By Phil Galewitz – Worried its employees aren’t getting good enough care from doctors in their insurance networks, Walmart next year will test pointing workers in northwestern Arkansas, central Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward physicians it has found provide better service.
By Alex Tate – Communication has always been pivotal to the success of any business, any project and any pursuit. The effectiveness of communication within a team can alone decide the fate of the entire activity.
By Joel Barthelemy – Malcolm X said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” It’s sage advice that many clinicians might agree with. After all, a patient’s behaviors and choices today influence their well-being in the future.
By Jay Haughton – The issue of physician burnout – caused by heavy administrative loads and poor workflows – is starting to become mainstream news. All across the United States, the delivery of care is stressful for both patients and doctors.
By Nate Brogan – Are smartwatches lifesaving devices? Some Apple Watch owners think so. Ever since Apple introduced its smartwatch that can monitor for atrial fibrillation, stories have emerged from users who credit their smartwatch for helping save their life.
By Monica Bolbjerg MD – Most health IT solutions today focus on improving the workflows and efficiency of healthcare providers. But what about the pivotal role that patients play in achieving improved health outcomes? What happens in the patient journey during the long stretches between onsite visits?
By Jeffrey Brady MD, MPH – As a physician, I know that when patients and caregivers ask questions, it helps them be more fully engaged as part of their own healthcare teams.
By Abhinav Shashank – What do the best care teams in healthcare have in common? They don’t just take care of the sick- they help them get better. They engage and empower their patients to play a central role in their care and become healthy.
By William A. Hyman – One feature of EHRs is the ability to provide prompts to clinicians about the care being provided to their patients. Such prompts, generally called Clinical Decision Support are usually driven by practice guidelines or derived from AI efforts.
By Luis Castillo – No matter who your patient is, there’s no way to avoid a certain degree of risk. If there were, preventing readmissions would be a much easier prospect. But even if we can’t eliminate risk entirely, we can certainly manage it.
By Anish Sebastian – Whether it’s stock trading with a few clicks on a smartphone, streaming new music before the vinyls hit the shelves, or receiving a wardrobe from a personal stylist without ever stepping into a store, technology’s potential to revolutionize the consumer experience is ubiquitous across industries.
By Jeffrey Brady MD, MPH – At the inaugural meeting, an important theme emerged at that first meeting: We are reaching the limits of what can be achieved by the familiar project-by-project or problem-by-problem approach to improving care.
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