quality

 

pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

“Inviting the patient’s perspective” paper: today’s needs, 25 years ago *this week!*

March 1, 1992. 25 years ago. Yesterday I asked When was “Enriching the relationship by inviting the patient perspective” published? The words in that paper’s abstract [right] could have been written today – literally every word. It was printworthy a quarter century ago Wednesday, and it still is today. Why? It’s appeared here repeatedly: despite the scientific nature […]

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New data from CMS insurance claims will empower consumer choice

A patient’s ability to choose the provider they want depends largely on information – same as any other choice, right? So this blog has long praised The Leapfrog Group for its deep analysis and publication of hospital quality and safety data, through its Hospital Safety Scores service. Note that this isn’t just a “patient power” issue […]

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key people, news & gossip, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc

Eric Dishman’s transformational speech on his last day at Intel: “Knowledge is survival”

I’ve known Eric Dishman for about five years, because we’re both kidney cancer patients. I’ve known that he’s a really sharp thinker, and a high-ranking executive at Intel, deeply interested in and involved in their work in healthcare. May 3 was his last day at Intel, and he gave what may be the most mind-expanding […]

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2016: Opportunities and Challenges in Health Care

In 2016, mHealth technology will occupy center stage in transforming clinical care and clinical research.  Smartphone-linked wearable sensors will turn science fiction into reality as these mobile diagnostic tools provide the in depth information that enables    patients and clinicians to experience more accurate, continuous streams of information that will help them make better informed health […]

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e-pts resources, medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care

50 million more patients to get OpenNotes! Huge win for empowered partnership!

Big news: a multi-foundation $10 million grant will spread OpenNotes access to fifty million more patients! Nearly 20% of America will have full access to their providers’ visit notes, so they can review them from anywhere! Regular readers know we’ve always been loud fans of the OpenNotes project. Initially funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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New paper: “The Road to Making Patient-Centered Care Real: Policy Vehicles and Potholes”

SPM Past President Michael Millenson reports that the Urban Institute has published a paper he co-authored with Bob Berenson: The Road to Making Patient-Centered Care Real: Policy Vehicles and Potholes. Michael writes: This is the most comprehensive look ever at the current state of patient-centered care activities that related to the actual clinical encounter. (Not included […]

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medical records, news & gossip, policy issues, positive patterns, trends & principles

Wall Street Journal on patient access: “Health-Care Providers Want Patients to Read Medical Records, Spot Errors”

Regular readers know that this blog has long advocated for patient access to, and engagement with, the medical record. In the past 2-3 years we’ve especially advocated for OpenNotes, in which patients can see their primary’s actual visit notes.  At my hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, not only can patients see their primary’s notes, in 2014 it’s […]

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demographics, positive patterns, trends & principles

Aging & e-Patients: Challenges and Opportunities in Geriatrics

Guest post by SPM member Leslie Kernisan, whose words first appeared here in a September interview at Medicine X: “Leslie Kernisan (Twitter @GeriTechBlog), a geriatrician who’s deeply interested in and committed to enabling elders and caregivers through patient and family engagement.” (SPM members are invited to submit guest posts; guidelines are here.) Leslie is this […]

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e-pts resources, general, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc, trends & principles

New Hospital Safety Score data: a key enabler for informed choice

The PDF at right is a summary of sample data from this new dataset. The Leapfrog Group is a highly respected patient safety organization. They’ve earned a reputation for carefully and thoughtfully assessing providers’ actual performance in quality and safety. Their mission statement: To trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health […]

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Medicare releases hugely important hospital quality/safety data

I’m about to board a plane at 5 a.m. so this is a quick preliminary note. One of the key skills an engaged, informed patient needs is how to find good quality care. Today USA Today reports that Medicare has just released information that I think we’ve had a right to know for ages: which hospitals […]

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