Enlightened Decision Making

Leadership Spring 2013

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Meaningful Health Information Exchange

Healthcare leaders at the forefront of health information exchange share their experiences and lessons learned.

Predictive Analytics: Pinpointing How to Best Allocate Patient Resources

Predictive analytic techniques are helping healthcare organizations pinpoint how they can get the most bang for their buck in terms of improving quality and reducing costs.

Sidebar: Reducing CHF Hospitalizations at Henry Ford

Inside Three Strategically Agile Healthcare Organizations

What does agile decision making look like in a healthcare organization? Three progressive organizations show us how.

Case Studies

Making Decisions Across Health System Lines: The Granite Approach

In New Hampshire, the CEOs of five health systems have created a unique partnership that is creating efficiencies of scale and enabling new payment models.

A Three-Legged ACO Gets Off to a Running Start

The partners in one of the nation’s first ACOs find that trust and transparency are keys to lowering healthcare costs—and creating their own financial success.


Choosing Wisely: Physician Decisions Around Unnecessary Care

Three physician leaders discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing the Choosing Wisely top-five lists, which are designed to encourage conversations between physicians and patients about low-value medical care.

Breakthrough Map

The Value Case for Advanced Illness Management

This infographic points to the benefits of advanced illness management, which helps patients transition from chronic to advanced illness—and prepare for end-of-life care.


Raising Cost Awareness Among Physicians

An interview with Neel Shah, MD

After his third year of medical school, Neel Shah, MD, founded a not-for-profit organization called Costs of Care. Its mission: to empower patients and their caregivers to deflate medical bills.

De-Buzzing Patient- Centered Care

An interview with Susan Edgman-Levitan

“When I’m talking about patient-centered care, I’m not talking about hotel amenities. I’m talking about the critical aspects of quality of care that patients and clinicians value.”

How Data Collection Can Improve Workflow

An interview with Jonathan C. Silverstein, MD

Silverstein and his 25 colleagues at NorthShore’s Center for Clinical and Research Informatics are using an ever-growing repository of data to fundamentally change the way medicine is practiced.


Fostering Provider Scale

By Joseph J. Fifer, HFMA president & CEO

“It’s time to get contemporary with our healthcare provider structure," writes Fifer. 

Just Say “No”

By James L. Reinertsen, MD, CEO, The Reinertsen Group

Before saying “Yes” to the next enthusiastically proposed initiative, healthcare leaders might want to ask some hard questions.

From Data to Wisdom

By John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

Over the past few years, Beth Israel Deaconess has built event-driven medicine into its clinical information applications.  

Last Word

Tough Leadership Decisions

Four healthcare leaders reveal the benefits of choosing the road less traveled.  

Publication Date: Friday, March 01, 2013