Does Texas Health Presbyterian Survive?

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, has seen a major decline in revenue. The hospital has reported a 50% drop in ER visits, and a 20% drop in daily patient census.

Couple that with a wave of negative reviews coming in, and even full page apologies may not be enough to survive. Earlier reports called Texas Health Presbyterian a ghost town.

Look, whichever hospital was first to receive an Ebola patient was …

The So Called Ebola Czar

So, if you’re going to appoint an Ebola Czar, don’t you think just maybe he or she should have some experience either in Ebola in particular or infectious disease control in general?

Otherwise, if just looks like you want someone to handle the political and perception issues.…

Even More on the Ebola Outbreak

Imagine for a moment that you’re a screenwriter.

You’re working on a sequel to Outbreak, and a major plot point is that the nurse who has been exposed to the disease is told by the CDC that it’s ok to fly with a low grade fever.

Do you think there would be resistance to the realism of this point in a pitch meeting?

Reality is stranger than fiction, because this has now happened.

It’s not too often that I underestimate …

More Thoughts on the Ebola Outbreak

I was on the road last week, so I’m just now getting around to posting my thoughts on developments of the last few days.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the patent diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, passed away this week. Sad, but not surprising. There’s legitimate reasons that this disease is so scary.

The charges that he received inferior treatment because he was black are stupid, however.

The charges that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital erred by sending Duncan home the first time …

More Thoughts on the Ebola Patient

As always happens with major news, further details have brought clarity and inflection to the situation.

First of all, the patient allegedly lied on his exit paperwork in Liberia, claiming that he had not knowingly been exposed to Ebola. He had, in facts been helping Ebola patients.

Apparently, Liberia plans to file charges against him.

This is unfortunate, but not unexpected. Someone who’s been exposed to Ebola, will likely face any consequence to come to the United States, where his …

Why I’m not Especially Concerned About the Ebola Announcement

Some backgrounds: My wife works in an ER. I’ve been around medical professionals my entire life. I work with quite a few in my professional life.

With that in mind, here’s why I’m not panicking over yesterday’s announcement of a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas.

1) I’ve had time to mentally prepare.

It’s been clear for months that a diagnosis of Ebola within the United States was going to happen sooner or latter. The world is too flat …