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Why Retail Competition for Doctors Is Just Plain Scary

May 22, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

During the past five to 10 years, competition among healthcare providers has gone from fairly benign or annoyingly disruptive to a painful upheaval. From hospitals and health systems to solo practitioners, the competitive landscape has changed, and one of the most significant factors that many doctors find especially scary is the staggering ramp-up and value-added sophistication of retail clinics as the platform for health care delivery in the US.[read more]

Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Schmoozing for Cancer, Part II

May 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

If you become part of the Patient Power community, we don’t schmooze with you once but all the time. It’s the way we interact. And we believe it’s unique. We talk with people, not at them, and we want to know everyone’s story. That’s why our town meetings are not seminars, they are conversations.[read more]

Apple Watch: Continuous Glucose Monitoring

May 15, 2015 by David E Williams

Looking for something useful to do with your Apple Watch? Dexcom, the maker of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for diabetics, suggests you use the watch to monitor CGM –your own or someone else’s. This functionality has been available as a smartphone app, but the watch version is designed to be more convenient and discreet.[read more]

Telemedicine Requires Optimism and Patience: Dispatches from American Telemedicine 2015

May 14, 2015 by Anne Weiler

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The 21st annual American Telemedicine Conference wrapped up last week in Los Angeles. While there were amazing patient success stories, and a group of people dedicated to the success of telemedicine, it was slightly depressing that after 20 years, there are still people questioning the value and calling for more data as well as no consistent reimbursement except in rural settings. Here are a few high-level impressions of the event.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

E-cigarettes: The California Cooler of the 21st Century

April 24, 2015 by David E Williams

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New data show 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. They seem safer than smoking, but my view is that, at least for kids, they lower the barriers to unhealthy behaviors by making drug use more like having a candy or soft drink.[read more]

Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

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Strife Under the Knife: 3 Helpful Hints to De-Stress Your Surgery

April 23, 2015 by Nik Donovic

It's normal to stress about an upcoming surgery. Perhaps you've got every worst-case scenario in your head playing through your head on repeat. This article will help give you tips on how to de-stress.[read more]

Whole Foods Medical, Competitive Wellness and Rutabagas

April 14, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

The well-established chain of Whole Foods Markets has long been a grassroots evangelist for natural and healthy foods. And they may be another enterprise entry in the increasingly competitive healthcare delivery arena once reserved for doctors.[read more]

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Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic
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"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

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Pharma Is from Mars, Patients Are from Venus

April 2, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

As the pharmaceutical industry faces increasing pressure to be more patient-centric, ensuring sufficient focus on the ultimate end consumer for medicines is starting to permeate into every aspect of its business, or so it would seem if you believe what is being said.[read more]