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The Rapid Cycle Mini-RFP

Like many businesses, our organization has problems to solve. We have good people, products and processes but on occasion we decide that we need more than we have. Our Chief Strategy Officer sometimes reminds me that my vision for our achievements might not be aligned with our capacity. Perhaps this is the role of the […]

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#TweetRegret?

I have been an occasional Twitter user for a long time. Indeed, I’ve used Twitter since long before you even knew Twitter existed. I say this with some confidence, as Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet in March, 2006. My first tweet was four months later in July 2006. I am Twitter user #1922. Today […]

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It’s not a beer

When we announced a few weeks ago that our IPA had executed our first contract, I found myself explaining what an IPA is and what it does. An IPA is a business entity that assists multiple independent organizations to contract with managed care organizations (health plans). But it’s uncommon (unheard of?) for an IPA to […]

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Data Entry Robot RFP

Our work is focused on helping the underserved members of our community be more healthy. You may see our sister organizations describing efforts to “transform care” or “improve health care” or variants of these principles. We agree that health care needs to be transformed, but we prefer to focus on “improved health” as the primary […]

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Conferences / Unconferences

Our (amazing) team at Alliance for Better Health is planning an event in June. The purpose is to bring together people in our community who are using the Healthy Together platform, celebrate the community’s accomplishments, and strengthen the connections so that we can find greater success in the future. I offered a thought this morning […]

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#HampForward

A few days ago, I wrote about the convergence that seemed to be happening at Hampshire College. Yesterday, the President and another Board member resigned. There was cheering and excitement at Hampshire, facebook, and Slack. Why was there cheering? Because the President charted a course for Hampshire that many in the community felt was (so […]

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Hampshire College: Convergence?

Wow. It’s been too long since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy with my day job .. and writing elsewhere (some recent stuff referenced here). Now .. the topic of today: Hampshire College. It’s not in a good spot. Lots of history here .. and here .. and here. Yesterday’s Boston Globe article is a […]

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Why we’re launching a Consumer Directed Exchange (CDEx) project

If your first question is “what’s Consumer Directed Exchange?” please feel free to google it and come back. Last week, Alliance for Better Health launched the first regional effort in the United States toward facilitating CDEx for Medicaid Members. Here’s my short (?) version of what/why/how: We consumers (people?) are becoming increasingly aware of the information that others have […]

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Funding Disruptive Innovation

“Innovation” is a provocative word. For some, it invokes an eye-roll of disdain: “why can’t we just get our work done?” They rhetorically ask.  Sometimes, the way we are doing things is just fine.  Why distract ourselves with new variants of people, processes, or products just for the sake of doing something new? These folks have a […]

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Apple, Cerner, Microsoft, and Salesforce

… all rumored to be in the mix to acquire athenahealth. Nope. Why not? a) Apple doesn’t do “verticals.”  It’s that easy.  Apple sells products that anyone could buy.  A teacher, a doctor, my mom.  Sure – they have sold high-end workstations that video editors can use, but so could a hobbyist filmmaker. Likelihood of Apple buying […]

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