Q2 checkup: Three forces shaping digital health innovation in 2014

Q2 checkup: Three forces shaping digital health innovation in 2014

June 14, 2014 5:03 am by | 0 Comments

By Aman Bhandari With 2014 halfway behind us, it’s time for a bi-annual look back at digital health innovation so far.  What have been our major influencers? Six months is…


Where will the dominant digital health platform come from?

Where will the dominant digital health platform come from?

June 11, 2014 12:35 pm by | 3 Comments

I read an interesting Wall Street Journal article recently that discussed the war between tech companies to control future consumer distribution platforms. The article explains that the cash-flush giants “…each…



VistA vs. Epic: A tale of two business models and implementations

VistA vs. Epic: A tale of two business models and implementations

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm by | 0 Comments

Over the last few weeks, access to VA health care for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement…


Complex, Plural and a Constant Struggle: The Future of Health

Complex, Plural and a Constant Struggle: The Future of Health

June 11, 2014 8:22 am by | 0 Comments

There was a moment, when I was sitting stage-side at TEDMED 2013, when I saw the future of health. It wasn’t bright, it wasn’t full of answers; it was complex,…


We need to stop letting TV ads drive clinical decision making about pain management

We need to stop letting TV ads drive clinical decision making about pain management

June 11, 2014 5:25 am by | 0 Comments

Pain management is one of the greatest challenges facing our healthcare system right now. We’ve witnessed tremendous growth in utilization trends stemming from the ‘perfect-storm’ effect playing out in this…


Meaningful use deadline: Last-minute advice from William O’Byrne of NJ-HITEC

Meaningful use deadline: Last-minute advice from William O’Byrne of NJ-HITEC

June 10, 2014 11:47 am by | 2 Comments

As the deadline for meaningful use approaches, doctors are rushing to adopt the program to take advantage of government incentives. However, as we speak to doctors, we realize that many…


Six simple strategies for building a physician leadership program

Six simple strategies for building a physician leadership program

June 10, 2014 5:19 am by | 0 Comments

With all the hype about the importance of cultivating physician leadership, more organizations are engaging outside experts to help them build physician leadership development programs. Like many of the necessities…



Good doctoring is not rocket science — it is also not digital

Good doctoring is not rocket science — it is also not digital

June 9, 2014 5:54 am by | 10 Comments

Sometimes I worry about where technology is leading the healthcare profession. It is not just the distraction of white screens and electronic health records. These are bad, terrible, in fact….


New Obamacare endgame: The VA for all

New Obamacare endgame: The VA for all

June 9, 2014 5:46 am by | 2 Comments

Scandal at the Phoenix Veterans Administration lifted the curtain of secrecy on the VA’s secret waiting lists. The VA lies while patients die. This is by no means a new…


Money doesn’t talk: Why some startups don’t announce seed financings any more

Money doesn’t talk: Why some startups don’t announce seed financings any more

June 9, 2014 5:16 am by | 0 Comments

Most of the startups we’ve backed at Homebrew don’t rush to announce their funding. Not because they’re all operating in stealth or pre-product – in fact some already are earning…


7 ways to secure startup funding that they don’t teach in business school

7 ways to secure startup funding that they don’t teach in business school

June 6, 2014 8:53 am by | 1 Comments

Fundraising is arguably the most important issue for any entrepreneur. Without financial backing, even the most brilliant idea will never see the light of day. This is a daily fight…


10 key takeaways from Health Datapalooza 2014

10 key takeaways from Health Datapalooza 2014

June 5, 2014 5:45 am by | 2 Comments

Early June is Health Datapalooza time, and this year’s event was again a whirlwind of energy, insights, and over 2,000 very motivated and passionate health data enthusiasts (health datapaloozers doesn’t sound…


The new leader of the VA needs to use data to fix the system, not to reward or punish

The new leader of the VA needs to use data to fix the system, not to reward or punish

June 4, 2014 11:08 am by | 0 Comments

As I wrote about on LinkedIn, instead of blaming “bad managers” or a “lack of integrity” at local VA sites, like Phoenix, we have to look at the system, now…


America has healthcare all figured out – except for the delivery system

America has healthcare all figured out – except for the delivery system

June 4, 2014 10:46 am by | 1 Comments

You the patient are really not the customer of the physician. Since the insurer will determine whether and how much the physician will be paid for attending to your needs,…


How health systems can gain a competitive advantage in paid search

How health systems can gain a competitive advantage in paid search

June 4, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments (Sponsored)

Regardless of differences among health systems, one similarity is certain: They all want to know what their competitors are doing online and how they can do it better.
Much of the reason for the concern about competition is the fact that two or three health systems are typically situated within a 10-20 mile radius of each other.