Catching up…

Blogging has slowed while on vacation but reading hasn’t; sharing good stuff is always a priority.  So I’ll try a Noah Brier inspired linkdump since I’m in the throes of another rain-soaked Germany day.

Remember flattening the health care organization?  Well a one-man software company has committed to becoming a completely open company.  It’s a very interesting read (the comments, too) with some potential health care lessons.  This may be the most important:

It used to be hard to imagine that anything serious could be build without the creation of large hierarchical organizations. But if one thing has really been shown in these recent years, it is that self-organizing groups in many cases can outperform traditional organizations.


Wouldn’t it be cool to present a cool idea at TED some day?  Well, here may be an opportunity akin to the minor leagues: TEDx—an independently organized TED-style conference.  From the website:

In the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TEDx is a program that enables schools, businesses, libraries or just groups of friends to enjoy a TED-like experience through events they themselves organize, design and host. We’re supporting approved organizers by offering a free toolset that includes detailed advice, the right to use recorded TEDTalks, promotion on our site, connection to other organizers, and a little piece of our brand in the form of the TEDx label.

In another TED-related link, this conference (via Berci) has the potential to be zen-like.  Although the cost may prohibit some (most? maybe that’s where TEDx comes in…) who truly need to be there from going, it’s down the right road.


Wayne Smith needs your help (via Good Community Blog) in finding an organization to partner with to start a giving program through HSAs:

Basically, this is a social business model. The idea allows people to give small amounts of their pretax paycheck each week to pay for others’ health care without any incurred risk and by bypassing government channels. It is privatized health care philanthropy administered on an individual payout basis.

0.1% (or some other small amount) will be the default giving level. Members of the HSA will be signed up automatically and informed that they may choose to opt-out or increase their giving. The objective is to set the default option low enough that people will not be motivated to opt-out. There is also the opportunity to allow individuals to donate the balance of their HSA to the program at the end of the year (potential default option), and to the program as the beneficiary upon an individual’s death (another potential default). The idea may also be able to leverage the Cass & Sunstein idea of Give More Tomorrow, since the contributions will be withdrawn from pretax individuals’ pay.


My vision of a truly useful personal health record.


So Ohio State is giving medical students the use of an iPod Touch/iPhone.  Maybe EHRs will truly be embraced by the health care establishment when they make providing care easier (i.e., handheld devices helping provide care); another step in that direction reported by PSFK:

But two new devices for the new iPhone OS demonstrate just how the iPhone is going to make monitoring your health both more immediate and interactive. One app can control a blood-pressure cuff that plugs in to your iPhone, and Johnson & Johnson revealed a similar app and device that tests blood glucose levels.

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