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It Takes More Than Technology to Change Health Behaviors

April 14, 2014 by Stephanie Kreml

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Changing how people take care of themselves (e.g., taking prescriptions, diet, adequate exercise) has been very difficult, and it will take more than technology. That having been said, here are four technological innovations that might have a fighting chance of changing behaviors.[read more]

The Diagnosis That Could Have You Paying an Extra $40,000 Per Patient

April 10, 2014 by Abby Norman

hospital acquired infections

Common Hospital Acquired Infections, like pneumonia or urinary tract infections, are preventable with proper hand hygiene, isolation procedures and prophylactic antibiotics. Even so, these infections have the U.S. healthcare system paying more than $4.5 billion annually.[read more]

Advancing Comprehensive Obesity Solutions Critical in the Fight Against Chronic Disease

April 8, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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As providers and patients, policymakers and stakeholders alike, all still grapple with how to understand obesity as a disease, the recent announcement by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) asserting drug therapy as a viable solution in the treatment of obesity, is another positive step forward in the fight against costly chronic disease.[read more]

Why Tablets Are the New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

April 1, 2014 by Melody Wilding

mHealth at home

Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program.[read more]

Mobile Health Startups Focus on Wellness, Service, Safety and Analytics

March 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

incubation program

I recently had an opportunity to serve as a mentor for ten startup companies that are currently participating in an incubation program in Kansas City known as the Sprint Accelerator powered by TechStars. Companies were selected from entries that came from across the country.[read more]

Calorie Intake: The Last Mile for Truly Connected Health

March 20, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

eHealth

I recently got to know Samir Damani and his company, MD Revolution. Samir has taught me, among other things, that weight is not as important as some less consumer-friendly measures such as VO2, metabolic rate and visceral fat. As I became familiar with the MD Revolution team and their approach, the offering intrigued me.[read more]

Wellbeing Starts in the C-Suite

March 17, 2014 by Kathy Nieder

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Rand and Pepsi Company recently published their report of how their wellness program worked out. It contains interesting data. While disease management assistance for employees was successful, the return on investment for the lifestyle management, which includes those yearly physicals and lab draws, was less so.[read more]

Still Missing: Price Transparency in Healthcare

March 6, 2014 by Bill Crounse

healthcare procedures

A few weeks ago, I saw my primary care provider for a scheduled physical exam, or what the health insurance industry now likes to call a "wellness checkup." Imagine my shock and surprise when I saw the total amount that had been billed to my insurance plan--more than $880.[read more]

Smooth Transition: Reducing Senior Readmissions to Hospitals

March 1, 2014 by Jody Guerrieri

hospital readmissions

Lack of proper after care from a recent bout of illness is one of the chief causes to blame for senior readmissions to hospitals. To prevent that, seniors need someone dedicated enough to take regular care of them, not only during discharge, but also at home and through the recovery process, which could last weeks at a stretch.[read more]

A Meeting of Minds on the Value of Healthcare IT

February 22, 2014 by Caroline Popper, M.D., M.P.H.

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Some healthcare improvements are technology-intensive, be they a new drug or diagnostic device development, or health service management tool. But sometimes a nagging problem begs for a solution that’s inexpensive and relatively low-tech.[read more]

CVS Kicks the Habit, with Implications for Consumer-Centered Healthcare

February 12, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

CVS kicks the tobacco habit

CVS Pharmacy’s recent announcement that it will cease selling tobacco products in all its stores by October 1 made headlines nationwide. The decision underscores the growing power of the consumer in healthcare, while raising questions about the sale of other products that have an impact on public health.[read more]

CVS and Cigarettes: Asking the Wrong Follow-Up Question

February 12, 2014 by David E Williams

CVS’s decision to stop selling cigarettes is a smart one. Cigarette sales are incompatible with the company’s positioning as a health care provider. I’ve been surprised that so much of the commentary on CVS’s decision has focused on what else the company should stop selling. That's the wrong question.[read more]