Quote(s) Of The Week - 6/12/19

“We want to dictate the what, not the how, in health IT. We aren’t going to micromanage exactly how providers, payers, and innovators make health IT interoperable and patient-accessible—we’re just going to say it has to happen, and let private actors determine the best way to do it.”

Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in comments before the World Health Congress on the approach of the Trump Administration toward solving interoperability.

Quote(s) Of The Week - 5/1/19

"Lawmakers have a broad continuum of policy options that would close or reduce the long-term financing shortfall of both programs."

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in issuing their report on the financial viability of Medicare and Social Security. 

Quote(s) Of The Week - 4/19/19

“We need to look outside the clinic to understand the ecosystem in which people live to create a transformational solution for making health better.”                             

Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, Ph.D. – Executive Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care at the Dell School of Medicine in Austin, Texas in a keynote before the American Telemedicine Association on how change needs to come to healthcare that goes beyond telemedicine.

Quote(s) Of The Week - 3/19/19

“Every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities. As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture,” she said to the crowd. “To me, these approaches are timeless, and I commend them to everyone.”

Queen Elizabeth II, in comments before the Sandringham Women’s Institute in Norfolk including a rare focus on the political dimensions of life in governments around the world.

Quote(s) Of The Week - 1/24/19

“The ethical questions are enormous. Gene editing is generating a ton of optimism for treating and curing diseases, including some that our foundation works on (though we fund work on altering crops and insects, not humans). But the technology could make inequity worse, especially if it is available only for wealthy people. I am surprised that these issues haven’t generated more attention from the general public. Today, artificial intelligence is the subject of vigorous debate. Gene editing deserves at least as much of the spotlight as AI.”

Bill Gates, in his December Year-in-Review 2018 blog post on a variety of technology issues he follows on a regular basis.

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