Hospital Chargemasters and Open Data from CMS — The conversation continues

When CMS recently released hospital chargemaster and payment data for the 100 hospital codes most frequently billed to Medicare, there was much written and said about the significance of the data release. Some found this to be significant; others (including your humble HealthBlawger), not so much. Leonard Kish summed up and addressed the critiques of the […]

Angelina Jolie, BRCA1, Public Health and Patent Law

Going public with her story of a prophylactic double mastectomy after testing positive for BRCA1 (a gene linked to breast cancer) via an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie is clearly trying to get the message out that radical choices must sometimes be made in order to increase one's chances of survival, […]

The FDA Patient Network Website – Pretty Darn Patient-Centered

The FDA launched an impressive patient network website this month, after nearly four years of research, focus groups, usability testing and more. The twin goals for this website are promoting the educational mission of the FDA, and promoting opportunities for patient advocacy within the FDA — and earlier in the policymaking process than has been the […]

The federales’ open data policy and the Medicare hospital chargemaster data dump … Please don’t inundate us with junk.

So just about everyone is pretty pumped about the White House announcement of its new open data policy. Todd Park gives us the skinny on the latest in Open Government — The Executive Order and related Open Data Policy — in 60 seconds. (Gotta love that guy.) In general, when it comes to data, the more […]

Ponemon Institute study finds outdated communications technologies cost U.S. hospitals $8.3 billion a year

I spoke with Sean Kelly, CMO of Imprivata, a health IT company with single sign-on and secure SMS solutions that commissioned the study, entitled The Economic & Productivity Impact of IT Security on Healthcare (PDF). The audio file of my interview with Sean Kelly (about 20 minutes long) is available for download/podcast, or may be played […]

Massively Open Online Medicine: Bad Idea or Just Before Its Time?

The new darling of the online educational community is Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The example which figures most prominently in the popular imagination is the Khan Academy, though its founder says otherwise, noting that MOOCs are merely online transplantations of traditional courses, while Khan Academy offers something different.  Others would take issue with his […]