A blog about the strategic application of technology
So I came across this infographic on Business Pundit and thought I would share. It’s a great example of where things have headed south in American healthcare… I use several of these statistics on the incredible rising costs and disease states in my speeches on healthcare IT, but a few stood out. Specifically the lack of funds being directed to preventative services like Home Health… Almost 50% of all deaths are related to only two disease categories… Heart Disease and Cancer. While there is not yet a cure for cancer there are preventative measures Americans can take to reduce their risk of Heart Disease, and chronic respiratory diseases… We are a privileged nation with a lot of luxuries afforded to us but we have to start taking care of ourselves and change our habits otherwise the trend of costs and burden on our system will continue its sharp upward trend.
The Per capita spending never ceases to amaze me… but putting it into tangible real-world examples makes a big impact. Would you pay $95,526 for a Volkswagen Beetle or $176.58 for a family dinner? How far could you get when gas is $13.50 a gallon?
Enjoy and thanks topmastersinhealthcare.com for putting this together.
I wrapped up training two weeks ago to be come a Certified ScrumMaster. The course was a solid foundation on the fundamentals of Scrum and the process of product management and development in an agile environment. While I’ve participated in Scrum sessions many times in the past this formal indoctrination into the process was very insightful and will prove very useful in future meetings with teams. Most sessions you see in practice are variations of the real process which, to the Scrum Alliance’s credit, has evolved and been refined over the years is actually very good. With some effort, practice, and discipline of your teams the breakdown of product backlogs, into deliverable sprints could prove fruitful for any product focused company.
I was given the opportunity to speak at our local HIMSS Chapter September Lunch & Learn session held at Dave & Busters. The presentation was on “The Role of Accountable Care Organizations in the Evolution of Healthcare”. In working with our chapters Program Director we thought a broad topic that encompassed many aspects of healthcare delivery would be a great way to kick-off our foundation series and serve to lay an educational foundation for our chapter members.
We plan on offering this presentation and that of our other speakers on our website (www.sahimss.org) soon so stay tuned. If you weren’t able to attend you can grab a copy of my presentation by clicking here. I discussed a variety of topics specific to ACO’s including recent healthcare reform models, ACO formation, care model and medical management capabilities and their impact on Healthcare IT (HIT).
It is clear to me our membership is interested in the impact of healthcare reform given the questions and interest after my presentation. This is exactly the kind of dialog we wanted to create as our next several foundation series will focus on tertiary topics such as Health Information Exchanges, Medical Informatics. Additional topics will include the EMR deployments & utilization in other countries, and military healthcare which San Antonio has a strong presence.
As always we love your feedback and I would encourage you to send us a message through the San Antonio HIMSS Chapter website (www.sahimss.org). Don’t forget to register for a future event to secure your place.