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Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
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DVoranMD
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10/25/2013 | 2:56:02 AM
re: Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
Alex,
Thanks for the comment. There's innovation if you want to call iterative improvement innovation. My own definition of innovation is more along the lines of Kurzweil's destructive innovation concepts. The problem we have in medicine is we're really slaves to what pays. Everyone is working hard to get better at what we do but if we were really innovative we'd be helping people shop, cook, exercise and do much better end-of-life planning that would suck the wind out of most organizations profits.
I'm really trying hard not to be cynical but it's not unusual for me to be told to my face that if even a 3rd of the physicians practiced "the way you do" we'd all be out of business.
Innovative changes in payment would accomplish more innovation that we ever could do from the provider side. I've seen some evidence in this with our own organizations involvement in an at-risk ACO. The problem is we have a window of maybe 2-3 years and if during that time a majority of payers do not drop fee-for-service and move to value-based reimbursement we won't be able to make enough from the ACO savings to cover the losses in our fee-for-service world.
Change the payment and you'd see a wholesale dramatic change in healthcare. Question would be would it be for the better or worse?
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EYEWEARINSIGHT,
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10/9/2013 | 5:07:48 PM
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It's a long time coming, I would say a we really need to be able to take responsibility for our health and I think this use of technology would enable use (not to mention the overburdened health care system) to understand where we are failing ourselves.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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10/1/2013 | 3:02:26 PM
re: Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
While I agree that the healthcare industry is lagging behind other industries in terms of technological innovation and consumer-focused care, I disagree that "the healthcare industry isn't ready for innovation." There are barriers, yes. Regulatory and financial hurdles can delay and even halt innovation. But at the same time, it's important to consider the health organizations that have managed to innovate within this environment. Hospitals like Boston Children's and Miami Children's are ahead of the curve. Health systems like Intermountain and Penn Medicine devote time and resources to creating an innovative environment. The list goes on -- the industry is ready. The question now is how to overcome the challenges that come along with innovating and creating a culture of innovation.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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9/30/2013 | 9:47:52 PM
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By the way, our invitation to David Voran to write a column for us was based on his participation in this LinkedIn discussion of another InformationWeek story

http://www.linkedin.com/groups...

Yes, we are listening to your feedback, wherever it appears, and we're interested in having more contributions from people working in healthcare and health IT who have something interesting to say.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/30/2013 | 5:16:09 PM
re: Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
To one of your points, I recently met a healthcare CIO, and he was wearing a Fitbit gadget.


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