Tag Archives: HMO

Measured to death

Reliance on metrics in healthcare has become a new Taylorism, or management by time study. Everything in the hospital workplace is now tracked by sophisticated computer programs, down to every last pill, gauze and penny, and down to every last motion. This vast pool of information becomes Big Data. Continue reading

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Judging workers for control and profit

The phenomenon of human beings losing a race with machines is especially pernicious in the healthcare workplace. The computer has become the virtual boss of everyone in the shop, by setting the pace of everyone’s job. Continue reading

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Patient, heal thyself!

From the new January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks Patient, heal thyself! by Htun Lin Banks that were rescued because they were deemed “too big to fail” after they caused the 2008 economic collapse want to sue … Continue reading

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Workshop Talks: Making teachers redundant

From the new January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks Making teachers redundant by Htun Lin Over a billion dollars has been spent in the last decade to comprehensively computerize the workplace at the nation’s largest HMO, where … Continue reading

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Workshop Talks: ER certainties: death and co-pays

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks: ER certainties: death and co-pays by Htun Lin A patient shows up in the emergency room, expecting care, and wanting to be seen by a doctor. But the gulf … Continue reading

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