Archive for June, 2013

  • You Have a Stake in Creating Healthier Communities

    Much of what influences health happens outside of the doctor’s office or hospital, where we live, learn, work, and play. Raising awareness of the social determinants of health in every sector, including health care, is essential to improving the health of people and their communities. On June 26, the Association of Academic Health Centers released a new, online toolkit to help leaders […]
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    For anyone interested in gaining a compassionate insight into dementia and loving care giving, reading The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley, will expand your horizons.  By the way, it’s a terrific read on many levels other than through the prism of health.
  • It’s Difficult to Improve What You Can’t Measure: Check-out the IOM’s Core Metrics Summary Report

    While there are multiple obstacles to improving the nation’s health care system, one essential element for sustained progress is the capacity to reliably and consistently measure progress across all aspects of the health and health care system. On June 24, 2013, the summary report from the Institute of Medicine’s workshop on Core Metrics for Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs was released at […]
  • We All Need to Care About Supporting Research

    The tremendous progress that has been made in medical care delivery is a direct result of our nation’s investment in health related research.  In 2011, according to Research!America, biomedical and health R&D spending (all sources) declined by more than $4 billion or 3 percent.  Each of us has a vital stake in the continued advancement of innovations that, when used […]
  • The Creative Destruction of Medicine

    Eric Topol, MD, has written an extraordinarily important book at just the right moment. Drawing upon a unique and impressive array of convergent expertise in medical research, clinical medicine, consumer and health technological advancements, and health policy, Dr. Topol opens the door for an essential discussion of old challenges viewed through an innovative lens. In the context of increasingly unaffordable […]
  • A State-by-State Analysis of the Overall Healthiness of Seniors in America

    America’s senior population will grow by more than 50% in the next 15 years.  Nearly 80% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition, 50% have two or more and 30% have four chronic conditions.  This report is the first to offer a comprehensive analysis of senior health both national and state levels to help guide locally specific and […]
  • 2012 America’s Health Rankings Reveals We Are Living Longer But Living Sicker

    This year’s report is important because it provides vital information on the overall healthiness of the nation, based upon a state-by-state analysis.  It reveals important data utilizing 23 measures of overall healthiness that concern the intimate connection between personal health behaviors, the community environments in which we live and work, the policy decisions made by elected and public officials, and […]
  • My Viewpoint on the Affordability, Diffusion and Disparities on Genetic Medicine

    Advances in the understanding of the genome, combined with affordable sequencing techniques and innovations in drug development, are ushering in an era of molecular diagnostics and individualized therapeutics with the potential to meaningfully enhance human health through effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. As the genetic origins of many diseases become better understood, risks and prognoses can be assessed based upon […]
  • Precision Medicine: Really Important Stuff

    I’m really excited about precision medicine which means utilizing the advancement in Genetics to provide people with personally appropriate health care interventions.  The UC of San Francisco recently brought together some of the most interesting thinkers in this field.  And I had the pleasure of participating. Learn more about MeForYou, visit
  • Enjoy every minute of your vacation

    One of the best things about summer is that we get the chance to get away and make the most of the warm weather. Summer vacations are a great opportunity to reinvigorate our physical, mental and spiritual health as we visit exciting places, take in beautiful scenery, breathe in fresh air, and connect with family and friends. But sometimes a […]