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Management Lessons from One Hospital’s Dramatic Turnaround. 4 population health must-haves: goals, leadership, organization, analytics. While many health systems are still getting their sea legs when it comes to population health, Kaiser Permanente Colorado already has two decades worth of experience.

4 population health must-haves: goals, leadership, organization, analytics

That has taught the health system a thing or two about effective population health management, including one crucial tactic of replacing "population" with "personalized" to make gains by focusing intently on individuals. But that's easier said than done at a health system that serves more than 650,000 patients. "Personalized care doesn't scale well," said Bill Hoberecht, who until recently was senior director of population health management at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. "That's the big challenge: How do we scale personalized population health management? " Alignment Healthcare wants to reinvent the healthcare industry from the 'inside-out' Alignment Healthcare CEO John Kao.

Alignment Healthcare wants to reinvent the healthcare industry from the 'inside-out'

Alignment Healthcare. Kangaroo Mother Care: Saving Premature Babies' Lives With Skin-to-Skin Contact - The Atlantic. Carmela Torres was 18 when she became pregnant for the first time.

Kangaroo Mother Care: Saving Premature Babies' Lives With Skin-to-Skin Contact - The Atlantic

Patient Engagement

A Transformation Is Underway at U.S. Veterans Affairs. We Got an Inside Look. In 2014, the U.S.

A Transformation Is Underway at U.S. Veterans Affairs. We Got an Inside Look.

Department of Veterans Affairs was in crisis. The agency, which provides health care to approximately 9 million veterans at over 1,700 locations, had set a top-down goal to increase the percentage of veterans who were seen within 14 days of requesting an appointment. Geriatric Mental Health. Patient Engagement. Health Analytics. HIT Implementation. Safety. Clinical Leadership. U.S. healthcare. The scope of health informatics and the Advanced Health Informatics Certification. The Dangers of ‘Polypharmacy,’ the Ever-Mounting Pile of Pills. Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes. W.

Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes

Doctor’s Orders: Prescribe Exercise To Patients, Make Physical Activity A Vital Sign. A team of researchers and physicians has issued a “call to action” to colleagues, urging that exercise counseling become a central component of every medical visit.

Doctor’s Orders: Prescribe Exercise To Patients, Make Physical Activity A Vital Sign

(frodrig/Flickr) Imagine stepping into the exam room for your regular medical check-up: Your doctor (or an assistant) uses a cuff to check your blood pressure. Doctors don’t actually know how often you should see them. When should you come back to see this doctor?

Doctors don’t actually know how often you should see them

Chances are he doesn’t really know. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Larry is the sort of person who comes 30 minutes early to his appointment and brings a novel to read in the reception room. We talk blood pressure, the publishing industry, his prostate cancer history, his grandchildren. Why Old People Get Such Bad Medical Care. Hospital Networks Are Leaking Data, Leaving Critical Devices Vulnerable. Getty Two researchers examining the security of hospital networks have found many of them leak valuable information to the internet, leaving critical systems and equipment vulnerable to hacking.

Hospital Networks Are Leaking Data, Leaving Critical Devices Vulnerable

The data, which in some cases enumerates every computer and device on a hospital’s internal network, would allow hackers to easily locate and map systems to conduct targeted attacks.

Healthcare innovation

HBR material. A Personalized Learning System for Improving Patient-Physician Collaboration - Heather C. Kaplan, Jeremy Adler, Shehzad A. Saeed, Ian Eslick, and Peter A. Margolis. Understanding the Drivers of the Patient Experience - James I. Merlino and Ananth Raman. Many hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, are implementing a variety of strategies to improve the patient experience —an issue that’s rapidly becoming a top priority in health care.

Understanding the Drivers of the Patient Experience - James I. Merlino and Ananth Raman

The Accountable Care Act now links performance related to patient-experience metrics to reimbursement. For the first time, the pay of hospitals and eventually individual providers will be partly based on how they are rated by patients. Few disagree on the importance and the need to be more patient centric, but what exactly is the “patient experience”? A 2012 industry survey asked top hospital leaders (CEOs, COOs, and others) what was necessary to improve the patient experience.

Why Health Care Is Stuck — And How to Fix It - Michael E. Porter and Thomas H. Lee. The pressures for fundamental change in health care have been building for decades, but meaningful change has been limited while the urgency of change only grows.

Why Health Care Is Stuck — And How to Fix It - Michael E. Porter and Thomas H. Lee

The moment of discontinuity has arrived. Already unsustainable costs, an aging population, advances in medicine, and a growing proportion of patients in low reimbursement government programs have made the status quo unsustainable. Change is inevitable. There is only one real solution, which is to dramatically increase the value of health care. Value is the outcomes achieved for patients relative to the money spent. In our October Harvard Business Review article “The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care” we describe the strategic agenda that is necessary to create a high value health care delivery system.

The Top 10 Game Changers in Hospital IT. Written by Marion Jenkins, PhD, Executive Vice President, 3t Systems | June 03, 2013 Healthcare is always changing. Information technology is always changing. Put them together in today's acute care setting, and you have a prescription for change on an extraordinary level. Listed below are the top 10 healthcare IT game changers that affect all stakeholders — patients, clinicians and hospital IT departments. Will We Ever Have Universal Electronic Health Records?