One organization has made a bold move toward healthcare transparency after announcing it was publishing patient satisfaction ratings together with outpatient procedure pricing for all of one state's hospitals.
Placing anything but personal health information first is putting the cart before the horse. Policymakers and providers would be wise to focus more on empowering patients with their personal health information before all else.
Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise. So now the pressure is on.
HHS Secretary Sebelius has called upon app developers to use their creative magic to change the healthcare landscape. With announcements this week on winners of various federal and private app development contests, here are a few of the front-runners.
During the high point of union organizations, the National Labor Relations Board might not have been involved in health IT social media. But that has changed and, as such, doubt has been cast on policies that might otherwise be uncontroversial.
Transparency in healthcare is arguably both more important and easier than ever, in the age of health reform and the Internet. There's evidence, too, that it can help solve problems like hospital infections.