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 2019

David Shulkin- Innovating at the VA, Confirmed by the Senate 100-0, Fired by Tweet

Dr. David Shulkin is the former Secretary of the VA. He took the role to make a difference for veterans. Approved by the Senate 100-0, he became the target of presidential appointees for not innovating fast enough. He was later fired by tweet. He is now the author of a book, It Should Be This Hard To Serve Your Country. My hope is that we can all learn from his courage.

October 2019

Dr. Kasey Boehmer- Healthcare is real work- for the patient

Providers tend to talk about adherence. What does it mean to stay healthy? It means life decisions every day for the patient.

September 2019

3C’s, AI and the Future of Medical Imaging

Will AI be automaggedon for radiologists- automate them out of a job? No, but there will be changes. Automation requires a reassessment. No longer the unique keepers of knowledge, physicians will need to find others ways to add value.

July 2019

Want to Retire Early?- Consider Leaving America

Marta Nystrom spent part of her career advising others considering retirement. When she wanted to retired before 65 when Medicare would be available, she left the US for Columbia. Marta talks about care in Columbia.

Is Data More Valuable Than Your Blood?-Part II with Gerry Stegmaier

Advances Artificial Intelligence

May 2019

Is Your Data More Valuable Than Blood? Like the Red Cross, Do We Need a Data Cross?

Like your blood, your data can save others. Combine with data from other people and the right technology, your data can identify future cures. However, there is an ongoing debate. Who owns your data? And should you share in future profits if there are products? We need to balance individual rights against societal benefit moving forward.

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