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Paul Levy
Worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lived in Little Rock, AR
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It's not that people are poorly intentioned or attempt to mislead about their performance. It's just that we tend to think we are doing better than we actually are.
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What I learned in summer camp 1/2 a century ago!
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How the nursing home "helped" an old woman avoid falls.
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Counselors, I think you will find—all too often—a prima facie case of governance negligence.
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We don't need dicta in a news story. We need news.
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Marck Haerkens and colleagues have published an important article: "Crew Resource Management in the Intensive Care Unit: a prospective 3-year cohort study." If you are trying to institute sustained clinical process improvement and/or high reliability in your hospital, it is worth a read.
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My friend and colleague Michael Wheeler, in his wonderful book The Art of Negotiation, warns us that it is "all to easy to be overconfident about our ability to observe and learn."
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Maybe it doesn't matter.  Maybe all surgeons are equally competent and have similar records of success. Maybe the personal stakes to me as a patient are too insignificant to matter.
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We could all have a rigorously derived comparison tool, but since the profession chooses not to make it available, we must have a surrogate of the sort that ProPublica used in its article. Or nothing at all. What would be your choice?
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Does this all matter? After all, what's the harm in a UTI? Just add some antibiotic to the patient's regime and kill those bugs. Were it so easy. It turns out than a UTI can have an impact on the patient's overall prognosis.
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"We have an army at our disposal to fight infections.  What happens with sepsis is that your body starts attacking itself.  You suffer friendly fire as a result of the infection that has started."
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How DO they convince us to use costly new medical therapies and devices that have no incremental clinical efficacy?
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Author, speaker, corporate advisor
Employment
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    President and CEO, 2002 - 2011
  • Harvard Medical School
    Exec. Dean for Admininstration, 1998 - 2002
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Adjunct Professor, 1992 - 1998
  • MA Water Resources Authority
    Executive Director, 1987 - 1992
  • MA Dept. of Public Utilities
    Chairman, 1983 - 1987
  • Economics & Technology, Inc.
    Senior Consultant, 1981 - 1983
  • Arkansas Dept. of Energy
    Director, 1979 - 1981
  • MA Dept. of Public Utiliities
    Commissioner and Chairman, 1978 - 1979
  • MA Energy Policy Office
    Deputy Director, 1974 - 1978
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Little Rock, AR - Boston, MA - New York, NY - Oceanside, NY
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Advocate for patient-driven care, eliminating preventable harm, transparency of clinical outcomes, and front-line driven process improvement.
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Advocate for patient-driven care, eliminating preventable harm, transparency of clinical outcomes, and front-line driven process improvement.
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Economics & City Planning, 1968 - 1974
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