It’s time to integrate social determinants of health into healthcare

It’s time to integrate social determinants of health into healthcare Today, I read a press release from a new company called Circulation, which is partnering with ride service Uber to deliver rides to medical appointments. According to the company, each year about 3.6 million patients across the U.S. — including 1 million children — miss […]

Today’s healthcare quality data doesn’t help patients

What if a surgeon had complications or deaths in five out of the ten times she operated? Sounds like she’s a dangerous hack, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not. “What if that surgeon only saw the sickest patients, and the five that did well would be dead or dying without her skills?” I asked her. “Wouldn’t you rather see her than someone who can only handle easy cases?”

Industry evolution makes the death of the #HIE model inevitable

As providers pick up value-based contracts from payers, and desperately need decent data sharing to coordinate care, I can only  imagine that  they’ll turn to familiar names  to help them make that transition.  Data connectivity based on regions will die out, but vendor solutions that support ACOs and population health analytics will soar.

Exploding #telemedicine market splitting into new businesses

Exploding #telemedicine market splitting into new businesses Technology gurus have known for many years that telemedicine was possible, at least in theory. But a couple of decades ago, when thinkers first began to pilot-test virtual consults, the technology for delivering private video was extremely pricey. Most video communications took place in the corporate C-suite across […]

How #digitalhealth is changing doctor-patient relationships

How #digitalhealth is changing doctor-patient relationships A few days ago, I was skimming my Twitter feed when I saw a post from a major academic medical center. The post, which showed off a group of the center’s specialists, featured five forty-something men and women, grouped in a “C” and dressed so casually that they looked […]

The patient as CEO of their care

Unfortunately, providers can take an assertive patient who’s fighting to engage in smart self-care and make them feel small. Cranking out sarcastic or patronizing remarks, ignoring or under-responding to a patient’s requests for information or unfairly minimizing their worries can be a gut punch to patients who want to take an appropriate level of control.