Health Care

Covering health care is rarely boring, especially lately. I have focused on two areas that were always closely related and are becoming more so:  health information technology and quality measurement and management. I’ve also written about hospital finance and revenue cycle management, and about health facility design and construction. I also write about purely medical topics such as the U.S. News story listed below about young athletes and concussions.

 

US News and World Report

Surviving a Patient Identification Error

Safeguarding Young Athletes from Concussions

A Personal Compass: What Patient Navigation Can Do For You

Need a Diagnosis or Checkup? Your Smartphone Is On Call

When the Patient is an Impostor

Electronic Health Records Gaining Acceptance

Is Your Doctor Out of the Office? Try an E-visit

 

ACP Internist/ACP Hospitalist

Frustrations with EHRs rampant as development slows

Treating PE in the ED

Change in the Air for Oxygen Delivery

Heart Failure Gets a New Drug

 

Health Data Management

Health care connectivity set to take off with value-based care

To make value-based care pay, providers will need ways to share patient information in forms that clinicians can easily use. Putting that sharing into place is much harder than it sounds.

ACOs using analytics, IT to manage out-of-network care

This story explores how ACOs deal with “patient leakage.”

Know More, Manage Better

This story explores how providers are gathering information on patients that goes beyond their medical histories and lab results, to create a more holistic approach to care.

I.T. Behaving Badly

This story explores several ways in which health information technology can introduce errors into the care process. It was a 2015 Neal Award finalist for Best Single Article

 

Modern Healthcare

Making the Cut (PDF)

The economics of minimally invasive surgery

Putting IT All Together (PDF)

Profile of Glenn Steele, M.D., CEO of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., a nationally recognized leader in using health information technology to improve the quality of care.

(This piece won a Bronze Award from the Midwest chapter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors.)

A Measured Dose of Safety (PDF)

How a Michigan hospital uses alerts to prevent adverse drug events.

Angel of Mercy (PDF)

Sister Mary Ignatia was one of the first to acknowledge that alcoholism is a disease, and she pioneered treatment and care for alcoholics, sowing the seeds for what later became Alcoholics Anonymous. (A profile for the Healthcare Hall of Fame.)

 

Doctors’ Digest

Primary Care and the Medical Home  (long PDF)

Each issue of Doctors’ Digest focuses on one subject and has one author. This issue examines a new model for primary care that reduces costs, improves quality, and performs exceptionally well at managing chronic illness.