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Creating Partnerships In Health

GLOBAL SUPPORT?

We usually separate the business articles from the healthcare topics but I felt this was quite relevant. Before you set up the overseas infrastructure, don’t forget to remember that wonderful thing called Service Level Agreements:

FastCompany had a naturally insightful article on the virtual global infrastructure. Read the BUSINESS360° entry on Knowledge Process Outsourcing.

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THE DIALOGUE WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN, Part II

PHYSICIAN SERIES, PART II

During our meeting with Dr. Bart Romanek, an established physician working in the outskirts of Austin, the veteran practitioner takes head-on the country’s current hospital building boom with specific opinions on the needs of a rural and suburban town. We discuss whether the sprouting of small-town hospitals are helping the local communities or actually creating a disservice in the flawed models it oftentimes becomes victim to. He is not embarrassed or hesitant to point out the drastic financial differences of the predominantly hometown doctor to the faithful disciples of the “Dr. 90210” and “nip/ tuck” generations.

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GET SCREENED NOW, please.

Gillian Anderson – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

THE DIALOGUE WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN

PHYSICIAN SERIES, PART I

In the heart of rural Texas – just in the fringes of the state capitol – the HEALTH360 team conducted preliminary interviews with a range of pediatricians and general practitioners to get a gauge on industry positions on the current climate of healthcare reform, emergence of new technologies, and evolving operational paradigms.

The purpose of the information gathering campaign is to perform a market audit on what the technology providers are currently offering physicians and how it has been received by the healthcare community. We wanted to connect the venture capital buzz in Woodside, CA or Waltham, MA to the reality on the ground – specifically with the neighborhood doctors.

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DISRUPTING the STATE of HEALTH CARE, PART 2

POST HURRICANE – THE CRISIS | I was in Louisiana 2 months after Hurricane Katrina. The state was experiencing a public health crisis that hadn’t received much press compared to the political back-and-forth between the Feds, state and local officials in the news shows and in the late night comedy shows.

In that emergency state conference with over 30 hospital CEOs from across the state, I came upon the idea on how to change the country’s ailing health system.

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DISRUPTING the STATE of HEALTH CARE, PART 1

BOSTON – SECURING FUNDING | “$5 million wouldn’t be enough. You’re looking at closer to 20.” The venture capital executive deducted. This was a litmus test as I had mentioned that Vincent (name changed), alongside me, is a tech executive currently servicing the US Army. Sean wanted to see if we were up to the challenge of actually delivering on the product.

“So you’ve found the Holy Grail of healthcare.” Sean (an alias as well) leans back and clasps his hands around the back of his blonde head.

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INITIATIVE: ADOPTION & SUSTAINABILITY

To all the folks who put *too much emphasis* on the techology instead of the practicality of a solution – take heed of the iPhone before we all start talking about the future of Healthcare Information Technology!

I was seated across a CIO for a major hospital network after work picking his brains on his hospital’s on-going EMR ramp-up. In the heart of the world’s largest medical center in Houston, this fellow New Yorker and I were sharing stories of the old neighborhood. While talking about the Sopranos and the challenge of finding a good pizza in town, he was talking about the extensive travelling he has been doing lately, getting his over 100+ hospitals connected to their new EMR system.

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