Most of the Health care geek squad is in DC as I write, at a press conference conducted by Health Affairs which has an entire issue out today about IT in health care. Here’s the table of contents. And for those of you who don’t have a subscription, well here are four articles for free including those from David Brailer and John Halamka.
As you might guess KP’s HealthConnect is featured prominently with academic articles about the impact of its installation on physicians & the system (office visits down 25%) and patients (they love it).
There’s lots and lots more, including an article that makes stars of nerdy docs Jay Parkinson, Danny Sands and Ted Eytan—if “star” is the right word for this rarefied environment. (Oh, and somehow Bob Coffield got in there too!) My early tweetings on that one (which is the only one I’ve read so far) were captured and blogged by e-Patient Dave. Converting tweets into a blog post and making it make sense may be the new art form. Be warned that despite the words “Facebook & Twitter” in the title, this is about using Health 2.0 tools for patient to physician communication not about the social networking side of Health 2.0. Still I guess there’s room for another article in the next Health Affairs about that.
The only other thing so far I’ve read is JD Kleinke’s review of Hal Luft’s new book on how to fix health care. JD likes it, which both means it’s a fabulous book and probably also gives the whole thing the kiss of death.
And of course it behooves me to mention that Health Affairs is a media partner to the Health 2.0 Meets Ix conference coming up on April 22–23 in Boston. And Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer will be featured prominently to help the Health 2.0 & Ix crowd figure out what all this new Federal/establishment interest in health IT means for them.
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