Daniel Sherer

Emergency Departments publishing “Expected Wait Times”

Maybe you’ve seen the signs or advertisements and just ignored them.  They’re all around, on the side of the highway, the bottom of the screen during the evening news and DEFINITELY on the hospital’s website. They’re a force for good, right? Well… yes.  Good for the investors who own the hospital. For you? Not so …

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Understanding hospital pricing: “It’s just too hard…”

Source: “Confused lady” feature photo from knowyourmeme.com Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-Part transparency series. In a previous blog, I cited a spokesperson for the American Hospital Association (AHA) who said consumers shouldn’t bother looking at the hospital price lists because they were too hard to understand.  Instead, Americans should “set them aside and avoid …

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When hospitals say you should “avoid” looking at how much services cost…

Note: This is Part 1 of a 3-Part transparency series. As we’ve pointed out, time and again, Americans shouldn’t have to find out, AFTER the fact, how much something will cost.  Like giving an airline your credit card and waiting until you land at your destination before finding out how much the plane ticket cost! …

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An Analogy for How New Vaccines Work (and an Apology to Fans of the Book “War and Peace”)

I work in healthcare analytics and I LOVE using analogies to help make confusing situations more relatable. My current favorite for this pandemic is how the various vaccines work.  I hope it helps your vaccine-hesitant family/friends feel more confident receiving this life-saving vaccine. There are 3 (maybe 4) paths to immunity.  One is to actually …

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Impressions on In-Person Days 3 and 4 at #HIMSS21

As the week went on, and we got to chat with attendees who have been to MANY past HIMSS conferences, two things really became clear to me. First, by all accounts, this year’s gathering was FAR smaller than recent years.  The large open spaces with park benches, where vendors had pulled-out, weren’t supposed to be …

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Impressions on In-Person Day 2 at #HIMSS21

This is my first year attending HIMSS (in-person) although I’ve been to many other conferences, both as a vendor and attendee, including attending HIMSS Europe digitally. Although Tuesday is officially the second day, it’s really the first day the show is fully open. On Monday there were almost no sessions (unless you paid additional fees) …

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