First posted 7/8/11 on Health Blawg
The good people at GE and JESS3 have come up with an HAI infographic. It’s pretty, and it conveys the horrible information that many of us already know — healthcare associated infections kill about 100,000 people a year, and add $35 billion a year to our collective health care bill (here in the US of A); 5% of hospital inpatients end up with an HAI.
Continue reading “Healthcare Associated Infections: What Is The Message, and What Can We Do About Them?”
First published 5/31/11 on HealthBlawg
We e-patients are an impatient lot, and therefore we may not be big fans of the Five-Year Plan approach to creating change. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a draft federal health IT strategic plan in late March, via blog post (the plan itself is linked to from the post; a copy is posted here).
Continue reading “ONC’s Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: Comments Filed on Behalf of the Society for Participatory Medicine”
First published 2/22/11 on [Not] Running A Hospital
Regular readers may recall that I wrote about a grand rounds presentation by Dr. Danny Sands and e-Patient Dave deBronkart. It was an impressive and moving exposition about the power of patient involvement in the delivery of health care.
Dave and Danny did a reprise of this session at the IHI Annual Forum in December, and IHI has generously made it available for public viewing. I offer it here for you. It is about an hour long, but well worth your time. (You can play it in the background while you catch up on the long weekend’s emails today!)
Danny and Dave are now both active in the Society for Participatory Medicine, spreading the word and publishing research in support of “a cooperative model of health care that encourages and expects active involvement by all connected parties (patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, etc.) as integral to the full continuum of care.”
IHI Forum 2010 Session A1: How Patient-Provider Engagement Can Transform Healthcare from e-Patient Dave deBronkart on Vimeo.