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Commentary: Health systems should look within to address social determinants

Commentary: Health systems should look within to address social determinants

By Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Patricia Gabow  |  December 13, 2018

There's now a strong understanding that social factors can have a greater impact on health and well-being than clinical care. Health systems should use that knowledge to improve the health of their own employees as well as their patients.

Commentary: Hurting the healers—the tragedy of hospital shootings

Commentary: Hurting the healers—the tragedy of hospital shootings

By Elliot Joseph  |  December 10, 2018

It's been suggested that doctors and hospitals have no business weighing in on solutions to gun violence. And yet, hospitals across America rescue gunshot victims every day. And all too often, that violence comes into the hospital.

Commentary: Ending gender bias in medicine needs data-driven approach

Commentary: Ending gender bias in medicine needs data-driven approach

By Dr. Julie K. Silver  |  December 01, 2018

Solving gender workforce disparities will require every leader to accept responsibility for the bias that stops the majority of those they lead and serve to advance and perform to the best of their abilities, Harvard's Dr. Julie K. Silver says.

Commentary: GPOs have long record of providing savings, value

Commentary: GPOs have long record of providing savings, value

By Todd Ebert  |  November 10, 2018

While the challenges providers face continuously change, there is one constant: the critical role group purchasing organizations play in helping providers care for patients. Year after year, GPOs find innovative ways to help providers save money while enhancing quality of care.

Commentary: Healthcare needs empathetic workforce focused on 'complex illness'

Commentary: Healthcare needs empathetic workforce focused on 'complex illness'

By Dr. Stephen Klasko  |  November 03, 2018

Empathy is not sympathy—it's a teachable, measurable cognitive skill that allows a physician to answer the question, “What does this mean, doctor?” That's the core question for physicians in the age of AI—we must be the humans in the room, even if that room is virtual.

Commentary: Health systems must respond to climate change now

Commentary: Health systems must respond to climate change now

By Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Christine Petrin  |  October 13, 2018

Now is the time to take a proactive approach. No community can afford to wait for disaster to strike before strengthening its public health and healthcare system infrastructure.

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