Category: Announcements

Health Wonk Review is up at The Century Foundation

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September 26th, 2006 by

Health Wonk Review is up at The Century Foundation

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review –billed as A Biweekly Review of the Best and the Boldest Entries from the Health Care Blogs– is up at The Century Foundation. It’s a little hard to find from the main website, which may explain why I’ve had so few visitors from by way of this edition. Anyway, there’s some good reading so have a look.

Grand Rounds is up at Tech Medicine

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September 26th, 2006 by

Grand Rounds is up at Tech Medicine

Dr. Enoch Choi of Tech Medicine hosts Grand Rounds, the best of the week’s medical blogging. Hard to believe, but Grand Rounds is entering its third year!

Also a little hard to believe that three other blogs (eHealth, Driving in Traffic, Dr. Petty) submitted posts about new search engine Healia. All three were listed as “pro” while my posting was listed as “con.” I wish I could have been as positive but I couldn’t.

Help wanted

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September 15th, 2006 by

Help wanted

It’s been hard to find a replacement for outgoing National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. David Brailer. An interim replacement already in government service is likely to be named soon. According to Health Data Management:

There are several reasons why it’s been a tough position to fill. First, it’s a political position, which means it requires a candidate with bargaining skills. And it’s likely to last only two years, until the end of President Bush’s term in office. In addition, “the position has to be politically screened,” Brailer noted. “That means there are fewer people interested in doing the job and so a smaller universe of candidates.”

Here’s what the unofficial job description would look like:

Cheerleader wanted! Must be excited about heading a department with no authority and a small, shrinking budget. Must toe the Bush Administration line. Low pay, long hours, heavy travel, no chance of advancement. Must have an MD and be an expert in technology.

A major issue complicating the search is the idea that the candidate needs to be a physician. All the people I’ve heard about being approached have been docs. It would make sense to me to open up the search to health care IT experts more broadly. The only real advantage of the MD is the credibility it brings in dealing with physicians. That can be challenging for a non-doc, but it’s a challenge that is surmounted regularly in the private sector.

Cavalcade of Risk is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider

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September 13th, 2006 by

Cavalcade of Risk is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider

Check out the Cavalcade of Risk, which focuses this week on steps in the risk management process. Some of the posts are health care related, including:

The carnival also includes my Rebel without much of a cause post, which has something to do with risk management but truthfully not that much on health care

Grand Rounds is up at Diabetes Mine

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September 12th, 2006 by

Grand Rounds is up at Diabetes Mine

Check out Grand Rounds, the best of the week’s medical blogging, at Diabetes Mine. The theme this week is the “indispensable role that universities and other training centers play in making medicine happen.” The theme was a little more uplifting and academic than the usual Health business blog fare, so I didn’t submit anything.