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Comment "...neat statistics" (Score 1) 698

I agree it's pretty neat, but do they have this data in a more readable form? As in one, that doesn't have a million cartoon images interspersed with one sentence? I don't mean to be a crank, but I found it difficult to read. Even more so than the regular site!

Comment Re:So the good questions were ignored. (Score 1) 557

You do realize that new accounts don't get mod points right away, right? That's to prevent exactly what you're describing. I would wager most of the modding up or down was done by relatively established slashdotters with sufficient karma.

(scroll up to "Who")

Comment Re:What is the editor doing? (Score 1) 99

... portion of her skull and it with a 3d printed ...

Slashdot editors not doing their job again?

And what happened to the submission regarding the Chattanooga shooting?

Censorship raising its ugly head in Slashdot??

Take a chill pill, you anonymous cranks! This is a tech-oriented website. Having a 3D printed titanium skull transplanted into a living human is completely appropriate for slashdot. You know what really is off-topic for /.? The Chattanooga shooting. What does that have to do with tech, computers, the internet, etc? Sure, it's news and it's tragic, but not really within the scope of this site. Not that it's stopped other random articles from showing up of course....

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 4, Interesting) 654

Or if public transpo even goes to places you need to go. I don't want to walk 40 minutes to the grocery store only to walk 40 min back to the stop (and then waiting 20 min at each stop while transfer).

That said, I already take public transportation >5x days a week, exactly because it is convenient for me.

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 5, Insightful) 431

I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but I'm going to guess... his parents?

I agree with others, that while he might have technically broken the law, there was no real moral rule/law/whatever to break. He was essentially sifting through garbage. Yes, we can quibble over the legal definition of garbage, but the building was abandoned. This is almost a non-story to me. Kid likes science and wants to go ChemE. He starts experimenting on his own and gets nabbed while scavenging for parts. Police investigate (as they should), and find no threat. The end. BFD.

Comment Re:Messy IEEE article (Score 1) 64

Yeah, the cost of prostate biopsies should go down somewhat. As a specialty, Pathology has gotten whacked in recent years on reimbursement rates. The current rule for reimbursements on prostate biopsies was finalized in Jan for 2015. I posted a link, but you may need to agree to TOS, etc. If so, look up code G0416 which is for prostate biopsies of any amount. Medical billing is a cryptic and mysterious art and I'm (thankfully?) shielded from that, but as near as I can tell it's going to cost somewhere between $200-$500, plus whatever the surgeon charges (code 55700?), etc.

Comment Re:Economic value (Score 1) 191

You clearly have a different idea of what economic value means versus hospital admins and department chairs. Look up the concept of RVU's and you'll see why coming in to work, no matter what, will continue (because it is economically incentivized). Only a TREMENDOUS amount of social change will overcome that.

Check out this thread...

Yes, I'm a physician in real life and yes, this mentality disgusts me.

Comment Re:Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus (Score 2, Insightful) 532

IAAP (I am a physician, and a pathologist at that!). In TFA, she notes that the pathology was only marginally more informative by including electron microscopy and immunofluorescent study. I'm not sure what more she's expecting. There's a reason why medical school is 4 years, residency is 3-4 years, and fellowship is another 1-2 years (after 4 years of college for most US citizens). This stuff IS hard, and yes it actually does require a graduate degree. In this specific instance, should the bill explain that it's the standard of care to get EM and IF tests on medical kidney biopsies? Should the bill explain what those tests are? Maybe, but I've never seen a mechanic's bill that explained why part A was used and what that part is normally used for, or how often it's used/replaced. I've never seen any bill that really explained what stuff was for. It's going to be hard for most people to fully understand a medical bill, no matter how clear and un-obfuscated it is.

For medical billing, people are obviously more interested and vested in what's happening, but a lot of the times, the situation is going to be complicated. I don't know what the solution to that is, other than paying physicians for their time (instead of unnecessary procedures and tests) to explain things more clearly.

Comment Re:Damn... (Score 1) 494

Well, Indira Gandhi, India's woman PM, was also assassinated. Although she apparently was pretty ruthless (and lacking insight) when she supremely pissed off her own bodyguards (who did the assassinating). Apples and oranges, I know, but Pakistan certainly doesn't have a monopoly on killing women in power.

Comment Re:Why store the patient's Age instead of Birth Da (Score 1) 184

What doctors have you been talking to? Doctors definitely DO NOT like entering text. If they are typing out pages and pages of stuff, hopefully it's because that is relevant information.

That said, I think the summary is talking about when physicians copy and paste histories from one note into the next. The history and presentation probably hasn't changed, so why type it all out again? Just copy and paste! However, then you run into the problem when the history starts off with "Mr Slashdot is a 36 year old man with herpes, etc etc". Then the patient seemingly doesn't age according to the text, but they obviously are in the structured data portion of the EMR... This copy and paste also leads to propagation of errors. I once saw a chart where a patient had received 2 bone marrow transplants in the past (not unheard of). I went back through the chart to find out when those were and what the complications were, and it turns out someone had a made a typo years before and it had continued, not just in one department, but other departments were copying and pasting the same error in their notes too! Madness...

Comment Re:Usability metrics, anyone? (Score 2) 184

I also spend a good deal of time combing through charts and it IS infuriating! I got some reports from another hospital one time, and except for the envelope in which it came, there was no way to tell where care was being given, just from the notes/reports alone. No letterhead, logo, institution name or anything. There doesn't seem to be a regulation, rule, or best practices scheme for what information should be included in every note, report, chart, result. IMHO, every page printed out should have the patient's name, DOB, MRN, page numbers (the lack of which has caused me a headache or two), and a clear designation of where this note came from: institution, department, service, attending physician, and type of document (H&P, progress note, lab result, etc).

Anything cut to length will be too short.