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David Levin

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Dr. Dave Levin has been a physician executive and entrepreneur for more than 30 years. He is a...

Phishing in the Stream: Unlimited Bandwidth, Driverless Cars, and the Future of Health Data

September 20, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
There is a widespread belief, misguided in my judgement, that owning your own copy of the data has intrinsic value and gives organizations competitive advantages. In contrast, APIs promote a single source of truth approach by making the data available on-demand.

VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

Joe Biden, Judy Faulkner, and the One Thousand-Page Medical Record

August 7, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
I’ve been reflecting on a recent article in Politico in which Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative, recalled an exchange between former Vice President Joseph Biden and Epic CEO Judy Faulkner. The topic was access to patient records.

Home Remedies for Innovation Constipation

June 26, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
Healthcare is suffering from Innovation Constipation (IC). The signs and symptoms are everywhere with more appearing daily, and the problem is particularly acute in healthcare IT. The good news: there are home remedies for IC.

PAX East: Thoughts on Gamification for Healthcare

March 31, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
Recently my oldest son invited me to go with him to PAX East, one of the largest gaming conventions in the world. Having recently come from HIMSS17 I was struck by both the contrasts and the similarities.

AI Now? Really?

March 14, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
Once again, I am failing Fitzgerald’s test of first-rate intelligence. It happens frequently. This week the cause is artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare. I blame HIMSS 2017.

The Industrialization of Health IT

January 30, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
A colleague recently made the case to me that APIs are revolutionizing healthcare in the same way that the adoption of interchangeable parts transformed manufacturing, economies and the world. It’s a brilliant analogy.

Can Propeller Health Propel Us Into the Future?

March 4, 2014  |  David Levin, M.D.
I have seen the future of healthcare information technology and it is in Madison, WI. No, I’m not talking about Epic, the behemoth that bestrides the world of EMRs, although clearly they are part of that future. I am talking about a small, start up, Propeller Health.

Can Healthcare IT (HIT) Deliver Value? (Part II)

January 31, 2014  |  David Levin, M.D.
In my previous post on a value-based approach to healthcare information technology (HIT), I began by noting the emergence of the Value Equation as a key concept in reforming the U.S. healthcare system. This shift from volume to value will have an enormous effect over time, not least on how we think about and approach healthcare IT.

Can Healthcare IT Deliver Value? (Part I)

January 24, 2014  |  David Levin, M.D.
Like the rest of healthcare, HIT is starting to recognize the importance of the Value Equation in reforming the U.S. healthcare system. In it's simplest form, the value equation is simply the quality of the service divided by the cost of delivering that service. Today we are paid "to do stuff" - do more procedures and office visits and you get paid more.

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