Posts Tagged ‘Health Care policy’
March 6, 2012
There is increasing interest in Sentiment Analysis of social media. The brief messaging systems like Twitter and Facebook allow for picking out words and phrases using algorithms to find positive or negative sentiment. There are an increasing number of tools to do sentiment analysis and market research firms willing to do it. Using a simple tool like TwitterSentiment can get quick results but are they meaningful for healthcare? For instance, looking at “Mayo Clinic”, the results are rated as negative but examining the tweets show a mix of statements and some rated negative (78%) have to do with waiting for someone in surgery or concern about illness rather than care or quality. But using their twitter handle @MayoClinic shows 90% positive. Similar results are seen with Cleveland Clinic and Hopkins Medicine. Perhaps tools with a license fee are more sophisticated and show clearer results. An market research firms may take more time to tweet algorithms to sort out positives and negatives.
But hospital reputation is not the only use of sentiment analysis in health care social media. What are sentiments about diseases and conditions? In a brief check, cancer was more positive than cancer. But some comments are mixed, “thanks love! My roommate got diagnosed with cancer” is rated positive. My conclusion, sentiment analysis in healthcare requires fine tuning – what is good news, what is bad, what is neutral? The temporary pain of treatment can be a real downer but the results a real high. I will be interested to see more written on this in the future. Some research has begun, such as, this article on cancer survivorship.Share this:
December 10, 2011
On Dec. 2, I presented at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth Medical Center on “Registry Using EMR Data: Chronic Kidney Disease Case Study.” This has been a successful registry which I am a coinvestigator on for the past 2 years. Some of the success factors include: a well-functioning interdisciplinary team, a systematic approach to the data, and a step-wise approach to publication and grant writing. It fits well into the IMO model of the Learning Healthcare System.
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April 19, 2011
Today I heard Dean Ornish speak and came aware more convinced that prevention of disease through lifestyle changes can have a major impact on the future of health. Particularly, the potential impact on the epidemic of diabetes in the US is huge. We all have heard about how more and more of our population is becoming obese and the subsequent increase in diabetes and metabolic syndrome. If lifestyle changes can prevent even 10 or 20 percent of the progression to these serious conditions, imaging the impact on quality of life, work productivity and healthcare costs. This Thursday, Cleveland Clinic and Slate magazine will co-host a summit on Childhood Obesity.
Not only that, but he notes research on his website, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, that there is a potential impact on cancer and telomerase activity.
On a related note, a new interview with Daniel Kraft is posted on the TEDxMaastricht website. He talks about how mobile apps are just beginning to become available and used for lifestyle change but predicts that access to medical records and other patient empowerment tools will become common.
How can we get the word out, shift from unhealthy foods and lifestyles and move toward a healthier country?Share this:
March 22, 2011
Just returned from live tweeting of Atul Gawande at Cleveland Clinic Ideas and full of quotes and ideas. For instance, the evidence is building for use of checklists showing significant reduction in mortality and complications so that he states that if there was a drug that showed this kind of effect it would be adopted immediately, even faster than Viagra. Gawande also discussed two of his well known New Yorker articles:
- The Cost Conundrum - What a Texas town can teach us about health care
- The Hot Spotters: Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care?
In the end, he challenged the audience and the country to find one hospital which could reduce costs while not causing harm to set a model. He predicted that in the coming hospital wars, the ones which reduced cost while maintaining quality would win and others would lose (close).
Within the provocative statements was the voice of compassion and rediscovering the soul of medicine in the complex, competitive healthcare environment of today.
Final thought – why are hospitals not advertising that they endorse and complete adopt checklists? And why would anyone not have surgery in a hospital that does not use checklists? Why take the risk when the evidence is there?Share this:
October 28, 2010
In the New England Journal Journal of Medicine this week, a perspective article by a Cleveland Clinic physician, promotes the future of home care. Dr. Landers notes five major forces driving healthcare to the home.
1. Aging of the population
2. Epidemics of chronic disease
3. Technological advances
4. Health care consumerism
5. Escalating health care costs
In the conclusion of the article, he notes this as a long term trend perhaps taking decades. My view as a technology optimist, is that the combination of these forces will result in a faster pace of change with high tech home care being an integral part of the medical home.Share this:
June 17, 2010
The Institute of Medicine has issued another groundbreaking report, this time on cancer clinical trials. An editorial about the report in the New England Journal of Medicine titled, Cancer Clinical Trials — A Chronic but Curable Crisis, makes some bold statements, such as, “the program is bloated, cumbersome, inefficient.” Slow approval processes with multiple layers and poor recruitment levels are symptomatic.
Recommended changes include improving:
- the speed and efficiency of the design,
- launch, and conduct of trials;
- innovation in science and trial design;
- trial prioritization,selection, support, and completion; and
- incentives for patient and physician participation
The full IOM report lays out participation of key stakeholders, particularly patients and physicians. The emphasis on patient participation is strong and reminiscent of the e-Patient White Paper. While the concept of the Lethal Lag Time is not directly mentioned, the overtones can be heard. I recommend this report as key to the future of the conduct of clinical trials including innovative approaches.Share this:
April 6, 2010
I have been invited to attend this leadership institute of the American Association of Medical Colleges. This “provides IT leaders the information and tools to understand how to excel at the nexus of academic, research, and clinical systems to support organizations as they move to more integrated and data driven models.” The five day institute in July is limited to 30 through a competitive process; I was nominated by my department chairman. I am looking forward to this interactive program. If anyone has participated or will be attending this summer, I’d like to hear from you.Share this:
January 13, 2008
In an extended article on The Healthcare Blog, Brian Klepper writes on “ Bad Medicine: How The AMA Undermined Primary Care in America“. In a reaction to a Wall Street Journal article on the 10% cut in Medicare physician payments, he explains how the across the board cut changes nothing in terms on the erosion of primary care and family practice physicians in practice. He goes on to detail the failure of RVUs in balancing payments.
Although not related to ehealth, this is an important policy issue especially in an election season. Worth the read.Share this: