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.
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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.
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.
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.
What’s possible is not always what’s allowed. As Stanford moves to newer models of care delivery, effort should be split between tech and education. Legislative efforts are equally important. Chris O’Dell, Stanford’s Director of Digital Strategy offers some of his insights.