Patient Safety Innovation Simplified

Hospitals are a place where patients go to heal, to seek treatment and to find a cure. They are not expected to be the source of harm or infection due to medical error, but all too often, this is the case. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 Americans have experienced a medical error in their own or a family member’s care at some point in their life. Patient safety was not a widely discussed topic until 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the landmark report To Err Is Human.This report revealed that between 44,000 and 98,000 people died each year in United States hospitals due to medical errors. At the time, that was more...

Do Mobile Health Apps Work?

Last week, Health 2.0 Boston convened several leaders in the digital healthcare industry to help answer one question: “How helpful are mobile healthcare apps?” While the panelists and attendees struggled to directly show evidence to concisely answer the question, it sparked some great discussions. We saw three primary themes come out of responses to this question.  1) The future includes more sensors integrated into our daily lives and fewer stand-alone devices and apps While the market is flooded with new stand-alone activity tracking devices like the Nike FuelBand, FitBit, Fitbug ORB, Jawbone Up, Garmin vivofit, and Polar...

The Prognosis for Participatory Care

As “The Innovator’s Partner,” we embrace new ideas and the big impact they can have in addressing disease and improving health. We are passionately enthusiastic about the role we and our clients can play in enhancing each patient’s journey, care, and outcomes. But what do health care providers—in whose hands the fate of many of these new tools and treatments rest—think about all this innovation? Do they get as excited as we do? For some, the answer appears to be, “Not so much.” Significant numbers of docs are in fact reluctant to embrace new diagnostic methods and tools, slow to adopt electronic health...

Three Big Ideas for Extreme Productivity

Recently, author Robert C. Pozen—Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution—spoke at the FKH offices as part of our Great Authors Great Speakers series. His book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours has many valuable lessons and key points that may be particularly interesting and useful for innovators and entrepreneurs, including: how to be as productive as possible; tips to develop personal skills like reading, writing, and speaking; advice on the best ways to manage your team and your boss; and overall recommendations on pursuing and living a productive life at...