Health Affairs event and special issue on Health IT

Today I spoke at a very well attended Health Affairs event in Washington DC — originally designed (months ago in a different time warp in HIT light years) to discuss lessons learned by folks leveraging HIT in effective ways, along with the usual challenges, issues  and opportunities.   Naturally the discussion was hijacked by the implications,…

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Message to Washington — It’s all about Outcomes

Yesterday, I testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, otherwise known as HELP.  You can see a video of my testimony here.   Before getting to the substance, I need to highlight how I continue to be awe-inspired about how our government works — in a positive way.   Any body can walk into…

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Before you finalize your Health IT shopping list

The mad dash for health reform continues in earnest as stakeholders from all parts of the health ecosystem work to inform, engage and encourage the incoming Administration.   The need for reform is obvious and the dialog is positive — I continue to worry that ‘soundbite solutions’ will get in the way of a serious discussion…

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Rush to Reform

I haven’t posted for awhile — mostly because I have been busy with customers, development projects, and the impact of the economic crisis — but also because I’ve felt that there has been so much noise and anticipation around the priorities of the incoming Administration that reading seemed more valuable than posting. It is clear…

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The language of rights applied to health in the U.S.

Last night there was a question in the Presidential Debate on whether healthcare should be a privilege, a right or a responsibility in the U.S.    McCain gave a nuanced answer — but said it was a responsibility and Obama said he considers it a right for U.S. residents since we are a wealthy society.    It…

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Health Reform

I have spent some time over the past several weeks to read and get educated about various health reform proposals.   As can be expected – there is a lot of dialog on this topic given the political season.    Health Affairs has some good articles up if you want to get informed about the Presidential candidates…

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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…