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I want to look at Baltimore Public Health Department and its role in moving towards health care for profit vs what used to be public health for the public interest. Johns Hopkins appojnted Barbot as Baltimore Health Commissioner as she oversaw the complete outsourcing of all public health agencies and the consolidation and control of our major health institutions going to global corporations. She oversaw the movement of immigrant labor into all health professions and the lowering of health education in Baltimore to accomodate tiered levels of care. Now Hopkins has Li as Baltimore Health Commissioner as we see Hopkins move to global health systems and research protocol that brings standards of third world to the US and Baltimore. As the person becomes a profit item and not a citizen with equal protection-----there are no Constitutional protections regarding health care. Hopkins has acted with impunity for decades because of a dismantled public sector and no oversight but now----TPP will make this a Federal approach with states and localities having no say. I am still hearing Republicans in Maryland pretending they are fighting for state and local rights all the time supporting TPP as much as neo-liberals.
I shared this before as an example of where health care reform is taking the US. Bill Gates is now all about population control as one of the global corporate tribunal members. Congressional neo-liberals tried to fund contraception as a 'progressive issue'....pretending they were simply trying to get the lower-class women help. Those Clinton neo-liberals----always working so hard for women, civil, and labor rights. What Clinton neo-liberals were trying to do---and may yet do ----is fund this Bill Gates population control contraception procedure.....THE OPPOSITE OF WOMEN'S JUSTICE. As I said---I have talked to several women in Baltimore having these microchips implanted in our clinics while the technology is not legally ready for prime time. These microchips can be implanted at any time with a visit to Johns Hopkins hospital for any surgery and since they have no ethics and morals----we assume it will or is already happening.
THE ETHICS AND MORALITY ISSUES ARE HUGE BUT WITH TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT PROFITS ARE MADE AND CORPORATIONS CAN CONTROL HUMAN CAPITAL----YOU KNOW---YOU AND I.
This amazing remote-controlled contraceptive microchip you implant under your skin is the future of medicine
By Dominic Basulto July 17, 2014
A tiny microchip you implant under your skin could one day control the delivery of just about any type of drug or hormone. (Photo courtesy of Microchips) By 2018, it may be possible to purchase a contraceptive microchip that you implant under your skin that delivers birth control hormones automatically into your blood stream every day for as long as 16 years. That’s the vision of Microchips, a Massachusetts-based startup formed by MIT researchers who are developing a remote-controlled drug delivery microchip you would implant under your skin near your abdomen (or, if you prefer, your backside region). Without having to go back to a doctor, women would be able to switch birth control hormones on and off at the touch of a button.
That’s a big idea and it’s no wonder it’s attracted the attention of Bill Gates, who is backing the microchip contraceptive through the family planning unit of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates sees the contraceptive chip as not something really intended for the Western world — where, no doubt, plenty of single women might line up to use the device – but for the developing world, where it is more than just a lifestyle choice, it is a form of reproductive justice. According to the Gates Foundation, 120 million women in the world’s poorest societies could benefit from voluntary family planning.
Where things get really interesting is that the same technology could be used to deliver just about any drug, not just birth control hormones. In fact, Microchips calls itself a “programmable drug delivery” company. The first clinical tests of the device delivered hormones to women suffering from osteoporosis. The way the chip works, the hormones are housed inside an impregnable platinum and titanium seal. A single electrical current triggered by the remote control essentially “melts” the seal, enabling the hormone to flow out. In the future, those modules could be loaded up with all sorts of drugs to regulate the human body.
Of course, there are a number of issues that need to be worked out before we can talk seriously about these contraceptive microchips triggering a new round of medical innovation. Let’s start with the technological issues first. These microchips need to be implanted under the skin, something that brings with it a certain amount of squeamishness. There’s something about having a microchip implanted under your skin that sounds a bit too much like a cyborg science fiction nightmare. In a best case scenario, the contraceptive microchip won’t be available on the market until 2018 and clinical trials won’t start until 2016.
And, then, of course, there are the moral and philosophical issues. Contraception and birth control are one of those hot-button issues that can drive normally rational people crazy. Plus, let’s face it, the idea of implanting a microchip for such an extended period — 16 years — could lead to all kinds of unexpected scenarios and use cases. Parents could theoretically give it to their (sexually active) teenagers in high school so they won’t have to worry about them dealing with family planning issues until they are well past their grad school years.
And the fact that the contraceptive chip is wirelessly controlled by remote raises the specter of all kinds of security risks. If you think the problem of “revenge porn” is only getting worse, what about the future risk of “revenge pregnancy”? Others have warned of the risks of “ovarian hacking” if groups of hackers get their hands on these wireless, remote-controlled devices.
