A year ago I wrote about the virtual assistant products
that had found their way into my life. Since the category was VERY hyped up in 2015, and seemed to cool a bit this year (from an adoption/investment perspective), here’s how my usage trends have changed over the 365 days.
: STILL my go-to task-based assistant. I don’t use FH for meeting scheduling but instead rely upon them for a variety of requests. Recent ones include:
Facebook Messenger’s M
- Submitting information to my insurance company around policy changes
- Arranging car service when I’m traveling (and Uber isn’t the best solution for some reason)
- A list of SF Holiday ballet and dance performances appropriate for kids to attend
- Martial arts classes in SF that fathers and daughters can attend together
- List of private chefs who specialize in preparing meals for recovering cancer patients (for a friend)
: Held steady but
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Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care leaders must not let debates over access detract from what needs to happen regardless of the legislation’s fate: Their organizations must improve the value of care they deliver. When the ACA was passed, in 2010, many observed that although the ACA expanded access to health care, it did less to address the equally critical issue of improving the delivery of that care. Regardless of whether the ACA is repealed, this challenge remains.
The success of efforts to improve care delivery hinges on developing clear approaches to performance measurement. A guiding principle offered by many has been to focus on improving the value
of care delivered, as measured by the health outcomes achieved per dollar spent on care. Typically, value is expressed as a ratio: the quality of outcomes (adjusted to account for the severity of a patient’s
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