Data 1.0 was about paper. Data 2.0 was digitization. Data 3.0 looks to change the relationship between man and machine. What would you be willing to give to live 5 years longer in good health? How about your facebook account data or your buying history? If not for you, how about for your elderly parent, or sick child. The future is a balance between privacy concerns and better health. Ultimately you may have to give to get.
Dogs die with dignity. Why can’t we?
Dr. David Shulkin is the former Secretary of the VA. He took the role to make a difference for veterans. Approved by the Senate 100-0, he became the target of presidential appointees for not innovating fast enough. He was later fired by tweet. He is now the author of a book, It Should Be This Hard To Serve Your Country. My hope is that we can all learn from his courage.
[podcast] Richard Gunderman is a physician with a deep interest and expertise in the humanistic aspects of healthcare. He discusses some of the challenges and opportunities to recapture our sense of professionalism.
[podcast] In part 1 Sr. McBride discussed being ex-communicated for her role in allowing an abortion to save the life of a mother. Part 2 reviews her views of end of life. The Catholic Church holds all life is sacred. However, with all our tools to prolong life, modern medicine can test this tenet. Sr. McBride talks about how she works to bring her core values to the bedside as a Nun and hospital administrator.
[podcast]While serving on the hospital ethics committee in 2009, Sr. Margaret encountered a young mother of four, 11 weeks pregnant, presented in extremis due to pre-existing pulmonary hypertension the medical experts involved felt the woman would die if the pregnancy wasn’t terminated within 48 hours. Further, she was too sick to transfer to another facility. Faced with two deaths, mother and child, or one, Sister Margaret, with the rest of the ethics committee, voted to abort the fetus in accordance with the mother’s wishes. Based on this decision, Bishop Thomas Olmsted ex-communicated Sister Margaret. In addition, the bishop required the sister to resign her position as a mission leader and mandated education for others so that a similar event did not happen again. The bishop saw the decision as black and white. If it was God’s will for both mother and child to die, so be it.