CLICK HERE for a transcript of my bizarre adventures in the Kaiser Radiology Records Department in April 2014.
UPDATE APRIL 28, 2014:
I went to Kaiser today to get medical records that I thought might be interesting. I was not disappointed. I discovered that the last doctor I visited at Kaiser wrote this:
When asked how I could help her, [Maura Larkins] states that "really I just wanted to meet you because when I asked Dr. X for a transfer to another doctor, [Dr. X] said anyone except Dr. Z". Patient felt that...I would be honest and maybe go against what my supervisor's might want me to do. Discussed with the patient that this wasn't the case at all...
Is that cute or what? I don't think the doctor who wrote this meant to be quite so truthful about her inability to give an honest second opinion.
ORIGINAL POST ABOUT KAISER CONCEALING TEST RESULTS:
Lynette Seid, CFO and chief administrator
for San Diego Kaiser medical records
See also: Is Kaiser Permanente violating the California Business and Professions Code with false advertising about digitized x-rays?
Lynette Seid is not only Kaiser Permanente San Diego Area's Chief Financial Officer. She's also the chief administrator in charge of medical records.
I asked for a CD of my digital VUCG X-ray images to take to an out-of-plan doctor, and in response, Lynette Seid created a CD with the following X-ray images.
It pretends to be a set of 13 images, but it actually consists of only 7 distinct images.
Four of the images appear twice, labeled with different numbers, but with the exact same time stamp:
#1 is identical to #4;
#2 is identical to #3,
#7 is identical to #9, and
#8 is identical #12.
One image appears three times!
(#10, #11 and #13 are identical).
Some of the copies have labels added (“scout,” “voiding,” and “post-void”), but the time stamped on each image identifies it precisely.
Image #6 is of particular interest; it is the one new image that Kaiser was willing to produce for an out-of-plan doctor.
See the 13 images--or rather, 7 images--here.
Nice work, Lynette! A particularly nice touch was the high-tech CD Lynetter sent me. When I open up the bizarre images, which were first printed out and THEN were scanned, and therefore provide extremely little information, I get a rapid slide show just by moving my cursor across the images. Lynette is pretending that someone might actually be looking at these images for the purpose of discerning information about the X-rays. In fact, the images only provide information about how desperate Kaiser is to conceal information about the X-rays it took.
Lynette Seid (Mulan7224) on Twitter
Life is truly wonderful when you love what you do and you have someone very special to share your life!
[Maura Larkins response: Seriously, Lynette? You love doing stuff like this? Do you get paid a lot to do it? And get lots of appreciation from other extremely highly-paid executives? Perhaps you are blocking out the reality that life isn't truly wonderful when one's medical records are concealed by happy folks like you.]
See all posts re Lynette Seid.
CAN BAD DOCTORS CREATE GOOD KNOWLEDGE?
I believe the answer is YES. Kaiser Permanente, for example, has guidelines that require doctors to sacrifice many patients for the purpose of increasing profits. At the same time, Kaiser collects information that helps it improve the treatment of patients who can be treated without sacrificing profits.
"IN MAY 1988, Dr Robert Pozos, a hypothermia researcher at the University of Minnesota, said he planned to analyse and republish a contemporary 56-page report on infamous Dachau experiments in which almost 300 male prisoners were placed in vats of freezing water.
"The men were observed, measured and analysed, sometimes to the point of death; sometimes they were warmed up again with boiling water. Pozos said he could learn how to treat people with hypothermia better if he understood what went on at Dachau."
This sparked off a passionate debate about the ethics of knowledge. Conferences, seminars, letters and speeches the world over have struggled with what to do about Pozos's approach. Some argued the knowledge should never be used because it was gained immorally. Others asked: "Should we not look at the pyramids because they were built using slave labour?" Eventually, Pozos used the knowledge, but the debate continues. The New England Journal of Medicine, for example, does not publish citations of the work.
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