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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: 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: 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: 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: Rush to Reform

    I haven't posted for awhile -- mostly because I have been busy with customers, development projects, and the impact of the economic crisis -- but also because I’ve felt that there has been so much noise and anticipation around the priorities of the incoming Administration that reading seemed more...
  • 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: Learning from Singapore and Switzerland

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Which country has the best health-care system and why? Can the U.S. follow its model? My response -- Learning from Singapore, Switzerland -- is below. To realize the goals of providing increased access while maintaining fiscal responsibility...
  • 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: Aligning policy, technology, and business innovation – perspectives from the Connected Health Conference…

    We’re just wrapping up our annual Connected Health Conference. I wanted to share some insights and observations from the past three days. We had 925 attendees representing 409 organizations -- attendance more than doubled from last year, which is pretty amazing given that conference attendance is down...
  • 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: Tear Down the Walls and Liberate the Data

    (cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues ) In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave one of his most well remembered speeches . Few of us could forget his words to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”—proving to be prophetic when the German Democratic Republic announced the re-opening of the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting week of interactions

    It has been an interesting week for me, participating in three different events in the last seven days. With HIMSS at the beginning of the April -- it has been a real opportunity to get a snapshot of what folks are thinking, planning and worrying about in these hyper-active times of HiTech and health...
  • 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: 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: The language of rights applied to health in the U.S.

    Last night there was a question in the Presidential Debate on whether healthcare should be a privilege, a right or a responsibility in the U.S. McCain gave a nuanced answer -- but said it was a responsibility and Obama said he considers it a right for U.S. residents since we are a wealthy society. It...