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Hal Andrews

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Market Share: Three Common Fallacies

Market Share: Three Common Fallacies

Market share is “top of mind” for every savvy health system executive in America, even if definitions of market share are imprecise. Most often, health system executives think about market share in terms of the “PSA” and “SSA”, which is an elegant way of referring..

The Surprising Endurance of Status Quo in Healthcare Analytics

The Surprising Endurance of Status Quo in Healthcare Analytics

Status quo, as everyone knows, is Latin for the existing state of affairs, particularly in a political context. Ironically, the reliance on governmental and political organizations as the source of data analytics is the status quo for thousands of U.S. hospitals.

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..