Yet, talk of technology-enabled drug delivery devices sounds a lot like the era of medical nanobots promised by Ray Kurzweil. For nearly 30 years, futurists have been suggesting that, one day, we’ll all be ingesting pills with the same functionality as these implantable birth control microchips. You’d swallow a pill once, and it would unlock tiny medical nanobots smaller than human blood cells that would travel within your bloodstream, delivering hormones and patching up the human body from within.
Kurzweil, for example, has already outlined a future in which we’re all ingesting magic nanobots that are super-targeted at specific cells or even specific sections of your DNA. Any illness, any condition, could be magically corrected by ingesting the right medical nanobots. Assuming there are no side effects, it means that we all could live forever. Fanciful, perhaps, but somehow the idea of nanobot medicine doesn’t sound as bizarre as it did a decade or more ago.
But first steps first. Let’s get used to the idea of implanting stuff under our skins and regulating our human bodies through the use of microchips and remote-controlled devices. That’s going to be a big hurdle to clear. (Think about how many people have trouble with just the TV remote.) But let’s think about this from a big picture view, the way Bill Gates is. It’s not about using innovation to foster a new round of promiscuousness in Western society – it’s about giving tens of millions of women in non-Western societies around the world the opportunity for voluntary family planning as well as revolutionizing medicine by using computer chips to disrupt the traditional doctor-patient relationship.
I am glad to see tons of comments from social media where people KNOW the Freddie Grey medical examiner report placing the injury in the van was not true. WE ALL KNOW IT IS NOT TRUE. This is Baltimore Medical Examiner Department under Ling Li. I know the above research is already being done on Baltimore citizens and it is this office of public health that would be providing oversight and accountability to prevent institutions like Hopkins from engaging in illegal public health programs. It is the Baltimore Public Health that would require investigations of deaths from police misconduct to hospital autopsies. As the article below tells----hospital autopsies that had the hospital administration required to verify a patient's death while in the hospital involved no wrongdoing has been on the decline or is now non-existent. Now, hospital mistakes are no longer found-----see how data on health outcomes has no value?
When Johns Hopkins goes from being on record as worst in the nation for hospital infections to being a leader in training and containing hospital infections at the same time all public health oversight and accountability is dismantled and Hopkins is now marketing itself as a global health tourism destination----THAT WOULD NOT WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR BEING THE WORST IN THE NATION FOR HOSPITAL INFECTIONS----this is what happens in the world of deregulated and global health care. THEY SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT.
JOHNS HOPKINS' BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROLS ALL OF BALTIMORE'S PUBLIC HEALTH.
Third world nations have no Rule of Law or Constitutional rights for citizens----and TPP brings that to the US. You can be sure Dr Li in Baltimore is already operating under TPP and replacing public interest with corporate profit.
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David R. Fowler, M.D.
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Mary Ripple, M.D., Jack M. Titus, M.D.
Assistant Medical Examiners
Zabiullah Ali, M.D.
Carol Allan, M.D.
Russell Alexander, M.D.
Patricia A. Aronica, M.D.
Melissa Brassell, M.D.
Theodore M. King, M.D.
Ling Li, M.D.
J. Laron Locke, M.D.
Julia Shields, M.D
Pamela Southall, M.D.
John Stash, D.O.
Donna Vincenti, M.D. Chief Toxicologist
Director of Information Technology Mike Eagle POST MORTEM COMMISSION Stanford A. Stass, M.D., University of Maryland Medical Center, Chairman
Brooks Jackson, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Vice Chairman
Van Mitchell, Secretary of MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of MD State Police
Leana S. Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Commissioner of Health
Hospital Autopsies On the Decline
February 6, 2012, 11:27 am ET by Gretchen Gavett E-Mail This
0 If you or a loved one dies in a hospital, there is only a 5 percent chance an autopsy will be performed. This number, down from about 20 percent prior to 1971, has broad implications: Families might not have certain answers as to how a loved one died, and inaccurate data could be passed along to public health officials, who then use it to make policy decisions.
There’s also, of course, a powerful financial incentive:
An autopsy costs about $1,275, according to a survey of hospitals in eight states. But Medicare and private insurers don’t pay for them directly, typically limiting reimbursement to procedures used to diagnose and treat the living. Medicare bundles payments for autopsies into overall payments to hospitals for quality assurance, increasing the incentive to skip them, said Dr. John Sinard, director of autopsy service for the Yale University School of Medicine.
“The hospital is going to get the money whether they do the autopsy or not, so the autopsy just becomes an expense,” Sinard said.
