Sunday, November 28, 2010

Atul Gawande: Wiki Page

A June 2009 New Yorker essay by Gawande, "The Cost Conundrum", which used as an example the town of McAllen, Texas to argue that unnecessary medical tests and procedures were a primary factor in driving up the cost of health care in the U.S.,[3] was cited by President Barack Obama during Obama's attempt to get health care reform legislation passed by the United States Congress. According to Senator Ron Wyden, the article "affected [Obama's] thinking dramatically", and soon after its publication, Obama showed the article to a group of senators including Wyden and said, "This is what we’ve got to fix."[4] Gawande, in turn, later expressed approval for Obama's health care proposals on the New Yorker "News Desk" blog.[5] After reading the New Yorker article, Warren Buffett's long-time business partner Charlie Munger mailed a check to Gawande in the amount of $20,000 as a thank you to Dr. Gawande for providing something so socially useful.[6] Gawande reportedly donated the $20,000 to the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.[7]

Atul Gawande's Complication: A Surgeon's Note on Imperfect Science

I went to Border last weekend and was browsing general Medical bookshelf. One book that caught mine attention was complication. Front and back page contained very glowing reviews about the book.
So, I decided to read the book. This book is very easy to read, crisp and informative.
I was holding my breath and my heart was pumping very hard while reading some chapters.

Surgeons become proficient by performing same procedures over and over. They don't bored considering their repetitive jobs. They take pride in their perfection.

If you compare a Surgeon to Machine, it is the best compliment that they can get.

Every Surgeon commits mistake.

Lessons for Software Professional
Technology changes very fast. We cann't master technology and cannot be perfect. We should follow some good practices that protect us from disasters.
Document, Document and Document.
Measure, Measeure and Measure.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Medicare Doctors Once Again Face Big Pay Cuts

Saturday, November 13, 2010