Best Buy acquires aging in place tech company GreatCall for $800M

Mobi Health News

San Diego-based GreatCall — an old guard digital health company which started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals — has been acquired by retail chain Best Buy for $800 million

70% of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D: KFF


The number of people enrolled in Medicare Part D has doubled since 2006, now totaling 45 million people, a new study shows


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Health IT Startup: Greenlight Guru

Electronic Health Reporter

Founders’ story The seeds for Greenlight Guru were planted back in 2006 by Jon Speer, a medical device engineer turned consultant as a result of a simple […]. This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Greenlight Guru is the only quality management software designed speci?cally cally for the medical device industry. Elevator pitch Get to market faster with less risk and achieve true quality.

Pendent medical alerts evolve – and will disappear

Aging in Place Technology Watch

You may not remember that Philips acquired the Lifeline business in 2006 for $750 million What did they get for that investment? Then it was time to move outside the home and add fall detection -- Halo Monitoring launched the same year Philips got Lifeline, 2006.


Antimicrobial Stewardship in California: What You Need to Know


In an effort to improve the use of antimicrobial medications, California was the first state to enact antimicrobial stewardship legislation in 2006. Since then, the state has mandated enhanced antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in hospitals and other medical facilities. The goal of the California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative is to enhance patient outcomes, reduce resistance […].

Integrated EHR enables shift to virtual post-discharge follow-up

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

From 2006 to 2010, they explained, an integrated delivery system staggered implementation of an integrated EHR across 17 hospitals.

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Black Health Should Matter More in America: The Undefeated Survey on Race and Health

Health Populi

More than twice as many Black men believe that in 2020 compared with 2006. In 2020, most Black people, men and women alike, feel it is a bad time to be Black in America.

Rationing Care in America: Cost Implications Getting to Universal Health Coverage

Health Populi

That percentage of people who delay medical cost based on the expense has remained stable since 2006: between 29 and 31 percent of Americans have self-rationed care due to cost for over a decade. It would not be surprising to know that when the Great Recession hit the U.S. in 2008, one in three Americans delayed medical treatment due to costs.

Telehealth can improve cancer care in rural areas

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

" In 2006, Dr. Laurence J. Researchers found that total new patient visits increased from 60 in 2006 to 506 in 2008, with 62% of patients in 2018 coming from zip codes outside of the primary catchment area. In the United States, people who live in rural America have higher rates of death from cancer than those in urban America – even though cancer-incidence rates are lower overall.

A look back on 2020: reshaping the healthcare IT landscape

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Since my arrival to Penn Medicine in 2006 (back then we were known as the University of Pennsylvania Health System), I have always believed that our team should be "services" oriented and just not "systems/technology" oriented.

A million views in 44 days! ClearHealthCosts price transparency TED Talk goes viral

Society for Participatory Medicine

Good thing, too – there’s a famous 2006 health policy article called The Pricing of US Hospital Services: Chaos Behind a Veil of Secrecy. SPM member Jeanne Pinder has spent years crusading for price transparency with her startup ClearHealthCosts.

Five Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from September 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

You may not remember that Philips acquired the Lifeline business in 2006 for $750 million. The boomer-and-beyond market has caught the eye of the tech industry. As a busy September wound down, new announcements in the voice first category were of particular interest.

How Walmart Could Bolster Healthcare in the Community

Health Populi

The company that defined Big Box stores in their infancy grew in healthcare, health and wellness over the past two decades, pioneering the $4 generic prescription back in 2006. Walmart has been a health/care destination for many years. Today, that low-cost generic Rx is ubiquitous in the retail pharmacy. A decade later, can Walmart re-imagine primary care the way the company did low-cost medicines?

Call to action! Second annual Doc Tom award nominations now being accepted!

Society for Participatory Medicine

With the same vision as last year for the awards, there will be two awards: one to signify Tom’s work during his life, and one for what we’ve done with such work since his passing in 2006. Our Society’s 2nd Annual “Doc Tom” Awards are now open for nominations! Spread the word, and join us at our annual conference on October 15 for the announcement of our award recipients! Doc Tom Ferguson was the founder of the e-patient movement.


Big tech – from simple tools to cynicism and hapless users

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Then came Twitter in 2006. Reading about big tech controversies can make you sigh. Rant on. You may remember when the browser arrived. Maybe you knew about Mosaic in 1993 or Netscape Navigator in 1994. But you probably did not try them unless you were a geek -- because there wasn’t much to look at then on the so-called World-wide-Web.

#102: Helping People with Respiratory Illnesses Breathe Easier During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Digital Health Today

David founded Propeller Health in 2010 but he initially started his work in 2006 while at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. . Joining me in our virtual studio is David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health. Propeller is a leading digital health company dedicated to the management of chronic respiratory disease.

