As we move toward digital health and digital payments, the relationships between spending, environment, and other health determinants are becoming clearer, including the choices we make at any moment. Things that influence behavioral choices are often the social determinants of health, the cultural and economic contexts (including geography) of our day-to-day decisions.
Author Archive | Leonard Kish
Elements of the blockchain perhaps could solve some critical issues in healthcare, such as the seemingly opposing forces of privacy and sharing, according to a new article from Leonard Kish. “I’ve often written about the potential for a health information economy once we have a trusted system and people don’t fear their own information could be used against them. What if we could freely share information without fear it could be used without permission and that it was verified?”
We’re nearing the point where we’ll be able to capture someone’s vital signs every minute of every day via Samsung, Apple, and many others. Will all this measurement save us from ourselves? With that in mind, on the heels of HealthDataPalooza, here are Leonard Kish’s wishes and a few predictions for the next phase of health care and health technology
You may have heard of value-based medicine, but are we entering a new era of value-based medications or value-driven pharma?
Spreading risk and payment to different members of the health care value chain is beginning to make it apparent to more people and organizations that resources are finite. Patients and their physicians are starting to ask which treatments are worth the cost and have best likelihood of adherence.
Opening data to the people has an incredible democratizing effect. It’s a source that costs very little to release, but if it’s held tight, it can give certain players and institutions an unfair advantage. Better to release imperfect data and have the beginnings of a story than wait until it’s perfect and let industry tell the tale in the meantime.
Real-world networks and communities begin to wither when shared resources are depleted. What makes them sustainable for the new health care networks we are building? Author Leonard Kish provides a roadmap for healthcare’s future social networks designed at improving patient engagement.
While no formal announcement, Mac Rumors swirled last week about HealthBook and the iWatch. Apple is indicating that quantified self’s future is not selfies for health nuts. Soon, it will be medicine.
Author Leonard Kish offers his thoughts on the promise of Apple entering the mHealth arena, which will put a spotlight on squarely on user experience.
It was apparent that health IT is really moving toward accountable, value-based care, which ultimately has its success rooted in better decisions by patients, physicians and caregivers. The interoperability must ultimately lead to delivering more transparent cost and quality data in context. To make effective decisions, and to effectively engage, we must understand all the factors influencing a person at a given time, we must understand contexts, and get key information placed into that context. That’s how we can put mHealth, interoperability and patient engagement into a framework that drives patient engagement.
Last Spring, after attending an Institute of Medicine meeting on Childhood Obesity, I wrote about fronts and Heroes in the Health Attention War. Arguing that…
The benefits of sharing this data are just too great to be ignored on both a personal and population level, and people now approve of sharing medical data to improve care by an overwhelming majority.We have a unique opportunity to drive the Social Conquest of Medicine, to work together to solve big problems–the key will be to find the right middle line between transparency and privacy. Based on exploring the 23andMe case, here’s what author Leonard Kish thinks we can do.