second nurse at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital has contracted Ebola from their now-deceased Liberian patient, it is possible that shoddy infection control practices potentially exposed dozens of their colleagues to the disease: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=151&sid=31962152&title=dallas-nurses-cite-sloppy-conditions-in-ebola-care

This is a sad and terrifying article, the result of a press conference called by the National Nurses Union, based on their interviews with direct caregivers.  The NNU does not represent the nurses at Presbyterian (but perhaps would like to).  If their  allegations prove out,  there will be other workers infected from contact with this single patient, and a widening circle of worry.    

If this article is accurate, Presbyterian is not the only facility in the country that would have had issues with this patient.  Many American hospitals would have had a similar experience, given that general infection control is still highly inconsistent from institution to institution and even from unit to unit inside individual hospitals .  

Infection control isn’t rocket science. Protecting patients and workers is no more or less complex than having detailed rules for handling infectious materials and patients that are followed RELIGIOUSLY, and a non-punitive culture that protects the vulnerable from potential lapses.  

Yet hospitals are high pressure places where consistency is sometimes sacrificed for simply getting the job done.  If the industry doesn’t get its act together, it’s entirely possible that we have dozens  of avoidable deaths in the U.S. from this nightmare virus.   

Date: 10.15.14   Time: 01:11 PM

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