May 13, David Shaywitz
Today’s world is dominated by a religious faith in managerialism: the idea that the right way to improve performance is to measure more, capture more data, and use this data to manage in an increasingly granular fashion. We continuously seem to be measuring in service of data rather than in service of people. While data sciences and technology play a vital role in improving areas like drug development and health care delivery, they haven’t earned the right to be considered an end themselves.
May 8, Hayward Zwerling
Our healthcare system is now controlled by the CHIPHIT Complex: consolidated health care institutions, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and health information technology companies. Ominously missing from this list are independent health care policy experts, independent health care providers and members of the general public. If we hope to build a low cost, high quality, egalitarian healthcare system, physicians and their professional organizations must take an emphatic stand against the CHIPHIT complex.
May 6, Talal Hilal
I’ve aspired to become an oncologist for as long as I can remember. In oncology, despite my inability to cure, I can always try to heal. But I have seen many patients whose treatments are delayed because of administrative barriers, countless people who have suffered because of a system that does not care about the individual. Neither patients nor physicians are at the center of the equation. In order to really care for patients, the system has to adjust to patient and physician needs—not the other way around.