June the 30th 1960 was Independence Day of my beloved Congo (DRC). 55 years later today, my mind went back to a poem I wrote last year. I don’t see myself as a poet. I just wrote down the words as my mind was stirred up. Today is another good occasion to share it around. To the glory of our land.

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New Systems – The Future of Hospitals & Institutions


Patient Care Area inside a vacant psychiatric hospital Patient Care Area inside a vacant psychiatric hospital

Blog by Dave Chase, Leonard Kish and Colin Hung

On Tuesday June 9th, the #HCLDR community gathered to discuss “The New Health Ecosystem” based on the #95Theses work of two healthcare luminaries: Dave Chase and Leonard Kish. [Note: if you missed that chat you can read the highlights on our Storify Summary]. Both Kish and Chase were honored guests on our June 9th chat.

That chat was so successful and generated so many interesting tweets that we decided to schedule an encore. So this week on HCLDR we will be exploring the “New System” section of the #95Theses:

  • #90. Hospitals have provided amazing service for the last 100 years, but location is becoming less important for healthcare. Care can happen almost anywhere at lower cost. What conditions hospitals treat, and how hospitals serve their communities will…

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Quadruple Aim: Care of the Provider


Angkor Table by Olivier DolleBlog post by Bernadette Keefe MD and Matthew Katz MD

The classic ‘triple aim’ for healthcare is a framework developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance. IHI asserts that new designs must be developed to simultaneously pursue three dimensions which we call the ‘Triple Aim’:

  • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)
  • Improving the health of populations, and
  • Reducing the per capita cost of health care

Numerous publications suggest that the list be expanded to a ‘Quadruple Aim’ to include: Improving the Care of and Experience of The Provider (ie MDs/other HCPs). The reasoning behind this suggestion is as follows (from a BMJ editorial):

The core of workforce engagement is the experience of joy and meaning in the work of healthcare. This is not synonymous with happiness, (but) rather that all members of the…

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Healthcare Trade-offs


Hope for Balance - Bob M

Blog by Colin Hung

I am a baseball fan. I love playing the game and I love watching it (though sadly I’ve done more of the latter than the former in recent years). For fans of Major League Baseball, July 31st marks the mid-summer trade deadline. It is the last day that teams can trade players without using the waiver wire (a more difficult way to make trades).

This trade deadline got me thinking about the nature of trades – how each team making the trade seeks to gain something they want in return for something they are willing to give up. The most successful trades are ones that are balanced. One team, for example, may be willing to trade potential stars of the future for proven players who can help them win now. It’s an exciting time for baseball fans.

Trades or more accurately trade-offs are common in…

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1-Click ELK Stack: Hosted Kibana 4

[Note: We’re holding a 2-day, hands-on Elasticsearch / ELK Stack training workshop in New York from October 19-20, 2015. Click here for details!]


We just pushed a new release of Logsene to production, including 1-Click Access to Kibana 4!

Did you know that Logsene provides a complete ELK Stack? Logsene’s indexing and search API is compatible with the Elasticsearch API.  That’s why it is very easy to use Logsene – you can use the existing Logstash Elasticsearch output, point it to Logsene for indexing, and then you can use Kibana and point it to Logsene like it’s your local Elasticsearch cluster.  And not only is this process easy, but Logsene actually adds more functionality to the bare “ELK” stack!  In fact, here is a long list of features the open-source ELK stack just doesn’t have, such as:

  • User Authentication and User Roles
  • Secured communication (TLS/HTTPS)
  • App Sharing: access…

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#LCSM Chat topic 7/16 at 8pm ET: Happy Second Birthday to Us!

#LCSM Chat topic 7/16 at 8pm ET: Happy Second Birthday to Us! @deerwalkinc #TeamGenomics uknewit? #LCSM hashtag was first used by @subatomicdoc (Matt Katz, MD) to represent Lung Cancer


By Andrea Borondy-Kitts; Laronica Conway; David T Cooke, MD; Janet Freeman-Daily; Deana Hendrickson; Matt Katz, MD; and H Jack West, MD.

Happy 2nd Birthday LCSM

The #LCSM Chat on Thursday, July 16, at 8 pm Eastern Time (5 pm Pacific) will be an early celebration of our second birthday. The #LCSM hashtag was first used by @subatomicdoc (Matt Katz, MD) to represent Lung Cancer Social Media on June 22, 2013, and the first-ever #LCSM Chat occurred on July 25, 2013. Seventy-two patients, advocates, caregivers, family members, educators, healthcare providers, and researchers participated.

The first #LCSM Chat topic question was “It’s our community. What do you hope to get out of #lcsm chat?” The answers were diverse and wide-ranging, reflecting the interests of a broad-based lung cancer community: education and information (about diagnosis, treatments, survivorship, and side effects), understand needs of patients and families, inspiration, involvement, support, community, resources, learning about latest…

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