Rhode Island’s largest health care system, Lifespan, has just thrown the switch on a new electronic medical records system. Now there’s a single record for every one of the organization’s hundreds of thousands of patients. Dr. John Murphy, Executive Vice President of Physician Services at Lifespan, said that should help doctors better coordinate patient care and recommend only what’s needed.
“There will not be unnecessary testing," said Murphy, "because you can see what was done for every patient just by looking in their record.”
A good government group is supporting a bill that would bring more transparency to the process of selecting magistrates. Magistrates perform many of the same functions of judges, but they’re selected behind closed doors.
Doctors who want more experience treating addiction can apply for a new training program at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital has just won accreditation from the American Board of Addiction Medicine for a new fellowship – one of just 27 addiction medicine fellowships in the country.
A Brown University graduate student is dead after an apparent suicide.
South Korean Hyoun Ju Sohn was a first year doctoral student in the Brown Physics Program. Sohn fell or leapt from the university’s science library Tuesday. The multi-story building sits in the heart of the school’s Providence campus. Police responded to the scene a little after noon.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court is heading out of the courthouse Thursday, to hear cases at Rhode Island College.
Court spokesman Craig Berke said the event will feature cases that may spark the interest of college students. That includes an appeal of a criminal conviction for sexual assault. Burke said it will be an educational opportunity, especially for Pre-Law and political science students.
Rhode Island has a religious freedom law that bears some similarity to an Indiana proposal, that is now raising controversy around the country. Rhode Island’s law drew little criticism when it passed more than 20 years ago.
Rhode Island ACLU director Steve Brown said Rhode Island’s religious freedom law was passed with broad support in the early 1990s. Brown said the law was a response to a US Supreme Court decision denying the right of Native Americans to use peyote in religious ceremonies.
The average global temperature has gone up over the last century due to the phenomenon known as global warming. But one region in the north Atlantic has seen the opposite trend. A Roger Williams University researcher explains this anomaly in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change.
Nature can teach us so much about our world, about its glory and its anguish. In nature we find so many lessons about hardiness, resilience, triumph and, yes, destruction and death. The British poet William Wordsworth captured this sentiment in one line of his profound 18th-century poem entitled The Tables Turned: “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” And that’s what we hear from Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University. She is a musician, a climate activist, co-founder of the Prison Op/Ed Project, and teaches at the Rhode Island state prison.
Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?
(See update, below, plus a reminder: the final Reinvent Medicaid public town hall meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 pm at the East Bay Family Health Center in Newport.)
That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.