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Let me help: An open letter to the healthcare system

Dear healthcare: I want to help you; really, I do. You see, when tragedy strikes all around us we often look to you. Sometimes in that quick glance we see you as the problem. But yet, more often we look

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The Quantified State

While the throngs of zombies, ninjas and superheroes awaited Halloween with baited breath, the health policy wonks of Colorado awaited the following morning for the release of something just as sweet… the Colorado All Payer Claims Database. The release of

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Call for submissions: Who’s missing in HCSM?

So, it looks like I’ll be hosting the next edition of the Health Care Social Media Review (HCSM Review) next week, Wednesday, September 5th.  HCSM Review is a bi-weekly blog carnival for everyone interested in health care social media.  Its

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The history of the American railroad system and why this matters for healthcare

What does the history of the American railroad system and healthcare have in common? Growing up, I always found trains and the railways to be fascinating. I remember my Uncle had a model train set in his basement that weaved

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Innovation can be hard: The importance of having help and resources

Here at Occupy Healthcare, we recognize that we all need to work towards changing healthcare, but sometimes change can we hard. While we talk about complex health policy and systems issues, we understand that these changes are not simple and

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Looking at what’s to come: Accountable care organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), according to NPR, takes “up only seven pages of the massive new health law” yet has become one hot topic in healthcare circles. What are ACOs and what implications do they have on the community? Well

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Healthcare leaders from near and far must innovate together

In a recent article in the Atlantic on why our “best and brightest” end up in Silicon Valley and not Washington, D.C., the author describes a shift where historically the “up and coming” would enter politics to make a difference,

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What’s in a name?

There is power in a name. There is power in branding that name. There is power in recognition. When we started Occupy Healthcare, we did so because we wanted to bring attention to so many of the issues plaguing us

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Moving pictures: Healthcare and “data viz”

My older brother got all of the drawing talent. I remember watching him – when I wasn’t being shooed out of his room – occasionally glance down at his Topps football card of Lynn Swann and gradually turn a blank

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Innovation, innovation everywhere

Look around you. When was the last time you recognize something innovative in healthcare? The Harvard Business Review has an entire section of posts looking at innovation in healthcare. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has an Innovations

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