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.

November 2018

Behavioral Economics at the Bedside- Part II with Doug Hough

Behavioral economics offers a way to learn why we make what can seem to be irrational decisions, particularly when it comes to our health. This applies to choices about whether or not to procedure with surgery as well as the end of life.

Why Don’t You Eat Your Vegetables- A Primer on Behavioral Economics- Dr. Doug Hough

Traditional economics assumes we are rational. However, we aren't. Behavioral Economics (BE) is a relatively new field of study looking at human decision making, how we are influenced by the framing of questions, our history, and aversion to loss. All of these factors play into how we make (what often seem like irrational) healthcare decisions.

October 2018

Why Don’t You Eat Your Vegetables? Behavioral Economics and Communication in Healthcare

Rational irrationality, decisions that make no sense, are at the core of our healthcare communications- and frankly, our ability to move the needle towards better health. Behavioral economics offers a framework to study why we do what we do.

September 2018

Telemedicine Revisited- Rethinking the Opportunity

Telemedicine is now a tool, less a technology, Healthcare tends change slowly. Particularly when we think about spaces- clinics, hospitals and other places care is delivered need to be considered as an opportunity to rethink technology and how we interact with each other.

August 2018

Telemedicine: Health Care Unconfined by Walls

Reprinted with permission from Catholic Healthcare Assemblies, Sept/Oct 2018 Summary added by the author Telemedicine is now less a technology and more a clinical tool. Monopoly busting changes seen in teleradiology over the past 2 decades are coming to the rest of clinical medicine. Rather than best locally, hospitals should considering partnering with best nationally, [...]

The FDA Manages Healthcare Products, Not Healthtcare Practice

Many Americans, including American physicians, believe the FDA is a safety watchdog. However, the agencies focuses on evaluation and labeling of products, not the use at in the wild, medical practice. Unfortunately, patients need to check on their providers experience rather rely on expert outcomes.

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