Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

Yesterday I had the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and specifically the current class of fellows in the “iconic” Yale Program (@RWJFCSP_Yale) Our interaction took place both in the awesome Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC, as well as a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Center for … Continue reading Just Read: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage Plans

The ability to know about your community’s health: the 2nd Street Pedestrian Sensor

The ability to know about your community's health: the 2nd Street Pedestrian Sensor

This image isn’t the erratic heartbeat of a person (who wouldn’t be in good condition if it was), it’s the heartbeat of a city, in this case Washington, DC.

Here are more snapshots of the traffic we’ve been monitoring since January – they show that there’s a morning walking commute toward downtown (The Capitol and the Supreme Court) that’s at a more defined time, and then a more spread out commute home in the afternoons. The opposite side of the street has a new sidewalk open but we haven’t seen a dip in traffic yet because of it. Continue reading→

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Design Thinking with HRSA Huddles and HHS IDEA Lab

Yesterday I went to the actual HHS IDEA Lab (@HHSIdeaLab) – it is a place :) ), for our monthly check-in with the team I am on, called HRSA Huddles for now (HHS Ignite – Being part of the 2015 HRSA Huddles team exploring collaborative work | Ted Eytan, MD).

Prior to the check in, though, we spent quality time at the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) expanding our thinking, creatively, with our mentor Tyson Weinert, who is the US Coast Guard’s most awesome Innovation Program Manager, he was awesome with us for sure. Continue reading→

Designing our environment for population health

Designing our environment for population health

I told co-host Whitney Gray, PhD, LEED-AP, from Cannon Design (@CannonDesign) that when a doctor walks a community, they observe the people walking around. She told me when real estate developers do, they repaint the skyline in their minds. What a cool job (in a greener grass kind of way). Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Goodbye Google Glass #Throughglass

Photo Friday: Goodbye Google Glass #Throughglass

I believe I took some pretty cool photos using Google Glass (click here to see a gallery). When I first joined the explorer program, I wanted to find the most symbolic place to take a picture, and be the first person in the world to do it. I think I succeeded, on the 50th anniversary … Continue reading Photo Friday: Goodbye Google Glass #Throughglass

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