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Jobs Available: Critical Access Hospital Administrator/CEO (2)

Mason City-based Mercy - North Iowa is currently searching for Administrator/CEOs for two thriving critical access hospitals. Positions are located in Osage and Emmetsburg, IA.

Major challenges include furthering the strategic focus and service complement, ensuring financial stability, and developing infrastructure, goals, indicators and targets, CQI/value improvement/measures of success, and culture.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in hospital administration or related field (MBA, MSN, MHA). Three years of hospital management experience. Strong human relations skills. Proven ability to articulate values. Demonstrate commitment to the philosophy and mission of the organization, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, and Mercy Health Network.

Apply online or contact Gayla Toebe at  No recruiters please, but feel free to say you read about the position on Health Care Strategist!

The fine print: I post interesting executive-level and strategy-related job opportunities a…

Apple Destroys the Textbook. Parents Cheer!

Michael Comeau:  "According to Apple's press release, most titles for the iBooks 2 iPad app will be priced at $14.99 or less, cheap enough relative to standard textbooks that they''ll offset the cost of an iPad within two or three semesters.

" the end of the day, we should all celebrate the decimation of a very anti-consumer industry. Well done Apple, and well done publishers."

Yes, well done and we SHOULD celebrate.  My only regret is that this announcement came AFTER I put four daughters through college and graduate school.

Read more here.

Ford seeks to develop "the car that cares."

From  Ford, Microsoft Corp. and Healthrageous are researching how connected devices can help people monitor and maintain health and wellness.
"According to a study conducted by Pew Research:
93 percent said they seek out online health information because it's convenient - they want to get information on their own timetable, not the doctor's. 83 percent said it's because they can get more information from the Web than they can get from their own doctor.80 percent said getting this information privately is important to them."As people spend more time in their cars, the ability to manage health and wellness on the go becomes more important. There are several reasons why the automobile is an ideal platform for research and development in this area:
It's convenient and private.It facilitates personalized access to the information, products and services people need.And it's a logical place for them to manage their health while they are more often st…

5 Reasons Your Healthcare Integration Strategy Is Going To Fail

From Eliot Muir, iNTERFACEWARE, Special to ZDNet:

" I hate being the bearer of bad news, but I can tell you, with 100 percent certainty, that your integration strategy is going to fail. That’s the good news. The bad news is that when your strategy fails, there will be a start-up with only a handful of employees and even less money waiting in the wings to take over your market share. I am not trying to paint a gloomy picture; I am just sharing hardcore facts upfront.

" organizations looking to inoculate themselves from integration failure should follow a few common-sense, tried and true rules: develop a clear strategy up front, keep current with technology, leverage the cloud, be flexible about standards and always look at the opportunity costs inherent in custom development."
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Walgreens: "The pill is no longer the product."

"The pill is no longer the product. Our product now is customer service and relationships with our customers that result in better health outcomes for patients and payers." - Kermit Crawford, president of Walgreen's pharmacy, health and wellness services.
Walgreen updates stores with eye on health services expansion - The Advisory Board Daily Briefing

Doctors vs. Algorithms?

Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms, asks Vinod Khosla.  The answer may surprise those of you spending your days worrying about an impending physician shortage.

"Eventually, we won’t need the average doctor and will have much better and cheaper care for 90-99% of our medical needs. We will still need to leverage the top 10 or 20% of doctors (at least for the next two decades) to help that bionic software get better at diagnosis. So a world mostly without doctors (at least average ones) is not only not reasonable, but also more likely than not. There will be exceptions, and plenty of stories around these exceptions, but what I am talking about will most likely be the rule and doctors may be the exception rather than the other way around....

"What is important to realize is how medical education and the medical profession will change toward the better as a result of these trends. The vision I am proposing here, though, is one in which those decades of learning and experience are us…

Which Patients Will Disengage From Treatment?

