Martin Makary, best-selling author of "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care," tells how eliminating variability in healthcare is the key to reigning in costs.
As we speak, scientists and technologists are combining rich stores of data with sophisticated detection modules that enable health plans to view provider behaviors from as many different angles as possible.
Six years after requiring hospitals to disclose infection rates, New York is seeing rates fall -- a possible sunshine effect. But with hospital-acquired infections, particularly resistant C. difficile, still a national problem, should more states mandate infection reporting?
By requiring digital submission of accident and illness data, OHSA hopes to make a large step towards transparency and open access, helping employers and workers improve safety, but they'll have to convince the industry.
Should ACO patients receive better care than those under the fee-for-service model? Even if that expense falls on the provider? CMIO John Frownfelter, MD, discusses the big data approach UnityPoint is taking to answer those questions.
Twice in the last four years, the Commonwealth Fund ranked Oklahoma's healthcare system among the worst in the nation in terms of access, propensity to lead healthy lives, prevention and treatment, equity and avoidable costs for both adult and children patient populations.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers are now included in the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site, which measures hospital quality based on outcomes of care.
On Thursday (June 2), I joined other speakers at the IBM Healthcare Leadership Exchange, Transforming Healthcare, held at the Chicago IBM Transformation Center. My keynote presentation focused on “Healthcare in the US.”
This is the second commentary in a series about the recent "Report to the President - Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans - The Path Forward" from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The recommendations have broad implications for the "Meaningful Use" criteria of the HITECH incentive payments for physician adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Before President Obama gave his State of the Union Address, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) addressed the state of health information technology after HITECH and round I of Meaningful Use. Like the President, the report sought an upbeat tone, but there is no question that it recommends major changes in the national health IT agenda.