Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

Changing Climate (chart), Washington, DC USA 1871-2014

2014’s average temperature in Washington is below predicted trend, compared to the western United States (see my hometown, Phoenix, Arizona’s Haywood plot). Still, there is a noticeable increase in temperature, with predicted impacts on health in our nation’s capital. Continue reading→

Justice served: Visa paying for denied Zipcar claims

Justice served: Visa paying for denied Zipcar claims

One of the most popular posts on this blog has been this one: Visa Credit Cards refuse to cover Zipcar rentals | Ted Eytan, MD, probably because this issue has affected so many people. Continue reading→

The Anatomy of Obamacare

via The Anatomy of Obamacare by @Gladwell

“It’s at moments like this that Brill’s book becomes problematic. The idea he is describing is called integrated managed care. It has been around for more than half a century—most notably in the form of the Kaiser Permanente Group. Almost ten million Americans are insured through Kaiser, treated by Kaiser doctors, and admitted to Kaiser hospitals. Yet Brill has almost nothing to say about Kaiser, aside from a brief, dismissive mention. It’s as if someone were to write a book about how America really needs a high-end electric-car company that sells its products online without being the least curious about Tesla Motors.”

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MakerDocsDC January Edition

MakerDocsDC January Edition

Just adding this photo here so people can see the progression of MakerDocs. We are going to travel around to the most innovative places in Washington, DC in 2015. Always much to share about how to innovate in health and health care… MakerDocsDC January: Left to Right, Denton Shanks, MD, MPH, Whitney Gray, PhD, LEED … Continue reading MakerDocsDC January Edition

#KPLantern is beginning – Human Centered Insights into Transgender Person Health, to make it better

#KPLantern is beginning - Human Centered Insights into Transgender Person Health, to make it better

Beginning next week, I am (temporarily) joining the nationally recognized Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy (@KPInnovation) for KPLantern: Lantern is a project that Kaiser Permanente is undertaking to gain insight into the diverse experiences, challenges, and goals of being a transgender person in our current society and use that insight to better design health and care … Continue reading #KPLantern is beginning – Human Centered Insights into Transgender Person Health, to make it better

Social Determinants of (un)Health for Transgender People: Ohio

Social Determinants of (un)Health for Transgender People:  Ohio

The suicide of Leelah Alcorn  raised a lot of questions for me about the community conditions that could contribute to an environment that’s hostile to a young person who is transgender. I reached out to expert Brynn Tannehill  (@BrynnTannehill) who lives in Ohio, for a breakdown of the policies in that state. Continue reading→

HHS Ignite – Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work

HHS Ignite - Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work

The HHS Ignite Accelerator is a part of a cool program in the US Department Health and Human Services Idealab (@HHSIdeaLab), that… equips and empowers U.S. Department of Health and Human Services employees and members of the public who have an idea and want to act. Earlier in 2014, I was asked to join a proposed HHS … Continue reading HHS Ignite – Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work