Post written by Gregory Thomas   Over the last five years, we have seen the automotive industry transform their original intent to produce high end “infortainment” (music, media, etc.) to applications that enhance and even save lives through the same technology. With the...

        Post originally found on Victor Montori's Shared Decision Blog   Work in shared decision making tends to focus on the clinical encounter.  Some research has focused on how to prepare patients and clinicians for a decision making encounter.  Other work has focused on how to...

      Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   One question has surfaced a few times over the last few weeks, and I wanted to reflect on it here: “How is what you are doing different to public health?”   Public health, according to Wikipedia, is: the science and...

  Ronald-Amodeo-Everything-Interesting-Happens     Post written by Ronald Amodeo   Some years ago I had the chance to test a new business concept for Best Buy. We set up shop in the parking lot of a Boca Raton, FL store and exchanged Best Buy gift cards for used games and electronics. The concept proved worthwhile, with 3-4 viable business models emerging, and eventually Best Buy scaled it. But what caught my attention most that day was something different. The parking lot was very unlike the store environment. It seemed to free up how people (not customers) and staff (not employees) talked to each other. Some wild conversations happened over those few days, and our little test group quickly found itself thinking more "outside the box" than it had ever done in a conference room back at headquarters.

    Post written by Pivot Design Group   Mike Micallef and his wife Vickie moved into their Mississauga condominium five years ago. The Micallefs have always been interested in good, functional design. Coming from a background of professional experience at Hermann Miller, they think...

  Pritpal-S-Tamber-Medicaid-and-Community   Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood. In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division that he oversees, and together they watched the angry, largely black, crowd of demonstrators stop yelling at the police when a fire truck went by. Instead of yelling, they waved. To most, this would have been an idle observation but for Briscoe it sparked an idea. He had spent almost 15 years trying to get primary and preventative health care to low-income, largely black, communities. Given that 85% of fire fighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and that every fire department in the county was contracted to provide EMS, the fire fighters’ unique alliance and standing in the community made them the perfect health care delivery mechanism.

        Post originally found on Victor Montori's Minimally Disruptive Medicine Blog   A patient with type 2 diabetes could spend a little over two hours a day on average following all doctors’ recommendations [1]. About 45% of the population has at least one chronic condition. In...

      Post written by Susan Mazer, Ph.D.   All of our patients’ opinions and perceptions are evidence-based.  Each of us uses deductive reasoning to make predictions into the immediate future. Deductive reasoning is adding up what we know to arrive and understand what...

  Pivot-Redesigning-Glasses     Blog post written by Pivot Group Design   Mike Micallef appreciates design as a process of solving problems in what Director of Herman Miller Inc., his once coworker, Bill Dowell champions as “the arts of daily living”. Mike has Huntington’s disease. Five years ago, he and his wife Vickie improved their 20-year-old Mississauga condo to test and refine ideas, products and services that would enable him to enjoy life with dignity despite his deteriorating condition.   [caption id="attachment_4866" align="alignnone" width="300"]Mike Micallef Mike Micallef[/caption]

    Post written by Nancy Cappello, Ph.D.   I was an excellent student. I loved learning, meeting up with my playmates, and socializing with my teachers. Within a few days of kindergarten, I discovered my destiny - I was going to be a...