The final days of the pandemic may feel like a prolonged good-bye, but for regions facing local surges in viral incidence, the pandemic is anything but a distant memory. And like all memories, prone to simplifications, like most pandemic narratives.Read More
There is much talk about healthcare equity, and the importance of access in healthcare. But access means different things to different patients, and what is believed to be equity is often a disparity.Read More
To find meaning in suffering is to transcend it. Something we can do in healthcare now that the pandemic seems mostly behind us. But to find such meaning, we must address foundational issues facing healthcare, issues that may not have caused the pandemic, but were exposed by it.Read More
Healthcare is now fully engaged in many of the social justice issues grappling the country. A move generally seen to be positive, essential in addressing many of the existing healthcare inequities. But the increasing politicization of healthcare may be more of a mix bag than we realize.Read More
Any upgrade can be justified through the pretense of healing. It is a matter of perspective. Just like medical errors can be reinterpreted to be infringing upon one’s personal liberties. It is a matter of legal interpretation.Read More
Expert and novice. Physician and patient. The presumed dichotomy between those deemed experts or knowledgeable, compared to those deemed novices or lacking in knowledge is more perception than reality – as what truly separates the two are patterns of association.Read More
The pandemic ushered in clinical studies that have changed healthcare policy. But the pace of publications also led to studies with questionable evidence and notable retractions, warranting a review of how we apply broad data to individual decision-making.Read More
For most businesses, the relationship between revenue and cost is defined in a straightforward unit economic model. In healthcare, this model is anything but straightforward, as the more accurately we define healthcare, the more complicated it becomes.Read More
Healthcare data has proven to be of little value to both policy makers and to the public. Instead of data, we should monitor subjective metrics like fear and resiliency to predict the course of the pandemic.Read More
Healthcare is irrational and patients behave irrationally. Yet we continue to develop healthcare models assuming that patients are rational. Behavioral economists have already devised models to adjust for irrationality, which healthcare needs to incorporate.Read More
IHME model extends to November 01, 2021 – predicts Fall upswing in mortality
Mortality expected to increase 3x from current levels.
Increase in excess deaths attributed to spread of Delta variant.