New Blog: Hacking Healthcare

Hacking Health is a new a blog that looks at the intersections between big data, life science and healthcare.  What questions does it intend to address? “Improving healthcare is a big data problem.  The volume and kinds of data that are created over the course of a patient’s journey through the healthcare system are so large and…

Health Care Quality in Cuba

Many people who claim the U.S. healthcare system is broken point to Cuba as a country that spends little on health but gets high returns.  Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko even visited Cuba and claimed that it could be a model for a single payer system in the U.S.  As the Economist reports: “Until recently, Cubans…

Paying for Quality

The Wall Street Journal reports: “…research showing that the majority of U.S. spending also highly concentrated on a small group of high-cost patients. These typically include people with one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis and cancer, said Steven B. Cohen, a director at the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and…

Primary Care Docs are no longer the primary point of contact for patients

According to a LifeBot study: “Historically, general practitioners provided first-contact care in the United States. Today, however, only 42 percent of the 354 million annual visits for acute care—treatment for newly arising health problems—are made to patients’ personal physicians. The rest are made to emergency departments (28 percent), specialists (20 percent), or outpatient departments (7…