In these blog posts we’re often guilty of highlighting the worst in healthcare (see, for example, here, here, and here). That attitude shouldn’t be totally surprising when we started Advera Health Analytics with a mission to correct a glaring problem in the healthcare system – the lack of transparent drug safety and efficacy data. That said, it seems only fair to give credit where it’s due when things go exactly right. This is one of those stories.
Last week the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sent a letter to every doctor in the U.S. to warn them of the dangers of opioid addiction. While certainly well intentioned, I have to ask - in this age of technology, is this the best we can do? Why not fax or, even better, send a Western Union cable?