Make Healthcare Affordable Again: Reforming the Hospital Business (Part II)

Make Healthcare Affordable Again: Reforming the Hospital Business (Part II)

The legacy business model of the “general hospital” is one of the greatest contributors to the astronomical cost of healthcare. Through scientific progress (much of it developed in hospitals), sustaining innovations have turned hospitals into extraordinary venues for managing the complex medical needs of patients. However, as a result, the organizations have overshot the needs of patients with straightforward diseases that have proven treatments. This post will examine how we can reform the hospital business model to ensure patients receive the right care in the proper venue for a fair price.

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Make Healthcare Affordable Again: Curing the US Healthcare Market (Part I)

Make Healthcare Affordable Again: Curing the US Healthcare Market (Part I)

In October of 2016, Dr. Clayton Christensen, Dr. Jerome Grossman, and Dr. Jason Hwang released a revolutionary new book applying Disruption Theory (as outlined in the Innovator’s Dilemma) to the US healthcare industry. The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care outlines one of the most salient approaches to addressing the cost crisis in the US, while also inspiring better outcomes for patients. While the entire book should be required reading for anyone working in healthcare (Amazon), this multi-part series will seek to summarize some of the key components of the authors’ treatise while applying them to recent events in the healthcare market. Any errors in paraphrasing of the work are mine.

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Beyond the Rubber Stamp: How to Make Your MBA Meaningful

Beyond the Rubber Stamp: How to Make Your MBA Meaningful

Depending on who you ask, getting an MBA is either the most meaningless or the most transformative time in the life of a young professional. For me, transformative doesn’t begin to describe my experience. Tomorrow, March 18th, is the last day of my 2-year MBA program at Kellogg School of Management (graduating 3 months early). This time has been enlightening in many ways beyond the scope of a graduate education. Here is how I made the most of my MBA program

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The Failure of Rural Healthcare: A Symptom of More to Come

The Failure of Rural Healthcare: A Symptom of More to Come

While rural communities face some unique challenges not present in urban environments, the overarching issue is the same across America: healthcare is provided to patients in a sub-optimal business model for high quality, cost-effective treatment. Here is a look at what an optimal provider structure for rural communities could look like.

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It's Time to Kill the Patient Portal

It's Time to Kill the Patient Portal

The Patient Portal is often touted by health systems as a true indication of their focus on patient engagement. However, with general adoption rates hanging around 15-20%, I think it is time to call this a failed experiment. We need a replacement solution that embodies patient-centricity. Enter the Patient Health Hub - the future of consumer-focused digital innovation in healthcare

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Big Tech Will Disrupt Healthcare, Just Not How You Think

Big Tech Will Disrupt Healthcare, Just Not How You Think

The claims that big tech will disrupt healthcare are often met with justifiable skepticism. We have heard repeatedly over the past several years that these companies do not fully understand the industry and how to operate effectively within it. Additionally, we have seen many organizations claim “disruption” in their pitch decks, while very few make it past a proof of concept. How can a company that makes search engines or smartphones think they have any clue how to drive change in this complex ecosystem?

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Medicare for All Won't Solve Healthcare's Price Problem

Medicare for All Won't Solve Healthcare's Price Problem

Medicare for All is an idea stemming from a simple principle, everyone in the US should have access to the healthcare they need. This is certainly an admirable position that I undoubtedly support. However, I do not believe Medicare for All to be the panacea that many supporters claim, or even a moderate solution to the high cost nature of our system today. The reason is equally as simple: prices.

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Investigating Claims of Provider Industry Success

Investigating Claims of Provider Industry Success

I have had many conversations with representatives from provider institutions over the last 12 months, and there is a clear distinction between those who see our current industry structure as bad for their patients and those who see it as the best possible solution. Many of the conversations with the latter group have focused on a couple key points that I wanted to put some some data and thought behind. As with everything in healthcare, nuance is of the highest importance

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5 Mandatory Skills for Healthcare Career Success

5 Mandatory Skills for Healthcare Career Success

Having recently reached a decade of dedication to this all-important mission, I took some time to reflect on what skills have helped me succeed thus far. 10 years in healthcare is small compared to the multitude of people who have dedicated their lives to this admirable cause, but it certainly feels like dog years to me.

