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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...
22 Jul 2009
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...
13 Aug 2009
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...
28 Feb 2010
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...
10 Jun 2009
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...
13 May 2009
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...
20 Oct 2008
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...
26 Sep 2009
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...
7 Aug 2009
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...
26 Aug 2009
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...
17 Dec 2008
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...
1 Mar 2010
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...
23 Oct 2009
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...
21 Feb 2010
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...
29 Jul 2009
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...
13 Jun 2009
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...
30 Sep 2009
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...
16 Sep 2009
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...
11 Nov 2009
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...
28 Mar 2009
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...
4 Apr 2009
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...
2 May 2009
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...
12 Mar 2010
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...
17 Jan 2009
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...
25 Feb 2010
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...
9 Oct 2008
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