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There Is No Health Without Mental Health – Today Is World Mental Health Day

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There is no health without mental health. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. So #LetsTalk (the Twitter hashtag to share stories and research and support on the social feed). Today is October 10th, World Mental Health Day.

Worrying About Paying for Health Care Is the Norm in America

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Among stresses facing people at least 50 years of age, health care costs rank top of mind compared with other issues like long-term care, health insurance, Social Security, taxes, and being read to retire.

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

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A study in JAMA published this week analyzed research reports that have measured waste in the U.S. health care system, calculating that 25% of medical spending in America is wasted. If spending is gauged at $3.8 trillion, waste amounts to nearly $1 trillion.

Patients Growing Health Consumer Muscles Expect Digital Services

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Patients’ experiences with the health care industry fall short of their interactions with other industries — namely online retail, online banking and online travel, a new survey from Cedar, a payments company, learned. Survata conducted the study for Cedar among 1,607 online U.S.

Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

Art As Medicine – WHO Weaves the Evidence for Arts’ Role in Improving Health

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“What’s the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?” ” asks a report from the World Health Organization ‘s Europe region team (WHO-Europe).

What the 2019 Nobel Prize Winners in Economics Teach Us About Health

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The three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics — Banerjee and Duflo (both of MIT) and Kremer (working at Harvard) — were recognized for their work on alleviating global poverty.” ” “Over 700 million people still subsist on extremely low incomes.

Health Care and Consumers in 2030: A Profile from KPMG

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A “one layered delivery network through which patients can move seamlessly as they age and their needs evolve” will be the new health care platform to meet patients’ demands by 2030, according to a forecast from KPMG’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute.

Finances Are the Top Cause of Stress, and HSAs Aren’t Helping Much

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If you heed the mass media headlines and President Trump’s tweets, the U.S. has achieved “the best economy” ever in mid-July 2019. But if you’re working full time in that economy, you tend to feel much less positive about your personal prospects and fiscal fitness.

How Consumers Look At Social Determinants of Health for Cancer, Diabetes and Mental Health

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Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health.

Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.

How Can Patients Be Health Consumers in an Un-Transparent World?

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That question in the title of this post is begged in the annual 2019 consumer survey released this week from UnitedHealthcare (UHC). UHC gauges peoples’ views on health care, insurance, and costs in its yearly research. This year, transparency and health literacy challenges top the findings.

The New Employer Wellness Lens Includes Mental Health, Telehealth and Women’s Health

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Retail Pricing in U.S. Health Care? Why Transparency Is Hard to Do

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“It’s the prices stupid,” Uwe Reinhardt and Gerard Anderson and colleagues asserted in the title their seminal Health Affairs manifesto on U.S. healthcare spending. Sixteen years later, yesterday on 8th July 2019, a Federal U.S.

The Promise of Telehealth for Older People – the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging

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Building Your Digital Health Ecosystem

With the fragmentation of the pharmacy industry, digitized provider networks can offer a much-needed solution to connectivity, data sharing, collaboration and interoperability between physicians, patients and pharmacies.

When Will Self-Service Come to Health Care?

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At least one in three people who have tried out virtual health care have done so because they use technology in all aspects of life and want to do the same with their healthcare.

Growing Support for Medicare for All – But Do People Really Understand What It Means?

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Two new data points converge that beg the question in the title of this post.

Health Consumers Expect Healthcare to be Digital (and Secure), Philips Future Health Index Finds

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Health care system financing, delivery, and workflows widely vary across nations around the world.

What We Know We Know About ZIP Codes, Food, and Deaths of Despair – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 3

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“There’s a 15-year difference in the life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans.” ” That’s the first sentence of Chapter 7 in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen.

Telemedicine: Real-Time Trauma and Clinical Care with Global Reach

Today, connecting the patient to the right specialist is largely dependent on the patient’s ability to travel to the physician’s location. The ability to use technology to monitor patients in real-time, share information about their condition and provide treatment remotely, will improve the quality of care and save lives for patients everywhere.

