The Hawaii Health Connector, the state’s Health Insurance Exchange, announced the appointment of its new executive director recently. Jeffrey Kissel, the former CEO of HawaiiGas, will become the Exchange’s third director within the last year when he replaces current interim director, Tom Matsuda. Besides leadership turnover, the Exchange in Hawaii has experienced several other issues since its creation in 2013, including funding and provider shortages. Unlike other Exchange directors, Kissel does not have a background in the health or insurance industry. So will this change be the cure for what ails the Hawaii Exchange as the upcoming enrollment season approaches? Moreover, to what extent have other state Exchanges’ successes or failure stemmed from leadership in those Exchanges? Read further >
As we all know, the model of a flat earth in contrast to a globe was a common idea even until Columbus tried to sail from Europe to India. He had to face doubts in his crew as well as whether the Earth was really round, so that there was no danger of “falling off the edge.” This model reflects our everyday perception that we stand firmly on the ground and, for example, water is not flowing away from us – following the curvature of the Earth. So, there is actually some ratio and common sense behind it.
But when people acknowledged that Earth in fact was round, a whole new world not only in the literary sense opened up to them and things became possible and even inevitable that were beyond imagination before.
I think that our civilization today is currently figuring out again that the world is round!
Continuing on the theme of the importance of design in electronic health record (EHR) medication alerts (see my recent post here), Alissa Russ et al published a new study in JAMIA describing how an alert redesign reduced prescribing errors in a simulated environment at the VA. Read further >
I had the privilege of participating in a knowledge-sharing meeting held by the ILO (Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations) in Chicago. ILO’s Founder and President, Peter Themes, facilitated the meeting. Executives representing large companies in the Chicago area, as well as the UIC Innovation Center, shared best practices in making innovation work in large organizations. The group explored several themes, such as the following: Read further >
The weeks of tech craze are back again. Launches focus on ecommerce IPO’s (Alibaba, Zalando), “private” social networks (Ello), a new phone that finally grew up and an app that proves that intrinsic value really is overrated (Yo!). Read further >
Doing “Search” Right!
When people think of “search” today two things usually come to mind. The first is Google, and the second is, well you guessed it… Google. When it comes to Enterprise Search, do you think that we can be better than Google? (click to tweet this) I think you should be better and here is why.
From September 2014 onwards, Google Board of Executives are traveling across Europe to discuss the right to be forgotten. It is expected that this tour will take two months to complete, and then several years to get settled. Read further >
Neuroscience and technology are increasingly collaborating in scientific research to advance understanding of how our brain works. This happens for different reasons: to replicate human brain functions into artificial ones, to prevent and cure diseases and pains, or even to correlate human behavior with brain functions. Read further >
Like many lawyers, accountants, knowledge workers, and other professionals, I maintain a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn’s investor presentations, which I recommend reading, reveal ambitions far beyond being merely a social networking space for knowledge workers. In addition to wanting to be the professional network for connecting all of the world’s professionals, LinkedIn also wants to “be the definitive professional publishing platform.” Read further >
Last year, I wrote about the federal (US) Health eDecisions (HeD) initiative, which resulted in various standards for clinical decision support (CDS), including an XML schema for representing a “knowledge artifact” and a Virtual Medical Record (VMR) for representing patient data. In HeD, knowledge artifacts can be event-condition-action rules, order sets, or documentation templates. Since that time, a new federal initiative has been underway called the Clinical Quality Framework (CQF). This initiative seeks to harmonize standards for CDS and clinical quality measurement (CQM). With respect to patient data models, the CDS domain has the VMR, but the quality domain has something called the Quality Data Model (QDM). One of the goals of CQF is to harmonize VMR and QDM into a single model called Quality Improvement and Clinical Knowledge (QUICK). Read further >