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President Obama Addresses the Ebola Crisis by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In this weekly address , President Obama addresses the Ebola crisis.  As we've come to expect from our Chief Executives, it's a perfectly crafted speech that addresses ou ... Read on »
Health Worker Nonchalance About Ebola? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Ebola virus Recent reports of two nurses becoming infected with Ebola begs the question of whether they were lax in following infection-control protocol ... Read on »
Associations. Correlations. Inferences. Signals. Yes, That's Big Data by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy America's corporate Directors celebrate big data The Population Health Blog's recent travels recently included a speaking gig at the just concluded Nation ... Read on »
Version 1 Care Management to Prevent Hospital Readmission Fails (Unsurprisingly) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Does this high profile randomized study "prove" that telephone follow-up of recently discharged inpatients fails to prevent readmissions?  Should hospital leaders reco ... Read on »
Two Additional Reasons Why Health App Adoption is Bound to Grow by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog is avidly learning about health apps for patients .  As described here , half of U.S adults now own a smartphone, half of them use them to ... Read on »
The Most Interesting Man In the World Teaches the PHB about the Medical Home by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog isn't sure why its Twitter account was targeted by the Dos Equis ads about the exploits of " the world's most interesting man ." Tweets on how "Hi ... Read on »
Dr. Emanuel Hopes He Dies Before He Gets Old by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Poor judgment. The Population Health Blog can't discern another explanation for Ezekiel Emanuel's  Why I Hope to Die at 75 article in The Atlantic.  Since leaving Washing ... Read on »
The Antifragile VA: Lessons from the NFL by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Unacceptable behavior. Tone deaf sanctions. Superficial investigations blaming a few bad apples. Contrite leadership promising change. Population Health Blog readers mig ... Read on »
Telehealth Helps! by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy ... and have you taken your pills today? Are you in the "telehealth" business?  Do you sell, buy, broker or provide remote monitoring, telephonic follow ... Read on »
Is One DIet Program Better Than Another for Weight Loss? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a doctor, the Population Health Blog was often asked by overnourished patients to help find a "best" diet.  Its advice to simply eat less and skip desert, however, was ... Read on »
Of Risk Stratification, Health System Variation and "Stupid" Decision-Making by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A fly in the ointment Years ago, a middle-aged Population Health Blog patient came in for a routine follow-up appointment.  Since his last visit, he had dev ... Read on »
The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up! by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Are you proud to be a "wonk?"  Well, you can burnish your wonky credentials by clicking here and checking out David Williams ' latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. You ... Read on »
Is the United States the Only Country Into "Patient Engagement?" (plus a definition) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patient engagement is there too! The answer is no.  Check out this paper in Health Affairs that defines patient engagement as ordinary people who manage the ... Read on »
Underwriting vs. Care Management by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Rock on, care management In the course of learning about care management , the Population Health Blog has benefitted from sitting at the feet of high-functi ... Read on »
The Growing Parallels Between Health Care and Power Utilities by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In some of its past musings, the Population Health Blog drew parallels between the airline industry and health care . While it knows nothing about aviation, who cares? It ... Read on »
CMS Succumbs to Disease Management Style Spin? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If, thanks to the medical home or disease management, you've witnessed the improvements in patients' care, you've also probably been frustrated by those silly skeptics' in ... Read on »
Just What Is "Patient Engagement" in Health Care? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy According to this paper by Barello et al in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, the muddled answer depends on when it was used as well as your professional background. ... Read on »
Doubling Down on Accountable Care Organizations and Health Information Networks by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Want to achieve effective health care, reduced costs, increased quality, population health, widespread prevention and seamless health information access?  It's easy, s ... Read on »
17 Reasons Why Care Management Is Probably Not Going To Be in a Clinic Near You Anytime Soon by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's a good review of all the reasons why care management has not become a routine part of patient care.  As policymakers, reformists, consultants and architects pla ... Read on »
The Just Right "Sweet Middle" of Care Management by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Finding the "just right" middle If you're interested in care management (definition here ), there's a supportive case report in the August 7 edition of the ... Read on »