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First Week of April 2014 - Good News, Bad News Week for the Health IT Industry

First, the bad news (and it IS bad). On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (HR 4302). The new legislation provides a temporary (one-year) fix for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) which calls for cuts in Medicare reimbursement to physicians. On March 27, a proposal to delay the start of ICD-10 to Oc...

Everything I Know about Innovation I Learned from Old Movies

By a happy accident, I happened upon Casablanca on Turner Classic Movies this past Friday. This movie always makes me happy – the wonderful dialogue, the gorgeous black and white, the melodrama… it’s just the most stylized, and stylish, thing ever, and I just love it start to finish. You know what’s funny, though? That movie – however polished and...

The Unstoppable Force and it's Opposition!

Every day I speak with executives of some of the world's largest and most sophisticated companies - almost all of whom have their longer term goals and resulting mission statemements established. Unfortunately, many of them have the bandwith to think beyond their next quarterly targets, let alone next years. Why is this you ask? Because very few...

We want to know: How do you get from here to there?

It’s March, which means that most of us have abandoned our New Year’s Resolutions. The primary reason seems to be our way of thinking. We know where we start, and we know where we want to end up, but most of the middle remains murky. So, armed with new running shoes (or Chantix or some fad diet), we embark on these endeavors, hoping that if we make...

Ensuring Long-Term Success Through Visionary Innovation!

Dear Sir or Madam: I realize that you don't know me very well and I myself, am reluctant to welcome what might be considered "cold" inquiries I am presented with, but I truly suggest you make an exception in this case for the following reasons: 1 - Frost and Sullivan is often identified as a "World-Class" Growth Partnership Company who has ongoin...

Formal Adoption of Changes to European Regulation of In Vitro Diagnostics Begins in 2014

The current regulatory framework for in vitro diagnostics (IVD) is provided by the Directive 98/79/EC of the European Parliament. The new and stricter regulation framework is expected to start in 2014 and is in accordance with the Global Harmonization Task Force on Medical Devices (now operating as the International Medical Device Regulators Forum)...

"I Want to See What You Do"

Time for a secret: One of my favorite books is The Street Where I Live, by Alan Jay Lerner. It’s Lerner’s memoir of how he (in collaboration with Fritz Loewe) wrote My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot (I really do love my golden age of musicals, I really do). I re-read it at least once a year. It’s beautifully written: funny, poignant, honest, and inc...

A Rustling of Hot Topics - 2014 Search for Growth Survey - Preliminary Findings

Rumours about the next big thing fly in the air with the frequency of the falling leaves in London at this time of year. After a particularly windy weekend, whilst walking to work on Monday morning, I had to kick my way through a ton of chlorophyll deprived biomass. As I did this I started thinking about Spring and the hot topics that might blossom...

Zienst Creating New Culture for healthcare.gov Fix and Beyond

With less than 30 days to make good on his public promise to "fix" the floundering federal Website, Jeffrey Zienst is gaining ground and changing the culture at HHS, CMS, and with the Obama administration. Known for his ability to quickly size up technology and organizational conundrums and find solutions, Zienst is consolidating effort and riding ...

2014: Ubiquitous Connectivity and the Internet of Things

2014 is set to be the year when the focus of both IT buyers and IT sellers, shifts to the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2014, more data will be generated by machines (‘things’) than by human beings. This creates enormous opportunities: To analyze and use vast amounts of data. To store data and source application functionality in/from the cloud....

Thoughts on the First 30 Days Post Health Insurance Marketplace Website Launch

Anticipation and government hubris has given way to apology and refusal to share enrollment data. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spent the balance of the summer criss crossing America and testifying on Capitol Hill on the status of the government Website, healthcare.gov's development progress. She insisted, under oath that, "we will be ready on Octobe...

Sebelius Testimony Follows Tavenner's Remarks to Congress - ACA Implementation Crumbling

Last week I happened to be in Kansas, the state where HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius once served as Governor. I was curious as to how the good folks in Manhattan, Kansas feel about their former chief executive being maligned by the national media and being asked to step down for gross negligence and the failure of the government health insurance m...

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