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June 21, 2018
Volume IX |  Issue 25       
Obesity from the pathologist's perspective
Jena Martin | KevinMD

Envision a large, loafy muffin top. Not just a central bulge or even love handles. I'm speaking of an apron of skin and fat that hangs down over many an American's lower torso and groin. Surely you've seen it - you may even have one. Its medical name is the pannus. I had never heard of a pannus in medical school and I still never hear it mentioned outside of the pathology laboratory. In fact, this article is inspired by conversations I've had with friends who know about medicine and who were nevertheless shocked to hear about the pannus.

Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong takes control of L.A. Times
Frank Pallotta | CNN

Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong took control of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, bringing the newspaper back under local ownership for the first time in nearly two decades. Soon-Shiong said in an internal memo Monday < 6.18.18> that the acquisition of the Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and the rest of the California News Group is now complete and explained why he and his family purchased these publications, especially at a time when media is "facing an existential crisis."
5 ways assembly line medicine harms patients 
Linda Girgis, MD | KevinMD
When we go to the deli, we expect to take a number and wait in line. Accomplishing any task at the department of motor vehicles can be an ordeal of waiting and then being herded out the door. This is part of life in American society. However, it should not be part of your health care.
Patients need personalized attention and they need a health care team that listens to them, no matter who is telling them to step up the pace. Sure, if pushed I can see ten patients an hour. But, I don't want to and no doctor should be forced to. For one thing, patients are living longer with more chronic diseases than ever before. And when we rush, that is when mistakes happen and when things get overlooked. It is OK if you forgot to get your cheese to take home from the deli. It is not OK if you had an abnormal mammogram that needs a biopsy but no one had time to read the actual report and it got missed.
Q&A: How women can lead the way toward healthcare IT's future 
Tracy Gavel, Editor, MEDITECH Blog
In this age of #MeToo, more organizations are now grappling with power structures that often have not welcomed many women and minorities at the head of the decision-making table. A 2017 study by Rock Health estimated that women make up only about 23 percent of the executive leadership at Fortune 500 healthcare companies, even though they comprise nearly half of the U.S. healthcare labor force.
I recently had a discussion with two MEDITECH innovators, Executive Vice President Hoda Sayed-Friel and Director Kathie Hemingway, RN, about today's leadership challenges for women - both generally and within the HIT industry - as well as what they've learned from their own experiences on the front lines.