Losing to Win — Weight-loss Surgery at Crouse Hospital

By focusing on proven surgical techniques, lifestyle changes and long-term supportive care, Crouse Hospital’s Weight-loss Surgery Program has created an environment where obese patients gain in life and well-being while they lose on the scale.

Presidential Politics: Remember to Vote if You Can

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, I will be casting my 16th vote for president of our country. My first presidential vote was in 1956 when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to his second term as president. At that time voters had to be 21 years of age or older in order to be eligible to vote. Now 18-year-olds are eligible to vote in elections.

A Vital Tool: How Physicians Can Use the HIE

My patients are important to me. I want to know all about their health histories, from medications and allergies to past procedures or conditions, so I can provide them with the best possible care when they come to my office for a visit. To make sure that I have quick, secure access to my patients’ health records when I need them, I use HealtheConnections’ health information exchange (HIE).

Addressing Ransomware as Part of Your HIPAA Compliance Program

An increasing number of hospitals around the country have been crippled by ransomware attacks. Until recently, hospitals and other healthcare facilities were unsure whether these malware infections were required to be reported as breaches of HIPAA. Recent guidance issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) signals that these attacks do, in fact, constitute breaches under HIPAA and trigger breach notification processes by HIPAA-covered entities and business associates.

A Physician’s Duty to Warn ... A Doctor’s Duty of Care Extended to Third Parties

A physician must possess and use “that reasonable degree of learning and skill that is ordinarily possessed by physicians and surgeons in the locality where he (or she) practices.”1 This is referred to as the “duty of care.” A duty of care is a legal obligation and exists because of the contractual relationship between a patient and a physician. When a physician deviates from the applicable standard of care and the deviation causes injury to a patient, the physician is liable for damages caused by his or her medical negligence.