Health Business Blog

Health care business consultant and policy expert David E. Williams share his views

Some 2nd shots are canceled. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe

Some urgent care clinics have run out of vaccines and cancelled follow-up shots for certain patients. It’s maddening for affected patients, but not a public health problem assuming those shots are given to someone else instead.

I was quoted in the Boston Globe (CareWell clinics telling patients their second COVID-19 shots are canceled, triggering wider vaccination anxieties)

“It’s not surprising,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “When you’ve got millions and millions of doses being administered every week, you’d expect to have some sampling of this. You can’t expect everything to go smoothly.”

Delayed appointments are “certainly an inconvenience for the person who was planning to get a second shot, but it’s not a public health problem,” Williams said.

It seems like this glitch has already been addressed. It’s all part of the bumpiness we can expect to continue for a while.


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Optum buys Atrius Health. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe

United Health’s Optum is purchasing Atrius Health, an independent physician organization in Massachusetts. Atrius has struggled to compete against the huge hospital systems in the state, even though its physician-led approach is more cost effective. Optum’s heft may level the playing field.

I’m quoted in the Boston Globe (Physicians group Atrius Health plans to join Optum, giving a national operation a bigger Mass. footprint)

David E. Williams, president of the consulting firm Health Business Group, said joining Optum would allow Atrius to more aggressively compete with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare) and Beth Israel Lahey.

“With Optum’s backing, Atrius should be able to level the playing field,” he said. “Optum’s ownership will make Atrius less responsive to local needs, but the tradeoff will be worth it if it means Atrius can compete effectively with Partners and BI Lahey.”

Ideally Atrius would stay independent but I don’t thin that’s independent. The company has been losing ground as BI Lahey and MGH Brigham continue their aggressive consolidation of the market. Going with Optum seems like the smartest option for Atrius and the best for the state.

—-

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Prognos Health CEO Sundeep Bhan on Healthcare Analytics

Sundeep Bhan
Sundeep Bhan, Prognos CEO

Sundeep Bhan’s family liked the idea of him becoming a doctor, but as long as he stayed as a pre-med in college they let him take whatever courses he wanted. He explored art history and communications, and eventually wandered back to healthcare as a company founder. It’s a good thing that he has that entrepreneurial streak, since one of his board members told him he was not employable.

For the past decade, Sundeep has been running Prognos Health, a healthcare analytics platform company. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Sundeep shares why he started the company, the core capabilities required of any player in the space, the evolving meaning of real world data, and how COVID is changing the market.

He’s a big fan of biographies and books on the industry. Sundeep’s favorite biographer is Walter Isaacson; he’s read his books on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Ben Franklin. For anyone building a platform company, he suggests Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall van Alstyne and Sangeet Choudary, Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown, and Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Wolters Kluwer Health CTO Jean-Claude Saghbini’s post-pandemic predictions

JeanClaude Saghbini 1
Jean-Claude Saghbini, Wolters Kluwer Health CTO

Wolters Kluwer Health Chief Technology Officer, Jean-Claude Sagbhini has been thinking a lot about how the pandemic will change healthcare. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, we discuss his predictions  about scaling telehealth, accelerating evidence, predicting and preventing with AI, the changing roles of healthcare workers, and moving beyond interoperability to supra-operability.

I’ve been following Wolters Kluwer Health, and in particular its UpToDate offering for over 20 years and it’s exciting to see how the company is taking the original vision forward.

In his spare time Jean-Claude reads children’s books (to his kids) and is also reading a decidedly non-tech book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

Check out the rough (AI-generated) transcript.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Aledade CMO Dr. Emily Maxson on Primary Care Participation in ACOs

Emily Maxson Aledade
Dr. Emily Maxson

As the daughter of an infertility specialist, Emily Maxson grew up with a strong understanding of medicine and an appreciation for the role of specialists. But she also learned about the challenge of access and the importance of primary care. As a primary care physician and Chief Medical Officer of Aledade, Emily helps independent primary care physicians participate in accountable care organizations, preserve their independence and financial viability, and boost quality and access for patients.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Emily and I discuss the role of primary care, how physicians have fared during the pandemic, the interaction of technology adoption and reimbursement, and Emily’s predictions –or hopes– for the future.

She recommends two books: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

—-

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.