NATO working with South Dakota telemedicine hub

From MSN (hat tip: Mike):

NATO leaders are working with a telemedicine hub in southeast South Dakota to develop a multinational system that could deliver medical services remotely during natural or manmade disasters.

Representatives from NATO nations, including Romania, the United Kingdom and the U.S., are visiting Avera Health’s telemedicine center in Sioux Falls this week to look at the technology and equipment options available to provide health care services from distant locations. The goal of the NATO-funded research project is to increase survival rates in emergency situations, when immediate access to medical specialists is not always possible.

“This project is aiming at the creation of the multinational capacity in responding to major situations, disasters, civil emergencies, in countries where we would send our teams and they may need to consult experienced physicians at the distant from where they are,” said Romanian interior ministry official Dr. Raed Arafat, who is the NATO director for the project.

Are patient satisfaction surveys doing more harm than good?

From Becker’s  (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Though the intention of patient satisfaction surveys may be altruistic, the focus on patient satisfaction and the surveys designed to measure it could actually lead to a decrease in care quality and an increase in costs, according to recent report from The Hastings Center.

The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest.

“Patient satisfaction is an important, valuable element of good healthcare, yet some uses and consequences of patient satisfaction surveys may be problematic,” the authors wrote.