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Transparency: A Better Way to Encourage Price Shopping for Health Care

Transparency:  A Better Way to Encourage Price Shopping for Health Care | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Doctors can become bargain hunters for their patients


The big-data initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services and widespread adoption of electronic health records will unleash a new wave of information on health care delivery, a necessary component of the better quality measurement that is needed to support value-based decisions. 

Moving forward, policy should encourage such price shopping by providers and patients by facilitating the dissemination of information on price and quality and by strengthening antitrust enforcement to deter collusion or price fixing by providers.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Anything that takes the black box of health care price and quality and brings it forward into the light of day, and choice, seems very worthy of our time and support.  ~  D

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Open Source Tackles eHealthcare Records In Places Microsoft Can't

Open Source Tackles eHealthcare Records In Places Microsoft Can't | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

" if a midwife is juggling three deliveries at a time, recording the details isn’t high on the list of priorities," especially in underdeveloped countries.


This use of open source technology reminds me of a systemic innovation by a doctor who's innovation cut premature infant mortality almost in half in Mumbai.  Innovation in underdeveloped countries has lessons for us all.


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eHealth Nigeria is using an open source health records system to create digital records of births a happening across northern Nigeria each day.


Under the aegis of their nonprofit, eHealth Nigeria, Castle and Thompson have built a digital records system meant to eventually serve healthcare facilities across northern Nigeria, but it doesn't use the sort of specialized health care software in U.S. or even everyday database software.


There's no Kaiser software. And no Microsoft.


The system is based on OpenMRS, an open source health records system designed specifically for use in underdeveloped regions. 



Read more via wired.com, click on the article title / link for the full story

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Innovate or Die: The Future of Business, Brian Solis Facts, Slideshare

"In the circle of life, connected consumerism is the new reality.  Those businesses that don't disrupt their own markets will find their markets disrupted for them."  ~ Brian Solis


Visual POW infographics from Brian Solis' new book, What's the Future of Business.


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Brian Solis features what is needed to influence responsive strategy in branding, including taking aim at your generation culture and ideas for adapting to what is next.  


Is your company adaptabile enough to stay healthy, growth or not?  


~  Deb

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Simple solution innovations that saved infant lives in Mumbai ~ including Bubble Wrap | Kinsey

Simple solution innovations that saved infant lives in Mumbai ~ including Bubble Wrap | Kinsey | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

From Kinsey:  There's no doubt that groundbreaking inventions and discoveries have moved the world forward, but sometimes, a small innovation can be just as powerful.

Simple, low-cost innovations can yield dramatic gains. Instead of expensive technology, these solutions require only a deep understanding of the problem, a strong desire to create change, and a lot of common sense.


Using this kind of thinking, Armida Fernandez cut infant mortality almost in half at a Mumbai hospital that serves the city’s poorest residents.


Click on the title to read the full story.

 

Photo credit:  mollypop via Flickr CC

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Useful perspective that the technology tools may be the problem, and solving it with bubble wrap.

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