Making Sound Decisions in Health

In past blogs, I have frequently discussed the need for the consumer to be a more active participant in the health ecosystem. I passionately believe the citizen/consumer has to be accountable for their many personal health decisions – such as lifestyle, smoking, nutrition, activity levels and the like. It is simply not right or fair…

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Liberate the Data Part II – Perspectives from Eclipsys and Microsoft

It was just about a year ago at last year’s HIMSS that I posted about the need to “liberate the data” within health IT systems – separating data from applications and making it available for reuse in different contexts.  What I said then holds true now.  For health enterprises and consumers, health data is a…

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Reflecting on the healthcare system while waiting at the hospital for a loved one

Often when we talk about healthcare reform, it can be a rather abstract discussion — you watch some tv show with ‘experts’ reflecting on some 20 page bill or hashing through the merits of a public insurance option.  Last week, however, all the intellectual and abstract ideas were brought into something very personal for me and…

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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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Demand to spend government $'s on HIT hits MSM

The NYT editorial yesterday chastising physicians and the U.S. health system for not adopting electronic medical records adds a new MSM voice to the debate regarding technology as the no-brainer foundation of health reform.    Naturally this is a frequent topic in the trade mags/blogs in my inbox.   The chief implication in the MSM editorial however…

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