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  • Blog Post: A New Place for Health Care Policy Debate

    About a month or so ago, the Washington Post launched their new Health Care Rx blog , and I was asked to participate as a panelist. Every Monday, questions are sent out, and a variety of “ experts ” from across the health care industry respond. It provides a great snapshot of the many different perspectives...
  • 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: Diverse real world problems

    Last week, we hosted around 20 physicians from one of our Amalga early adopters for a two day, two-way conversation around what the most important challenges in health delivery are and how software can help address them.    It was a very instructive conversation -- from which I learned...
  • Blog Post: History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

    (cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues ) My family and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico, so the news that’s on everyone’s mind—the spread of H1N1 Influenza A —is weighing even more heavily on me. With the media hype machine driving minute by minute coverage, it’s hard not to think about...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Consumers

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: In the Baucus bill, insurers would pay a tax on the value above $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for a family plan. What do you think of Sen. Baucus' proposal to impose a 35 percent tax on "Cadillac" health insurance plans...
  • Blog Post: New delivery models will solve the cost crisis

    This week's question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: Has Congress done enough to constrain long-term, health care spending growth? What cost containment strategies would you advocate pursuing? My response, New delivery models will solve the cost crisis , below: I was again reminded...
  • Blog Post: Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Do you think that a government-sponsored health insurance option is needed to help control rising costs and "keep insurers honest," as President Obama says? My response is now live: Lessons from Medicare and Medicaid. My main points...
  • 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: Liberate the Data Part II – Perspectives from Eclipsys and Microsoft

    It was just about a year ago at last year’s HIMSS that I posted about the need to “ liberate the data ” within health IT systems – separating data from applications and making it available for reuse in different contexts. What I said then holds true now. For health enterprises and consumers, health data...
  • Blog Post: Before you finalize your Health IT shopping list

    The mad dash for health reform continues in earnest as stakeholders from all parts of the health ecosystem work to inform, engage and encourage the incoming Administration.   The need for reform is obvious and the dialog is positive -- I continue to worry that 'soundbite solutions' will get...
  • 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: Inaugural Post

    I recently traveled for two weeks in the Asia Pacific region on Microsoft Health related business. I was fortunate to meet with a broad diversity of folks -- from Minister's of Health, to CEO's of leading private and public hospitals, to GP's interested in how technology can help them and even to citizens...
  • Blog Post: Going Beyond Insurance Reform

    This week's question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: Last week, President Obama admonished insurance company executives for excessive rate increases. He is taking aim at them again in his speech in Philadelphia right now. How much of our problem rests with insurance companies and...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: A New Chapter

    Yesterday we announced an exciting new chapter in the Microsoft in Health story . Microsoft and GE Healthcare (GEHC) are forming a joint venture – with equal investment from each ‘parent’ – that will offer advanced IT solutions to healthcare organizations. Microsoft’s...