Healthcare: Where’s the Bin Marked “Productivity”? Where’s the Lever Marked “More”?

Healthcare costs too much, and we don’t get enough of the healthcare that we need. This is our core problem in one word: “productivity.” The obvious difficulties of healthcare in the U.S., where we can’t seem to take care of everyone, millions are saddled with...

Des Moines, the Heart of the Revolution

In Des Moines, brides are posing in the spring sun under the profusion of flowering trees in the Arboretum and families are strolling the path around Gray’s Lake. Up in the cavernous Veterans Memorial Convention Center, UnityPoint is wrapping up its Leadership...

The Urgency of the Truly Transparent

The ginormous spring HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) meeting is ending. The big big subject this year? Interoperability — the ability of different systems to link up, transfer data, and actually operate through each other. Here’s why...

On Beyond Healthcare: Save the Country with Preventive Care

We are entering the season of presidential politics, of bunting and cries of “What about the children?” and star-spangled appeals to full-throated patriotism. So here’s mine: Do you count yourself a patriot? Do you care about the future of this country? (And while we...