Health Care Delivery

  • National Health IT Week 2013

    National Health IT Week is an important opportunity to provide all of us with actionable information on using Health Information Technology to improve our health and health care, and at a lower cost. Whether we are health consumers, patients, health professionals, HIT experts, administrators of institutions, or policy leaders: we all have a stake in understanding the dramatic transformations in […]
  • HHS’s Request for Comments on Regulations for Research Needed to Improve Routine Patient Care

    Like many others (see signatures on the submitted statement, “CERIC HHS standard of care interventions 2013-09-09”), I am concerned about our lack of sufficient information about the absolute or relative effectiveness of routine medical care. We need a “learning health system” as my colleagues at the Institute of Medicine describe it: one that benefits from consistent performance data feedback, research, […]
  • Recognizing National Health Center Week

    Our country and our neediest citizens rely on our health centers for life saving care:  let’s give them some applause during National Health Center Week! Volunteerism and philanthropy are privileges that make our lives complete. Too often we take our Community Health Centers for granted, assuming that they will always be there to meet the most challenging needs.  On this, […]
  • 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 […]
  • A Role for Payers Remarks on the Use of Data and Analytics in Support of Preventive Care

    Key to progress in reducing the cost of health care through preventive medicine will be innovation in the increasingly vast array of health and medical data. Additionally, the capacity to use this information to provide support in all the arenas involved in health care will also be critical. These data have the potential to be translated into actionable knowledge and […]