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Monday, March 26, 2007

In case you missed it: ER waits, facing insurance changes, user-innovators, BU prof. not UF pick

Receiving care in a Massachusetts hospital emergency room takes two-and-a-half to three hours on average. But patients typically spend four to five hours in the ERs of several large Boston teaching hospitals before being discharged. And for more than 80,000 people during one year, their visit took upward of eight hours, according to a report commissioned by the Globe.

When the new health insurance rules kick in this summer, some people will get better medical care. Others tell the Globe the coverage will come at too high a price.

Dr. Nathaniel Sims, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his 10 patents for medical devices fit the model of user-innovator described by Eric von Hippel, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in a Saturday New York Times story.

Dr. Dennis Choi, a professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at Boston University, was one of four finalists to become dean of University of Florida's School of Medicine. The school chose Dr. Bruce Kone, chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, according to Saturday's Gainesville Sun.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:00 AM
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