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  • Blog Post: Individuals and Personal Responsibility May Be the Tipping Point in Health Reform

    The latest turn in the healthcare debate is the increasingly sensational coverage of town halls happening across the country. While they’re described as rancorous and sometimes violent , I’m pleased to see my fellow Americans so passionate and involved in one of our country’s biggest long-term challenges...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: And the debate rages on…about access…

    I think we’d all agree that the healthcare debate continues to intensify. Many say it has entered a new stage as conversations move to proposals -- with Senate Democrats recommending a bill that will amplify the debate even more -- to decide if the US will adopt universal coverage. Access seems to...
  • Blog Post: Making Sound Decisions in Health

    In past blogs, I have frequently discussed the need for the consumer to be a more active participant in the health ecosystem. I passionately believe the citizen/consumer has to be accountable for their many personal health decisions – such as lifestyle, smoking, nutrition, activity levels and the...
  • Blog Post: Navigating through the noise to find the signal

    I don't know about you -- but trying to keep track of and make sense of the company announcements, the many awareness events designed by politicians and the folks hoping to influence the policy makers, the work being done by folks at HHS and the Hill to create new rules and policies and the press and...
  • Blog Post: Political Jousting

    The election sure is increasing the spotlight on various health reform options -- unfortunately I am less confident that the spotlight is illuminating the fundamental drivers or choices. The last Presidential debate sure wasn't helpful in educating or informing the viewers. Zeke Emanuel -- a very...
  • Blog Post: Three Simple Truths

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Recent polls show declining support for President Obama's handling of the health-care issue. What should he do to get the effort back on track? My response is below. Today's debate is mired in details about the wrong topics...
  • Blog Post: International Travelogue Part Two...

    Last week, I continued my round the world itinerary visiting customers, partners, and governmental agencies. I took an overnight flight from London to Bangkok on a Saturday—the plane was full, primarily of tourists taking advantage of what Thailand has to offer, despite the political turmoil. My day...
  • Blog Post: Change Agents at Work; Catalysts to Improve Our Health System

    There are days that I love my job (not every day yet), and last week I had one of those special days. I participated in the Forum for Sustainable Health , an event hosted by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Insitute with a bunch of incredibly smart people -- all change agents in their respective...
  • Blog Post: Health Care Needs New Rules to Enable Innovation and Reward Experimentation

    (cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues ) Technology is playing a major role in helping bring healthcare into the 21 st century. Many of us have seen it first hand in treatment from our doctors, from MRI scans to laser surgery. But these clinical advancements represent only a small piece...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: In the Health Reform Recipe, the Missing Ingredient Is the Consumer

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: What's Your Take On Obama's Speech? What did you think of President Barack Obama's Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress? Was it effective? Did it "move the needle?" My response is below. I applaud the administration for...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Connect Consumers with “Meaningful Use”

    The current hot, behind-the-scenes, debate in HIT is around how “meaningful use” of HIT will be defined for purposes of the incentive payments provided in the HiTech portion of ARRA . Since there is a lot of money at stake and a lot of interested stakeholders, I am sure it will be an energetic debate...
  • Blog Post: International Travelogue

    After my visit to Washington D.C. and the U.S. Senate, I thought it might be instructive to visit other parts of the world to gain additional perspective on the challenges the global economic crisis is posing to health systems. For the last five days, I have been in Western Europe visiting four different...
  • Blog Post: Another milestone on the journey forward…

    Over three years ago, we started on a journey -- to empower consumers with tools to help make better health decisions and drive better health outcomes. We believed that the simplest, easiest way to start was to give consumers their data in a secure and private way, and allow them to share it from provider...
  • Blog Post: Signposts

    I don't normally blog about our products per se, but today marks an important milestone for Microsoft shipping solutions that are important signposts toward the future -- the transformation of healthcare. The first is the launch of the Mayo Clinic Health Manager powered by HealthVault -- the focus...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Message to Washington -- It's all about Outcomes

    Yesterday, I testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee , otherwise known as HELP. You can see a video of my testimony here . Before getting to the substance, I need to highlight how I continue to be awe-inspired about how our government works -- in a positive way. Any...
  • Blog Post: A Milestone on Many Levels: Publishing a Joint Op-Ed with Google

    Over a year ago, a dialogue started about the rules surrounding ‘meaningful use’ – and with anything like this, there are always lots of voices, lots of opinions. Given our history, we were in the ‘faction’ of folks focusing on ensuring that consumers were at the center of this discussion – and along...
  • Blog Post: Health Reform -- Fixing the Core Problem or Just Symptoms?

    The health reform debate has passed another milestone , but the question I keep getting asked by friends and family is whether the proposed legislation will actually improve our health delivery system. I want to be optimistic, but I’m skeptical that the kind of comprehensive change we need to truly reform...
  • Blog Post: The willingness to succeed is only exceeded by the willingness to prepare

    After many long months of discussion and debate , the first draft of Meaningful Use has come out. I’m optimistic about what I see -- what’s been laid out seems to focus on driving real outcomes improvement in the health care system. It’s important that we keep this in mind -- that we’re not just trying...
  • Blog Post: 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...