The healthcare environment has undergone rapid change in a short period of time for an industry notoriously slow to adapt. Some of those changes include a shift to pay-for-value, increased focus on outcomes, and most recently a complete overhaul of the physician payment model for Medicare beneficiaries. Those of us steeped in care delivery have seen increased physician employment by health systems with simultaneous consolidation in other parts of the healthcare ecosystem, both horizontally and vertically.
Austin Madison is Senior Vice President of The Crichton Group. He runs the employer benefits side of the firm, working with companies to build appropriate health insurance plans, along with keeping track of regulatory and compliance issues.
Like all of us in healthcare, Madison is watching significant changes in the industry, leading to realignment in relationships among the many stakeholders, as well as new mechanisms for consumers to take more control of their interaction with the entire medical system.
Our interview covered disruption and shifts among three groups: employers, payers and consumers.
Mario Ramirez, MD, didn’t take a “traditional” track through the medical field. And now, as Briovation’s Chief Medical Development Officer, he’s working on a project to help other physicians - and clinicians in general - find their way into and through non-clinical settings.
This project isn’t about Ramirez himself, but to understand what’s going on and why it’s happening, we have to understand his story...
In the second part of our conversation with Bob Gold, we talked specifically about how healthcare organizations can effectively implement new innovations. Gold drew from his background as a student of human behavior, as well as his practical experience having worked with health systems to implement products created by GoMo health.
Gold presented three considerations necessary to successfully getting a new program off the ground, ranging from the practical to the philosophical:
“Patient Engagement” is one of the biggest themes, and highest goals, of today’s healthcare industry. It can, in theory, reduce costs, create a better experience, and even help avoid problems in the first place.
The problem is that it requires sustained behavior change, which is more than just good intentions and willpower. Behavioral technologist Bob Gold has been working on this problem for most of his career.
Today's podcast is produced in partnership with Business of Healthcare. In this episode, host and BOH Executive Producer Matt Hanis speaks with David Young. Young is Chairman of Raiven Health, and he envisions a world where machine learning and automated patient self-reporting lead to better outcomes. In his work, he has articulated a seamless and automated patient experience from reporting history and concerns through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. He believes the challenges of provider shortages, access, and clinical workflow can be overcome with these innovations.
Is the healthcare industry really taking full advantage of all academia has to offer? Is academia really positioning itself appropriately to help drive healthcare innovation?
For people like Dr. John Langell, Executive Director of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah and Chief of General Surgery at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, the implied answer to those questions is “no.” Which is cool, because it gives them a lot of room to work from.
If blockchain is young and full of technological potential, what will the future look like, and what does it mean for healthcare? One area that doesn’t seem to be getting as much above-the-fold coverage is the realm of research and clinical studies. Because the future of our health and healthcare system is dependent on a robust pipeline of new ideas, technologies and treatments, this is a possibly under-appreciated but still important use of blockchain that we wanted to highlight.
The federal government gets a bad rap when it comes to technology. Slow, outdated websites, cost overruns, white-haired senators talking about a series of tubes. Oh, and remember the first ACA enrollment website catastrophe?
So when a government official shows up talking about the future of UI/UX in healthcare, one could be forgiven for raising an eyebrow.
First, I want to examine food. Only to a starving person would food be simply sustenance. To anyone else, it’s so much more. Food is memory. It’s religion. It’s family, emotion, gift, battle, grief, consolation, and identity. Failing to recognize the cultural and individual significance of food is like thinking of a person as a well-composed collection of molecules. As a society we need to examine why people eat the foods they do, and what it might take to shift those traditions or habits towards an emphasis on nourishment.