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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What If Costco Designed the Prescription Drugs Sales Model?

Health Populi

In 2006 the Medicare Part D program was implemented, covering older Americans for prescription drugs for the first time. The good news about prescription drugs, in the context of medical spending in the U.S., is that 9 in 10 medicines prescribed are generics. They comprise only 3% of all U.S.

The 2022 US Health System Report Card: Pretty Terrific If You Live in Hawaii or Massachusetts

Health Populi

The Commonwealth Fund has conducted this study since 2006 , assessing a range of health system indicators and patient outcomes to track trends over time identifying which U.S. The best U.S.

How Continuing Medical Education Impacts Physician Self-Assessment

Continue Education Journal

2006 Sep 6;296(9):1094-102. The importance of lifelong learning in continuing medical education was explored in a systematic review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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.

Americans Lost Future Life-Years in 2020: How Much Life Was Lost Depends on the Color of One’s Skin

Health Populi

“Provisional life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was the lowest level since 2006 for both the total population and for males, and was the lowest level since 2007 for females,” the report observes.

Leave no trend behind – yet another PERS smartwatch ticks on

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Last January 2021, WaterStreet, a healthcare investment company, coughed up a mind-bending $100 million to Medical Guardian, a long time (2006) privately-held PERS provider, to ‘fund expansion.’ Another long-time PERS player sees a watch, makes a watch. Rant on.


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 […].

Most Americans Want the Federal Government to Ensure Healthcare for All

Health Populi

This sentiment has been relatively stable since 2000 except for two big outlying years: a spike of 69% in 2006, and a low-point in 2003 of 42%. In 2006, Medicare Part D launched, which may have boosted consumers’ faith in Federal healthcare programs. Most people in the U.S. believe that the Federal government should ensure that their fellow Americans, a new Gallup Poll found.

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.

ACA Reporting to Grow in Complexity Due to State Individual Mandates

ACA Times

Massachusetts’s mandate has been in place since 2006. 3 minute read: Employers with operations in states that have additional state level ACA reporting as a requirement of the state’s Individual Mandate know that it’s no easy undertaking, but what exactly is required of them? Let’s find out.


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.

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.

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.

Five pivotal posts from Aging and Health Technology Watch March 2022

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Last January 2021, WaterStreet, a healthcare investment company, coughed up a mind-bending $100 million to Medical Guardian, a long time (2006) privately-held PERS provider, to ‘fund expansion.’ Isn’t March a l-o-n-g month? So many weeks, so many blog posts to, uh, post.

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?

Correctional Healthcare Is Changing and Here’s Why


CCHCS also expanded specialist access from 30 specialists in 4 locations in 2006 to 200 specialists in 22 locations by 2018. . Correctional healthcare demand is at an all-time high. It was already under strain prior to the COVID pandemic and opioid epidemic.

#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.

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.

AI-powered RPM can help address the rural neonatal care crisis

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

hospitals rose 45% from 2006 to 2015. As hospital consolidation continues nationwide, rural areas are beginning to take a new shape – and it is not a pretty picture.

Are High-Deductible Plans The Way To Go?

ACA Times

In 2015, the increase was only 4%, yet a 31% increase was witnessed in the five years between 2006 and 2011. It should come as no surprise that as individuals obtain healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, the greatest concern is cost. From individual plans to employer-sponsored plans, individuals want the most bang for their buck when it comes to minimum essential coverage.


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.

Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

ACA Times

Massachusetts’ individual mandate had been adopted in 2006 prior to the ACA’s enactment. Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s tax reform bill to save nearly $340 billion in federal funds during the next decade to mitigate increases to the federal deficit.


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.

Coverage Differences at Large and Small Companies

ACA Times

In 2006, the percentage of employees with ded. In 2006, the average deductible for a worker with single coverage at a small firm was $775, compared to just $496 at a large firm. Despite the changes in the health insurance market resulting from the Affordable cost_of_careCare Act, large differences remain in the insurance coverage offered to employees at large and small firms, as well as in the out-of-pocket costs those employees will face.


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.


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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Get to Know the ACA’s Statewide Individual Mandates

ACA Times

Massachusetts’s mandate has been in place since 2006. 3 minute read: In January 2019, the federal Individual Mandate was effectively eliminated. Many states responded by implementing their own and some of them have both employer and employee penalties tied to them. Currently, California , the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont have written into law statewide Individual Mandates.


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.

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?

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.


How will the sale of Watson affect healthcare?


David Ferrucci pitched the idea of an AI engineered to identify word patterns and predict correct answers for the trivia game Jeopardy as a way to move natural language processing forward back in 2006.

Understanding CRUD Operations Using PnP PowerShell


This sophisticated application largely replaced the Command Prompt as the default way to automate batch processes and develop customized system management tools when it was released in 2006. Create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) is an acronym used in database-related functions.


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 ).

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).