About Alan Pitt

I've lived my life in healthcare. I grew up in a medical household, and later got an M.D. Now, in mid-life, I am saddened and dismayed. America is the wealthiest country in the world, yet we often bankrupt our citizens when they become ill. We cure what seems incurable, but then abandon the many others. Care is often replaced by technology. I believe every generation of humanity solves its problem through a new paradigm. The last paradigm was about the computer and optimizing the individual. We are now entering a new era, one where problems are solved via the ccommunity. My intent with this blog is to offer a perspective on the broken process we all face when we're sick. If you agree, tell me. If you disagree, I want to know. To cut the Gordian Knot of Healthcare will require- collaboration and a team based approach to care, along with innovative ideas from every quarter.

September 2017

Death Panels vs Irrational Rationing- You Choose

Rather than than a war of partisan sound bites the time has come for Americans to decide how much healthcare we're willing to give to our neighbor.

“We have plenty of physicians- we just have to stop asking them to do silly things” Rick Vaughn- Chief Medical Officer of SSM

Dr. Rick Vaugh did his residency with a paper chart, but now oversees the digital transformation for SSM, a large midwestern healthcare system. Although this conversion hasn't been easy, he sees opportunities for patients and providers to get back to more human-human interaction. He discusses the past, present and future of health tech.

August 2017

Krista Drobac-Legislative Efforts to Reduce Healthcare Costs via Telehealth

{podcast} Telehealth has faced an uphill battle for reimburse. Improved access is viewed as a risk for overuse by Medicare. Krista Drobac discusses the legislative efforts to improve reimburse, and ultimately care.

Healthcare Systems- Moving from Competition to Co-Opetition

{podcast} Healthcare system often compete rather than cooperate. However, they have common goals and common struggles. At a recent conference hosted by Healthleaders Media, innovative ideas were shared on how to better care for each other.

July 2017

Diet’s a 4 Letter Word When it Comes to Research- Cancer & The Ketogenic Diet

Today on Healthcare PittStop I have with me Dr. Adrienne Scheck to talk about the ketogenic diet. But before we get to the diet, I'd like to talk about who you are and then how you got interested in the diet. Could you tell the folks listening in a little bit about your research prior [...]

June 2017

Dr. Michael Birt on Aging, Caregiving, and Connecting Technologies for Better Outcomes

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Dr. Michael Birt discusses opportunities for aging in place via technology.

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