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The 2019 Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference: A Preview

The 2019 Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference: A Preview

For the last 10 months, I have had the privilege of working alongside 30 healthcare-passionate classmates to organize the 2019 Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference. This Saturday, January 26th, the countless hours of hard work will culminate in what I believe will be one of the greatest healthcare events ever held at the Kellogg School of Management. Read on for a preview of the day’s events!

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Why Your Health System Won't Share Your Data

Why Your Health System Won't Share Your Data

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to move data between systems have been around for nearly 20 years. Every tech-enabled company relies on thousands of them for internal and external system communication every second. However, in healthcare, we liken this concept to curing cancer with regard to complexity.  We need to get out of this bubble. Interoperability and data integration is not a hard problem to solve - it has been solved millions of times over in other industries.

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The Killer App for Seniors Does Not Exist

The Killer App for Seniors Does Not Exist

The title of this post might seem odd for someone that will spend the next several years building tech for seniors at a Chicago-based primary care practice. However, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, “it depends on what your meaning of ‘for’ is.” I believe that independently putting technology in the hands of seniors will not meaningfully improve their care experience or their health. Instead, we need to build tech that compliments the human-driven experience rather than replaces it.

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Build a Resume with Swagger

Build a Resume with Swagger

Over the past 2 years, I have had countless conversations with leaders across the healthcare community as I searched for the right role following my MBA program. Every time I sent them my resume following the conversation, I would cringe as I reviewed the boring format used by all my peers. Although it quantified my impact in previous roles, it did very little to tell the potential interviewer about who I am as a person. To rectify this for the future (far future hopefully), I used the style of the Marissa Mayer resume to create my own with a little flavor.

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Medicare Isn't Free: Estimating Annual Costs (Infographic)

Medicare Isn't Free: Estimating Annual Costs (Infographic)

As I prepare to write a post diving deep into Medicare for All, I did some research to truly understand what the current Medicare Program costs both patients and taxpayers in the US. As someone with multiple grandparents on Medicare, I found this research helpful as we discussed their plan options. I hope this can help others as they consider the right option for their needs.

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Finding Mental Health: How Tech Can Help

Finding Mental Health: How Tech Can Help

Mental illness is a growing problem in the United States, particularly among adolescents. Suicide rates have been rising steadily over the last decade. The US has almost double the rate of its closest competitor in deaths per 100,000 due to mental health disorders and substance abuse. In the United States, there are 43M Americans that have a mental disorder - 18% of the population. Let’s explore ways technology can help address this pressing challenge.

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Healthcare & the Holidays: A Guide to Surviving the Family Debate

Healthcare & the Holidays: A Guide to Surviving the Family Debate

The holidays in my household are for spending time with family, reconnecting with loved ones…….and fierce political debate. Much to the chagrin of many members at the dinner table, opposing political philosophies tend to result in a heated discussion about “how to solve the world’s problems.” While probably not the most effective discussion, I do enjoy attempting to share my beliefs on specific topics - particularly healthcare (I know, you are shocked). In preparation for this year’s thunderdome, I wanted to put together a guide that could help you respond effectively if you experience a similar situation. Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Launching a Career in Digital Health: 5 Tips for Future Job Applicants

Launching a Career in Digital Health: 5 Tips for Future Job Applicants

Digital Health has suddenly become one the hottest industries in the country as investment dollars flow to the budding sector and top technology companies look to “disrupt” healthcare. However, figuring out where and how to launch a new career in this space can be daunting. Having landed roles with top health tech companies over the last several years (although I still have a lot to learn), I wanted to share some insights that I am hoping will help others on their journey

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Wearing Out Wearables: How Consumer Devices Have Failed Patients

Wearing Out Wearables: How Consumer Devices Have Failed Patients

The “wearables” buzzword has been floating around the healthcare technology ecosystem for decades, and the consumer market for these devices has grown rapidly over the past several years. However, despite the 325M that are currently active globally (Statista), wearables have not lived up to their potential in driving improvement in patient care.

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Chronic Disease Management: Tech's Role in Fighting Diabetes

Chronic Disease Management: Tech's Role in Fighting Diabetes

Value-based care models are often successful because they do many of the little things right rather than just one big thing. As such, I wanted to explore some of the foundations of population health strategies, and I decided to begin my research with one of the most prolific chronic diseases facing our society: Diabetes.

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