How Seniors, Boomers Embrace Digital – Aging Online

My First Post for Mashable: How Seniors, Boomers Embrace Digital – Aging Online – “I have been collecting data on this blog for a couple months, and I started to see some interesting trends. People talk anecdotally about how older adults are using new technologies (or stereotypically not using technology) but I didn’t see anyone …

Dr. Jack Cochran Returns From Tanzania | Dispatches From….

Dr. Jack Cochran Returns From Tanzania | Dispatches From…. – This is a new blog produced by Kaiser Permanente, that highlights the service work, on a global scale, of Kaiser Permanente leaders and staff. Today’s post is by Jack Cochran, MD, who’s the Executive Director of The Permanente Federation (where I work). The photos are …

Kaiser Permanente 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Kaiser Permanente 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report – Speaking of environmental stewardship, this is Kaiser Permanente’s report on its work to protect the environment and health of communities through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To understand the background and commitment, I recommend reading this page on Environmental Stewardship from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Report for …

Health Digital Check-Up: Physicians and Social Media | Edelman Digital

Health Digital Check-Up: Physicians and Social Media | Edelman Digital – There are two time-tested ways to get a doctor’s attention: (a) bring facts, lots of ‘em, and good ones, and (b) publish them in a peer-reviewed medical journal. This is a blog post written from the communications professional perspective, by one of my co-authors …

Powering Up the AT&T Foundry to Power Up Innovation | ATT Innovation Space

Powering Up the AT&T Foundry to Power Up Innovation | ATT Innovation Space

Powering Up the AT&T Foundry to Power Up Innovation | ATT Innovation Space – Blog post from AT&T with nice video describing the launch of their innovation center in Plano Texas. I see lots of post-it notes in their midst. In the description of what the Center will do from the separate press release: “Initial …

The Conversation Prism and Twitterverse 2 (infographics) by Brian Solis and JESS3

The Conversation Prism and Twitterverse 2 (infographics) by Brian Solis and JESS3

The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and JESS3 – Beautiful infographics depicting the twitter and socialmediasphere. More great work done in collaboration with @JESS3 . I realize, as I’m sure many others do who do work in social media that I know most of the items/services on the Twitterverse 2 infographic. It is interesting to …

Regina Holliday’s Medical Advocacy Blog: May The Force Be With Us

Regina Holliday’s Medical Advocacy Blog: May The Force Be With Us – I think the day will come when all of us will be lucky enough to be portrayed in art created by Regina Holliday (@reginaholliday). As the post discusses, there’s an upcoming social justice camp (@SocJustCampDC) in Washington, DC, (two, two, weekends, you can …

Health Business Blog Podcast, Dr. Ted Eytan of Kaiser on health IT, walking meetings, innovation

Health Business Blog Podcast, Dr. Ted Eytan of Kaiser on health IT, walking meetings, innovation – “In this podcast interview, Ted speaks about his role at Kaiser Permanente and how he got there, the ways life is changing for patients and their families as electronic health records and personal health records roll out, and the potential for mobile health …

Brain scan: Making data dance – @HansRosling Visualizations

Brain scan: Making data dance | The Economist – This is an article and a companion greatest hits page about the work of Hans Rosling, who uses innovative approaches to visualizing data to inform people: Instead of bar charts and histograms, Dr Rosling uses Lego bricks, IKEA boxes and data-visualisation software developed by his Gapminder …

Dear ONC: Nothing about me without my input. Design with me.

