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3 Steps To Improving Medical Data Error Reporting

Kristine Martin Anderson, Kathryn Schulke, Booz Allen Hamilton | Government Health IT | January 7, 2013

As is often the case in life, we hope to learn from our mistakes, and not repeat them. The same could be said for our healthcare system. Read More »

America To Health Care: We Want Our Money Back

Erik Steele | Bangor Daily News | May 23, 2013

Last week, for the first time ever, I paid for my health insurance directly out of my bank account; I wrote a check for $1200 to cover our health insurance for the month I am between jobs. For the last 30 years, most of the cost of my family’s health insurance was paid by my employer, and our share was deducted directly from my paycheck. [...] Read More »

Behind The Ballooning Medical E-Records Cost

Gina Mangieri | KHON2 | February 10, 2014

A system that’s supposed to revolutionize health care in Hawaii is costing the state’s taxpayer-supported hospitals more than double the originally projected cost at the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation — the quasipublic agency that runs the state’s primarily rural hospitals. Read More »

ED Physician Executive Slams EHRs

Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | January 28, 2014

Electronic health records "are not effective communications tools—not effective at all," says a self-avowed technology optimist who holds a dim view of current EHR capabilities, but has hopes for better systems to come. Read More »

Experts Suggest NHS And US Health Care Systems Learn From Each Other

Staff Writer | TheInformationDaily.com | October 12, 2012

Medical experts from the USA and the UK have suggested in their Health Policy paper that the health care systems of both countries should share ideas. Read More »

Greed, Fear And Other Barriers To Health Care As A Human Right

Philip Caper | Bangor Daily News | April 18, 2013

Of all the wealthy countries, only the United States has so far failed to treat health care as a human right. A human right to health care means that everybody receives the same health care whatever their age, gender, health or employment status, racial or religious background, sexual orientation, or wealth and income level. Read More »

Health Care’s Road To Ruin

Elisabeth Rosenthal | New York Times | December 21, 2013

HAVING spent the last year reporting for a series of articles on the high cost of American medicine, I’ve heard it all. [...] As of Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act promises for the first time to deliver the possibility of meaningful health insurance to every American. But where does that leave the United States in terms of affordable care? Read More »

Health Orgs Dooming Their "Innovation" To Failure

Dave Chase | Forbes | June 15, 2013

Healthcare organizations are rapidly trying to reinvent themselves in light of the new rules of the game. One could argue it officially started October 1, 2012 with Medicare’s readmission penalties. People are calling this the “no outcome, no income” era. [...] Read More »

Health-Care Costs Are A Civil Rights Issue

Matt Miller | The Washington Post | August 28, 2013

In 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, America spent 5.5 percent of gross domestic product on health care . Today we spend 18 percent, while most other wealthy nations spend 10 to 12 percent through systems that deliver equal or better health outcomes... Read More »

Hospital IT Spending Jumps High

Paul Cerrato | Healthcare IT News | August 22, 2013

Hospital executives have never been frivolous when it comes to investing in technology, but as reimbursements shrink, the need to carefully analyze each purchasing decision has never been more urgent. Read More »

How Do We Move From Cost-Increasing To Cost-Reducing Technology?

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | September 3, 2013

In computing, Moore's Law says costs fall by half every two years as capability improves, yet in healthcare, technology sends bills soaring. Read More »

Intel And Pitney Bowes Inc. Offer Dossia Personal Health Record To Employees

Press Release | Intel, Dossia, Pitney Bowes | March 1, 2013

Two additional members of the Dossia Consortium are empowering their employees to control healthcare spending and improve health and wellness Read More »

Living Sick And Dying Young In Rich America

Leah Sottile | The Atlantic | December 19, 2013

Chronic illness is the new first-world problem. Read More »

Lost in the Signal

I finally got around to reading Bryan Caplan's The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. In it, Dr. Caplan, an economics professor at George Mason University and self-avowed libertarian, argues that, aside from basic literacy and numeracy, our educational system serves less to educate and more as a way to signal to employers who might make good employees. Oh, boy did this book make me think about our healthcare system.Dr. Caplan's views on economic signaling are by no means out of the mainstream, although his application of it to education may be. Think of it this way:

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Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

Reed Abelson, Julie Creswell, and Griff Palmer | New York Times | September 21, 2012

But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.
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