Sept 19, Susannah Fox
Health data interoperability may ostensibly sound very technical and boring, but it is actually very human: it can help people care for themselves and their families by streamlining simple things (like tracking medication lists and vaccination records) and more complicated things (like pulling all your records into one place when seeking a second opinion or coordinating care for a chronic condition). We should all be working toward freeing the data and letting people decide whether they want to engage with it or not.
Sept 18, Stuart Smith
Imagine a massive public health crisis in the United States that affects tens of thousands of people. Now imagine that the government had a simple tool at its disposal that could prevent this kind of physical and psychological trauma. You might think that Stuart is writing about America’s deadly outbreak of gun violence, but he is actually referring to the Opioid-Dependent Babies crisis that affects even more people & children. This crisis could be sharply reduced with one simple step that lacks the bitter political animus of the gun debate.
Sept 17, Hans Duvefelt
Imagine if your bank handled all your online transactions for free but charged you only when you visited your local branch – and then kept pestering you to come in, pay money and chat with them every three months. Of course that’s not how banks operate, but compare that with primary care. The bulk of our income is “patient revenue”, what patients and their insurance companies pay doctors for services they provide “face to face”. At the end of the day, most medical offices are quaintly or hopelessly old fashioned in our approach to the changing demands and desires of our payers and our patients.