A New Chapter

Yesterday we announced an exciting new chapter in the Microsoft in Health story. Microsoft and GE Healthcare (GEHC) are forming a joint venture – with equal investment from each ‘parent’ – that will offer advanced IT solutions to healthcare organizations. Microsoft’s vision for health has always been ambitious – ‘Improve health around the world, through…

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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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The Top Ten Medical Advances of the Decade. What’s Wrong with the Picture?

Sometimes it’s fun to peruse year-end lists—best shows, best moments, best  songs, best presidential gaffes, best viral videos, and the list goes on….  which gets even longer with the end of decade or the century.      In this spirit, ABC News just ran a story about the ‘top ten’ medical advances of the decade, which…

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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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The Six Billion Pound Challenge — How a Focus on Driving Outcomes can Improve Health Faster and Better than Legislation

I commend the administration for shining the light on the need to improve health in America!  While I want to be optimistic about change, I’m skeptical about how much real improvement we will really see under the guise of healthcare reform.  Like I’ve noted before, the national conversation we are having — which bill will…

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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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Empowering Consumers

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was:   In the Baucus bill, insurers would pay a tax on the value above $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for a family plan. What do you think of Sen. Baucus’ proposal to impose a 35 percent tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans?…

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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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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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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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