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Beyond 'Jeopardy!': What's Watson Up To Now?

Dr. Martin Kohn | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Dr. Martin Kohn

Since Jeopardy!, Watson has become 240 percent faster and 75 percent smaller. Watson can now run on a single server, which is the size of four stacked pizza boxes, onsite or through the cloud. And that's why organizations can start bringing Watson into their operations as an assistant, to help sift through the information they're collecting, learn from that data and how it's been applied in the past, and provide specific suggestions quickly and efficiently.

An Opportunity for Healing

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 08.26.2013 | Good News
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. For centuries, people have taken comfort and joy as they gazed at the night sky and were able to recogn...

Health Care Reform: A Time for "Long-termism"

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

Similar to other businesses, the motivation for hospital excessive short-termism is to meet annual operating margin targets and preserve bond ratings, but the value forgone affects society, not just shareholders, and has slowed and even distorted the evolution of hospitals themselves.

Worried Sick: How Medical Advances Have Made Us More Anxious About Our Health

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The relocation of death from home to hospital, nursing home and funeral parlor has made it less familiar and consequently more frightening. Attempts to mask aging, while nothing new, have grown increasingly extreme and speak to a more intense reluctance to acknowledge the inevitable.

Helping Hospital CEOs Be Hospital Reformers

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

The recent news about wide variations in hospital prices underscores that successful healthcare reform requires hospital reform. But hospital CEOs fac...

Extracurricular Credit: 250 College and High School Campuses Raise Millions for Local Children's Hospitals in 2012.

Zac Johnson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Zac Johnson

Now on more than 250 college campuses and countless high schools, Dance Marathon has proven to be the experiential fundraising and project-based learning event of choice for this country's next generation of revolutionary leaders.

Jeffrey Young

Time To Get Angry About Irrational Hospital Prices Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

Hospital prices for outpatient procedures like clinic visits, magnetic resonance imaging scans and ultrasounds vary greatly from facility to facility ...

My Winter As a Hospital Intern: How Non-Medical Professionals Will Change Healthcare

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Spending six months at a world-renowned hospital institution has been an incredibly insightful and uplifting experience for me. As part of the Master'...

LOOK: Hospital's Unconventional Nursery

wbaltv.com | Posted 06.05.2013 | DC

A hospital in Baltimore, Md., recently became home to an unconventional set of inhabitants. Taking a cue from human behavior, a mother duck built her ...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Prices Explained: How Charges For Medical Care Got So Crazy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business

Why would Orange Park Medical Center in Florida charge $117,445 to place a stent into a patient's artery, while the Mayo Clinic half an hour away in J...

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

Deborah Burger | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Deborah Burger

If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin.

Adrift in the Waters of Childhood Cancer -- Arguing to Change the Standard of Care

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

April 11, 2008 will always remain etched in my memory for one simple reason. It is the day that we heard the words "your daughter has cancer." They are four of the worst words that a parent could ever imagine hearing.

Jeffrey Young

Why Crazy Hospital Bills Aren't Coming Down Anytime Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

The high and wildly varying prices for hospital services revealed by President Barack Obama's administration last week likely aren't going away any ti...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Bill Shocker: U.S. Releases Thousands Of Records Showing Huge, Wildly Differing Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

When a patient arrives at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey requiring treatment for the respiratory ailment known as COPD, or chronic obstructive ...

A Nurse's Muse: How One Patient Made a Difference

Mona Shattell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Now, nearly 30 years later, thoughts of Edith and her psychosis, her time with me (and my time with her) on an inpatient psychiatric unit, my attempts to understand her and care for her, have affected my work today. I struggle with this question: How can we do better?

Innovating Healthcare Payment Systems: Moving Beyond the Fee-for-Service Model

Amy Guan | Posted 07.05.2013 | Impact
Amy Guan

Under the FFS system, doctors are paid based on the number of medical services such as operations, procedures, and tests ordered. As a result, the payment structure encourages physicians to deliver care based on quantity, but does not fiscally incentivize improving patient outcomes.

Patients First

Luis Haro, M.D | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Luis Haro, M.D

I got into the health care field to save lives, and the last thing I planned on doing was to chair a committee and study process improvement. In the beginning, I asked myself how all of that ancillary activity could have anything to do with my mission and calling.

An Unknown Deportation Process

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 06.23.2013 | Latino Voices

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital whi...

The Mistake I Didn't Make With My Kids

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.18.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

One time in grade school, as our substitute teacher read through the attendance list, he paused, laughed out loud, and then read my name. That sort of stuff stays with you.

Jeffrey Young

Bad Incentives: Hospitals Get Paid More Than Double When Surgery Causes Complications

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business

Patients who suffer complications after surgery are lucrative for hospitals, which get paid more when they treat infections and other problems, accord...

WATCH: Hospital Staff's Gesture Will Warm Your Heart

Posted 05.15.2014 | Weddings

A cancer patient's dream to get married has come true. David Redmond, a patient at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, married his girlfriend, Ch...

Hospital Rethinking 'Cheat Death' Slogan After Controversy

AP | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Officials at a southern North Carolina hospital are rethinking plans for a newly adopted "Cheat Death" slogan. Caromont CEO Randall...

Let Go... And Grow!

Bonnie St. John | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Bonnie St. John

I have come to realize that in order to experience the rich and rewarding life I seek, there has to be a balance between discipline and passion. My dogged determination to hunker down and plow through any situation often meant that I ignored or missed opportunities for joy in my life.

Jeffrey Young

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business

Decades of data have shown time and again that the U.S. has the costliest health care system in the world by a variety of measures. Still, a report...

Floating Health Care: Runa Khan has a Simple Solution to Bangladeshi Development

Pro Journo | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

When Runa Khan first began work, most partners told her that the idea of floating hospitals was too innovative, if not outlandish.