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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

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

FROM HIS EXPERIENCE WITH THE TB OUTBREAK IN NYC, THOMAS FRIEDEN REALIZED AN INFORMATION SYSTEM OF MEASURING OUTCOME AND CREATING ACCOUNTABILITY WAS NECESSARY. A FEEDBACK LOOP SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WITHIN THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL OR NOT. WITHOUT KNOWING THE OUTCOMES (I.E.: HOW MANY PATIENTS YOU HAVE SAVED), THE SUCCESS AND CONTINUATION OF A PROGRAM CAN'T BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED. IN THE WAY MARKET DEMANDS SHAPE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE FEEDBACK LOOP CAN PLAY THE SAME ROLE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE.

Fri, Nov 8, 2013

iHT² Health IT Summit Beverly Hills – Opening Keynote, Molly Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System, Institute for Innovation Health

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

It would be tough to assemble a group of investors, entrepreneurs and healthcare technology professionals in one room and not produce at least a few memorable insights on medtech innovations, healthcare industry trends and the future of healthcare. Here’s a list of some of the comments from the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit that resonated with me.

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