Friday, July 1, 2011

Some Articles of Interest Before the 4th

I came across two long investigative articles that I thought could be of interest those in the medical products field. One article is from the National Journal and the other from Pro Publica. Here are the links to the articles with short clips.

Medical journals have long had to wrestle with the possibility that financial bias influences the work they publish, but if the growing controversy over Medtronic's Infuse spinal product is any indication, they may not be doing enough.

Comment: This is an area that should concern everyone in the field of medical devices and device research. I am very aware that companies fund a lot of empirical and academic research much of which is published in peer-reviewed and respected medical journals. On the face of it, nothing wrong with that. When I was a graduate student, some of my research was funded the research and development division of a well-known (non-medical) company. The funding had absolutely no bearing of the design of the research program, the data collected or interpretation of the data. The concern expressed in this article is whether data maybe suppressed or not reported in an unbiased fashion particularly when it comes to reporting data related to the risks. You be the judge.

Critics of last year’s health care law pounced on what seemed like a damning new survey, but the details were a lot murkier than the headlines.

Comment: This is an interesting article well worth your time to read.

Finally, here's a short article that just came across indicating how rural health may well be the driver behind telemedicine. Here's the link to the article:

Rural Healthcare to Drive the Global Telemedicine Industry

...[C]ountries face various problems in the provision of medical services and health care, including funds, expertise, and resources. To meet this challenge, the governments and private health care providers are making use of existing resources and the benefits of modern technology. Besides, with limited medical expertise and resources, telecommunication services have the potential to provide a solution to some of these problems. As telemedicine has the potential to improve both the quality and the access to health care regardless of the geography; the rural market is driving the incessant growth of the telemedicine market.