Marrying Providers and Technology Often Requires a Marriage Counselor

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Us geeks in the technology field love new technology and create applications because we see the benefit of turning data into useful information. However, first and foremost, you have to think not about the outcome, but about the user experience. There are myriad components to the user experience such as How technically skilled are the users? Is the user interface simple …

Hospital-what-ists?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Although the term hospitalist has been around since 1996, according to this article in Becker’s Hospital Review, the field wasn’t tracked by the American Health Association until 2003. However, since that time they have grown exponentially and about 3 out of every 4 hospitals have a hospitalist on staff. So what is a hospitalist? Good question. While this article does …

Is too much data a bad thing?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

In this interesting article by Charles Ornstein, he explores the concept of why having too many tests done to your body when you are healthy could actually have a detrimental effect due to increasing the chances of a false positive, coupled with the fact that our bodies are constantly changing and that an abnormal result may be perfectly fine. Those …

The Perfect World of Individual Medical Data

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

So many doctors I was in the waiting room of a doctors office recently. A woman in a motorized wheelchair came in and was struggling to get the door open, so I went to assist. We struck up a conversation where she mentioned that she recently injured her shoulder trying to get the door of a handicap bathroom stall to …

Puppies, Politics and Healthcare

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

The dog days of summer are upon us.  In the south, it’s hot. We typically describe our days as warm, hot, muggy, sticky or stifling.  The inherent hierarchy says it all. The higher on the scale we climb, the more we grumble.  In my case, I just get more surly (but that could be having to wake up before 5:00am …

To New Careers and Beyond!

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Business of Healthcare

Recently we had an internal discussion regarding Millennials, aka the ‘younger generation’, and how they demonstrate far less loyalty to their employers than do other age groups.  This is not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just different from generations past. There are a variety of reasons for it, but the result is still the same. Worker loyalty has shifted from …

There may not be a right way to train, but there is definitely a wrong way!

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Business of Healthcare

Even though this article is specific to EMR implementations, we find this to be true in many of the technology implementations we come across: staffing for training, training timelines, and training methodologies are often overlooked and under-prioritized. And even though they are represented as three separate areas, we find there is a lot of cross over between the three. There …

Big Data Success: Prioritize “Important” Over “Urgent”

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

We know that not everything that is important gets prioritized. We are taught in business school that we must have strategy and purpose along with mission and vision in order to be successful. The reality of the interrupt-driven workplace typical of healthcare is that we are often just lucky to get through our inbox without getting pulled into an urgent …

Has your career path taken you to your level of misery yet? If so, retune!

Greg Nelson Analytics roles, Business of Healthcare

This article is a year old, but I found it appropriate in talking to clients and friends trying to either improve employee engagement or move out of their current role. Career ladders and job hierarchies are traditionally structure to assume everyone, if they do awesome, should be on a path to leadership or managerial work, eventually.  This is how I …

The real cost of healthcare

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

For me, and I am sure I am not the only one, healthcare seems to be an abyss of acronyms, rules, and regulations. We hear about it every day in regards to our families’ finances, political campaigns, head line news, and on the occasions we actually need to visit a medical provider. Healthcare is, or isn’t, affordable – you choose, …