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DICOM Stays Ahead of Health IT

DICOM Stays Ahead of Health IT

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jeroen Medema, DICOM Standards Committee Co-chair, Philips; Robert Horn, AGFA; and Lawrence Tarbox, University  of Arkansas for Medical Sciences As a mature standard with roots reaching back to before its debut in early 1990s, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is the international standard for medical imaging. How, then, does a mature standard stay current in the modern world of health Read more [...]
Oh, the Madness of March

Oh, the Madness of March

The 2010 NCAA men's basketball tourney has lived up to hype and has given us some thrilling performances and unexpected outcomes. (Butler in the Final Four? Kansas ousted in the second round?) But the real "March Madness" has been playing out not on the hardwood courts around the country, but right here in our nation's capital. Think back on the month of March - Congress and the Administration have had a very full (and sometimes brutal) month. Here are a few things that Read more [...]
Big Week for Obama and Congress

Big Week for Obama and Congress

With the 2010 congressional elections just 251 days away and polls showing that nearly 60% of Americans feel the country is on the “wrong track,” this week could be a critical test for the Obama Administration and Congress. First up: the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847), which the Senate is expected to approve today. The $15 billion package provides a tax break for employers hiring unemployed workers in 2010 and extends the Highway Trust Fund and the authorization for surface transportation Read more [...]
State of the Union: What’s at Stake

State of the Union: What’s at Stake

Tonight President Obama will command the attention of Congress, the nation and the world as he delivers his first State of the Union Address.  And there is a lot at stake. According to recent polls, President Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50%, which is a far cry from the 65% rating he enjoyed a few months ago. However, when you consider how the American people currently rate Congress’ performance—only 26% approve of the job lawmakers are doing—the president’s Read more [...]
A Doozy of a New Year

A Doozy of a New Year

I sure hope the holidays were restful for our nation’s lawmakers, because the second session of the 111th Congress is shaping up to be a doozy.  First, we have health care reform – the House and Senate approved their respective bills in the waning days of 2009, and the process wasn’t pretty. Now Congress and the Obama Administration have the unenviable task of hammering out a compromise, which latest sources indicate will not be achieved through a formal conference.  Read more [...]
The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

This week House and Senate leaders announced that Congress will do something to respond to rising unemployment before they adjourn for the year.  I don't know any economist -- or anyone else, for that matter -- who would argue that the current 10.2% unemployment rate and lack of job creation in this economic recovery is NOT a problem.  Quite the contrary - workers and their families are very concerned about the availability of jobs, and employers are concerned not Read more [...]
Running the Public Option

Running the Public Option

In American-style football, a quarterback who "runs the option" receives the ball, runs either right or left (accompanied by another offensive player), and, depending on the opposing defense's strategy, either laterals the ball to his accompanying player to avoid a tackle or keeps the ball and advances it himself.  Not all quarterbacks can pull this off, but when executed effectively, the "option run" is a useful tool in the QB's arsenal. It isn't hard to draw Read more [...]
Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

With every new presidential administration comes a different set of priorities and issues, and Congress' legislative agenda reflects this fact.  However, while much of the media focus has been on the big ticket items--health care reform, climate change, regulation of the financial industry, and the economy, there are several other items that are simmering on the backburner.  At some point, the heat will get turned up and these issues will really start bubbling. Here is a sampling of Read more [...]
Competition is missing from the healthcare reform attempts

Competition is missing from the healthcare reform attempts

Yesterday, the long awaited Senate healthcare bill was introduced; I was hoping that it would promote sufficient competition, which is missing from all other healthcare bills. The lack of competition or the diminishing of competition in many sectors of the American economy is preventing improvement in our health care sector, as well. There is not sufficient competition in the current health care system at the points where health care services are paid for, i.e. where healthcare services are provided, Read more [...]
Pulling out the Bully Pulpit

Pulling out the Bully Pulpit

Tonight President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress to outline and clarify his plans for health care reform and to exhort Congress to work cooperatively to enact legislation to expand affordable health care to uninsured Americans.  After several tumultuous town hall meetings during the August break, some members of Congress are looking to the president to inject some sanity back into the debate and set a more positive tone going forward. It isn't very often that Congress Read more [...]