This past weekend, NPR — our partner along with ProPublica on Post Mortem, our series on death investigation in America — aired a new story on the decline in hospital autopsies. Have a listen:
This partnership will expand Johns Hopkins to the West Coast as Kaiser HMOs become ACOs with Hopkins' brand. Add to that Hopkins source of global health trained employees moving all over the world to Hopkins' global health corporations in developing nations-----and now coming to the US----and you have a completely integrated Trans Pacific Trade Pact joining of global corporations operating in the US able to ignore US Rule of Law and our rights as citizens.
This consolidation of all areas of health care is the model used by Clinton to consolidate and deregulate the banks and financial sector that gave us predatory and criminal Wall Street with no accountability and no avenue for justice for the American people.
DO YOU NOT SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN HEALTH INSTITUTIONS ACT THE SAME WAY? BOTH OF THE INSTITUTIONS BELOW ARE ALREADY KNOWN FOR SYSTEMIC FRAUD AND CORRUPTION FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
Your national labor and justice organization leaders knew this was what Affordable Care Act was about. They knew it dismantled and privatized and globalized all aspects of health care to the detriment of workers, families, seniors, and the poor----
THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BASE ----THOSE 80% THAT DO NOT VOTE BECAUSE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS ARE NOT DEMOCRATS!
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente partner to expand ways to deliver quality care
Published on July 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM ·
"Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing high-quality health care and service, while also leading the nation in making health care more affordable for Americans," says Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. "This enhanced collaboration with Johns Hopkins will help us deliver on that commitment and continue to meet the evolving health needs and expectations of our members, patients and customers."
"Health care today requires partnership among forward-thinking health care organizations," says Paul B. Rothman, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Through a strategic collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, we will be able to cultivate the human and intellectual capital found in both organizations to significantly improve the safety and quality of care while enhancing the patient experience."
"Combining the expertise of the nation's leading integrated care delivery organization with the expertise of the country's leading academic medical center will allow us both to provide even better quality and service to their patients," says Robert Pearl, M.D., executive director and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. "As the United States works to improve its health care system, this partnership will provide powerful and important insights into how care can be provided to patients in new and innovative ways."
The agreement between the two health care organizations will initially focus on:
- Sharing best practices and leveraging electronic medical records to accommodate the growing need among providers and patients to access clinical information quickly and efficiently.
- Strengthening the relationship between Kaiser Permanente and Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, by combining their collective expertise to create an advanced model of care.
- Bringing care into the home to meet the evolving needs of patients by exploring and leveraging technology to deliver personalized medicine.
- Building on the existing collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to advance the patient experience and improve treatment outcomes while reducing costs.
- Pursuing opportunities to develop educational programs and research-based best practices that benefit the overall health of the people in the communities we serve.
"This new agreement builds on the relationship Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and Johns Hopkins Medicine have had for more than 15 years," says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Care providers from both organizations successfully have been working together to deliver high-quality care. This is demonstrated through the Kaiser collaboration with Suburban Hospital in Maryland, where physicians from both care teams work side by side to ensure the best patient outcomes."
"Working more closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine will help us deliver an innovative care experience for our members that will translate into quality care that's also affordable," says Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. "This strategic collaboration will facilitate additional population health research and innovative practices benefiting both individual patients and the larger community."
"The collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medicine and Kaiser Permanente will escalate medical solutions from the bench to the bedside," says Brian Gragnolati, senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System. "Together we can find solutions that provide patients with value-based care."
One of the policies with the Affordable Care Act will be having these health systems determine what a patient with health insurance with them must do to meet the terms of insurance. This means for people having preventative care only that Hopkins and its insurance partners could say-----YOU MUST BRING YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVELS DOWN OR RECEIVE A FINANCIAL PENALTY THROUGH YOUR INSURANCE. So, those people having Medicaid or Bronze level plans will be subjected to multiple blood level tests to monitor that cholesterol level until it drops to a stated level. Each time that patient pays more and more out of pocket because deductibles and co-pays add up. Costs for simple preventative care ----which is the cheapest method of health care to provide ----will soar.
At the same time Hopkins will probably come up with its own patented cholesterol-reducing PHARMA and what was once a person's right to eat the way they want---now has BIG BROTHER demanding they eat. Remember, health insurance was mandated by Obama and Clinton neo-liberals---a Republican policy so people will have no choice. What causes high-cholesterol? The research controlled by these patent-machines could say anything.
So, Hopkins is partnered with overseas medical corporations that are brought back to the US and Hopkins partners with health insurance and PHARMA corporations----and VOILA----this consolidation becomes the same as Wall Street financial deregulation by Clinton neo-liberals and people have no public health---they are human capital bringing profit.
