Friday, October 13, 2006

New Blogs Adding to the Discussion

I just wanted to note a few newish blogs that have been discussing some issues of possible interest to Health Care Renewal readers. I will be soon adding them to our blog-roll. Here they are in alphabetical order.

The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News seems to be doing what the title suggests. Some interesting recent posts include a counterpoint to Tyler Cowen's praise for innovation in the US health care system (sorry, Tyler), and some interesting discussions of health care quality issues.

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look has been taking a fresh and skeptical look at what has been going on in this particularly embattled area of health care. See in particular recent posts on whether atypical anti-psychotic drugs work for Alzheimer's disease, an ironic follow-up on the Blumsohn - Procter & Gamble - Sheffield University case, and the new BMJ article suggesting how industry funded meta-analyses may be biased.

Running a Hospital focusses on, surprise, hospital issues. What really is a surprise is the identity of the blogger, Paul Levy, the CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. I have to tip my figurative hat to a hospital system CEO with the courage to blog with comments enabled. Furthermore, Mr Levy is willing to take on some controversial issues, and to do so without lapsing into health care management-speak. (See in particular his post on concierge medical practices.) Let's see if any other CEOs of large health care organizations will follow his lead.