Readings for Friday, 28 September

This Friday we’ll be discussing EHRs, PHRs, and online access to your health records.  The following (short) articles (and blog post) provide some useful background:

Finding Health in the US: Healthcare and the Information Economy…..2012

The 2012 version of our exploration of information, IT, Health and Healthcare in the US kicks off this Friday, September 7th at 1:00pm. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you at our first session.

Please check back on this site regularly for class updates, notes and additional information. This years class syllabus will be published later this week. The syllabus will provides course overview, methods of instruction, policies and the all important lecture schedule. In addition, contact information for both myself and Sean Hennessey will be provided.

See you Friday,


For Monday, October 17th Lecture – “My Doctor is the Best…Right?”


My Doctor is the Best Right 2011_October – Powerpoint for lecture

1.  Read the Executive Summary from IOM “Crossing the Quality Chasm” report –

2.  Read The Quality of Health Care Delivered to Adults in the United States

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D., Steven M. Asch, M.D., M.P.H., John Adams, Ph.D., Joan Keesey, B.A., Jennifer Hicks, M.P.H., Ph.D., Alison DeCristofaro, M.P.H., and Eve A. Kerr, M.D., M.P.H.

N Engl J Med 2003; 348:2635-2645June 26, 2003

3.  Find online information about a doctor that has treated someone in your family.



Course Overview

Health and health care have profound impact on a society’s well being and economic productivity. Health care reform and ongoing economic forces are placing unprecedented pressure on the health care system to provide consumers and payers with value. Patients, purchasers, regulators, and other key stakeholders are demanding that care be readily accessible, proactive, and focused on improving health while containing costs. The health care system, policy makers, and key stakeholders are responding by developing new care models that focus on patient and customer centricity, novel information practices, and the seamless integration of care.

Following a review of the current trends in health care, the course will explore the relationship between health care and the information economy. We will also delve into information strategies being utilized by health care providers, patients, payers, and other key stakeholders to improve care while controlling costs. Health care leaders from Kaiser Permanente will serve as guest lecturers, providing tangible perspective to our discussions.