THIS IS WHAT POLICY MARYLAND ASSEMBLY AND BALTIMORE CITY POLS ALONG WITH MAYOR AND GOVERNORS FROM ERHLICH TO O'MALLEY AND RAWLINGS-BLAKE HAVE BEEN WORKING---CREATING THIS MESS OF GLOBAL CORPORATE HEALTH CARE ALL WHILE RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS. IS THE POLICY OF MAKING US CITIZENS HUMAN CAPITAL ON THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM? NO!!!
Hopkins, Walgreens partner on East Baltimore pharmacyDrugstore expected to develop initiatives to be used across the country
June 27, 2013|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore SunJohns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens are collaborating on a new drugstore that is expected to open by the end of the year in East Baltimore, the partners announced Thursday.
"We'll hopefully use the store to develop programs, deliver them to the community and then expand" the programs to other Walgreens stores, said Mark Shaver, senior director of business development and strategic alliances for Hopkins Medicine.
The pharmacy chain and the Hopkins health system see the partnership as an opportunity to develop clinical and health care resource practices that can be implemented at Walgreens locations throughout the United States. The East Baltimore store, they say, will help improve patient care at pharmacy counters and in-store clinics, which they see as critical to the future of health care.
In addition to the traditional retail options of most Walgreens, the 11,500-square-foot store in the ground-level space of the parking structure at Ashland Avenue and North Washington Street will sell an expanded offering of fresh food, Walgreens said.
It also will be the first Walgreens in Maryland with a clinic staffed by nurse practitioners, collaborating with Hopkins primary care physicians, who will be available for urgent, non-emergency care. Walgreens has clinics in more than 370 stores in 20 states, said Jim Cohn, a spokesman for the Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer.
"We'll have the ability to influence what are the key programs being offered" at the East Baltimore store, Shaver said.
Both the larger selection of healthy food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, sandwiches and prepared meals, and extended, night-and-weekend hours for the clinic were requested by Hopkins, he said, to accommodate the community. East Baltimore has limited options for groceries and the large population of students near Johns Hopkins Hospital will benefit from longer hours, he said.
Beyond providing services tailored to the neighborhoods surrounding Johns Hopkins Hospital, Walgreens and Hopkins expect the pharmacy will be a place to develop and examine new health care programs.
"We see this as a sort of lab," said Dr. Jay Rosan, Walgreens' senior vice president of health innovation. "The opportunity is really pretty unique because we have the opportunity to collaborate … to develop innovative care, reduce costs and improve access."
The partnership's initiatives have the potential to reach a huge number of people, Shaver said. Walgreens' reach is one of the reasons Hopkins wanted to collaborate with the retailer, he said. Health innovations stemming from the East Baltimore pharmacy could allow Hopkins to extend its influence on the delivery of health care nationwide, Shaver said.
Walgreens operates more than 8,000 stores in all 50 states and employs roughly 75,000 health care professionals, Cohn said. It reported $71.6 billion in sales last year.
An advisory board of clinicians from Hopkins and Walgreens will meet regularly to discuss and analyze programs being implemented at the East Baltimore store, Rosan said. Chronic disease education and awareness is one area where the partners would like to make strides, he said.
Both Hopkins and Walgreens believe pharmacy-based health care is going to play an increasingly important role in the U.S. heath system. With the cost of care rising consistently, clinics like the one Walgreens and Hopkins are planning will help reduce prices, they say.
For instance, in-pharmacy clinics could reduce the number of non-emergency trips to the emergency rooms, Shaver said.
Walgreens points to the steep increase in the number of people getting vaccines at its stores as evidence of the importance of increasing access to basic health services.
During the last two flu seasons, more than 20 percent of flu shots administered in the U.S. were given at a pharmacy or other retailer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the 2008-2009 season, less than 10 percent of flu shots were provided at retailers, the statistics show.
The East Baltimore store is an extension of a partnership that Hopkins and Walgreens launched in May 2011.
Since the beginning of the partnership, Hopkins and Walgreens have developed a training program about high cholesterol that has been taken by 27,000 Walgreens pharmacists and pharmacy managers. They are jointly developing clinical protocols for nurse practitioners and physician assistants at Walgreens clinics to follow, Cohn said.
"Our collaboration with Walgreens creates the opportunity to offer innovative, locally-based health care services," said Dr. Paul Rothman, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in a statement.
"We will also use the lessons learned from this collaboration beyond our community, as Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to set the standard for medical education, research and patient care on a national scale and around the world," Rothman said.