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  • HealthAchieve 2010: ehealthachieve “meaningful use” panel discussion

    Didn’t get a chance to write a post of the eHealthAchieve session on “meaningful use” but I did manage to tweet the main points which were raised. It was an interesting experience tweeting. If you want to follow the points, look my handle (@hansmixer) on twitter and search for the #HealthAchieve tag. You can also […]

  • HealthAchieve 2010: HR session by Nick Vujicic (Day 2 – morning)

    I was able to catch the tail end of the morning HR Session with motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. I don’t know the details of his story, but what I do know is that he doesn’t have any arms and legs. My first thought was “how does he dress himself?” which the person next to me […]

  • Tips on Becoming a Scientist

    Here’s an interesting little article from Scientific American reporting from the 60th annual Nobel Laureaute Lectures at Lindau titled “So you want to become a scientist“. Apparently, a panel of successful scientists provided some insight in terms of carving out a successful career as a scientist. You should read the explanations in the article, but […]

  • Checklists – the latest fad to hit health care?

    I have a copy of Atul Gawande’s book “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right“. It’s next on my reading list once I’m finished with Clayton Christensen’s book “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care“. Since I haven’t yet read Gawande’s book, I am not going to talk about the comment. However, […]

  • Tips for unleashing innovation

    Came across a very interesting article with a list of 10 tips to encourage and foster innovation. Here is the list of 10 practices: Let the learning lead Learn to see Design for today Think in pictures Capture intangible value Leverage the limitations Master creative tension Run the numbers Make kaizen mandatory Keep it lean […]

  • Has ehealth become toxic?

    A recent article titled “The chopping block: Which way Infoway?” makes me wonder if the term ehealth has become toxic in Canada. First, a little bit of context. The National Post has been publishing a series of articles/comments on potential things to cut in order to bring (federal) government spending under control. Canada Health Infoway […]

  • Chronic conditions account for growth in health care spending

    A recent article published in Health Affairs titled “Chronic conditions account for rise in Medicare spending from 1987 to 2006” points to the changing nature of health care in developed countries. What is particularly scary is the disjoint between what (North American) systems are designed to deliver versus what the needs are. While some may […]

  • Quick thought – is health care getting too big?

    A post on Roger Martin’s blog at Harvard Business Review titled “The Inauthentic Communities of the Modern Executive” has me wondering if health care has gotten “too big”. In the post, Martin describes senior management has become separated from its customers due to the sheer size and growth of the corporation. No longer having that […]