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Calif. hospital prices drop as CalPERS caps coverage for new knees, hips |
Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare

Calif. hospital prices drop as CalPERS caps coverage for new knees, hips | <br/>Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Joint replacement prices at the most costly California hospitals plunged by one-third after the state required its workers and retirees to pay out of pocket all costs above a “reference price” of $30,000 for orthopedic surgery, a new study said.The...
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Sunday NYTimes published the prices of USA vs Belgium's joint replacement as 65,000 vs 13,660  -including the hip joint doctor's fees, operating room and hospital costs PLUS airfare!


“I don't think hospitals are afraid of insurance companies,” he said in an interview. “I don't think hospitals are afraid of employers. I think hospitals are afraid of consumers. If consumers care about price, hospitals care about price. If consumers care about quality, hospitals care about quality.”


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Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense? - KPBS

Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense? - KPBS | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Scientists want to make computers into better storytellers, but to do that they have to teach the machines a tricky element: suspense. Now researchers believe they've taken a big step forward.
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Racing ahead to create suspense with a computer's help?  I'm curious to see if suspense can work without the human interactions that provide the magic part of the secret sauce of stories.

 

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Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List

Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List | The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere
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Start with true stories to keep healthcare humane! (and personally relevant)!

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IBM to buy Merge Healthcare for $1B

IBM to buy Merge Healthcare for $1B | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Global computing powerhouse IBM plans to acquire Chicago-based Merge Healthcare for $1 billion, a clear sign that IBM wants to grow its healthcare footprint further through its Watson technology.
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If they seek to learn before exerting control this could really change the story.  Let's hope the UX designers get to override the bean counters!!

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Stories in Medical Records!!Federal Practitioner - June 2015

The VA is putting patient stories into medical records with great results!
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This is a pilot program that is so successful it is spreading widely. It marks the beginning of officially using patient stories in medical records.
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A Woman With Skin Cancer Posted A Graphic Selfie To Warn Against Tanning

A Woman With Skin Cancer Posted A Graphic Selfie To Warn Against Tanning | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
This is what skin cancer treatment looks like.
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This post makes skin cancer personal.  Health education doesn't get any more personal or relevant than this.  No program, no system, no sponsor, "free outreach" prevention education with one woman's STORY.

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Parsing Patient Engagement: Better Compliance Or Better Decisions?

Parsing Patient Engagement: Better Compliance Or Better Decisions? | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
"Better compliance" and "better patient decisions" can certainly co-exist in health IT, but there's also an implicit tension: What happens if the shared decision making bucks what the doctor thinks best?
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Personally, I've backed off sites like PatientsLikeMe because I don't trust that pharma users will act with equal enthusiasm on data that doesn't support their products as they will on data that does.

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▶ My Life, My Story: VA’s healthcare improvements through deliberate storytelling - YouTube

My Life, My Story is a VA program that interviews veterans about their lives and adds the written stories to their medical record. The goal of the project is...
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Jemima Kirke's Abortion: Can Celebrities' Stories Make a Difference?

Jemima Kirke's Abortion: Can Celebrities' Stories Make a Difference? | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Jemima Kirke, who plays the troubled Jessa on Girls, had an abortion when she was younger. Because she felt she couldn't tell her mother about her pregnancy, she struggled to pay for the procedure,...
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Celebrity Storytelling works.

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#NoMUwithoutME: Primary School Edition | e-Patients.net

#NoMUwithoutME: Primary School Edition | e-Patients.net | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Bottom line: When you go to the doctor, any doctor, always ask for your records.
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Simple stories to educate us on our rights….nice.

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Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.? | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.
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Why don't we have generic insulin?

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How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Lung cancer survivors who met online banded together to get an option they credited with helping them added to treatment guidelines used by cancer specialists.
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Healthcare Activism! Survivors of Lung cancer (one Stege III) make sure guidelines are updated to inform others.  Crowd-informing from the crowd to the crowd.

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This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it. | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The State Board of Medical Licensure has asked Carrol Frazier Landrum to relinquish his medical license.
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Wonderful story of people helping people in the spirit of community.

