- Health Economy, LLC
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Testimonial"Linda did a fantastic job on a difficult project. The work had been stop and start, stymied by lack of data. Linda moved things forward, got data from a source we didn’t know about before, and pulled together input from four psychiatrists. Her work was also vetted by academic experts from Harvard. The final education piece was well received. Helping primary care doctors understand anti-psychotic drugs was no small task. "
Jeffrey Barkin MD, DFAPA
Associate Medical Director
Goold Health Systems/An Emdeon Company
2015-03-07T10:50:23+00:00“Linda did a fantastic job on a difficult project. The work had been stop and start, stymied by lack of data. Linda moved things forward, got data from a source we didn’t know about before, and pulled together input from … Continue reading →
Testimonial"Before I worked with Linda, I had a hard time getting data queries to answer my questions or inform my decision-making. Typically I would get a bunch of numbers back, but no explanation. Linda understands the broader context of healthcare, plus she grasps the data details. I can pose my question, and she will come back with informative answers and more.
I am always confident using her work for presentations to legislators, doctors, and stakeholder groups."
Kevin Flanigan, MD, MBA
Sebasticook Valley Primary Care
2015-03-07T10:50:55+00:00“Before I worked with Linda, I had a hard time getting data queries to answer my questions or inform my decision-making. Typically I would get a bunch of numbers back, but no explanation. Linda understands the broader context of healthcare, plus she … Continue reading →
Testimonial"Our project was to organize the data that our health coaches were gathering, and transform it into measures. The goal was to show our clients the real, measurable impact of the coaching services. Linda showed us how to adjust our questions, and gave us new tools to track our results. And it all worked with our existing data tracking systems. It was a great solution for us! "
Pamela Cash, PhD
2015-03-07T10:56:24+00:00“Our project was to organize the data that our health coaches were gathering, and transform it into measures. The goal was to show our clients the real, measurable impact of the coaching services. Linda showed us how to adjust our … Continue reading →
Author Archives: Linda Riddell
That’s the buzz word du jour – data-driven decision making (along with “evidence-based policy”), based upon the idea that data speaks Complete sentences In English and Clearly, unmistakably points to one conclusion.
Have you heard the news? Half of all Americans are ill. Yesterday, we were well – today, not so much, all thanks not to an eminent diagnostician or physician extraordinaire . . . but thanks to mathematics.
The most fun you can have without laughing. Paddling up Coochie Creek. Passing the gravy Whatever you call it, sexual intercourse is a part of normal, healthy human functioning. We all know it leads to more humans, absent special drugs … Continue reading
“A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.” – Anonymous Who hasn’t had the joy of blaming someone? You are absolved entirely and the solution involves some other poor sap changing his ways. Despite the … Continue reading
Conservatives everywhere, rejoice! At last, an expensive illness that can be “treated” by getting the patient a job. Conservatives’ favorite rant about needy people – they just need to get a job – is vindicated and it’s even backed up … Continue reading
All foam, no beer As smart as bait. Nothing going on upstairs. Hare-brained. There are plenty of ways to insult someone who is dumb, and now we can add injury to insult – people of lower intelligence die younger. And … Continue reading
We are all weary of news about obesity, and here comes a rarity – an excellent study that uses pristine methods and accurate descriptions of the worldwide trends. Sad to say, the message will likely get lost in the sound-bite … Continue reading
New research published in The Lancet has uncovered an antidote to a widespread, expensive, and devastating illness –health bullshit disease. Sufferers are susceptible to painless easy weight loss promises, herbal cures for cancer, and many employee wellness programs. Unlike any … Continue reading
“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.” Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687. When Newton penned his laws of motion in the late 1600s, he was surely not thinking of surprise hospital inspections. (Hospitals date back to 350 … Continue reading
Which of the following seems least ridiculous? A butterfly flapping its wings can set off a hurricane. Birth control pills and patches cause depression. Clearly, the birth-control-pill-depression connection seems plausible yet it is very similar to the butterfly example. It … Continue reading