Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Picks Up Speed

by joeflower on June 22, 2016

What it is: Pundits, start-ups, and marketing firms right now are throwing the term “Artificial Intelligence” like confetti on a parade. It’s the new “greenwashing.” What makes an AI system different from a really good program with massive computing power and a monster database is that the computer will only do what you program it […]


What it is: Alaska’s GOP-dominated legislature has passed and Sarah Palin endorsed Governor Bill Walker has signed a bill to bail out the state’s one remaining Obamacare insurer, using $55 million in tax money. Take a look: What it is not: A sign that Republican states are just caving in to the inevitability of […]


What it is: Keiichi Matsuda created a video to simulate an “augmented reality” or “hyper-reality” future, in which the real world around you is “augmented” with all kinds of information feeds. Take a look below, it’s a little over 6 minutes long and it is more than a little astonishing. HYPER-REALITY from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo. […]


When Does “Personal Responsibility” Come into Healthcare?

June 9, 2016

The answer: Never. Here’s why. The question came over steak and a seafood tower. The steak was $51, if memory serves. A really good steak. The wine was an excellent Napa Valley red blend. We ate in a private room in a restaurant overlooking the Chicago River. Tourist boats passed by outside the picture windows, […]

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How to Be a Better Futurist, and Why

May 25, 2016

You can hone your crystal ball–gazing skills to better forecast healthcare trends. The best forecasters read widely about all kinds of developments, even about trends that have nothing to do with their fields of expertise. You need to become a better futurist. You need to up your game at least to “prosumer” level. Why? Because […]

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What Would President Trump Do About, To, Or For Healthcare: The Definitive Answer

May 19, 2016

Are you ready? Here it is: We don’t know. You don’t know. Nobody knows. In fact, Trump doesn’t know. And this is not a criticism, at least not exactly. It’s more an observation of his style, of what makes Trump tick. A mad-for-Bernie friend, just yesterday, said to me, about Trump: “Well at least he’s […]

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Looking Back From 2019: Why the Republicans Nationalized Healthcare

May 5, 2016

It was the Mother of unintended consequences. By the time of the 2016 elections, health plans, hospitals and health systems had squeezed and consolidated and trimmed and cut costs under the gun of lower Medicare reimbursements and the new rules of Obamacare — but mostly they had adapted. Most of them had survived. On November […]

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4-Dimensional Strategy: How to Build Your Own Situation Room

January 20, 2016
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The analysis now required is not something all that new and strange, but it seems to be new to many of us in health care because it wasn’t necessary when things were more stable and expectable. What we need is an enhanced version of a revenue-based strategy analysis common in other industries. Let’s call it the 4-Dimensional Strategy Template.

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“Obamacare is Failing,” According to Industry Expert C. Little

November 25, 2015
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“See? Obamacare is failing!” according to industry expert C. Little, citing Wolf Report 712A just filed by Boy W. Cried. But before we perform the Last Rites over Obamacare, perhaps we should think for a moment about the hit ratio of the first 711 Wolf Reports from the young Mr. Cried and ask a few questions.

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“Winning” by Defeating the Triple Aim

November 16, 2015
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Maintaining market dominance is actually a fragile strategy based on a single scenario and a monochromatic set of assumptions about the future. If your entire business structure depends on keeping your prices a high secret, and not exposed to real competition on price and quality, you are on the crumbling edge of a cliff as the seas advance.

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