What needs to be tackled in 2011?

As we within the Healthcare IT industry drive what needs to be tackled in 2011, there are numerous articles, reports and discussions around the top items to focus on in the coming year. I found one succinct article that does a nice job of articulating the top 6 items.

PwC lays out what their top six issues are:

#1: Booming business in health information technology
#2: Gearing up to redefine health insurance: From MLRs to insurance exchanges
#3: ACOs: Is this the next big thing or not?
#4: Nowhere else to cost shift: Consumers could continue to reduce utilization
#5: M&A: Deals will bond the familiar and unfamiliar as organizations look to fill strategic gaps
#6: Follow-me healthcare: Patients look to health organizations that are always on

While I commend PwC for truly tackling the major items, I do think there is one underlying item that was missed. Truth in transparency. While healthcare consumers are dealing with the cost shift and while payers are working to establish the strongest network with the highest quality of physicians, much of this is down behind the scenes with little shared. Consumers need to be equipped with transparency in pricing. How quality is measured needs to be transparent and shared with the consumers. This will lead to a more educated consumer in how and where their dollars are spent in 2011.

Any that you think should be added?

The future of Joel

As Google Buzz rolled out and I made the switch to an Android phone (Motorola Droid), I struggled with where to invest my time and social media. I went through a previous effort to determine where to update virtually. Here is what it has come down to for me personally.

1. LinkedIn: This is purely my professional space. I do not plan on updating status or other personal information on the site. This is publicly searchable and I engage here with other professionals in the health care and consulting industries.

2. Twitter: While I still am not enamored with Twitter I see that it has become a viable social networking solution. My only plan here is to update specific Buzz posts as well as any posts on this blog here. It will hopefully drive traffic to this site versus the other way around.

3. Facebook: This is my purely personal space. While I have connected with a select few business professionals here, I may scale back. Here I update with family pictures, notes on events, connect with formal classmates. Folks..pretty sure Facebook is here to stay.

4. Buzz: This will be a mix between personal and professional. The beauty of Google is its ease of sorting between showing personal information to friends and professional information to the public. I plan to update some buzz posts on to twitter but this is still a wait-and-see product for me.

5. Ning: I have a variety of Ning Networks (Church, Blazeman Warrior, I Am Tri) that I engage for social networking with specific groups. Its group functions are currently superior to what is offered on Facebook but maybe that will be taken over some day?

5. Abandoned Services: Here are the list I have almost completely abandoned for one reason or another:
– MySpace
– Orkut
– Message Boards
– Chat Rooms

6. Services I have no desire to use:
– Foursquare
– Windows Live Spaces
– MyLife
-Friendster

Thoughts from the readers here? Which services to you use and which ones do you find most useful (both personally and professionally).