Category Archives: Health Information Technology

Can mHealth Bridge the Digital Divide?


people-walkingInvestments in health information technology (HIT), particularly Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), have been significant since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. One provision of the law, known as “Meaningful Use”, requires that providers furnish online access for patients to view, download, and transmit information from their medical record. Many payers and providers have addressed this requirement through the development of enhanced functionality built into their websites, commonly referred to as “patient portals”. These systems may satisfy the Meaningful Use provision in the law, but there is some question whether this approach actually meets the needs for many of those it is intended to serve. Continue reading

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What Healthcare Can Learn From America’s Pastime, Part 2 of 2 – Moneyball

MoneyballIn Part 1 of this pair of blog posts, I suggested that the American Healthcare system prior to 2010 could be compared to the iconic baseball film Field of Dreams, with a “build it and they will come” approach to care. That post was written just as the 2014 Major League Baseball season was getting underway. Today, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are preparing to face off in the 2014 World Series. So without further ado (from the “Better late than never” Dept.) here is Part 2 – Moneyball. Continue reading

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What Healthcare Can Learn From America’s Pastime, Part 1 of 2 – Field Of Dreams


It has been a long, cold, and snowy winter here in West Michigan and across the country. As I sit writing this post, well into April, the temperature outside my window is struggling to climb above freezing – and yet, hope springs eternal. There are sure signs that winter’s icy grip is loosening, and summer is on the way! The Major League Baseball season is underway! Even if the opening day games were played in Sydney, Australia, where the average temperature this time of year is 74 degrees. Continue reading

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