Author Archives: Joe Babaian

Confidence in Healthcare

Blog post by Joe Babaian It’s the kind of mistrust of science because science is viewed as authority. And there’s a lot of anti-authority feeling. I think that’s the kind of thing that drives the anti-vaxxers, the people who don’t believe the science of vaccination and don’t want to get their children vaccinated. It’s all […]

Access To Healthcare

Blog by Joe Babaian Healthcare access remains at the forefront of all we do. In this mature phase of the pandemic perhaps with the endemic nature of COVID becoming all the more real, access to healthcare remains the problem to solve. At least for those who understand the unequal nature of what we face. Of course, […]

Speed in Healthcare

 Blog post by Joe Babaian “How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss Who doesn’t want it now? We live in the now, technology gives us the feeling, and often the reality, that everything is a click away – even health and wellness. The current state of “now” medicine is changing almost daily […]

Bad Behavior in Healthcare

 Blog by Joe Babaian What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. ~ Cool Hand Luke The current trial surrounding Theranos gives us pause to consider, how much “fake it until you make it” is ok? Looking also at you, OZY Media – perhaps they should have taken Ozymandias by Shelley a little more literally? […]

Discovering Patient-Centered Care

Blog by Joe Babaian The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease. ~ Sir William Osler, M.D. Let’s visit care at the N of 1. During this fraught time of pandemic, patient focus ranges from the personalized care we expect (or should expect) to the detrimental rejection of […]

Remembering The Forgotten Patients

Blog post by Joe Babaian Hi, I exist.     ~ Said by anyone overlooked, if they could only find their voice During this ongoing pandemic, we see the significant impacts on healthcare, including changing methods of delivery. From telehealth’s vigorous ascendancy (to a plateau of sorts), to in-person clinical care walking the tremulous line of reconsidering […]

Empathy’s Value & Risk

Blog by Joe Babaian “It doesn’t take an instant more, or cost a penny more, to be empathetic than it does to be indifferent.” – Brian Lee. Let’s talk and think about #empathy and its value – both in terms of its subjective value and its return on (emotional) investment. The quote I selected for the lede […]

The Digital Divide

Blog by Joe Babaian According to a study from The University of Texas at Austin, nearly half of Americans are skeptical of the benefits of Health information technologies — such as wearables, patient portals and mobile apps. We should let that sink in for just a moment. Nearly Half. We discuss #Innovation, #DigitalHealth, #DesignThinking, #PatientExperience, #PatientCenteredCare […]

Climate Change and Sustainable Healthcare Systems

Intro by Joe Babaian | Blog by Amy Ma This week we have the distinct pleasure of hosting Amy Ma as our #hcldr guest host. Amy is an enthusiastic participant in the #hcldr community and always brings powerful insights into the state of healthcare access and equity across diverse populations in Canada and North America. […]

Why Collaboration Matters

Blog by Joe Babaian Let’s think about what it means to work together. We all do it almost every day and I’d venture a guess that we all have experienced varying levels of quality in these collaborations. To formalize it a bit, let’s think of authentic collaboration. This is even more important during times of […]