Strange Bedfellows

February 26, 2009
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One of my earlier posts this month reflected on how one industry (gaming) offers some guiding opportunities for healthcare.  I suppose this week’s post reflects on how other industries can guide us away from failure.

For those that might not have seen it, there is a great piece in the NY Times today about healthcare called "How to Take American Health Care From Worst to First."  In the midst of such a hot political season, it is rare to see cross-party collaboration on anything, but this piece brings Newt Gingrich and John Kerry as well as Billy Beane into an alliance around improving the US healthcare ecosystem.  The opening paragraph summarizes the post pretty well:

In the past decade, baseball has experienced a data-driven information revolution. Numbers-crunchers now routinely use statistics to put better teams on the field for less money. Our overpriced, underperforming health care system needs a similar revolution.

Granted, they stayed away from the real thorny issues, but it is still a nice piece.

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One of my earlier posts this month reflected on how one industry (gaming) offers some guiding opportunities for healthcare.  I suppose this week’s post reflects on how other industries can guide us away from failure.

For those that might not have seen it, there is a great piece in the NY Times today about healthcare called "How to Take American Health Care From Worst to First."  In the midst of such a hot political season, it is rare to see cross-party collaboration on anything, but this piece brings Newt Gingrich and John Kerry as well as Billy Beane into an alliance around improving the US healthcare ecosystem.  The opening paragraph summarizes the post pretty well:

In the past decade, baseball has experienced a data-driven information revolution. Numbers-crunchers now routinely use statistics to put better teams on the field for less money. Our overpriced, underperforming health care system needs a similar revolution.

Granted, they stayed away from the real thorny issues, but it is still a nice piece.

Continue reading “Strange Bedfellows”


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