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From the Editor – Issue 74

Al Erisman outlines Issue 74 contributors to the continuing dialogue on health care and offers a look at future Conversations covering the telecommunications and movie industries..

Technology and Market Incentives

Why is it so difficult to bring new technology to health care? One of the reasons is economic. To argue this case, Al Erisman looks at two other industries where technology brings great advantage, and look at the underlying economic model governing this deployment.

Dr. Jonathan Perlin: From Sick Care to Health Care

Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer for the HCA health care system in Nashville, shares his passion for improving health care through better outcomes and lower costs — to move beyond sick care to a true health care system. More than ideas, they are things he did while CEO of the Veterans Health Administration.

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Luke McGuinness: Patient Safety, Cost Containment

Luke McGuiness took over the leadership role for the Central Dupage County Hospital system as hospital administrator when it was intellectually and financially struggling. Today, it is one of America’s Top 100 Hospitals. McGuiness offers his insight on the process — with ideas applying well beyond the health care field.

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NewsNotables – Issue 74

Investors Want Right to Know
Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2011
In Health Law, Rx for Trouble
The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2011

No Guarantees: The “Fall” of Johnson & Johnson?

David Gill addresses the myth that companies, “once ethical, will always be ethical”, or “once reliable, will always be reliable.”

InReview – Issue 74

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
by Guy Kawasaki
Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out
by Peter Pronovost and Eric Vohr
“The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care”
by Atul Gawande

Firing a Client?

Should a client be fired? Kenman Wong responds to the dilemma of working with a client who pays for advice, but doesn’t take it — to the detriment of the business.