Analysis and Opinions on Healthcare News and Trends

Is Facebook Still a Viable Medium for Finding New Patients?

Is Facebook Still a Viable Medium for Finding New Patients?

It’s been a tumultuous year for Facebook. On top of the privacy scandal surrounding inappropriate data usage by Cambridge Analytica, they saw the worst single-day loss for any public company in history after an investor call on July 26. With questions around the..

8 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Analytics Partner

8 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Analytics Partner

In late June, Atul Gawande was named CEO of the headline-grabbing new healthcare venture from Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway. Gawande, a surgeon, professor and writer, shot to fame after publishing a 2009 New Yorker article titled “The Cost Conundrum.”

HIMSS 2018 and EMR Atheism

HIMSS 2018 and EMR Atheism

Today is the first day of HIMSS 2018, a conference being held in Las Vegas in an exposition center in which the cheapest 10’ x 10’ booth costs $3,600 plus a $400 “booth listing fee” and attended by a number of people who speak frequently of the waste that is in..

Death, Taxes and Optum

Death, Taxes and Optum

The end of 2017 brings tidings of anything but great joy for health system executives. Consider what has happened in just the last 45 days: 

HIPAAcracy: The Real Constraint on Innovation in Healthcare Technology

HIPAAcracy: The Real Constraint on Innovation in Healthcare Technology

There is a seemingly never-ending opportunity to innovate in healthcare, particularly companies from California founded by technologists who have recently encountered the monolith that is the US healthcare system. Having experienced it once in an up-close and..

Forest Fires and Garden Hoses

Forest Fires and Garden Hoses

Forest fires are once again raging in California, burning in unpredictable patterns and leaving catastrophic destruction in their wake. In October, the Tubbs fire decimated Santa Rosa, destroying neighborhoods, jumping Highway 101, and forcing the evacuation of a..

A Healthcare Plan that the Founding Fathers Might Approve – Part II

A Healthcare Plan that the Founding Fathers Might Approve – Part II

Having started with a plan that treats all natural-born citizens equally from birth, what would the Founding Fathers do next?

A Healthcare Plan that the Founding Fathers Might Approve – Part I

A Healthcare Plan that the Founding Fathers Might Approve – Part I

241 years ago, the Founding Fathers wrote these words:

The Train at the End of the Tunnel

The Train at the End of the Tunnel

The fact that the U.S. faces a looming healthcare crisis is not “fake news”, and unfortunately neither is the lack of courage in Washington, D.C. and state capitals to address the issue.

If Rip Van Winkle Were a Blogger...

If Rip Van Winkle Were a Blogger...

If Rip Van Winkle were a blogger, he might feel like I do today. After penning “Lost in D.C. with the Dartmouth Atlas” in 2009 with my friend John Morrow, I decided to take a break while the federal government implemented a $35B “incentive” program to encourage the..