May 7, Mike Magee
Turning a phrase that is as lasting as it is powerful, FDR said, “Necessitous men are not free men.” And in his list of economic rights that he pledged to pursue, these two appeared: (1) The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; (2) The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment. Now, three quarters of a century later, a new President is signaling once again that the time is right for change.
May 4, Kim Bellard
Raise your hand if you’ve had trouble figuring out how to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment, use an EHR or an associated Patient Portal. Maybe you thought it was you. Maybe you thought you weren’t tech-savvy enough. But, a trio of usability experts reassure us, it’s not: it’s just bad design. And we should speak up.
May 3, Hans Duvefelt
This may come as a surprise for people with business degrees: Doctors don’t really care when a test was ordered. Hans comments on the poor design of EMRs, emphasizing that clinicians need the right information at the right time, in the order we need it, even if the bookkeepers prefer it a different way. When non-clinicians design their “workflows”, things can work out just like the Boeing 737 MAXX. Healthcare systems are still blaming providers when the systems they work with don’t work for them.
May 8, Rosemarie Day & Deb Gordon
The way we treat mothers in the US, especially poor and black mothers, is appalling. They struggle with access to insurance and access to care, and the results have ramifications for their children and society. Rosemarie Day & Deb Gordon show us that Medicaid expansion can fix it, but we need to act quickly to get all mothers the health care coverage they deserve.