Ano Lobb

Ano Lobb

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9 years 7 months ago

One constantly voiced theme for marketing or advocacy in social media: Listen, don’t just talk. (Also, perhaps not coincidently, good advice in effective leadership circles as well.)

So one crude rule of thumb for assessing whether an organization “gets it” is how much their social media strategy emphasizes listening. Interactivity naturally implies responding to what is heard, and advocacy requires some degree of broadcasting information. But listening—while arguably the most...


9 years 7 months ago

Today the US Supreme Court is due to hear arguments in Sorrell vs. IMS Health, a pharmaceutical data-mining case that has potentially far reaching implications for health care privacy, as well as how pharmaceutical companies detail (or market to) doctors.

A previous blog post outlines the crux of the practice at the center of the lawsuit, sometimes called “prescriber identifiable prescription tracking.” And here’s an abstract from a presentation...


9 years 7 months ago

Who Can Fix Health Care? - That's the question posed by Dr. Al Mulley. director of the Center for Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. Its also the title of the TEDx Talk he just gave, and its the kind of talk that you can't help but want everyone to see.

For those of you who have followed this column, Al Mulley, the Center and Dartmouth are familiar. This author works for the masters degree program associated with the center, the Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program.

Al's talk is worth watching for a number of reasons....


9 years 7 months ago

As American and world health care systems move towards increased reliance on health information technology, there’s a corresponding need arising for responsible, sustainable and safe methods of managing the growing tide of e-waste that inevitably follows. Paying attention to the twilight period of IT’s life cycle also provide opportunities for innovation. While Global 1000 companies such as...


9 years 7 months ago

There are a few cost comparisons we are familiar with when comparing health insurance options, while choosing an insurance option from your employer’s benefits package, for example. Generally you'll see the different plan options laid out, with column showing what's covered and at what percentage, out-of-pocket costs such as your portion of the premium costs, deductibles and co-pays.

As healthcare costs grow, there's been a commensurate...


9 years 7 months ago

A new approach to health care delivery may well provide a first taste of the value that can be realized when health IT is integrated into systems for delivering care and improving quality. The hope that simply plugging an electronic medical record (EMR) system into existing medical practices is worth the costs and will on its own...


9 years 7 months ago

As legislators torture health reform to a slow and painful death with ideological wrangling, a new survey just released by the Commonwealth Fund offers an optimistic look at what American voters might propose if their voice could be heard.

The big headline that’s been generated from the survey is that 72% of Americans believe that the American health care system needs “fundamental change or complete rebuilding.” That’s...


9 years 8 months ago

A newly published report related to cancer risks posed by modern technology may well lower growing concerns about the safety of  the 486 “backscatter x-ray” scanners introduced by Homeland Security for enhanced airport screening (another 500 are planned). Will they also allay your fears or concerns?

First, Through Airport Security

New airport scanners that provide TSA’s a sneak peak under your clothing to check for bombs, weapons and other contraband have raised travelers hackles on two accounts. The first being privacy issues: We just don’...


9 years 8 months ago

Health reform and health care redesign inevitably fixates on reducing costs. Yes, there’s always the idea that we might improve quality and safety, but in the end costs become a major driver for change.

In some cases its unclear whether certain approaches that look good on paper will really work in practice. Some $20 billion and a lot of hope has been placed on the promise of electronic medical records (EMR) to reduce costs and improve quality of care, for example. But its still not clear if they will...


9 years 8 months ago

One of the most exciting advancements in today’s health industry is the growing field of health care delivery science. Granted, not everyone is aware of what this field is, and there’s debate about whether it’s a true science. But few doubt that it has great potential for improving the quality, value and potentially the financial solvency of American health care. A growing body of research support these hopes.

But first a disclaimer: This author is an instructional designer for the Master of...


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