In the Health Reform Recipe, the Missing Ingredient Is the Consumer

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: What’s Your Take On Obama’s Speech?  What did you think of President Barack Obama’s Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress? Was it effective? Did it “move the needle?” My response is below.   I applaud the administration for shining a bright…

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Three Simple Truths

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Recent polls show declining support for President Obama’s handling of the health-care issue. What should he do to get the effort back on track?   My response is below.   Today’s debate is mired in details about the wrong topics, chiefly public insurance options…

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Individuals and Personal Responsibility May Be the Tipping Point in Health Reform

The latest turn in the healthcare debate is the increasingly sensational coverage of town halls happening across the country.  While they’re described as rancorous and sometimes violent, I’m pleased to see my fellow Americans so passionate and involved in one of our country’s biggest long-term challenges.  For most of us, we think of health care…

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Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Do you think that a government-sponsored health insurance option is needed to help control rising costs and “keep insurers honest,” as President Obama says?   My response is now live:  Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid. My main points: ·         How will another government-managed option…

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Health Care Needs New Rules to Enable Innovation and Reward Experimentation

(cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues)   Technology is playing a major role in helping bring healthcare into the 21st century.  Many of us have seen it first hand in treatment from our doctors, from MRI scans to laser surgery.     But these clinical advancements represent only a small piece of what technology can…

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A New Place for Health Care Policy Debate

About a month or so ago, the Washington Post launched their new Health Care Rx blog, and I was asked to participate as a panelist.  Every Monday, questions are sent out, and a variety of “experts” from across the health care industry respond.  It provides a great snapshot of the many different perspectives that exist.   …

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Another milestone on the journey forward…

Over three years ago, we started on a journey — to empower consumers with tools to help make better health decisions and drive better health outcomes.  We believed that the simplest, easiest way to start was to give consumers their data in a secure and private way, and allow them to share it from provider…

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The willingness to succeed is only exceeded by the willingness to prepare

After many long months of discussion and debate, the first draft of Meaningful Use has come out.  I’m optimistic about what I see — what’s been laid out seems to focus on driving real outcomes improvement in the health care system.  It’s important that we keep this in mind — that we’re not just trying…

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Aligning policy, technology, and business innovation – perspectives from the Connected Health Conference…

We’re just wrapping up our annual Connected Health Conference.  I wanted to share some insights and observations from the past three days.  We had 925 attendees representing 409 organizations — attendance more than doubled from last year, which is pretty amazing given that conference attendance is down all over the US…  At this year’s conference,…

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And the debate rages on…about access…

I think we’d all agree that the healthcare debate continues to intensify.  Many say it has entered a new stage as conversations move to proposals — with Senate Democrats recommending a bill that will amplify the debate even more — to decide if the US will adopt universal coverage. Access seems to have replaced change…

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