Moneyball for Healthcare

Last week I finally ended up watching the movie Moneyball, the 2011 movie detailing the pioneering efforts of Oakland A’s GM, Billy Beane’s to use Big Data to assemble a comparatively low cost, but winning team in professional baseball.  I know I’m clearly 4 years off from any fresh discussion of the movie so don’t … Continue reading

Why Do We Miss The Point With EHR Research?

All in all, I think it’s safe to say that most scientific research is pretty solid.  Yes, you can pick apart just about any study and point out where things could have been done differently or where the results could be interpreted slightly differently, but it’s rare that someone could [justifiably] argue that a published … Continue reading

Doctors, Lay Down Your Egos

If you’ve been paying attention to the healthcare news lately you might have heard that the genetics testing company 23andme has put a halt to their testing at the request of the FDA.  The official reasoning?  The FDA feels they “still do not have any assurance that the firm has analytically or clinically validated the … Continue reading

Forget ICD-10. ICD-11 Is Where It’s At

The ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion is already causing a large number of sharply stabbing tension headaches (307.81 or G44.209) throughout the American healthcare landscape and we’ve barely begun to get started with it.  If the delays continue, we may just stay in this state of beginning and never actually get to ending for all of … Continue reading

The Genetics and Intellectual Property Battle Rages On

Today marks another moment in the debate between burgeoning genetics companies trying to establish themselves in a growing industry and the American public, who is really just beginning to understand what genetics actually is. It wasn’t too long ago (2000) that the first genome had actually been mapped by J. Craig Venter’s team at Applera … Continue reading

The Need to Redesign Medical Information

We have communication problems in the medical world.  No, not just the lack of communication happening between healthcare providers that some mistakenly think the newly christened “EHRs” are going to fix.  More importantly, the disconnect lies between the data and those reading it.  Providers sift through a patient’s chart gathering data to develop a mental … Continue reading