Dear ONC: Nothing about me without my input. Design with me. – Great post from physician colleague at Department of Veteran’s Affairs, @SueWoods . In particular – A. Practice participatory design in federal health IT policy and programs. Rather than a media campaign to “help consumers understand” HIT policies, stakeholders should gather more information about …

How provider competition can improve health care delivery – McKinsey Quarterly – Health Care – Strategy & Analysis

How provider competition can improve health care delivery – McKinsey Quarterly – Health Care – Strategy & Analysis – A good overview of some of the evidence around the benefit of competition in specialized and not so specialized care. Relevant to those interested in reducing information assymetry. Of relevance to those interested in personal health …

Why governments must lead the fight against obesity – McKinsey Quarterly – Health Care – Strategy & Analysis

Why governments must lead the fight against obesity – McKinsey Quarterly – Health Care – Strategy & Analysis – I think this is very well written and specifically outlines the costs, and some best practices, with references. Examples include Dow Chemical’s employee wellness success and Fleurbaix, France ‘s efforts in childhood obesity. Quote re: costs …

AMA Policy – Professionalism in the Use of Social Media

AMA – AMA Policy – Professionalism in the Use of Social Media – This was posted recently and it is a good piece of work that will promote physician (and patient) discussion about the professional role and use of social media. Tip to Jane Sarasohn-Kahn ( @healthythinker ) for writing it up in her I-try-to-read-every-post …

Mobile Health 2010 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Mobile Health 2010 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project – Significant statistics: Cell phone users who are Black have an app on their cell phone to track/manage health 15% of the time, users who are White: 7 %. Users who are Hispanic use a cell phone to look up health info 25%; …

Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations: A Bridge to Nowhere?

Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations: A Bridge to Nowhere? – Nice analysis of some of the challenges of Accountable Care Organizations by Bob Berenson. The discussion about invisible assignment is interesting to me – it basically says “if patients don’t know that they are part of a group whose costs are being closely …

The Health Care Blog: Patients 2.0–A Free Meeting by & for Patients, Oct 6 in San Francisco

The Health Care Blog: Patients 2.0–A Free Meeting by & for Patients, Oct 6 in San Francisco – As part of Health Innovation Week and immediately before Health 2.0, We are having free meeting by and for patients to hear great stories about the revolution going on in patient activism online. Join us to plan …

Proactive Office Encounter: A Systematic Approach to Preventive and Chronic Care at Every Patient Encounter

Proactive Office Encounter: A Systematic Approach to Preventive and Chronic Care at Every Patient Encounter – The POE engaged the entire health team in a proactive patient-care experience, creating standard work flows and using information technology to identify gaps in patient care. The goals were to improve consistency of preventive care and improve quality of …

The Accountable Care Organization: Pair of blog posts (the patient is the unifying force) – Health Affairs Blog

I think this is my very first post referencing the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) concept, I am behind the times. If you are new to it as well, this policy brief will help you. There is also a helpful pair of blog posts on the Health Affairs blog that argue whether ACO’s will solve problems …

Benioff monitors worker communications | ZDNet UK

Benioff monitors worker communications | ZDNet UK – This story caught my eye because it is referring to Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.com, that has recently rolled out Chatter, an internal social networking application. There’s a key difference between monitoring what employees voluntarily post on an internal social network and what they write in …

HealthCamp SFBay | Accelerating Healthcare Innovation

HealthCamp SFBay | Accelerating Healthcare Innovation – HealthCamp SFBay is a HealthCamp. HealthCamp is a national movement led by volunteers focused on putting social media, open source and the best of the Internet, Mobile Web and process innovation to work for better health care and health technology. It is a user-organized “un–conference” movement that brings …

Discussion about entry: Educating Tuberculosis patients for excellent results | Changemakers

Discussion about entry: Educating Tuberculosis patients for excellent results | Changemakers – The Ashoka Changemakers competition , patient|choices|empowerment, has provided me interesting food for thought, and exposure to innovators challenged by similar problems in health care to ours. In the linked exchange, Dr. Shelly Batra, educates me about patient empowerment in India. I think there …

F as in Fat 2010 District of Columbia Ranks Third Least Obese in the Nation

F as in Fat 2010 District of Columbia Ranks Third Least Obese in the Nation – Washington, D.C. June 29, 2010 – District of Columbia was named the third least obese state in the country, according to the seventh annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010 report from the Trust for …