Presented at AHRQ and termed a "stunning innovation in health care," Mind Field Solutions' iPhone/iPad app diagnoses which patients will disengage from treatment.  The new approach also provides a neuroscientific explanation of the underlying causes behind patient disengagement.

Says neuroscientist, Dr. Andrea LaFountain, CEO and Founder of Mind Field Solutions:

"We are excited about the potential that this innovation brings to healthcare delivery, outcomes and cost. Healthcare has suffered greatly due to the inability to effectively and efficiently engage patients in their self-care. This research provides a scientific framework for engagement that creates significant impact in outcomes and cost. Our data suggests a cost savings of $3billion per annum for Medicare diabetes alone,"

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Universal Agreement Is Highly Overrated As A Leadership Strategy

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity." - Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Unanimity is bad for health care strategists too, and their organizations.

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Job: President-Center for Healthcare Innovation

Responsibilities: The Allina Health System is committed to building a nationally recognized center for healthcare research and innovation positioned to advance patient care and health in our community. This position provides overall strategic and operational leadership to The Center for Healthcare Research and Innovation (The Center).

Most research conducted at Allina will be coordinated by The Center, but the emphasis will be on new research targeted at the advancement of the patient care model, epidemiology, shared decision making, the management of total cost of care, and the optimization of the health of populations. This position will ensure that The Center will serve as a catalyst for developing innovative approaches to care – within Allina, in the community, and across the industry – which deliver greater value for stakeholders.

The incumbent will lead the support of innovative projects that will:

• Advance our patient care model with emphasis on prevention, chronic disease m…

Job: Cancer Center Director, Colorado

Cancer Center Director, Salary Range: Based on experience/education
Bonus Eligible: Yes; Relocation Assistance: Yes
Location: Colorado

This facility has been recognized by JD Powers for excellence in patient care, as well as receiving national recognition for hospital building design. They are a mecca for skiing, snowboarding rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, camping and just enjoying their beautiful mountain scenery.  They also have the largest hot springs pool in the world.   The Best Small Towns of America has named it number four in the country.

The hospital is building a new state-of-the-art Cancer Center. They currently provide chemotherapy but the radiation therapy is a necessary addition.  This person will be instrumental in the development of the services provided as well as opening the new center which is designed with the look and feel of an alpine resort.

Contact Amy Engle. Clonch & Associates
ph:  813-498-1589

The fi…

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Except these statistics aren't lies, more of a messy, grim reality.  Forbes' Dan Munro on healthcare's continuing crisis:

"These are the (statistics) that struck (Munro) as among the more compelling:

1.  Medicare spends about $50B on the last 2 months of a patient’s life.

2.  Medicare/Medicaid fraud is estimated at $70B per year .

3.  21% of Americans smoke – The American Cancer Society claims that “tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death (estimated at 443,000/yr) in the U.S. 45M smoke cigarettes; 13.2M smoke cigars; 2.2M smoke pipes.

4.  Obesity Epidemic – in 1985 there was no state that had an obesity rate greater than 10%. By 2010 there was no state with an obesity rate lower than 20% and 36 states have an obesity rate higher than 25%. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. (estimated at 112,000/yr).

5.  23-30% of prescriptions never get picked up at the pharmacy – Surescripts study on 40M …

Reinventing Rural Health Care

A thoughtful article from futurist Ian Morrison on Reinventing Rural Health Care.

Among Morrison's excellent recommendations is a high-tech approach to rural health care:

"Rural communities have as much right to high-quality health care as the rest of us. But the answer can't simply be providing sufficient cost-based reimbursement to keep all systems doing what they are doing, especially if they are under scale for true quality care. In my view, the solutions will come through a reinvention of rural health care delivery, including:
imaginative use of contemporary information and communications technology;
regionalized quality improvement initiatives;
rationalized deployment of clinical technology and human resources." I'm struck by the many innovative, simple, low-cost models and mobile technologies already at work in rural areas. The problem is they're in central Africa, not central Iowa. We're stuck with a Hill-Burton driven, cost-reimbursement-fueled edi…