20-20 Vision of Digital Life in 2025

Pew Research Center recently published its vision of Digital Life in 2025, based on predictions from over 1,000 experts who generally said the Internet would become “like electricity” – more deeply embedded in our lives but less visible. Before I present the top 15 themes from the Pew report, here’s my own Back to the Future vision of technology and and its 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 …

Population Health and Patient Engagement

Could a Population Health System Improve Patient Engagement? That was the question asked in an article by mHealthIntelligence.com, but after asking the question they gave no place to reply, so today’s post is my response, which is also posted on LinkedIn. America arguably has the best Medical care in the world, but we really don’t have a HEALTH care system. Read More …

Abreviated Vision of the Future of Health Care

“Why aren’t more health care organizations using social media to connect with patients and their community?” is a question posed to the LinkedIn discussion group, Innovations in Health. What follows is my response. While HIPAA and regulatory oversight can inhibit progress, that’s not all bad unless extreme. On the other hand, social & political pressures can drive progress, and technology Read More …

Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care

Professor Carl J. Schramm wrote about Improving the Nation’s Health with More Efficient Care as part of a GE Ideas Roundtable that included two good interactive infographics about working in America and how different nations view innovation. But I don’t think improving the efficiency of care is where the biggest benefits lie, so I added this comment: Technology can be Read More …

Is American Health Care the Best?

“Is American Health Care the Best?” The answer to that question might depend on whom you ask, but by almost all measures we aren’t even close. That was the message of this article on Vox that says people who believe our health system is the best are “measuring it wrong.” Here’s some measures we should be considering, followed by some supporting graphs and 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 …

Reduce Stress and Get a Better Night’s Rest

More than half of Americans are losing sleep due to stress, according to Better-Sleep-Better-Life. Not getting enough sleep comes with a number of unwanted side effects, including some that are rather serious. A lack of sleep can cause motor vehicle accidents, injuries on the job, weight gain, and numerous health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, just to name Read More …

Healthcare as Public Utility

Computing functions once associated with PCs are moving back to big servers in the Internet Cloud, leaving mobile client devices to handle the user interface (UI) but not the data storage and analysis. I find this shift especially interesting, having grown up in the mainframe world at IBM as computing functions moved to PCs. In the case of speech recognition Read More …

Trust the Internet or Your Doctor?

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong? I don’t get it. That was the beginning of an editorial in The Daily Beast that made my hair stand on end. The undisclosed doctor/author did a fine job of writing and defending his profession, but I Read More …

Why Republicans Want to Repeal Obamacare

Here’s what Reich says about an Obamacare repeal: 32 million people will lose coverage, [UPDATE: 24M per Congressional Budget Office] Tens of thousands of American’s will die as a result, Medicare and Medicaid will be left in worse shape, and The rich will get richer in a massive redistribution of wealth. Missing from this list, and discussed after the video, is 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 …

What to ask Clinton and Trump about Healthcare?

I responded to a Huffington Post article about proposed changes to Medicare and questions that should be asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but I went deeper into the serious healthcare issues, citing an article I posted yesterday about The Ideal Healthcare System. It referenced differences between public and private sector organizations but primarily spoke of the need to Read More …

The “Experts” view of a Sustainable Healthcare System

As reported in How Can Health IT Lead to a More Sustainable Health Care System?, On October 28, 2011, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) convened a small group of national experts—economists, actuaries, and health IT experts from the private sector and government—to discuss Read More …

How Tech Makes Life Better for Boomers, Seniors

Technology ‘Saved My Life’: Making Life Better for Boomers, Seniors From improving fitness and aging in place to ending isolation and engaging more easily with family and friends, technology solutions help baby boomers and seniors successfully address many of the issues associated with aging. REDMOND, Wash. – July 9, 2012 – Milton Greidinger of New York and Concha Watson of Read More …

Now the Real Work of Healthcare Reform Begins

Roberts Saves Obamacare: Now the Real Work of Reform Begins By Arianna Huffington The narrow survival of the Affordable Care Act last week was certainly cause for celebration. But as the jubilation subsides, it’s important to realize that having avoided what would have been a giant step backward doesn’t mean we’ve taken a giant step forward. Because the law as Read More …

CAPABLE means Home, not Nursing Homes, for Seniors

Source: Newswise (6/26/2012) — Nursing homes do not have to be inevitable destinations for frail older adults. Many—even those with long-term health problems—can remain at home and be independent. All it takes is a little help to change “disability” to “capability”. A handyman with a few nails to fix a wobbly bannister can make the difference between staying at home Read More …

Dramatic Change in the Causes of Death

by Stephen C Schimpff, MD Most of us will not have the opportunity to just die of “old age” or to simply fall to sleep one night never to wake again. Most often, we develop an illness which causes our death. These have changed markedly over the years. For the pioneers, accidents, infections, childbirth were times and causes of great likelihood Read More …