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  1. Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once
    While vehemently defended by some surgeons and hospitals, the practice of “running two rooms” at once has continued to raise eyebrows since The Boston Globe first drew attention to the protocol in 2015. Kaiser Health News
  2. When to say ‘Whoa!’ to doctors
    Patients do have a choice when their doctors make recommendations for treatment. Consumer Reports has compiled a guide that identifies common tests and treatments, describes the side effects that can come with them, and suggests questions that patients need to ask so they can make an informed decision before giving the go ahead for treatment. Consumer Reports Health
  3. A Reality Check for IBM’s AI Ambitions
    Despite the recent crumble of IBM’s highly publicized Watson machine-learning venture with M.D. Anderson, the tech company may still be as well positioned as any to  lead an industry into the age of smart medicine MIT Technology Review
  4. Changing the narratives for patient safety
    A team of patient safety experts including Peter Pronovost, MD, has published a paper detailing why changing five mental modes is essential to improving patient safety and quality of care. Beginning with not accepting patient harm as inevitable to broadening the patient’s role in safety, Pronovost and his colleagues  have much to say about how we need to approach this global public health issue. Bulletin of the World Health Organization
  5. Amount Of Opioids Prescribed In U.S. Has Been Falling Since 2010
    According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has slowly declined since. Alarming, then, is the fact that the dangerous drugs are still being prescribed at a rate three times higher than at the turn of the century.  Kaiser Health News