Health IT in Four Countries

How have different countries developed their health IT systems? A paper by Adler-Milstein et. al in Health Affairs provides some insight. I summarize their findings below. Australia. In the 1990s-early 2000s, the government supported the adoption of EHRs through federal incentives to general practitioners. These efforts focused primarily on EHRs with e-prescribing. In 2005 the…

HWR + More

David Williams hosts this week’s Health Work Review at the Health Business Blog.  If you need more entertainment for the end of your week, check out the links below as well. Eradicating Ebola in 100 days. Teachers with coding skills. Using social media to track adverse events. Uber goes to Lambeau. “…unless they get paid…

The Apple Watch and Health

Apple recently unveiled its smart watch.  The watch not only is a mini-computer, but it can help improve your health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktujsc4ZUTo Pharmafile reports: The watch comes with an app that promises to calculate all kinds of data including heart rate, calories burned and other metrics in one place – and can also count how many…

Capitalism vs. Competition

Nevertheless, devaluing competition is a central theme of Thiel’s new book. He asserts that “capitalism and competition are opposites,” because “under perfect competition, all profits get competed away.” He exhorts entrepreneurs to seek out monopolies, concluding, “All happy companies are different: Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are…