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 […]

The transformative power of maybe in healthcare

The transformative power of ‘maybe’ in healthcare Few industries are more dysfunctional and deviled by complexity than healthcare. While banks learned to share data well enough to make international ATM networks possible decades ago, patient data sharing is still crude, with doctors and hospitals using technologies that are barely on speaking terms. Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers […]

Hospitals make it tougher to get high-quality inpatient mental health treatment

Hospital policies make it tougher to get high-quality inpatient mental health Like many Americans, I have a family member with a major mental illness who sometimes needs inpatient hospital care. Because I have been a healthcare researcher and journalist for 25 years, I’m particularly well prepared to help him navigate the system and get him […]

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?”

Why the time has arrived for the Chief Mobile Healthcare Officer

Creating a “chief mobile healthcare officer” slot is as important to the future of healthcare delivery as chief medical information officers are to today’s digital healthcare. In fact, I’d argue that healthcare organizations that don’t do this may lose the battle to transform, disrupt and right-size care over the next five to 10 years.

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.