Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years

Just Read: In DC, there's up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn't changed in 15 years

The life expectancy of a black male in Washington, DC as of 2009 is the same as a man in North Korea as of 2012. For a white male, the life expectancy is higher than Israel, lower than Switzerland. Sources: World Health Organization; Harper S, MacLehose RF, Kaufman JS. Trends In The Black-White Life Expectancy … Continue reading Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years

In the future, patients and families will help design and govern the health system. We’re from the future.

In the future, patients and families will help design and govern the health system. We're from the future.

@KPSanDiego innovates. Dr. Susan Mahler and Dr. Jeff Benabio with Susan’s daughter Patricia, TEDMED, 2013 (View on Flickr.com) A patient on a governance group for workforce Information technology? Yes! For some reason, I haven’t posted about the fact that I am part of the National Quality Forum’s (@NatQualityForum) Patient and Family Engagement Action Team. We … Continue reading In the future, patients and families will help design and govern the health system. We’re from the future.

Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

When I was at the Brookings Institution ( @BrookingsInst @BrookingsMed )with fellow Permanente physician, cardiologist Priti Sood, MD, for MEDTalk: Treating Congestive Heart Failure and the Role of Payment Reform | Brookings Institution, this quote immediately came to mind: We believe any group of physicians, or a foundation working with physicians, can easily duplicate the … Continue reading Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform

Now Reading: Another way to listen, Video Ethnography

Now Reading: Another way to listen, Video Ethnography

Neuwirth EB, Bellows J, Jackson AH, Price PM. How Kaiser Permanente uses video ethnography of patients for quality improvement, such as in shaping better care transitions. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2012;31(6):1244-50. [Accessed June 6, 2012]. This paper, published by esteemed colleagues at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, describes results from a program that now … Continue reading Now Reading: Another way to listen, Video Ethnography

Now Reading: About today’s Health Affairs study, HIT, EHRs, and impact on test ordering

Now Reading: About today's Health Affairs study, HIT, EHRs, and impact on test ordering

Mccormick D, Bor DH, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Giving Office-Based Physicians Electronic Access To Patients’ Prior Imaging And Lab Results Did Not Deter Ordering Of Tests. Health Affairs. 2012;(March):1-9. This study, being released to the public at the exact same time of this blog post, should generate healthy discussion about whether health information technology, fully … Continue reading Now Reading: About today’s Health Affairs study, HIT, EHRs, and impact on test ordering

Now Reading: Should physicians disclose conflicts of interest? Should patients?

Now Reading: Should physicians disclose conflicts of interest? Should patients?

Iezzoni LI, Rao SR, Desroches CM, Vogeli C, Campbell EG. Survey shows that at least some physicians are not always open or honest with patients. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2012;31(2):383-91. Wolston M. An MS Patient Loses Trust When She Finds Out Her Doctor Is Paid By Drug Companies. Health Affairs. 2011;30(12):2449-2452. These two papers put … Continue reading Now Reading: Should physicians disclose conflicts of interest? Should patients?

Now Reading: Place, not race: disparities dissipate when blacks and whites live under similar conditions

Now Reading: Place, not race: disparities dissipate when blacks and whites live under similar conditions

Laveist T, Pollack K, Thorpe R, Fesahazion R, Gaskin D. Place, not race: disparities dissipate in southwest Baltimore when blacks and whites live under similar conditions. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2011;30(10):1880-7. When I was reading about social determinants recently, I came across an error in one of Sir Michael Marmot’s writings, in this JAMA article … Continue reading Now Reading: Place, not race: disparities dissipate when blacks and whites live under similar conditions