Point-of-care apps: How docs can make the most of eight minutes

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Point-of-care apps: How docs can make the most of eight minutes

July 24, 2014 12:28 pm by | 0 Comments

Eight minutes. That’s approximately how long new doctors spend face-to-face with patients today. In those precious eight minutes, doctors have a laundry list of tasks to accomplish: convey patient’s condition,…


Still broken: Healthcare.gov can’t verify eligibility and open enrollment is coming soon

Still broken: Healthcare.gov can’t verify eligibility and open enrollment is coming soon

July 24, 2014 12:39 pm by | 0 Comments

HealthCare.gov was a flop when it launched in October 2013. We all remember how impossible it was for Americans to buy health insurance through the website in the months following…


Under the radar, new law helps federal agency incubate quality improvement for vulnerable elderly

Under the radar, new law helps federal agency incubate quality improvement for vulnerable elderly

July 24, 2014 9:35 am by | 0 Comments

Amidst the loud Apple-IBM and Google-Novartis partnership announcements, a much quieter announcement was made which carries equally large implications for the healthcare industry. On July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation…



Are you managing the signals your startup is sending?

Are you managing the signals your startup is sending?

July 24, 2014 6:05 am by | 0 Comments

I’m building a startup to help investors, acquirers, and service providers etc. connect with startups to do deals. Funding, M&A, customer acquisition–these aren’t new things, but before Mattermark existed these…


Are Medical Specialty Boards Extorting Its Physicians?

Are Medical Specialty Boards Extorting Its Physicians?

July 23, 2014 8:37 pm by | 0 Comments

Over the last few months, we have seen a great increase in the number of doctors writing articles and blog posts speaking up against the current MOC (maintenance of certification)…


How do doctors feel about the new ABIM board certification requirements?

How do doctors feel about the new ABIM board certification requirements?

July 13, 2014 10:03 am by | 0 Comments

I received an interesting email this week from the American College of Cardiology. The purpose of the note was to relay the results of a survey regarding member’s views and…


20 people to follow on Twitter for #healthit and #HITsm info

20 people to follow on Twitter for #healthit and #HITsm info

July 13, 2014 7:49 am by | 1 Comments

During the first 10 days of July, the tweet streams I use for monitoring the #healthit and #HITsm hashtags on Twitter were flooded with a lot of tweets related to the 2014 #HIT100 event. At times, the nominations for people I a…


Advances in medical imaging allow the scan to fit the patient

Advances in medical imaging allow the scan to fit the patient

July 12, 2014 6:12 am by | 0 Comments

The future of medicine lies in treatments that are tailored to individual patients’ needs. This approach directs the appropriate care to each patient and maximizes healthcare outcomes. Today, “precision” medicine…



In the wake of Apple’s HealthKit, does wearable technology need a Switzerland approach?

In the wake of Apple’s HealthKit, does wearable technology need a Switzerland approach?

July 7, 2014 10:00 am by | 3 Comments

It’s been roughly three weeks since Apple’s announcement about its Health app, the consumer electronics giants’ new dashboard for capturing health data; and HealthKit, its foray into establishing a healthcare integration platform…


What true collaboration looks like when the goal is improving health

What true collaboration looks like when the goal is improving health

July 3, 2014 5:10 am by | 0 Comments

Nine organisations have joined Wellthcare to debate and plan how to make creating health the norm. Last week was the first meeting. For the time-being the group is being called the…


Realizing changes in health care delivery – new structures for providers, more hand-holding for patients

Realizing changes in health care delivery – new structures for providers, more hand-holding for patients

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm by | 0 Comments

There is some good news for patients when it comes to the changes underway as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The reforms and transitions have started a national…


Seven driving lessons for navigating the uncertainty of healthcare

Seven driving lessons for navigating the uncertainty of healthcare

June 30, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Living in the Pacific Northwest, it is not unusual to find myself on a foggy, rainy road with little visibility ahead. Working as a healthcare leader is very similar to…


6 tools needed to make ‘consumer driven healthcare’ more than a buzzword

6 tools needed to make ‘consumer driven healthcare’ more than a buzzword

June 25, 2014 10:25 am by | 0 Comments

Consumer Driven Healthcare. Though I’m glad that we are finally starting to put the consumer in the middle of the healthcare equation, I still cringe when I hear those words. Let’s…


Healthcare Cliff Jumping

Healthcare Cliff Jumping

June 24, 2014 8:33 am by | 1 Comments

You are forced to jump off a cliff. You have a 1 in 1000 chance of dying if you choose Cliff #1. You have a 0.1% chance of dying if…


March of Dimes hits a home run and doesn’t even know it!

March of Dimes hits a home run and doesn’t even know it!

June 21, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The March of Dimes effort to reduce or eliminate elective deliveries and C-sections has led to thousands of women not having major unnecessary surgery and babies who would have required…


Health care incentives are a great American paradox – at every level

Health care incentives are a great American paradox – at every level

June 19, 2014 3:30 pm by | 1 Comments

Stupidity is in the eye of the beholder. Smoking is “stupid,” some would say, because it is unequivocally bad for one’s health. But what if the pleasure gained from smoking…