As we see it, 2008 will largely be about measuring up. In response to expected quality and performance initiatives, doctors, hospitals, health plans and just about anyone involved in health and wellness will have to validate their effectiveness to both consumers and payers. This week’s Worth Repeating shows how data mining can turn up surprising trends in health coach effectiveness (for example, whether former smokers make better coaches) and coaching ROI. In New York, the state and physicians hope a joint analysis of “near-misses” today will help reduce tomorrow’s hospital errors. And in What’s New at HIN, an audio interview with HealthFitness President and CEO Gregg Lehman yields a blueprint for constructing a corporate culture of health — and the very measurable benefits that can accompany this attitude shift.
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