Microsoft Teams as a Platform and Microsoft 365 Apps to DevOps Maturity Model


Our efforts at defining this model was based on the Microsoft interpreted Carnegie Mellon Maturity Model designed back in 1986 and updated in 2006 then updated by a few community folks for SharePoint in 2010. Microsoft Teams is the modern hub for Teamwork.


Healthcare Costs Inspire Employer Activism and Employee Dissatisfaction – What PwC Found Behind the Numbers

Health Populi

each year between 2006 and 2016, employees’ healthcare cost sharing grew 4.5%. In the U.S. In that decade, Americans’ median wages rose 1.8% a year, PwC notes in their annual report, Medical cost trend: Behind the numbers 2020 from the firm’s Health Research Institute. Medical cost trend is the projected percent growth in healthcare costs over a year based on an equivalent benefit package from one year to the next.



I say this with some confidence, as Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet in March, 2006. My first tweet was four months later in July 2006. I have been an occasional Twitter user for a long time. Indeed, I’ve used Twitter since long before you even knew Twitter existed. I am Twitter user #1922. Today there are over 130 million twitter users. Twitter is an effective medium to communicate short messages to many people.

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Innovative offerings from 2020 (virtual) HIMSS

Aging in Place Technology Watch

CEO (and American Well founder) Dr. Roy Schoenberg noted that the pioneering telehealth company, founded in 2006, rebranded itself on March 9 as Amwell. HIMSS was canceled – but the briefings went on to shed a light on what’s new.

Care Gets Personal at Philips for Parents and Babies

Health Populi

Note that Philips acquired Avent in 2006, well before the company committed to an all-health portfolio. Our homes should nurture our health. In addition to nutrition and good food, positive relationships, clean air and water, and the basic needs that bolster whole health, technology is playing a growing role to help us manage health at home.

Doc Tom Awardees Announced at SPM2018 Conference

Society for Participatory Medicine

“Doc Tom” Ferguson (1943 – 2006) was a Family Medicine physician, a visionary and pioneer who sought to empower patients to use online resources, embraced patient contribution, and aimed for professionals to be equal partners with patients. On October 17th, the Society enjoyed their 2nd conference in Boston. Filling a larger room than last year, attendees – in person and virtual – enjoyed an impressive lineup of speakers. The passion in the room was palpable.

Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from September 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

You may not remember that Philips acquired the Lifeline business in 2006 for $750 million. The boomer-and-beyond market has caught the eye of the tech industry. As a busy September wound down, new announcements in the voice first category were of particular interest. These include GreatCall’s new Lively Flip phone with voice services and the announcement that Amazon’s Alexa has added 80,000 answers to healthcare questions through a partnership with Digital Health company Sharecare.

Dr. Patti Brennan – #SPM2018 speaker preview “Supporting the Care Between the Care: The Role of the National Library of Medicine”

Society for Participatory Medicine

At the time (2006) it was mind-blowing – and I can tell you first-hand, there are still a lot of people (patients and doctors) who think doctors should know everything and patients should stay offline and out of the way. Here’s the latest in our series of posts by and about the outstanding speakers we’ve lined up for the Society for Participatory Medicine’s second annual conference on Oct. 17 in Boston, attached to the prestigious Connected Health conference. Register here.

Announcing SPM’s new Doc Tom Awards. Nominations are open!

Society for Participatory Medicine

Awards need criteria, and as members of the award team talked about it, we realized we really want two awards, for Tom’s work during his life and for what we’ve done with it since he passed in 2006. It’s here: our Society’s new Doc Tom Awards are open for nominations! Spread the word, and join us at our second annual conference on October 17 for the award! If you don’t yet know about Doc Tom Ferguson, founder of the e-patient movement, read our /DocTom page.


Consumers Don’t Know What They Don’t Know About Healthcare Costs

Health Populi

” We’ve known about the compelling triple-tax advantage of a health savings account since President Bush promoted them in 2006. The saving rate in the U.S. ranks among the lowest in the world, in a country that rates among the richest nations. So imagine how well Americans save for healthcare?

T1D Delay/Prevention in at-risk Children

Insulin Nation

In 2006 it became the first live genetically modified bacterium to be used in clinical trials to deliver a human therapeutic protein for the treatment of human disease, by Pieter Rottiers Ph.D., The predecessor company to ActoBio was established in 2006. We spoke with Pieter Rottiers, Ph.D., CEO of ActoBio Therapeutics. Genetic testing, combined with existing NIH TrialNet procedures, has shown very positive results in predicting T1D (see article ).

The more technology changes, the more some categories will remain

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Jitterbug phone was available beginning in 2006 , but there were no tablets on the market, and it would be several years before GreatCall (and others) offered a smartphone for seniors in 2012. The more things change… Life expectancy is long – tech attention span from investors and innovators can be short. Reviewing the past 10 years of blog posts ( from 2008 until 2018 ), in the beginning, consider the categories and innovations.


