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Patients, Health Consumers, People, Citizens: Who Are We In America?

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“Patients as Consumers” is the theme of the Health Affairs issue for March 2019.

Can AI Make Healthcare Human Again? Dr. Topol Says “Yes”

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“The Fourth Industrial Age,” Dr. Abraham Verghese writes, “has great potential to help, but also to harm, to exaggerate the profound gap that already exists between those who have much and those who have less each passing year.”

Self-Care Is Healthcare In Consumers’ Hands, Peaking on Google Trends

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Today, the number of searches on Google using the phrase “self-care” reached a high, shown in the line graph I created on Google Trends and marked up in red. A Google search overall yielded over 2 billion results. I started this search when the Great Recession began in the U.S.

Time To Travel And Wait In Health Care: The Opportunity For Self-Care At Home

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What industry compels its “consumers” to wait longer and travel further for services more than any other in a person’s daily life? That would be health care, a report from Altarum notes.

Loneliness Is A Health Risk, Especially Among Older People

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In America, one in three people over 50 years of age feels a lack of companionship, and one-fourth feel isolated from other people, according to a new poll on loneliness and aging from the University of Michigan, sponsored by AARP.

Cost and Convenience Underpin Patient Demands As Health Consumers

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Across generations, from younger to older patients, cost, transparency and convenience drive consumer satisfaction, Accenture’s latest health consumer survey found.

Nurses are the most trusted profession in America, followed by doctors and pharmacists

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Nurses rank top in Americans’ minds for the seventeenth year-in-a-row, Gallup found in its annual survey of honesty and ethics in professions. At the bottom of the list for honesty and ethics in 2018, Gallup points to U.S.

Consumers Expand Their Definition of Well-Being to Include Food-As-Medicine

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Consumers put food front-and-center when thinking about their health. Viewing food-as-medicine is going mainstream for health consumers, who look beyond the “medicine” in that phrase toward a broader concept of personal well-being.

What If Marie Kondo Reorganized Health Care in the U.S.?

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Have you read the life changing magic of tidying up , or Spark Joy , books by Marie Kondo ? Her new Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo debuted on January 1, and has enjoyed passionate early viewership by consumers in America who are among the world’s major hoarders.

National Health Spending Will Reach Nearly 20% of U.S. GDP By 2027

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National health spending in the U.S. is expected to grow by 5.7%

Loving Wegmans and Amazon, Hating on the US Government: the Axios Harris Poll 100 in 2019

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Americans love grocery stores, responsible retailers, technology and Amazon, Axios and Harris Poll found in this year’s top 100 visible company poll.

Telehealth and Virtual Care Are Melting Into “Just” Health Care at HIMSS19

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Just as we experienced “e-business” departments blurring into ecommerce and everyday business processes, so is “telehealth” morphing into, simply, health care delivery as one of many channels and platforms.

How Genomics Can Battle Killer Bacterial Infections in the Hospital – Talking With Philips at HIMSS19

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When you think “genomics,” your mind probably pictures a human DNA strand. Well, my mind did, prior to meeting with Dr. Joseph Frassica and Dr. Felix Baader at HIMSS19 to discuss Philips’ approach to the tragic problem of healthcare-acquired infections that kill patients.

The Smartphone Is the Consumer’s Personal Health Platform – Implications from Deloitte’s 2018 Survey

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American consumers are now viewing their phones an average of 52 times daily, with 39 percent of consumers believing they use their smartphones too much. In fact, 60 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds admit to smartphone overuse, the highest level of any age group.

Physicians Don’t Talk Enough with Patients About Non-Medical Needs

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Most patients wish their doctors would have a conversation with them about non-medical issues. The Doctor-Patient Conversation , a survey conducted for the Samueli Foundation by the Harris Poll, examined how patients feel about their health, healthcare, and relationships with physicians.

Deep Human Interactions: The Antidote To More AI In Health Care – Learning From Philips’ CEO At HIMSS19

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“The promise of AI is undeniable…could AI help clinicians deliver better and more humanistic care?” ” This question is asked and answered in a JAMA viewpoint published January 1/8 2019 titled, Humanizing Artificial Intelligence.

Isn’t It Eyeconic? Vision Care in the Evolving Health Care Ecosystem

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The vision/optical industry is one piece of the health/care ecosystem, but the segment has not been as directly impacted by patients’ new consumer muscles until just about now.

Calling Out Health Equity on Martin Luther King Day 2019

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On this weekend as we appreciate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I post a photo of him in my hometown of Detroit in 1963, giving a preliminary version of the “I Have a Dream” speech he would deliver two months later in Washington, DC.

The Balance of Personalization and Privacy For Health/Care – Amazon and Beyond

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“Is it possible to take personalization too far for consumers?” ” asks a paper on Privacy and Personalization from SmarterHQ. The answer is, “it depends.”

From Yorkshire Lad to Global Design for Health: A Profile of Sean Carney of Philips

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Have you heard the story about a boy born in Yorkshire, England, who studies art in Birmingham, finds his way to Finland to work with design maestro Alvar Aalto, and then crafts a printer that Steve Jobs loved? I have, at CES 2019, when I sat down with Sean Carney, Chief Designer at Philips.

