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by Zack Budryk
The blogosphere is full of healthcare bloggers who offer their thoughts on the rapid changes within the industry.
But amid all the noise, how do you know which ones you should follow?
We've compiled a list of some of the best reads in the industry from leaders within the healthcare sector. Here's our 11 favorite healthcare CEO bloggers who offer insights and commentary on leadership as well as a desciption of one of their recent posts to illustrate why you should follow them.
by Kent Bottles
"Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides." - Tony Schwartz, The Energy Company
"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers." - Erich Fromm
As we head toward the New Year it's hard not to be confounded and confused about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Viewed through one prism, the law seems to be in terrible shape:
Why don't we shop for everything that we need in our personal lives in one store?
The answers are obvious. No one store has everything that we need, nor can they develop the business relationships with every supplier that results in the best financial deal for all goods or services. Options create cost savings in our personal lives and we should apply that principle to our purchasing procedures in the organizations we manage.
I have had the opportunity to work directly with every major group purchasing organization (GPO) in healthcare during the course of my career. They all provide valuable services, but each one also comes with their individual strengths and weaknesses. Taking advantage of the basic principle of using the power of bulk purchasing to lower costs is the essence of GPOs. Structuring your GPO relationships in a manner that best covers all of your needs is what separates top performers from their competitors.
by Dan Bowman
Jvion's RevEgis, M2Sys Technology's RightPatient and eHealth Technologies' eHealth Connect Image Exchange each earned "Best-In-Show" accolades for FierceMarkets' second annual Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, announced Dec. 3.
The Fierce Innovation Awards is a CIO-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare and FierceMobileHealthcare. Eight hospital CIOs served as judges, evaluating solutions based on quality of care and patient outcomes, care efficiency, financial impact, market validation, and overall fierceness and innovation.
RevEgis was named "Fiercest Cost-Saving Solution," while RightPatient was deemed "Fiercest Engagement Solution" and eHealth Connect was honored as "Fiercest New Product/Service." The winners were announced during a live webcast and are featured in FierceHealthIT's "Innovation Report."
by Mina Ubbing
In last month's blog post I discussed how independent hospitals can survive in the changing healthcare environment. Here are some more tips for making your independent hospital the best it can be.
Know your strategic value
As you lay groundwork for the future, it's important to know your strategic value. Certainly your balance sheet tells you your net worth, but there's more to the story. Do you really know what your community--not just your patients--think about your hospital and comparatively about other providers in your regions? How much pride, ownership and confidence does your community have in your hospital's capabilities and care? Are residents aware of the quality you provide and how your performance metrics compare to other hospitals and the industry as a whole?
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