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Why We Are Not Producing Better Leaders

We are facing a leadership crisis which impacts all aspects of our lives. It affects us in healthcare, government, business, education and in the church. Lack of leadership is shown when a person in a leadership position puts their own needs or personal agenda ahead of those they are charged to lead. Just because someone is in a leadership position does not make them a leader. You can be in a leadership position (supervisor, manager, director, executive, etc.) and not have any leadership abilities. This is called Positional Leadership and occurs when someone has some position of authority but is not practicing any form of leadership. These people are not usually very effective at what they do and only accomplish what they do because of their authority. They were probably promoted to their position because they did their job well at a lower level, but little evaluation was given to their potential for leadership. The better word to describe them is manager, not leader. We have all known people who fall into this category and, unfortunately, many of us may have worked for them.

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Life Imitating Art in Leadership

I was invited to speak at the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) annual retreat in mid-July in Bend, Oregon. The presentation was on my foundational approach to implementing healthcare analytics which included a discussion of the importance of leadership. Based on a study my firm conducted in 2015, we discovered that leadership was the top challenge to implementing healthcare analytics. Not data. Not talent. Not technology.

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The Healthcare Revolution Will Not Be Televised…From Washington D.C.

Category : Healthcare General

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now. With the current status of “healthcare reform” in Congress, I thought I should take some time away from putting the final touches on my healthcare leadership book to provide my thoughts on these issues. Speaking of leadership, lesson #1 (which many of us learned in grammar school) is not to claim you can do something when you have no earthly idea how to do, i.e. repeal and replace with something better, with lower premiums and not touch Medicare.

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On Seeing the Future of Health IT for Myself

SAN FRANCISCO — EHRs are everywhere … no, wait, you already know that. What’s more elusive, though, is exactly what the next generation of health IT will look like. But I caught a glimpse last week at the Healthcare IT News Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum.

The usual suspects were on hand: population health and precision medicine, predictive and prescriptive analytics, even natural language processing and, not coincidentally, big data itself.

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Predictive Analytics May Save Healthcare Budgets 15%, Survey Finds

Ninety-three percent of healthcare provider and payer executives agree predictive analytics are important to the future of their business, according to a Society of Actuaries report.

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It’s Time for Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare

The healthcare industry has been charged with making significant changes in the last few years. From value-based care, to population health and now precision medicine. Unfortunately, many hospital systems will not be successful due to the need for better leadership.

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C-suite Buy-in: What Data-Driven Healthcare Orgs Have in Common

SAN FRANCISCO — Though it can be difficult to quantify just when a health organization has embraced analytics, but you usually can tell when its executives are engaged with the data.

“They’re excited about providing solutions to improve quality measures, improve patient outcomes,” said Joycee Berin, director of business intelligence at UCLA Health, at the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum on Tuesday. “If that’s at the leadership level, I feel we’ve reached analytics maturity.”

In contrast, some in the C-suite may be stuck in old ways of thinking. They either “don’t think analytics is that important,” or else they’re “not engaged with following through on the insights and making sure we improve workflows to gain that better performance based on data insights,” she said.

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Putting the Precision into Precision Medicine

I was invited to speak at Oxford Global’s inaugural Precision Medicine Congress, April 25 and 26 in London, England. My topic, “Big Data Analytics for Precision Medicine”, stood out from the other presentations, as intended, since I was one of few non-clinicians or genomics scientists invited to speak at the Congress but believe that as I professor and data scientist I was able to hold my own. As an added bonus, I had to pleasure to meet a ‘Sir’ and a ‘Dame’, which are knighthood titles bestowed on extraordinary subjects, in recognition of their great achievement or outstanding service to the United Kingdom. Both worked in the healthcare industry either in the public or private sectors.

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5 thoughts on the future of healthcare from Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove

When Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, was a high school junior, his father took him to visit a family friend who was a college professor.

“Naturally, the conversation turned into, ‘What do we need to do to get Toby into college,'” Dr. Cosgrove told the audience during a keynote at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 8th Annual Meeting in Chicago. Rhoda Weiss, PhD, speaker, author, consultant and co-chair of the meeting, moderated the conversation. The professor said he was not interested in Dr. Cosgrove’s IQ, but rather his GQ —  a term that neither Dr. Cosgrove nor his father had heard before.

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Prescribing Leadership: How Can Leaders Better Prepare for The Dynamic World of Healthcare?

When most people think about the challenges of implementing healthcare analytics, they wrongly expect it to be the data, talent or technology.

In a recent study, leadership was actually identified by participants as the top challenge. Unfortunately, the skills that made healthcare leaders successful in the past may not be enough to be successful in the future.

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