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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Health Care Reform is About Improving System Performance

I was asked to contribute to the sequel to the award-winning book, Paper Kills.  The New Edition (released just last week)  is called Paper Kills 2.0, How Health IT Can Help Save Your Life And Your Money.  In the Book, Newt Gingrich, Tom Daschle, and other national industry leaders explore the leading information technologies that…

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A Milestone on Many Levels: Publishing a Joint Op-Ed with Google

Over a year ago, a dialogue started about the rules surrounding ‘meaningful use’ – and with anything like this, there are always lots of voices, lots of opinions.  Given our history, we were in the ‘faction’ of folks focusing on ensuring that consumers were at the center of this discussion – and along with us…

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Health Reform — Fixing the Core Problem or Just Symptoms?

The health reform debate has passed another milestone, but the question I keep getting asked by friends and family is whether the proposed legislation will actually improve our health delivery system.  I want to be optimistic, but I’m skeptical that the kind of comprehensive change we need to truly reform the system will happen.   As…

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The right solution for the ‘population’ may be the wrong solution for the ‘individual’

This week’s question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was:   What does the debate over mammography screening teach us about the challenges in moving to evidence-based medicine in a revamped health system?   The debate truly highlights how much work is yet to be done to build a health-delivery system that generates…

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Learning from Singapore and Switzerland

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Which country has the best health-care system and why? Can the U.S. follow its model? My response — Learning from Singapore, Switzerland — is below. To realize the goals of providing increased access while maintaining fiscal responsibility, we have to dramatically change how we…

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Personal Accountability

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was:The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill containing its version of the health-care overhaul. Are you satisfied with this bill? What does it miss?My response is below.   There’s a long road ahead for health-care reform — five bills to be merged and countless hours…

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