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 2019

Why Can’t Telehealth Scale?

While doctors say if telehealth were compensated they would use it, I disagree. For doctors to move their practice to the cloud, telehealth needs to be better- generating more money per hour spent. However, there are ways to get there. For telehealth to spread, we need to stop competing with the past, the traditional in person visit, and think about the practice of the future.

January 2019

A Tale Of 2 JPMorgans- The World’s Largest Healthcare Investment Conference

JP Morgan Healthcare Conference brings out investors, hospitals and companies, all ready to build the future products we'll use to care for one another. But this year it was a Lyft ride to the conference that was most memorable.

Why Don’t You Eat Your Vegetables. What Can We Learn From Sales?

"Sales" is something of a 5 letter word in healthcare, somehow beneath doctors and nurses. However, if we can't sell our diagnoses and treatments to our patients, it's not likely they'll get better. Martyn Lewis, an expert in selling discusses the overlaps.

December 2018

Why Don’t You Eat Your Vegetables- What Can We Learn from Drug Company Advertising?

While many of us object to pharma's efforts to manipulate us, there is something to be learned. How messaging could improve compliance would ultimately allow better healthcare outcomes. Dr. Michael Mackert discusses the issue and opportunity.

November 2018

Back to the Future- Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Get Doctors & Patients Talking Again?

The last 25 years has been all about moving from paper to digital. While there have been many gains in terms, there has also been an erosion in the doctor-patient relationship. More tech, AI may ironically offer an opportunity to reverse the process.

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.

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