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The 10 Most-Read 4sight Health Articles for 2020

History forever will remember 2020 as the year that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the U.S. healthcare system to the brink of collapse. Yet, throughout the daily turmoil, forward-looking healthcare disruptors, executives, leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs kept their eye on the future. More specially, a future healthcare system in which outcomes matter, customers count and value rule. 

What did they read to keep them focused on the prize? We think they read the revolutionary, thought-provoking and original content created by 4sight Health and its cadre of thought leaders and writers.

Here are the 10 most-read 4sight Health articles, columns and commentaries from the second half of 2020:

10. “Avoid Becoming an IT Dinosaur

Written by Edward Marx, a 4sight Health contributor, chief digital officer for Tech Mahindra Health and Life Sciences and former CIO at the Cleveland Clinic, this commentary identified five actions healthcare CIOs must take now to evolve their IT departments rather than let them go extinct. 

Read the commentary here

9. “Making Healthcare Better: Connected Business-Clinical Platforms Save Lives and Money

Written by Matt Wilson from Infor and 4sight Health’s CEO David Johnson, this commentary explains how health systems can build integrated next-generation clinical and business platforms that create more value for patients at every interaction across the system’s entire enterprise.

Read the commentary here.

8. “High-Performing Professionals Run on Self-Awareness

Written by Terri Brady, 4sight Health principal and executive director of professional development at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, this commentary explains why self-awareness is an essential first step in leadership development for professionals like healthcare executives.

Read the commentary here.

7. “GoFundMe Misery: Unaffordable Healthcare is Unavailable Healthcare

Written by David Johnson, CEO of 4sight Health, this commentary says that the GoFundMe medical campaigns reflect the disfunction of the U.S. healthcare system. When patients seek donations help cover the costs of even routine medical care, something needs to be fixed now.

Read the commentary here.

6. “The Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America (Part 2): The Policy Response

Written by David Morlock and Bart Plank from Cain Brothers along with 4sight Health’s Johnson, this companion commentary to an earlier piece on industry consolidation and hospital rationalization looks at options to expand access to affordable care for patients in medically underserved communities.

Read the commentary here.

5. “On the Verge of a Vaccine: How to Encourage Wide Acceptance

Written by Allen Weiss, M.D., 4sight Health contributor and chief medical officer for the national Blue Zones Project, this commentary outlines strategies to overcome public distrust in science generally and vaccines specifically and lay the groundwork for the successful distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Read the commentary here.

Primary-Care Physicians versus The World (Mostly Pharmacists, Really)

4. “Primary-Care Physicians versus The World (Mostly Pharmacists, Really)

Written by David Burda, 4sight Health’s news editor and columnist, this monthly column reviews recent research, studies and surveys that suggest everyone wants to steal patients and market share from the nation’s primary-care physicians. At the top of that list are pharmacists, who are expending the primary-care services they offer to patients.

Read the column here.

3. “Stop Worrying About ACA Repeal: It’s Not Going to Happen (Part A)

Written by Matt Dumas, founder and managing partner at Chasm Partners, and 4sight Health’s Johnson, this first part of a two-part commentary outlines three reasons why hysteria over the possible demise of the ACA is misplaced. The challenge will be how to build on the ACA to improve the system for patients.

Read the commentary here.

Home Health is Where the Growth Is: The Post-COVID Rise of Platform Solutions

2. “Home Health Is Where the Growth Is: The Post-COVID Rise of Platform Solutions

Written by Matt Margulies from Cain Brothers and 4sight Health’s Johnson, this commentary cites the reasons why the growth of home care will only accelerate after the pandemic ends. They also identified the four characteristics of new home care companies that will challenge industry incumbents. 

Read the commentary here

And the most-read 4sight Health article is …

1. “Where Have All the Patients Gone? The Art and Soul of Recapturing Lost Treatment Volume

Written by Scot Latimer, a principal at Gensler, and 4sight Health’s Johnson, this commentary suggests that healthcare providers must embrace the concept of “humane healthcare” if they hope to recover from the patient volume and revenue lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the commentary here

As the clock runs out on 2020 and we look forward to 2021 and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to thank all our contributors for their thoughts and ideas on how to make the healthcare system in the U.S. work better for its customers. And we at 4sight Health look forward to providing you with more revolutionary healthcare thought-leadership content in the year ahead.

Thanks for reading.

About the Author

David Burda

David Burda began covering healthcare in 1983 and hasn’t stopped since. Dave writes this monthly column “Burda on Healthcare,” contributes weekly blog posts, manages our weekly newsletter 4sight Friday, and hosts our weekly Roundup podcast. Dave believes that healthcare is a business like any other business, and customers — patients — are king. If you do what’s right for patients, good business results will follow.

Dave’s personnel experiences with the healthcare system both as a patient and family caregiver have shaped his point of view. It’s also been shaped by covering the industry for 40 years as a reporter and editor. He worked at Modern Healthcare for 25 years, the last 11 as editor.

Prior to Modern Healthcare, he did stints at the American Medical Record Association (now AHIMA) and the American Hospital Association. After Modern Healthcare, he wrote a monthly column for Twin Cities Business explaining healthcare trends to a business audience, and he developed and executed content marketing plans for leading healthcare corporations as the editorial director for healthcare strategies at MSP Communications.

When he’s not reading and writing about healthcare, Dave spends his time riding the trails of DuPage County, IL, on his bike, tending his vegetable garden and daydreaming about being a lobster fisherman in Maine. He lives in Wheaton, IL, with his lovely wife of 40 years and his three children, none of whom want to be journalists or lobster fishermen.

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