Posts by Baldwin Tom

GeoHealth and the 1854 London Cholera Epidemic

Using GeoHealth to Make the World Healthy [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Some would say that Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), the use of geography as a tool to manage information, was born 163 years ago with the cholera epidemic that devastated Victorian London in 1854. The riveting story about how Dr. John Snow unraveled this epidemic is told in a…

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Future Of Healthcare Has Stable Footing

Three Legs of the Future Healthcare Stool [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Regardless of the changes in the Affordable Care Act that will be coming in 2017, some progressive medical practices have already been looking beyond next steps into the future in providing healthcare. Here are the future changes that are underway: Leg 1) It is no longer just about…

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BUSINESS, AS IN LIFE, TAKES TIME TO BE GREAT

It takes patience and perseverance to succeed, and 2017 is our year! It’s a new year, 2017!  I’ve also been told that 2017 is going to be a great year for our business.  OK.  I accept that prediction!  Yet, I am aware that it won’t happen without effort. A Chinese bamboo plant that grows nearly…

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75th Anniversary of MIS & Pearl Harbor

MIS Founded 75 Years Ago This is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941). More importantly, it is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS; Nov. 1, 1941). My wife, Chaplain Madeline Reiko Nobori Tom [photo], was asked to serve as the Chaplain giving…

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The Business of Value Generation

Integration of 7 Capital Investments We characterize the seven capital investments, we named Magnificent-7 (M-7), into three categories: Those investments that have to do with people (who get work done), those around tasks (or how we get work done), and those that facilitate (link) people working on tasks. On the people side, there are Human…

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The Law of Business in Healthcare

Investments IN yields Returns OUT? The healthcare playing field has changed greatly and has placed new demands on healthcare providers such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The new demands in turn shift the value of the organization as change disrupts all aspects of running a business. Getting paid for patient work is no longer as…

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Seeking Solutions for The Healthcare Challenge

Disruptive Innovation for better care, better health, lower costs, and profitability Imagine a hypothetical hospital group (the Glendale ACO) treats COPD patients. Last year, they had a 29% readmit rate and were fined $6.5 million by the CMS. The ACO did not qualify for share of savings, so they set up a Readmission Reduction Team…

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Community Policing Relations in Disarray!

Resolution is Simple, but NOT Easy “Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it.” This saying has been in my thoughts for over 25 years as I served as a management consultant to organizations in the U.S. and Mexico, including the Houston Police Department. One reading of this saying suggests that we should not…

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