Reading List

Wed, Mar 19, 2014

A hospital-sponsored software development contest has produced new tech tools for patients to connect with each other and to improve check-in and other processes. A bicoastal team of programmers calling themselves the Health Warriors were the winners of the $50,000 top prize in the two-day, InnovateNYP “hackathon” sponsored by New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Mon, Mar 10, 2014

Janet Freeman-Daily writes a blog about lung cancer. As a former aerospace systems engineer with a degree from MIT, Freeman-Daily uses her blog, "Gray Connections," to describe scientific information in less technical terms for patients with lung cancer. It's also a forum in which she can share her personal experiences as someone who had been diagnosed (in 2011) with stage 4 lung cancer.

Mon, Mar 10, 2014

I joined the Glass Explorer Program and have started using Google Glass with a focus on finding medical uses for this type of wearable computing technology. While I believe that it is analytics capabilities that will allow us to realize the value of health information technology, the convergence of hardware and software combined with an explosion of wearable sensor technology is providing powerful opportunities for some disruptive innovation in the healthcare marketplace and the practice of medicine.

Wed, Mar 5, 2014

Innovation can be as simple as combining two ideas or asking what's broken and needs to change. A colleague pointed out to me recently that innovation is often a matter of visualizing how to combine two great inventions. Take, for example, the wheel and luggage. Both were invented many years ago. Yet, the two didn't merge together to create Rolling Luggage, US patent no. 3,653,474, until 1972. We can't seem to do without our rolling luggage today.

Sun, Mar 2, 2014

Dennis Truong and Jody Crane have reinvented the traditional house call. The Kaiser Permanente doctors are responsible for the creation and implementation of a new program called HouseCalls, in which patients can schedule 20-minute appointments with physicians via video. The foray into mobile health saves the patients a visit to urgent care centers and saves those centers money, the doctors said. It’s just one new initiative underway at the national health provider aimed at improving care while lowering costs.

Wed, Feb 26, 2014

The infiltration of digital devices over the last decade radically altered how people communicate with one another and the world around them. But health was one area largely unaffected by the digital revolution. In fact, health care remained relatively unchanged from a regulatory and technology perspective for decades.

Wed, Feb 26, 2014

The fifth annual H.I.T. Men & Women Awards Reception celebrated nine trailblazers in healthcare IT, people who through their vision, talent and perseverance are advancing the adoption of health IT, innovation and best practices to improve healthcare.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Team Value Quotient takes the prize for their Value-Based Chronic Disease Care Management innovation out of the 44 innovations that were submitted.

Wed, Dec 11, 2013

When a young Ugandan shared his dream of starting the first hospital in his district to provide free health care services, a UCLA undergraduate student chose to help make it a reality.

Thu, Nov 21, 2013

A global shortage of 4.3 million health professionals poses a major bottleneck to poor people worldwide with regard to benefiting from the fruits of modern medicine.1 Among existing health professionals, there are also staggering inequities in skill levels and geographic distribution.2-4 Unsurprisingly, the deepest national gaps in human resources for health run parallel to poor population-level health outcomes