At the end of last month, President Trump dismissed VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, following weeks of speculation that he would do just that. In Shulkin’s place, Trump nominated his personal White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, a physician who’s never managed a large healthcare organization.
I’m proud to lead a group of intelligent and energetic technology professionals committed to developing a robust healthcare IT system that is easy for clinicians to use, improves patient health and doesn’t bankrupt hospital budgets. We think any sustainable system must have these three key attributes.
And how is healthcare doing thus far?
The illusion of control is tempting, even intoxicating. It’s also a common characteristic that almost all humans manifest to one degree or another as we work to satisfy competence motives, the need for security, survival instincts.
Because proximity often feels like control, it might also get in the way of secure healthcare IT.
It's a new year and, like most busy healthcare professionals, you're probably wondering how the previous year went by so quickly. If you feel like you couldn't keep up with key conversations from 2017, spend some time with the HITinsight top 10 blog posts before you dive into 2018's most pressing issues. The HITinsight top 10 cover a wide range of relevant issues and offer useful information from seasoned healthcare IT professionals. There's something here for everyone.
In the early 2000s, in preparation to write his bestseller, Moneyball, author Michael Lewis was trying to figure out how the Oakland Athletics could possibly be successful. A small-market team hemmed in by financial limitations, the A’s were regularly competitive even though their budget was dwarfed by that of teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s about time for articles making technology predictions for 2018 and proclaiming 2017 “the year of the (this space for rent).”
As editors cast about for the healthcare IT story of the current year, they might have a hard time making the case for blockchain technology based on measurable recent impact, but they’ll have less trouble endorsing blockchain if they look at current hype and future potential.
It’s not exactly a sweater or tie that gets worn once and then relegated to the top of the closet, but it turns out that patient data may have something in common with unloved holiday gifts. Both, it appears, are shared and then seldom used.
Yes, Katrina was already losing appeal as a girl’s name by 2005, when it had fallen to 247th most popular in the United States. But the so-named hurricane that swamped New Orleans in August of that year pushed it off a ledge. By May of 2007 Katrina had fallen more than 100 spots to number 382, its lowest level since the 1950s.
The last time you made a difficult decision, chances are you engaged in some form of a process called the 5 W’s, or maybe the 5W’s and Sometimes How, or 5W+1H … maybe 6 W’s.
Right. So, what the process lacks in an agreed-upon name it makes up for with the logical consistency of directed, relevant questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? It’s a process journalists often use consciously in writing articles, and it comes in handy for non-journalists when the goal is breaking down options and arriving at an optimal outcome.