Health Care Reform – Progress and Next Steps

A special issue of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 11, 2016 published this summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), by President Barack Obama, describing successes, challenges, and next steps. JAMA encouraged current and future presidential candidates to submit their own ideas on how best to reform healthcare, so here’s my list of What to Read More …

A Disease-Creation Economy

Money, Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy By Mark Hyman, MD, practicing physician (original on Huffington Post) “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only Read More …

Telemedicine and mHealth Converge

  Telemedicine and M-Health Convergence Market is a new market research report. EDITOR: I’ll mark highlights and add [occasional notes]. – London (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 — Clinical telemedicine services converge with m-health systems of engagement to lower cost of care and improve quality of care. Tele-medicine and M-Health Market Convergence driving forces relate to an overall trend toward ordinary people taking Read More …

Health & Healthcare Market Research

Below are highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to health and health care. (Note: Copied here with permission on 1/9/2014. The original will be updated whenever new data is available.) Internet access: 85% of U.S. adults use the internet (May 2013 survey). For more, see: Who’s Online. 91% of U.S. adults own a cell phone; 56% of U.S. adults own Read More …

Healing America’s Health Care System

By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Written in Collaboration with Jenny Shelby (Original text and statistics graphic from Huffington Post) Not all threats to our nation are overseas. Within our own borders, enemies such as chronic and infectious diseases, as well as rising medical costs, threaten individuals, families, communities, and the national security of our country. Health Read More …

Healthcare Reform Debate at Supreme Court (UPDATED)

My consumer lobbying and healthcare interests explain my attention to this week’s Supreme Court case and the many articles I’ve commented on and tweeted about. Comments generally go something like this: Without the mandate, we need another way to pay for the Affordable Care Act (opponents call it ObamaCare) or an entirely new alternative to our existing healthcare system. The Read More …

101 MiniTrends in Health Care

“What the Hell is happening to health care?” “And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?” Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk. An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind Read More …

Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors

HUMAN–SYSTEMS INTEGRATION REPORT BRIEF, 2011 by the National Research Council (www.nationalacademies.org/bohsi) National Academy of Sciences • National Academy of Engineering • Institute of Medicine • National Research Council Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors In the United States, health care practices and associated medical devices and information technologies are rapidly moving into the home. This transition, which is likely Read More …

ONC: Helping Consumers Be Partners in Their Own Health

Here is full text of an article by Lygeia Ricciardi, Senior Policy Advisor for Consumer e-Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is provided with full attribution and a link to the original article but without copyright concerns, because I believe it’s important enough to be promoted widely and don’t expect any complaints. If, however, the Read More …

Digital Health at CES 2016

EDITOR:  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest trade shows and conferences in the world, with well over 150,000 attendees, including more than 30,000 international attendees from 140 countries. Each January they come to Las Vegas, NV to see the latest tech products from over 3,000 exhibitors or showcase their own. Nowhere else on earth can you see and experience so much in Read More …

Nine States Deny The Poor Health Care

GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion   By Peter S. Goodman and Jeffrey Young RUSTON, La. — With no health insurance and not enough money for a doctor, Laura Johnson is long accustomed to treating her ailments with a self-written prescription: home remedies, prayer and denial.

Putting Patients at the center of their Health Care

Here is full text of an article by by by Jodi G. Daniel / JD MPH, Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is provided with full attribution and a link to the original article but without copyright concerns, because I believe it’s important enough to be promoted widely Read More …

Consumers use Social Media more than Health Companies

This report complements my earlier article on Patients Find and Help Each other in Social Media. Rest assured that I’ll be devouring its contents, contacting its authors, and reporting my findings. Consumer Activity on Social Media Sites Dwarfs that of Healthcare Companies, Finds New PwC Study on Social Media in Healthcare New York, April 17, 2012 – Social media is Read More …

e-Health Opportunities for Service Providers

Story contributed by guest author, Harry Wang, Parks Associates An aging population with rising incidence of chronic conditions is a threat to the global healthcare system. Each month, the world’s elderly population increases by 795,000. In countries such as Japan, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, the elderly outnumber the children. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, Read More …

IBM Watson Health: Transforming Healthcare

Watson Health: Empowering Patients and Transforming Healthcare By Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP There was an interesting decision to make within IBM about what to call a new business organization that we’re announcing today [4/13/2015]. Should it be named Watson Health or Watson Healthcare? [emphasis added] “Health” is an aspiration, for individuals and society. “Healthcare” describes an industry primarily focused on treating diseases. While Read More …

Too Much Hype in the Mobile Health App World?

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA [Original post, “Too Much Hype in the Mobile Health App World?” published on The Huffington Post on 7/23/12 in the Healthy Living/Health News Section.] The Wild West of mobile health (mHealth) is taking the health care industry by storm, but “there are no rules to the game,” said Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., founder and Read More …

Innovative Service Delivery can Reduce Health Care Costs

By Bob Fabbio, CEO of WhiteGlove Health, Inc. (from Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review) No country spends money on health care like the US — national health care expenditures amounted to almost 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009. More money is spent per capita on health care in the US than in any other nation; meanwhile, almost Read More …

White House Healthy Aging Policy Brief

Healthy Aging Policy Brief  By White House Conference on Aging staff, 4/10/2015 Older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking ways to maximize their physical, mental, and Read More …

My Family Health Portrait, a tool from the Surgeon General

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! Using My Family Health Portrait you can: Enter your family health history. Print your family health history to share with family or your health care worker. Save your family health history so you can update it over time. Selected Q&A Why is family health Read More …

Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk This article examines a future driven by Moore’s Law and the trend of circuits and components getting smaller, faster and cheaper exponentially over time and the eventual blending of science and technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO). I approach this topic from the unique perspective of an IBM technologist, market Read More …