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 …

The Future of Healthcare? It’s In The Past

By Tim Perry, MPA, MS, CPHIMS, PCMH CCE, CISSP Look Back to See Where We Are Going To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article in June 2012 titled, “The Burden of Disease and the Changing Task of Medicine“. The authors did a wonderful job of looking not only at clinical data on disease but Read More …

mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health? That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This Read More …

How Safe is your Personal Health Information?

By Wayne Caswell, Modern Health Talk People worry about the security of their identity, financial and medical information when they hear stories of hacker attacks on large commercial and government websites, including AOL, Hotmail, Microsoft, MySpace, NASA, Sony, Stratfor, USBank, VeriSign, VISA, Xbox, Yahoo, and many others. They also worry when they read about Target, Google, Facebook, and Twitter pushing Read More …

Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again

Editorial by Wayne Caswell, Founding Editor, Modern Health Talk According to Forbes, House Republicans released this week a 37-page draft of their plan to “replace Obamacare and reform entitlements.” To that I say, Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again. Even though Obamacare has slowed the rising costs of healthcare as our population ages, significantly more work needs to Read More …

Where’s Real Reform in Health Care?

The Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a reasonable first step in health reform, but much more needs to be done. That’s primarily because Obamacare is still dependent on health insurance, which turned health care into an industry that profits from the perverse incentives of treating patients as paying customers. This health care industry  often works to keep patients as Read More …

Most Americans Eager to Use Digital Health Tools

According to the Fifth Annual “Pulse of Online Health” Survey, 66% of Americans are eager to leverage digital tools to manage personal health. Today’s Wired Patient – This infographic from Makovsky Health survey shows that, from online search to wearables, technology is changing patient-focused healthcare every step of the way. [Scroll down for a larger version, or click the image for the Read More …

Chipping Away at Healthcare Special Interests Yet?

Is it just “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” or is something bigger happening? Last week I read an excellent article in Huffington Post by Charles Francis, and it inspired today’s post about public interests versus special interests. In this article I’ll reflect on the healthcare progress consumers are making despite politicians working against them. But first, more on Read More …

Why Medicare-for-All is Not Enough

Doctors Prescribe Single-Payer Health Care Reform Well before Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race, a nonpartisan group of 39 leading doctors set out to fix the glaring problems in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The single-payer plan they proposed, essentially Medicare-for-All, has since been endorsed by over 2,000 physician colleagues and published in the American Journal of Public Read More …

Health Care Opportunities That Can Make a Real Impact

Refocusing on Health Care Opportunities That Can Make a Real Impact By Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman, The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (original on Huffington Post) Now that the campaign smoke has cleared, we can expect a refocusing of the nation’s arguments from the question of who will get elected to what will be done about hot-button issues like health care. Read More …

The Cost of Aging in America

  Income levels for aging Americans are increasing, but not as quickly as “The Cost of Aging in America.” The infographic below was produced by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. It explores the serious financial burdens faced by aging Americans, their loved ones, and industry — as well as steps our health care system Read More …

Obama encourages Doctors & Hospitals to use Health IT

We Can’t Wait: New Steps Encourage Doctors and Hospitals to Use Health IT to Lower Costs, Improve Quality, Create Jobs By Nancy-Ann DeParle/ Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff, November 30, 2011 When doctors and hospitals use health information technology (health IT), patients get better care and we can all save money. This results in Read More …

Public Health in 2030, alternative scenarios

By Wayne Caswell As a retired IBM technologist, health consumer advocate, and amateur futurist, I’ve often written about The Future of Healthcare and highly recommend this report by the Institute for Alternative Futures. Public Health 2030: A Scenario Exploration is supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation and presents alternative futures to help shape Read More …

Connected health devices and apps are coming quickly

PRESS RELEASE Parks Associates research finds over two-thirds of U.S. broadband households use a health app or portal on a monthly basis, including over 80% of those with a head of household ages 18-24. Parks Associates will examine successful strategies to improve consumer healthcare adoption and usage at the firm’s second-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, September 9-10 in San Diego, including Read More …

Digital Health at CES … and other highlights

The Latest and Greatest in Digital Health from CES 2015 By Beth Kelly The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January, 6-9th. It’s the largest expo of its kind. Every year, the event attracts an audience of approximately 150,000 people. Although there were many exciting displays across several different industries, the most exciting Read More …

mHealth – Is it Mobile Health or Modern Health?

What is Mobile Health?  That’s the subject of a Linkedin discussion started by Wendy Thomas, founder of the Mobile Health Association in Austin, TX. Her purpose was to clear up confusion between syllogisms, and the analogy she used was that Lions are all Animals, but not all Animals are Lions. The same goes with the health terms such as digital Read More …

States Slash Home Health Care & Services for the Neediest

States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs Republished with permission from HelpingYouCare.com. Several reports recently have noted that across the nation, U.S. states are slashing Medicaid dollars for home health care services and adult day care services that help keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. State lawmakers Read More …

Electronic Personal Health Records

This article is republished with permission from Shannon Martin, Aging Wisely, LLC. The original article is available here. Personal Health Records (PHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are undoubtedly the next wave in our ever expanding “online life”. According to Medicare.gov, “ A personal health record (PHR) is a confidential and easy-to-use tool for managing information about your health. A Read More …