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Demanding Medical Excellence by Michael L. Millenson

photo-24 copyThis week I am reading an “oldie but goodie:” Michael Millenson’s Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age. I believe the text first came out in paperback on 1999. Why am I reading such an old book? Frankly, because for someone who reads a ton of books about healthcare, this is one I’ve never encountered. And fortunately, I met Michael recently thanks to a mutual friend (Jane Sarahsohn-Kahn) who connected us, believing we would have a lot in common. Indeed we do.

If you’re not familiar with Michael, early in his career, he was a healthcare reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where he was nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize. Michael has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and the Harvard Business School and served as a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has written for publications ranging from the British Medical Journal and Health Affairs to The Washington Post and Michael serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality and on advisory boards for the American Medical Group Foundation, the AHIMA Foundation, the Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and several health care start-ups. If you’re curious, you can learn more about Michael at

I’m always excited to make a new connection and to find new books to read! From my early scanning of the book, it looks like Michael was ahead of his time. Accountability and transparency are still works in progress, nearly 20 years after Demanding Medical Excellence was first published. I look forward to spending more time with Michael’s book and may well write a review for the blog. Meanwhile, feel free to check it out on your own.

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