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.

July 2019

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.

Surprise Billing- A By Product of Our Broken Healthcare

Surprised billing results from doctors and hospitals negotiating with payers. When the rate of reimbursement for services is lower than a provider is willing to accept patients from that insurer are "out of network." When services are rendered the patient may be charged double or triple the usual rate. Current legislation looks to fix the problem. This is a discussion with a doctor, hospital and payer about current solutions.

March 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Teisberg- Revisiting “Redefining Healthcare”- What Do We Mean By “Value?”

Dr. Teisberg and her colleague Dr. Michael Porter helped define “Value Based Healthcare” in their seminal HBR article and later book, Redefining Healthcare. However, the definition of value is often interpreted differently by different stakeholders in the healthcare system. Dr Teisberg reviews the impetus for her original work and puts it in context for how we might think about the future.

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.

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