STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #39: The Value of Speaking a Common Language


A common language has always been a powerful tool.  For millennia, it has tied together individuals into tribes, nations, cultures. For millennia, it has helped people together define their world and refine their collective conceptions of what that world’s parameters are.       

A common language is the key to success at the point of care.  Does the patient communicate their symptoms and healthcare goals effectively to their providers?  Do the providers communicate their care decisions and the reasons for them effectively to the patients?  How do we optimize the common language around health?
Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  I’m your host, Rod Piechowski, and in today’s episode, we will talk to HIMSS’ 2016 Most Influential Woman in HIT award winner Marion Ball about the common language needs of clinicians, patients and developers towards a better experience at the point of care.

This Episode’s Guests:

Senior Advisor Healthcare Informatics
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This Episode's Promo:

Health IT Insights From & For Leaders Transforming Health

The HIMSS Executive Institute is a community of executives at North American-based Davies Award-winning and EMRAM Stage 7 organizations. The Institute brings these executives together to understand, achieve, and promote optimal value from the use of IT in a health setting. These executives share their extensive knowledge and experience to both enhance their own organization’s business and clinical outcomes, as well as enable others to join their ranks as transformational leaders. The programming and activities of the HIMSS Executive Institute will be created by its members for its members.

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This Episode’s Audience Ask:

How has your healthcare organization started worked to create a common language between your clinical and informatics-focused teams and cultures?  Send us your thoughts as a voice memo or email and we will play them on the air at the end of our next episode.   You can send your comments to