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.

February 2017

Perhaps Healthcare Tools Need To Be Less Purposeful & More Fun- A Conversation Khan Siddiqui

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Healthcare is something of a negative good. Why can't patients have their records on their phone or computer? Dr. Khan Siddiqui discusses his time at Microsoft HealthVault and some of the difficulties getting people to engage in their own health

Why Do We Have Medical Malpractice?

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Medical malpractice is an expensive proposition. Although the numbers are debated, defensive medicine adds billions to the total cost of care for all Americans. Presumably malpractice was implemented to make patients safer, but, at least in the eyes of the medical community, that is not always the outcome. Jeff Campbell, an experienced attorney in this area, discusses the space.

January 2017

Friend or Foe- Will Computers Replace or Assist Radiologists?

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Over the last century, factory workers have been displaced by automation and technology. Now computers threaten doctors and radiologists specifically. Eliot Siegel discusses whether computers are friend or foe for the future of physicians.

The Patient As Captain Of Their Own Ship- After Quadriplegia.

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Sheila Pitt is an Art Professor, and my mother. After a horse accident, she is also a quadriplegic. Many physicians, including me, believe to solve the healthcare crisis patients need to be partners, captains of their own ship. My mother discusses her journey.

December 2016

Where’s My CT? A Conversation with Dr. Eliot Siegel

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All to often a patient's CT or MRI is not available on a follow up appointment. Given imaging has been digital for a 1/4 century, this seems absurd. Dr. Siegel, the first physician to have a fully filmless department in the world, reviews the history of imaging and some of the barriers to imaging access.

How is Philips Viewing Value Based Care?- A Conversation with Cheryl Iodice, Chief Marketing Officer at Philips

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Given it's size, Philips Healthcare has the opportunity transform how healthcare (wellness) is provided in America and across the world. Cheryl Iodice, Philips's Chief Marketing Officer, offers some perspectives in this interview.

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