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Patient Safety Lessons All Around Us

August 23, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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As the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp 2014 Sessions come to a close, we are buoyed by our ever-expanding network of young and enthusiastic health care providers in-training, turning patient safety into a creative science. Colin Flood, an attendee, recently posted the following reminder that patient safety lessons exist all around us.[read more]

Better Health IT: Is Sending Docs to Tech School the Answer?

August 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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I’m all for education and career improvement. I’m just not sure that the best way to improve Health IT is to get more physicians trained in IT so they can move into IT roles. Goodness knows the time and education required to become, and continue to perform as, a really good clinician is demanding enough.[read more]


BioPharma Beat: Imagination Is More Important Than Innovation

August 5, 2014 by David Davidovic

I know that this will sound like heresy to most people in the “innovation machine” who could never accept that anything can be more important than innovation itself. But, in my view, innovation is more of the process and the output – and is not the actual catalyst.[read more]

Osteopathic Medical Schools Are Increasing the Numbers of Quality Grads

August 3, 2014 by Michael Douglas

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As the ACA continues its labyrinthine course into the nation’s political boilerplate, talk almost always returns to the issue of primary care supply for the demand that many healthcare policy pundits assert that will occur as a by-product of the legislation. Now doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO’s) are getting a bigger share of the spotlight.[read more]

What Does Transparency in Healthcare Mean to You?

August 3, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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Yesterday’s afternoon discussion at Telluride East was focused on “Transparency”, a buzzword for many in healthcare today, but a concept that holds tremendous meaning for patient safety and caregiver well-being for those who walk the talk.[read more]


How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

Passive Medical Income While You Sleep?

July 18, 2014 by Tony Mork

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Generating revenue from a website is not a strange concept. Unless of course, you are a doctor. Most medical professionals consider their websites as information portals with nothing to do with e-commerce, but as the money dries up with the actual practice of medicine, you need to consider some alternatives to bolster falling revenues.[read more]

Creating a Living Laboratory Together [VIDEO]

July 14, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Salvato Trigo, founder of University Fernando Pessoa in Oporto, Portugal, envisioned a new kind of private hospital: Where quality and up-to-date education go hand-in-hand with access to healthcare services for those in need.[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Advanced Care Planning: What to Do Now

July 8, 2014 by Joan Justice

If you are an adult, you need to think about your future and your wishes and desires in terms of your health care. And you need to discuss these wishes and desires with those close to you. It is only by doing this that you can ensure that your choices will be heard. This is important![read more]

Patient Nonadherence: A Rational Reaction to Sub-Optimal Physician-Patient Communication

July 7, 2014 by Steve Wilkins

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Clinicians and provider organizations interested in improving patient adherence and reducing preventable ER visits and hospital admission (and readmits) should invest in assessing and improving their patient communication skills as well as those of the physicians in their provider network.[read more]

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Primary Care Physician?

June 6, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

What makes a good PCP?

In my interviews, primary care physicians report that listening is the key and most important attribute of being a good physician in primary care. By listening, they mean one who listens to the patient’s story without rushing it and without embellishing it. They let the patient develop his or her own story of their situation.[read more]