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About | Healthwatch West Berkshire

About | Healthwatch West Berkshire | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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Nice example of a local community healthcare website.  Asking for stories, offering live consultation, and community involvement!

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Study suggests population health advancing healthcare collaboration

Study suggests population health advancing healthcare collaboration | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
American Hospital Assocation survey finds majority of hospitals pursuing population health efforts are working with others.
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Time to help public health escape from narrow data-based stick drawings of how the world works.

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Are healthy communities comprised of healthy employees? - ModernHealthcare.com

Are healthy communities comprised of healthy employees? - ModernHealthcare.com | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Businesses could have a significant impact on public health, according to a new report.
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Public health is where my heart leads me...there is SO much low hanging fruit to pick!

 

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Veterans Adding Life Story to Medical Records

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Have you ever wished your doctor knew “the rest of the story?” A unique program at some VA medical centers allows Veterans to add their life story to their medical record.
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Brilliant use of story in medical records. We should get some great evidence-based research that proves the value of story and healthcare!!
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Judge temporarily bars new telemedicine rule in Texas

Judge temporarily bars new telemedicine rule in Texas | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Telemedicine company Teladoc may continue—for now—to treat patients in Texas remotely without having physicians meet them face to face first, a federal judge decided Friday.
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Dear Texas, We know this is not really for safety reasons.  Why do you pretend you care about the sick when you actually care about the money? Love, Annette

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Contextual Storytelling, Part 5: Careables -- A Storytelling Concept for an IoT World

Contextual Storytelling, Part 5: Careables -- A Storytelling Concept for an IoT World | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
What happens when you set eight students loose for directed research in the IoT space? Our result was Careables, an innovative connected healthcare solution.
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What if the user experience journey were mapped in terms of stories?  I believe the persons that make up the persona's are living stories that will reveal more useful patterns than key user touch points or messages.  To me, this is where you will find storytelling gold.  Why not identify the stories user's live first? then you don't have to guess what story to tell to whom.

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Cardinal Health to pay $26.8M over FTC monopoly charges

Cardinal Health to pay $26.8M over FTC monopoly charges | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The charges allege that Cardinal forced hospitals and clinics to pay inflated prices for certain diagnostic drugs. 
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Economies of scale have to be balanced with abuse of power.

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About - Art in Healthcare's Outreach Programme: Art Workshops

About - Art in Healthcare's Outreach Programme: Art Workshops | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Art in Healthcare is a Scottish organisation with charitable status that provides healthcare facilities and environments within Scotland an affordable and flexible, high quality artwork rental scheme.
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The Soap Opera About How To Keep Cows And Goats Alive

The Soap Opera About How To Keep Cows And Goats Alive | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
"I think we should always be in the business of enacting change in how we do our work as well as in the world," Allison Morris, who directs corporate partnerships at Mercy Corps said.
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What soap opera would improve your community's health? In Louisiana maybe a steamy series called, "Greasy Fingers"?

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Medical-College Entrance Exam Gets an Overhaul

Aspiring doctors taking the new Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, will find an exam that is longer, covers more subjects, and is more interdisciplinary than past versions.
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Now students need to know what "Reciprocal Determinism" means.  I dunno - surely it is enough to understand that we are both influenced by and can influence our environment.

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Cardiologist Blasts Patient Informed Consent Process

With no requirement that hospitals and clinicians be candid with patients about risks and costs, informed consent is "a complete sham," says
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Forms prevent all kinds of necessary conversations.  We try to automate uncomfortable conversations as a way to avoid the discomfort of talking about big issues.

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Doctors think lots of patients ask for medicine they don’t need. This study says that’s not true.

Patients request additional treatment in 9 percent of conversations with doctors.
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Why Elegant Integration is Now the Focus of Innovation

Why Elegant Integration is Now the Focus of Innovation | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it

Brilliant discussion of innovative business models in healthcare…but anywhere really. 



 

Larry Keeley opened his Transform 2014 presentation, Sometimes things change … by reminding the audience that...

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