Policy

Tomorrow’s Medicine: How the COVID-19 Crisis Showed the Challenges and Possibilities Facing the Future of Healthcare

Stepping into a modern neurosurgical operating suite during an operation, one is immediately surrounded by screens showing everything from patient vitals to CT and MRI scans vital to the area of interest to the operation. Instrument positions are smartly tracked using technologies like Medtronic’s StealthStation S8 Surgical Navigation System®.  Once the patient is out of…

COVID-19: What Went Wrong?

Many things have happened since the discovery of the SARS-Cov-2 and the appearance of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China. As of 24:00 on Feb 20, there are 75,465 identified cases of COVID-19 nationally, 62,662 of which are in Hubei province. Wuhan with more than 9 million residents is completely shut down. Panic and…

A Call for Correctional Healthcare Reform

Incarcerated people are the only people who are constitutionally guaranteed primary healthcare (1). It was determined that a failure to provide proper medical care to inmates violates the eight amendment. Yet, incarcerated and non-incarcerated population have among the most stark health disparities.  According to a 2017 Bureau of Justice statistics, more than half of state…

Pre-Existing Conditions: Another Possible Change in American Healthcare?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Otherwise known as Obamacare) is one of the most integral pieces of health policy crafted in recent American history. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 Million Americans, or about 10 percent of the United States’ population, have received healthcare coverage through a series of consumer…

Exploring patient safety and research methods with deep-brain stimulation

Clinical trials rely on the cooperation of individuals who, due to extenuating circumstances, seek out novel treatments to their conditions. These people willingly cross the line between patient and subjects to serve the development of new biomedical techniques. Although these trials can certainly result in health benefits for test subjects, such benefits are secondary to…

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