More People Using Meditation and Yoga as Medicine, Especially Women

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While overall adoption of meditation and yoga in the U.S. substantially grew between 2012 and 2017, many more women than men use these holistic medicine approaches. In 2017, 14.3% of American adults 18 and over did yoga, 14.2% meditated, and 10.3% saw a chiropractor.

In 2023, the U.S. Will Still Be the #1 Prescription Drug Spender in the World, IQVIA Forecasts

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Today, as Congress kicks off hearings about the cost of prescription drugs in the United States, IQVIA published its 2019 report on The Global Use of Medicine in 2019 and Outlook to 2023.

Health Is Social – The Social Determinants of Health at HIMSS19

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In the health care world, it is now commonly accepted that genes contribute less than half of the influence on peoples’ health status. Other issues play starring roles in overall well-being, including environmental factors, health care services, and social determinants of health (SDOH).

Here’s Looking at Health at CES 2019

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If I’m going to spend a week someplace, it usually has to be Italy. So next week in Las Vegas, I’ll deal with that bias by staying at the Venetian Hotel for the entire week to cover all-things-health at CES 2019 , the annual convening of electronics retailers and enthusiasts.

The Evolution of Self-Care for Consumers – Learning and Sharing at CHPA

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Self-care in health goes back thousands of years. Reading from Hippocrates’ Corpus about food and clean air’s role in health sounds contemporary today.

What #CES2019 5 Tech Trends to Watch Mean for Health/Care

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As #CES2019 kicks off in Las Vegas with today’s first Media Day, the Consumer Technology Association presented its forecast on the 5 Technology Trends to Watch in 2019 — and they all play into health, wellness, and medical care. The five trends are: Artificial Intelligence on the Rise.

Consumers’ and Physicians’ Growing Embrace of Digital Health via PwC

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Most consumers would be willing to try an FDA-approved app or online to treat a medical condition, as well as receiving hospital care at home if would be less costly.

Medical Issues Are Still The #1 Contributor to Bankruptcy in the U.S.

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Medical costs in America are still the top contributor to personal bankruptcy in the U.S., a risk factor in two-thirds of bankruptcies filed between 2013 and 2016.

Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

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Today is Boxing Day and St. Stephens Day for people who celebrate Christmas, so I share this post as a holiday gift with well-wishes for you and those you love.

HIMSS 2019: The Mainstreaming of Health IT, from Jim Cramer to Opioid Risk Scores

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On January 10, 2019, Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money recommended that Apple buy Epic, a market leader in EHRs. At that moment in the Twitterverse, it occurred to me that health IT as a consumer-facing industry was beginning to mainstream in America.

It’s Not All About Pink for Women’s Tech at CES 2019

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This is not a watch. Well, not just a watch. It can track heart rate. And it’s not even pink. Well, rose gold, perhaps. One of the benefits about being a woman attending CES is that there are no lines in the loos.

Open Table for Health: Patients Are Online For Health Search and Physician Reviews

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Broadband As Social Determinant of Health – Microsoft’s Plan to Bolster Rural Access

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In the U.S., the highest levels of unemployment are in places that often have the lowest access to broadband connectivity.

The Single Market for Healthcare in Europe: Learnings for the U.S.

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When I asked my longtime colleague and friend Robert Mittman, with whom I collaborated at Institute for the Future for a decade, how he managed international travel and jet lag, he said simply, “The time zone you’re in is the time zone you’re in.”

Health/Care Goes Retail at CES 2019

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All health/care is retail now in America. I say this as most people in the U.S. who have health insurance must take on a deductible of some amount, which compels that insured individual to spend the first dollar on medical services up until they meet their financial commitment.

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Consumers’ Trust In Health And Personal Care Stores: The Growing Retail Health Ecosystem

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CVS + Aetna have merged to evolve a new business model for health and medical care. Walgreen’s continues to add new services beyond the core pharmacy business, and Walmart is expanding telehealth and healthier food aisles in the grocery.

Slow Food, Slow Medicine: What Italy Can Teach America About Health

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Obesity, diabesity, food deserts and food swamps co-exist across America, factors that cost the U.S. economy over $327 billion a year just in the costs of diagnosed diabetes.

“Telehealth is a digital distribution channel for health care” – catching up with Roy Schoenberg, President and CEO of American Well

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Ten years ago, two brothers, physicians both, started up a telemedicine company called American Well. They launched their service first in Hawaii, where long distances and remote island living challenged the supply and demand sides of health care providers and patients alike.

Digital Transformation Is The New Mantra But Can’t Happen Without Access To Connectivity

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As more of our “things” get digitally connected, there’s an unanswered question about how our connected lives impact human life and health. A new report from the OECD asks and answers: How’s Life in the Digital Age?

The Growing State of Diabetes in America on World Diabetes Day 2018

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Diabetes is a family issue, and its prevalence is growing in America. November 14, 2018, is World Diabetes Day , and the International Diabetes Federation reminds us that this condition impacts the whole household — not just the person diagnosed with diabetes. Why the family?