In the Business-Minded Surgeon blog, members of OrthoFounders, a national group of orthopedic entrepreneurs, discuss how orthopedic surgeons can lead efforts to fix the problems in health care that are so palpable and apparent to themselves, but opaque and undervalued by others. Topics include how to maximize return based on business strategy and improved clinical performance, how to navigate the entrepreneurial journey, and how to connect with others who have similar interests.

 

 

BLOG: Consumers want mobile health convenience

August 16, 2019

by Mike Greiwe, MD It’s a bold statement to say that the future of orthopedics lies in mobile health, but data show an irrevocable link between technology and the…

BLOG: Value-based care requires collaboration

July 25, 2019

By Stephen Ritter, MD The U.S. health care system has a problem. Health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product is growing at an unsustainable rate. Health…

BLOG: ‘You need surgery’ may be the scariest thing we tell patients

June 7, 2019

Fear and anxiety are widely regarded as major impediments to patients scheduling surgery. They lead to delays that, in many cases, can exacerbate patients’…

BLOG: There has never been a better time to embrace your inner entrepreneur

May 13, 2019

by John “Jay” Crawford, MD Ten years ago, the president assured the American public that if they “liked their doctor, they could keep him” and…

BLOG: In 2017, the ‘three As’ no longer lead to success

October 11, 2017

When I was a resident in the 1990s, I was told by many staff surgeons that success in my career would be dependent on my mastery of the “three As.” Being…

BLOG: The real question in value-based care is ‘Whose value are we talking about?’

June 29, 2017

Let us say I need to make a trip to Nashville, which is about 400 miles round trip. I can take my car, a vehicle I purchased and maintain, or I can take a flight in…

BLOG: Big data reminds me of a funny story

May 10, 2017

On my first day as a “cow” (or junior) at United States Military Academy at West Point, I learned a lesson that has stayed with me my entire life and…

BLOG: If you have the Medicare blues, read this before doing anything rash

April 12, 2017

I remember repeatedly memorizing the Krebs cycle in both college and medical school, and hating it intensely. I did not know much, but I knew I was not interested in any…

BLOG: Orthopedic business language: The derivation of kappa, part 2

March 22, 2017

In last month’s blog, we defined the equation: Opportunity = Delivery + Neglect, where “opportunity” is the total daily orthopedic value created in our…

BLOG: Orthopedic business language: The derivation of kappa, part 1

February 21, 2017

In our education and training as orthopedic surgeons, we spent years learning a vitally important technical language, without which we could not exchange ideas and…