My nurse colleague with more than 20 years of experience in-patient care started working at an ambulatory care clinic about two years ago. Soon after she joined, a large for-profit healthcare company purchased the non-profit …Continue reading
OpenAI: Is There Too Much Patient Data in Electronic Health Records?
It depends on the context. In some cases, too much patient data can be a burden on clinicians, making it difficult to find the most important information. In other cases, more data can be beneficial, …Continue reading
Smart Benefit vs. Cost Data Collection
As a young disease-chasing EIS officer at the CDC, my managers instructed me to weigh the benefit of data collection versus its cost. When collecting patient survey information during a disease outbreak investigation, I kept …Continue reading
Medications Are a National Security Issue
Over the past several years, patients experienced medication shortages that included cancer drugs, antibiotics for sepsis, and, most recently, over-the-counter pediatric analgesics. Worried parents with children suffering from RSV or the flu are purchasing $4 …Continue reading
OpenAI: How Can Physicians Use Artificial Intelligence in Patient Care Delivery?
Automated Diagnosis: AI can be used to analyze patient data and help provide more accurate diagnoses. This could potentially reduce the need for additional tests and save patients time, money, and discomfort. Treatment Suggestions: AI …Continue reading
Healthcare’s Groundhog Day
We all know about Groundhog Day, February 2, when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation and predicts whether we will have six more weeks of winter. But there is a second Groundhog Day, which is January …Continue reading
The Power of AI What does all this hype interest in artificial intelligence really mean for healthcare? To better understand its potential impact, I “chat” with OpenAI and share the responses with you. Every post …Continue reading
Revolutionary Health IT
Revolutionary HIT requires a focus on three key areas: 1) processes and workflows, 2) information technology tools, and 3) healthcare provider tasks, duties and responsibilities.Continue reading
Crazy U.S. Healthcare: How Did We Get Here?
Currently, the U.S. spends about 18% of GDP or close to $4 trillion a year on healthcare. That is about $11,000 per person living in the U.S. Our neighbors to the north, Canada, spend about …Continue reading
Enterprise Analytics: Data, Insight, Process Change, Repeat
In 1966, Avedis Donabedian proposed a conceptual model for examining health services and evaluating quality of care. The Donabedian model includes three pillars: structure, process, and outcomes. Structure represents the physical plant, equipment, and staff …Continue reading