Going Beyond Insurance Reform

  This week’s question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was:   Last week, President Obama admonished insurance company executives for excessive rate increases. He is taking aim at them again in his speech in Philadelphia right now. How much of our problem rests with insurance companies and how much is the result…

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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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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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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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History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

(cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues)   My family and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico, so the news that’s on everyone’s mind—the spread of H1N1 Influenza A—is weighing even more heavily on me.  With the media hype machine driving minute by minute coverage, it’s hard not to think about devastating epidemics and…

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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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