EDH Chief Medical Officer Reflects on Treating an American Icon

In the mid-80s, EagleDream Health Chief Medical Officer Howard Beckman unexpectedly became the primary care physician for one of the greatest figures in America history.  Dr. Beckman tells his amazing and uplifting story in the Profiles in Professionalism feature on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation website.  We hope you’ll take a moment to read the profile and enjoy it as much as we did.

Finding the Right Balance Between Measurement and Improvement

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In the April 5, 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Don Berwick, MD offers an insightful interpretation of the health care landscape.1 He describes three eras of medicine and healthcare. Era 1 is the ascendancy of the profession, anchored in beneficence and professionalism. During this time, physicians were trusted to do the right…

Eric Allyn Invests in EagleDream Health Series A, Joins Board of Directors

Former Co-Chair of Welch Allyn Board of Directors and fourth generation family owner brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare Rochester, NY, April 19, 2016 – EagleDream Health, Inc., a leading value-based healthcare data analytics, software and services company, today announced a Series A investment by Mr. Eric Allyn, the fourth generation family owner and co-chair of the Welch Allyn Inc. board of directors prior to the company’s sale…

Managing a Population’s Costs of Care

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Powers and Chaguturu1, in their Perspectives piece in the New England Journal of Medicine titled ACO’s and High-Cost Patients, note that the highest cost 1% of patients in Medicare, commercial and Medicaid products have different cost profiles. Medicare high cost patients average eight chronic diseases and more than half had end-stage sequel of IHD, HF or CKD.   Their…

How Practice Groups can use Reference Pricing Wisely

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In a recent Health Affairs Blog titled Appropriate Use of Reference Pricing Can Increase Value1, Ann Boynton and Jamie Robinson argue that 1) “Reference pricing addresses the wide variation in the prices changed for similar services across the health care sector”, 2) “Price variation is due in part to market consolidation and to regulatory carriers to new provider…

We will Never Solve the Problem of Cost and Finance, by Focusing on Cost and Finance

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health On January 7, 2016, HealthLeaders Media ran a story titled Don Berwick on Better Care as a Route to Financial Success. In that article, the author quotes Dr. Berwick as saying, “we will never solve the problem of cost and finance by focusing on cost and finance.” Instead, it will be resolved “by focusing on the design and redesign…

The Value of Peer Comparison Data

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health EagleDream Health (EDH) is a healthcare data analytics company that has long championed the value of sharing peer comparison data. Chief Medical Officer Howard Beckman, MD has provided many examples of practitioners changing their behavior when provided evidence that their choices ran counter to BOTH best clinical evidence and their peers behavior1-3. Now, further evidence of the benefits…

Talking with Patients about Low Value Care

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Recently, in JAMA Internal Medicine 2016;176:191-197, Joshua Fenton and colleagues tried to help physician trainees more successfully address patient demands for low value testing. The intervention, delivered to 30 of 61 randomized primary care residents, included training in 1) understanding patient’s concerns and expectations before addressing them, 2) validating the patient’s concerns and emotions using empathy, 3) informing…

EagleDream Health Welcomes Scott Gucciardi to Staff

Rochester, NY, January 25, 2016 — EagleDream Health, Inc., a healthcare software analytics solutions company, based in Rochester, NY, has named Scott Gucciardi Chief Business Development Officer. Mr. Gucciardi will draw on his wealth of experience in strategy and business development, product and market development, and marketing to help grow EagleDream Health’s population and network management software solutions. Prior to joining EagleDream Health, Mr. Gucciardi spent 25 years at Welch…

Population Health Management…Don’t Go it Alone!

According to a recent study conducted by HIMSS Analytics, more and more healthcare providers consider population health management to be a priority.  The same study found most provider organizations are attempting to carry out this important work without the help of outside vendors.  In fact, only 11 percent of respondents with population health management initiatives in place reporting using a vendor or consultant. The delivery of health care continues to…