Original article published March 10, 2020 by Pain News Network
The State Medical Board of North Carolina has demanded the surrender of the DEA License from a practicing pain specialist based on a social media Tweet, the first event of its kind by all known accounts in this age of opioid hysteria.
Julie Roy, a resident of upstate New York, has never been treated by Dr. Thomas Kline, a practicing pain specialist living in North Carolina, neither does Roy have any personal knowledge or relationship with the physician or any of his patients. By all the evidence available, her social media attack is based on the fact that she lost a family member to an overdose and trolls the internet looking for those who are proponents of treating chronic pain conditions with opioids.
By R Carter
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action (force) in nature, there's an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, if object A exerts a force on object B, then object B also exerts an equal but opposite force on object A, or Fa = -Fb. Notice that force is exerted on both objects and in both directions even if one is resting and not in motion. This force is often expressed as work, work is defined as the product of force, so regardless of whether we’re talking about objects moving through space or something more abstract like a healthcare system, the principle remains because the universe, at the level in which we operate, is based on cause and effect. And if we’ve modeled our system completely, the net effect for a force applied to another system is always zero, they cancel each other out.
Google, in partnership with Ascension, a healthcare provider operating in more than 20 states, is planning to build a search tool for medical professionals that will employ machine learning algorithms to process data and make suggestions about prescriptions, diagnoses, and even which doctors to assign to, or remove from, a patient’s team. In other words, eliminating personal choice from healthcare decision making by reducing choice to an algorithm.
In running this program, neither the affected patients nor Ascension doctors were made aware of the project. And again, all parties assert that HIPAA, the package of privacy regulations protecting patient data, allows for the use of this data in this manner. Clearly Google attorney’s believe they have found a loophole in HIPAA which allows this. Otherwise, Google wouldn't have invested billions of dollars into this program. See this post on CERGM for more details.