Patient and Power no longer an oxymoron. Just follow the money.

For as long as I’ve been involved the healthcare industry, both as a physician and healthcare executive, I’ve always viewed the patient as the most disenfranchised, powerless cog in the wheel. This didn’t come from any sort of disdain for patients. In fact, every time I or a family member had to engage with the healthcare “system” I too felt…

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Improving health and healthcare, a global perspective

If you live in America and work in the healthcare industry it is easy to assume that the issues we face in providing care to our population are uniquely American. While it is true that we spend more per capita on healthcare than other nations, and many would argue that we spend too much for…

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The rise of the machines in healthcare. What it portends for clinicians and other workers.

This morning I came across an interesting article by Jason Hiner on ZDNet. The article, When robots eliminate jobs, humans will find better things to do, examines how innovation and new technologies have disrupted jobs throughout history. It makes the case, be it in farming or the manufacture of automobiles, that while disruption in the workforce does happen and some people do suffer…

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Trust matters in health and healthcare, and so do standards on privacy, security and compliance

Spoiler alert! The subject of this blog post will be quite boring for most of my readers. It is, however, one of the most important topics I could share with you. It seems almost every day we hear about a new data breach of one kind or another. It happens to retailers, web service companies, banks, entertainment companies, and…

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Make sure your health organization has enough power when you “Flip the Switch”!

My favorite health futurist and commentator, Ian Morrison, offers another provocative essay in this week’s online edition of Hospitals and Health Networks.  In “Flip the Switch” he explores two prominent themes in the healthcare industry, both being advanced by US health reform legislation.  The first theme is that more people will be covered by health…

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Learn more about “Clinical Groupware”

On my HealthBlog post of June 24th I posed the question, “Is it time for Clinical Groupware?”  Well, apparently the answer is YES!  Since June, a number of my colleagues have come together to form what is now known as the Clinical Groupware Collaborative.  The Collaborative’s mission is to promote lower-cost, flexible, easier-to-use and implement…

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Hopping along toward better health in Western Australia

Regular HealthBlog readers know that I often find symbolism in things that I see as I travel the world.  In Japan it was a wooden bridge in a serene garden.  In Switzerland it was the Swiss Army Knife.  In Banff Canada it was a ladder reaching toward a star on top a Christmas tree.  Here…

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Science and Technology in Society Forum: How software could help save the planet

Today I attended the opening of the 4th Annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan.  I’m here at the invitation of Mr. Koji Omi, Member of the House of Representatives and former Finance Minister for Japan.  Mr. Omi is also notable as the founder of the STS Forum.  It is a genuine…

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