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Healthcare's Innovation Imperative: Ten Truths Entrepreneurs Need To Know

<b>Guest post by Ashley Ledbetter Dombkowski, Ph.D.</b><p><i>“</i><i>The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Peter Drucker</i><p>In a period of massive change, franchises die and are born, previously unimagined models emerge, and incumbents that are too focused …

Hypothetical Blockbuster Drug Leads To Very Real Blockbuster Verdict

A Swiss pharmaceutical company is fighting a last-ditch battle to reverse a $377 million judgment it lost in California after pulling the plug on a drug that had failed once in Phase II trials and appeared to have a dim future ahead of it.<p>Actelion Ltd. has asked the California Supreme Court to set …

A Minimum-Wage Hike Could Help Employers, Too

President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight is expected to include a push to increase the minimum wage. A lot of companies that rely on low-wage workers are worried about that. It’s obvious to them that paying employees more will result in some combination of three outcomes: (a) profits …

The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care

In health care, the days of business as usual are over. Around the world, every health care system is struggling with rising costs and uneven quality despite the hard work of well-intentioned, well-trained clinicians. Health care leaders and policy makers have tried countless incremental …

Innovating for Value in Health Care

Innovation

Chemicals In Your Breath Could Reveal Lung Cancer, New Research Says

A simple breath test for lung cancer got a step closer to reality today with research showing that specific compounds in the breath can indicate the presence or absence of lung cancer. Findings presented to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 50th annual meeting showed that high-tech sensors can …

The Chart That Could Sink Obamacare

Health policy wonks are likely familiar with a chart that got wide circulation in the blogosphere in late October (especially among progressives)–characterized by David Weigel at <i>Slate</i> as “The Chart That Could Save Obamacare.” Originally created by Brookings fellow Justin Wolfers and Tweeted on …

The Bottom Line On ObamaCare: A Plus for Patients & Insurers, A Minus For Hospitals

In my search for clarity with respect to the controversial Affordable Care Act, I was most fortunate in making the acquaintance of Dr. Kenneth Davis, the brilliant and refreshingly analytical CEO of Mount Sinai Health System in New York. In fact, 5 minutes into the interview I experienced an …

2013: The Year In Healthcare Charts

This is the 3rd and final installment of my year-end series for 2013.<p>Part 1: <b>Healthcare’s Story Of The Year For 2013 – Pricing Transparency</b> (here)<p>Part 2: <b>Top Ten Healthcare Quotes For 2013</b> (here)<p>Like the Top Ten Healthcare Quotes, this collection of 15 charts is far from complete or comprehensive, …