Reading List

Tue, May 13, 2014

Innovative leaders from across the health sector will share proven and real-world approaches, first-hand experiences and lessons learned from the accelerated transformational path they follow. Providers and payers are under enormous pressure to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Employers, consumers, government purchasers and health exchanges are all turning up the heat on the provision and payment of care. The National Healthcare Innovation Summit focuses on real-world, scalable Innovations to help stakeholders solve these problems and realize the promise of a transformed health system.

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

See Dr. Coye's presentation for the Health Evolution Partners Summit, April 30th

Fri, Apr 18, 2014

By popular demand, we're having the fourth round of the LAVA Healthcare Pitch Fest. Event format: Ten selected entrepreneurs make 3-minute pitches on how their products or services will change the world of healthcare, followed by five minutes of insight, feedback and comments from the audience. Open to projects and ventures at all stages, from pencil-and-paper to in-revenue.

Thu, Apr 3, 2014

Health care costs are straining budgets throughout the developed world, threatening the fiscal solvency of governments, employers, and individuals. Many countries are trying to restrain health care spending through top-down approaches, such as price regulation and even refusal to reimburse for interventions that are not cost-effective. Still controversial is the role that physicians should play in controlling health care costs.

Sat, Mar 29, 2014

I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel on the Health IT Marketplace at the Venture+ Forum at HiMSS 2014. The makeup of the panel is the reason this panel was so interesting. Eric Steager, Director Corporate Development Independence Blue Cross @IBX represented the payer perspective; Molly Joel Coye MD Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health @mjcoye, the academic medical center point of view.

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.