The who, what, when, where, and why of Cochrane

Society for Participatory Medicine

Over its first 20 years, Cochrane has grown from an initial group of 77 people from nine countries who met at the first Cochrane Colloquium in Oxford in 1993 to over 31,000 contributors from more than 120 countries in 2015, making it the largest organization involved in this kind of work (Allen 2006; Allen 2007; Allen 2011). Cochrane Collaboration logo – it’s a forest plot!

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Dr. Frederick Banting in Film

Insulin Nation

Above and Beyond (2006). While many researchers have toiled to discover breakthroughs in Type 1 diabetes care, none are more celebrated than Dr. Frederick Banting, the man credited with discovering insulin. Any good medical discovery deserves the Hollywood treatment, and there have been a few efforts to capture Dr. Banting’s life on screen. Here are a few we’ve uncovered. Click on the pictures to see the video clips: The Quest (1959).


Benefits of Application Modernization: Get Insights from Data


Cloud computing (as it was called in 2006) was considered an emerging technology, and yet it spawned a revolution. A little over a decade ago, one of the world’s largest online retail brands launched a technology to support its business operations. Which company is behind it all? You may have already guessed, but it’s Amazon. Cloud is now the way of daily business for the majority of enterprises. Nearly 60 percent of enterprises were moving processes to the cloud as of November 2018.


Making the Right Medicare Supplement Plan Choice

Insulin Nation

Burt says he got serious about glucose management in 2006 when he finally listened to his doctor. Burt Kravitz was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May 1965 at age 14. We spoke with Burt Kravitz about choosing Medicare Supplement plans. . Picking the right Part B Supplement plan is the most important decision you make when you begin Medicare. . You only get one chance to pick a plan where no physical exam is required.

Why to Plan Pregnancy with Your Diabetes Health Team

Insulin Nation

The study took place from 2006 to 2014 and monitored the medical outcomes of 414 pregnancies of women with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, according to a Healio report. Women with diabetes are more likely to have healthy pregnancies if they attend a clinic to learn how to prepare for pregnancy before they conceive, according to a new Irish study.


4 Top Cloud Financial Planning Solutions


Anaplan is a cloud-only planning software company that was founded in 2006. 4 Top Cloud Financial Planning Solutions. Planning and Analytics on the Cloud.


Nurse Pleads Guilty to Murdering Eight with Insulin

Insulin Nation

According to a Toronto Star report , a 2006 study documenting 90 prosecutions of mass murders by healthcare professionals since 1970 found that injectable drugs, including insulin, were the weapon of choice by many of these killers. An Ontario nurse admitted in court that she used insulin to murder eight older Canadians in her care, according to media reports. Elizabeth Wetlaufer also pled guilty in Ontario Superior Court for injecting six others with insulin who did not die.

Controlling Prison Healthcare Costs with Telemedicine


CCHCS was also able to expand specialist access from 30 specialists in 4 locations in 2006 to 200 specialists in 22 locations by 2018. When you think of a typical telemedicine visit, you might picture a patient in a rural town communicating with a big-city specialist, or a primary care provider triaging with an emergency room department. Virtual care is now a regular aspect of the clinical landscape, from disaster recovery to behavioral and addiction treatment to military life.

Joe Kvedar, VP of Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

We coined the term ‘connected health’ in 2006 because we needed a new way of talking about what we were doing, and so that became another term that’s now well adopted in the industry. When it comes to transitioning from face-to-face to video visits, clinicians still have trepidation, and the onus is on leaders to assuage those fears by addressing the reimbursement and integration questions, says Joe Kvedar.

Disrupting Nurse Call

Medical Connectivity

Ascom Wireless released the first component of what has become their Healthcare Platform, back in 2006. Nurse call is changing. After decades of slow incremental change, the pace of change is quickening. These changes impact provider organizations and manufacturers as nurse call is integrated with adjacent market point of care solutions and new technologies.

Medicare Hospice Program Vulnerable According to Inspector General Report

BHM Healthcare Solutions

CMS data showed Medicare spending for hospice care rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2016, from $9.2. Editor’s Note: The growth of Medicare Advantage as a program (it accounts for a third of Medicare enrollees and spending), and the 9.3% difference in hospitalization rates between MA and fee-for-service has been cited as a good sign for the future of healthcare. CLICK HERE and let us show how BHM’s economically maintain turn-around times and accuracy for new members.

Metformin Users Risk Vitamin Deficiency

Insulin Nation

In 2006, for example, a Netherlands-based study tracked 390 Type 2 patients who were taking 850 mg of metformin or a placebo three times daily for an average of 4.3 A new report suggests that prolonged use of metformin could lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency. This vitamin deficiency could cause peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet) if not properly treated, according to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.