Optimizing for higher patient volumes in the ER while reducing wait times, controlling costs and improving the quality of care

The emergency room is often described as a hospital’s front door. A significant portion of any hospital’s daily unscheduled admissions flow through this portal. Without the ER, and a loyal community of referring physicians, no hospital can survive. Many pundits predicted that ER volumes would fall under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)….


Digital health revolution? Perhaps evolution better describes what’s actually going on.

It’s easy to become mesmerized by headlines about the digital health revolution. One can’t help but notice the noise on how nanobots, wearable sensors and devices, labs on a chip, apps on smartphones, virtual medical visits, machine learning and quantified-self consumers are going to upend the landscape of healthcare. As a clinician and someone whose…


Law and Medicine—where worlds collide and good things sometimes happen

Last week I was on the road to Boston and then Chicago. I have already shared my experiences at the Kennedy Forum Gala and Conference held in Boston. Now, I’ll tell you about the Chicago segment of my journey where I provided a Friday morning keynote for the American Bar Association’s Physicians Legal Issues Conference…


The Kennedy Forum, moonshot for mental & behavioral health parity & inclusion

One thing is for certain about the Kennedys. There are a lot of them, and they are very accomplished. During the last couple of days while staying in Boston I met Patrick, Ted Jr., their mother Joan, cousin Steven (Kennedy Smith),  and Joseph. I’m also sure there were a few others that I didn’t have…


Oh Canada! Microsoft announces your cloud and that’s healthy news

Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to deliver commercial cloud services from Canada. That means, in 2016, the company will deliver Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from data centers located in Ontario and Quebec. So why am I bringing this to your attention here on HealthBlog? Over the span of 13 years at Microsoft, I’ve…


Employers and employees warm to lower cost, convenient, and more satisfying primary care bolstered by technology

“Primary care is dead!” I was absolutely shocked to hear that proclamation from one of my colleagues the other day. Shocked because it came from the mouth of a fellow primary care physician. In his mind, primary care is being ceded to midlevel professionals and primary care physicians had better get ready to reinvent themselves….