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The Scoop – The Birth of Electronic Spreadsheets | Supreme Court ACA | Doctor Shortage March 5, 2015

Filed under: Corporate — CMI/Compas @ 5:26 pm

This story about the invention of electronic spreadsheets, which is very fun to listen to, sparked a lengthy internal discussion about favorite excel shortcuts. The story features Dan Bricklin, brother of our own Media Information Systems Specialist Jonathan Bricklin, who invented them when he was daydreaming in Harvard Business School. Now it seems there’s no industry that it hasn’t changed. Noted Jonathan: “I just was thinking about how digital technology is affecting health care recently, and from what I’ve read and heard, one could argue the electronic spreadsheet was possibly the first piece of digital technology affecting health care.”

The Supreme Court met yesterday to hear arguments around “whether language of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows consumers in 34 states to receive subsidies for private insurance,” explains USA Today, noting that while the justices seemed divided, supporters of ACA feel the statute will be upheld.

Forbes reports that the US doctor shortage could rise to 90,000 by 2025. Thanks to CMIO Dr. Susan Dorfman for this story.

FiercePractice Management reports that “Medicare’s new chronic care management (CCM) program offers practices of all specialties a major opportunity to reap revenue from services they’ve thus far provided for free.” This could be worth a half-million dollars annually. Thanks to Susan for this story as well.

In today’s “necessity is the mother of invention” news:

  • It might make some giggle, but a new wearable could be indispensable to those with certain health conditions – the device alerts wearers to their bowel activity, giving them time to make it to a restroom.
  • Pizza Hut and Visa are partnering on a dashboard device that improves the pizza-ordering process. Order and pay from your car, which then alerts the restaurant when you’re near.

– Carly Kuper, VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communications

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