Practice Management

It is no secret that abusive behavior sometimes occurs in operating rooms and other hospital settings, and nurses as well as physicians can be the perpetrators. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation created a toolkit and a videotaped workshop for nurses to help them spot and stop the bullying.    

Physician leaders in hospitals and other healthcare-related fields must focus on operations management, people leadership and setting a business strategy, according to a Harvard Business Review article published online April 7.

Protecting patients' privacy and identities when writing compelling, real-life narratives can be difficult, a physician-writer admits in The Atlantic.

In light of the fatal shooting of a cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, some cardiologists are contemplating how imperfect medicine can be. While medicine has made great strides in healing difficult maladies, there are times when physicians, treatments and patients fail, writes electrophysiologist T. Jared Bunch, MD.

Thomas B. Graboys, a cardiologist who chronicled his experience dealing with Parkinson’s disease and dementia in an autobiography, died Jan. 5.

Listen to David O. Williams, MD, of Brigham & Women's Hospital and Kalon K.L. Ho, MD, MSc of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as they discuss the role of IT in cardiovascular care in patient management, cost containment, workflow, best practices and reporting.

Cardiologist Eric Topol’s latest tome gets a lukewarm reception in the New York Times. Fellow physician Abigail Zuger, MD, finds Topol more enamored with data than doctoring in “The Patient Will See You Now.”

He’s been dead for more than a century but you can still hear his heartbeat. An artist and historian have collaborated on a project that converts images from 19th-century medical charts of pulse and heartbeat patterns into sound.

Yale School of Medicine removed its director of cardiovascular research, a decision that follows an investigation in sexual misconduct, according to the New York Times.

Some faculty are up in arms over the handling of a sexual misconduct case that involved the former chief of cardiology at Yale School of Medicine. The investigating committee called for kicking the physician out of his leadership post but the provost rejected the advice, according to the New York Times.

Martha Weinman Lear, author of “Heartsounds,” published a second book more than two decades later about her own experiences with heart disease. In “Heartsounds” she castigated the medical community for callous care of her husband during a protracted heart illness. As described in this New York Times book review, “Echoes of Heartsounds” chronicles a much improved hospital environment. 

An ethicist urges the medical community and hospitals in the U.S. to talk about the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Ebola patients and put policies in place before “confronting this problem in the heat of cardiac arrest,” the New York Times reported.