Texas Rankings Disappoint

Click on the image to view: “Texas on the Brink,” a 2001 report from the Texas Legislative Study Group that includes many more rankings and supporting statistics. Not much has changed. Texas near the Top: Blessed with an abundance of land, rivers, oil and other natural resources, Texas pioneers built a great state, and even today, it seems that everything is bigger in Read More …

Movies about the Future of Health Care?

What movies do you think create the best vision of the future of health care? And what scene is particularly memorable with great foresight? Please comment. Here’s a list of Movies about the Future of Health Care compiled by Modern Health Talk: “Wall-E” is a warm-hearted commentary on environmental pollution that portrays future humans as super-obese couch potatoes living in Read More …

Is Your Glass Half Empty, or Half Full?

Can your attitude affect your health? YES. According to this article and most of the studies I found, optimism appears to be good for your health and pessimism seems to be bad. But I also found one study that suggested the opposite – that people who are overly optimistic about their future actually faced greater risk of disability or death Read More …

A Disease-Creation Economy

Money, Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy By Mark Hyman, MD, practicing physician (original on Huffington Post) “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only Read More …

Population Health and Patient Engagement

Could a Population Health System Improve Patient Engagement? That was the question asked in an article by mHealthIntelligence.com, but after asking the question they gave no place to reply, so today’s post is my response, which is also posted on LinkedIn. America arguably has the best Medical care in the world, but we really don’t have a HEALTH care system. Read More …

Chipping Away at Healthcare Special Interests Yet?

Is it just “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” or is something bigger happening? Last week I read an excellent article in Huffington Post by Charles Francis, and it inspired today’s post about public interests versus special interests. In this article I’ll reflect on the healthcare progress consumers are making despite politicians working against them. But first, more on Read More …

20-20 Vision of Digital Life in 2025

Pew Research Center recently published its vision of Digital Life in 2025, based on predictions from over 1,000 experts who generally said the Internet would become “like electricity” – more deeply embedded in our lives but less visible. Before I present the top 15 themes from the Pew report, here’s my own Back to the Future vision of technology and and its Read More …

Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care

Professor Carl J. Schramm wrote about Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care as part of a GE Ideas Roundtable that included two good interactive infographics about working in America and how different nations view innovation. But I don’t think improving the efficiency of care is where the biggest benefits lie, so I added this comment: Technology can be Read More …

Is American Health Care the Best?

“Is American Health Care the Best?” The answer to that question might depend on whom you ask, but by almost all measures we aren’t even close. That was the message of this article on Vox that says people who believe our health system is the best are “measuring it wrong.” Here’s some measures we should be considering, followed by some supporting graphs and Read More …

Abreviated Vision of the Future of Health Care

“Why aren’t more health care organizations using social media to connect with patients and their community?” is a question posed to the LinkedIn discussion group, Innovations in Health. What follows is my response. While HIPAA and regulatory oversight can inhibit progress, that’s not all bad unless extreme. On the other hand, social & political pressures can drive progress, and technology Read More …

Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again

Editorial by Wayne Caswell, Founding Editor, Modern Health Talk According to Forbes, House Republicans released this week a 37-page draft of their plan to “replace Obamacare and reform entitlements.” To that I say, Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again. Even though Obamacare has slowed the rising costs of healthcare as our population ages, significantly more work needs to Read More …

Healthcare as Public Utility

Computing functions once associated with PCs are moving back to big servers in the Internet Cloud, leaving mobile client devices to handle the user interface (UI) but not the data storage and analysis. I find this shift especially interesting, having grown up in the mainframe world at IBM as computing functions moved to PCs. In the case of speech recognition Read More …

Trumpcare will kill more Americans than Terrorists have

Today I commented on The Senate’s Trumpcare Bill Will Kill 50 Times More Americans Than Terrorists Have. This FORBES article frames the issue in a way that puts the large numbers in perspective. According to the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office, “15 million people losing insurance translates to at least 18,000 preventable American deaths.” If Republicans simply repeal Obamacare instead, 38,400 would Read More …

What to ask Clinton and Trump about Healthcare?

I responded to a Huffington Post article about proposed changes to Medicare and questions that should be asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but I went deeper into the serious healthcare issues, citing an article I posted yesterday about The Ideal Healthcare System. It referenced differences between public and private sector organizations but primarily spoke of the need to Read More …

Reduce Stress and Get a Better Night’s Rest

More than half of Americans are losing sleep due to stress, according to Better-Sleep-Better-Life. Not getting enough sleep comes with a number of unwanted side effects, including some that are rather serious. A lack of sleep can cause motor vehicle accidents, injuries on the job, weight gain, and numerous health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, just to name Read More …

Trust the Internet or Your Doctor?

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong? I don’t get it. That was the beginning of an editorial in The Daily Beast that made my hair stand on end. The undisclosed doctor/author did a fine job of writing and defending his profession, but I Read More …

The “Experts” view of a Sustainable Healthcare System

As reported in How Can Health IT Lead to a More Sustainable Health Care System?, On October 28, 2011, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) convened a small group of national experts—economists, actuaries, and health IT experts from the private sector and government—to discuss Read More …