Unchaining the Blockchain

Perhaps the buzziest buzzword of 2017 (with the potential exception of “design thinking“) is BLOCKCHAIN.  Hailed as the answer to all our problems with IT privacy and connectivity across every industry worldwide, I’ve had more blockchain emails, articles, and messages hit my inbox in the last few months than all other “solutions of the future” …

When “Quality” reaches inside our homes…

Many potholes await us as we drive America’s healthcare system down the road towards a (still slightly amorphous) vision of “population health.”  Can lots of providers manage risk as well or better than the small minority of those doing so today?  Will the payment system transition fast enough to drive change but not so fast …

The Pursuit of Happiness

In my last post I referenced “the pursuit of happiness.”  These words are from the most important sentence in American history – the first sentence of the preamble to our Declaration of Independence.  You probably remember memorizing them as a 4th grader, but just in case the words are escaping you: We hold these truths …

Getting America’s Health “Left of Bang”

One major benefit of supporting Mission’s extraordinary Security team is that I’m exposed to books that wouldn’t normally hit my radar.  The most recent example (thanks Robert Whiteside) is Left of Bang by Van Horne and Riley. In the book’s language “bang” is the explosion of an IED, an active shooter in a hospital, a …

Medicine’s exponential acceleration

These two books are some of my most prized medical possessions.  The first, Combe’s Physiology, is an 1843 edition of a text by Andrew Combe, MD, “Physician Extraordinaire to the Queen in Scotland and Consulting Physician to the King and Queen of the Belgians.”  The title page takes care to note that 6 woodcuts appear …

An open letter to America’s patients

Imagine its 1846 and we’re in Vienna. You’ve just given birth and are waiting in your “child bed” to see the physician team, totally blind to the fact that you have a three times greater chance of dying (about 1 in 10) then the woman next to you being cared for by a midwife (about 1 …

Christmas Wishes

Having given thanks last weekend for the incredible wonders of the American healthcare system, and since Christmas is the time to ask for the things we dream about, I thought I’d start a small list of the things we’d like Santa to help us with in 2017 to really make a dent in improving America’s …

Giving Thanks

I’m an incredibly fortunate guy. I have an amazing family, a fulfilling and healthy life, and a rewarding career as both a physician and a leader.  I have much to give thanks for this holiday weekend, but today I give thanks to American healthcare system in which I’ve practiced medicine for nearly a decade. American medicine …

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