David Harlow speaks about swine flu with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Director of Infection Control Dr. Ben Kruskal

I’ve been following a lot of updates on swine flu (or, as we’re now supposed to call it, H1N1), found everywhere from The Daily Kos to the swine flu feeds “blokcast” set up by Tom Stitt. Update 5/4/09: There is also an excellent overview of pandemic preparedness and thoughts about the future on Health Affairs’ […]

Steven Lash, CEO of Satori World Medical, speaks with David Harlow about medical tourism

Steven Lash, President and CEO of Satori World Medical, spoke with HealthBlawg last week about Satori's take on medical tourism, including its method of sharing cost savings with consumers who use Satori's services through employer-sponsored health plans. The audio file of my interview with Steven Lash (about 20 minutes long) is available for download/podcast. A […]

Dan Greden, head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, speaks with David Harlow about PHRs and patient engagement

Dan Greden, Head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, spoke with HealthBlawg last week about Aetna's PHR system, its above-average rate of adoption by members, and the benefits that it provides to members, clinicians and ultimate payors. The audio file of my interview with Dan Greden (about 30 minutes long) is available for download/podcast. A […]

Doug Brown, UMass Memorial Health Care's General Counsel, speaks with David Harlow about transparency and systems improvement

I spoke with Douglas Brown, General Counsel of UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts earlier this week about his institution's experience with reinventing its cardiac surgery program.  The Medical Center voluntarily suspended operations of the program in 2005 after it became clear that its CABG mortality rate was twice the statewide average (though it […]

Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, speaks with David Harlow about hospital-acquired infections

In an interview earlier this week, Leah Binder previewed some of the concerns likely to be aired at next week's Chasing Zero Summit in DC. The audio file of my interview with Leah Binder (about 25 minutes long) is available for download/podcast. A full transcript is at the end of this post (and in the […]