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Clinging stubbornly to an outdated IT enterprise model by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Sometime back, I compared the relationship between health systems and Epic, one of the biggest health care IT companies, to the Stockholm Syndrome .  To review Stockholm ... Read on »
"A" for effort, but . . . by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council ("PHC4") has posted its latest annual report entitled, " Good Data Drives Good Decisions ."  [Undated, but marked ... Read on »
"All change begins with one small test." by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Anna Roth, CEO of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center , wrote me the other day with a summary that is revealing about what we are all trying to do.  It is all the more po ... Read on »
"Appropriate action" from Mt. Ida students and administration by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The students of Mt. Ida College, about whom I have written twice before , persist in their habit of littering our fair city as they wait for the shuttle bus to take th ... Read on »
"AraƱa" means "spider" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Small world category: While refereeing a boys soccer game recently, I started to talk with the coach and inquired where he was from, and he was of Romanian descent but grew u ... Read on »
"Bad apples" don't fall far from the tree by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A distinguished and thoughtful colleague asks, "Now, what do you do with this bad apple?"  The story on Medical Daily is "Nurse Who Injected Elderly Patient With a Le ... Read on »
"But our patients are sicker" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Liz Kowalczyk at the Boston Globe provides a story and the detailed analysis of the rates paid by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to hospitals and physicians in Massachusetts. ... Read on »
"But they are different." Not! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Whenever I talk about the spectacular work Brent James and his colleagues have done with process improvement at Intermountain Health, someone says, "But they are different." ... Read on »
"Carefully tend to those kinds of moments" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There is a weekly segment on NPR called “Story Corps”.Today’s recording made me think of what great people work in hospitals. Read on »
"Good" news: It's not just people by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Source: Sunday Telegraph The UK Sunday Telegraph reported this week The waistlines of Britain’s pets have expanded to ever greater dimensions, with ... Read on »
"Government efficiency" is an oxymoron by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I always appreciate and pay attention to the thoughtful observations of Sachin Jain , and this article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine is no exception.  It's c ... Read on »
"Ground level" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy To briefly continue the travelogue from above, consider the hillside construction of the towns along the Amalfi Coast. One of the natives gave us a short lesson ... Read on »
"I really like that chart . . ." by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy . . . because it says it all," noted Ellen Zane, CEO of Tufts Medical Center, in a semi-joking, semi-serious manner. Ellen and I were called back as witnesses at the en ... Read on »
"I Remember Better When I Paint" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This event on May 29 (3:30-5:30) at the Metropolitan Museum in NY is worthwhile for any health care provider who encounters people with dementia and for family members o ... Read on »
"It's not our job." by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Some people were criticizing me the other day when I suggested that CMS was wasting its time by publishing hospital chargemaster data while neglecting its real responsibil ... Read on »
"Management" and "leadership" are not synonymous by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My friend Boaz Tamir nails it again.  He has written a piece about the Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva, but it applies to so many others.  An excerpt Many people ... Read on »
"My mother was smiling" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This is a really well done segment from WCVB, Channel 5, regarding end-of-life care. Maureen Bisognano of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, who appears in the video, i ... Read on »
"Myth" re-redefines his position by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The New York Times reported on statements made by Mr. Romney on NBC's "Meet the Press:" I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. There are a number of things t ... Read on »
"No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher." by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As we head into day two of our Lean workshop here at Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis (hospital) in the Netherlands, it is good to reflect on the nature of complex organization ... Read on »
"Not to the point of chaos" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A story about about institutional use of social media. I am on the board of an organization that, like many others, is facing financial stresses. The president decided to ... Read on »