Listen Up, Healthcare: Hear The Patient’s Voice!

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Consider the voice of a patient before the advent of the Internet in the digital 1.0 world, and then the proliferation of social networks in v 2.0.

Happy National CBD Day! How CBD Fits Into the Retail Health Ecosystem

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August 8 is National CBD Day. Who knew? Well, now you do, and I’m going to explain how this three-letter-acronym is rolling into the retail health landscape, opportunities, risks, and other issues I like to cover when forecasting the future of a new-new thing in health/care.

Will Technology Cure Americans’ Health Care System Ills? Considering Google and Ascension Health’s Data Deal

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“Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans,” the Wall Street Journal reported in today’s paper and on the WSJ.com website.

The Promise of Digital Health and the Privacy Perils – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 4

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The supply side of digital health tools and tech is growing at a hockey-stick pace. There are mobile apps and remote health monitors, digital therapeutics and wearable tech from head-to-toe.

Community Health Centers: Increase Growth through Care Management + Telehealth

Understand the Growth Potential for Community Health Centers through this Easy-To-Use Care Management Guide. This guide covers Billing, Claims Processing and Payment for CCM, BHI and More!

Telehealth In 2030 – Notes From the Future At #ATA19 with Safavi, Holt, Bathina and Swafford

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What will telemedicine look like in 2030? imagined Kaveh Safavi, Accenture’s Senior Managing Director and Health of Global Healthcare Practice.

Patients’ Expectations for Health Beyond Care: Think Food, Exercise, Emotions, Sleep and Finance

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People want to make health with their health care providers, and they want more than care from them: most patients are looking for support with healthy eating, exercise, emotional support, sleep, stress management, social relationships, and financial health.

Health Consumers Are Now Amazon-Primed for Healthcare – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 2

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As patients now assume the role of health consumer, they rationally expect retail-level experiences with greater first-dollar payment for health insurance, health care services and medical products like prescription drugs.

Why Humana Joined CTA – The Pivot from “Health Insurance” to Behaving as a Health-Tech Start-Up

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“Every company is a tech company,” Christopher Mimms asserted in the Wall Street Journal in December 2018. Connectivity, artificial intelligence, and automation are now competencies every company must master, Mimms explains.

Are Robots Coming to Healthcare? Consumers Say Not-So-Fast

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Samsung introduced BotCare , a caring robot, at CES 2019. BotCare is part of the company’s Bixby, an AI platform that supports Samsung’s robotic offerings for environmental health (air), retail, and healthcare.

The 3 A’s That Millennials Want From Healthcare: Affordability, Accessibility, Availability

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With lower expectations of and satisfaction with health care, Millennials in America seek three things: available, accessible, and affordable services, research from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies has found.

The Most Important Trends For Health in Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Report Aren’t About Health Care

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The health care section of Mary Meeker’s 334-page annual report, Internet Trends 2019 , comprises 24 of those pages (270 through 293).

The Hospital CFO in the Anxiety Economy – My Talk at Cerner’s Now/Next Conference

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As patients have taken on more financial responsibility for first-dollar costs in high-deductible health plans and medical bills, hospitals and health care providers face growing fiscal pressures for late payments and bad debt.

The United States of Diabetes: a $1,240 Tax on Every American

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Pharmaceutical company executives are testifying in the U.S. Congress this week on the topic of prescription drug costs. One of those medicines, insulin, cost a patient $5,705 for a year’s supply in 2016, double what it cost in 2012, according to the Health Care Cost Institute.

Patients Become Healthcare Payors, Now Consumers – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 1

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We Are All Health Consumers Now. That’s the title of the first chapter of my new book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen.

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.”

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.

Health Care Bills’ Financial Toxicity – Remembering the Jones’ of Whatcom County, WA

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“In an extreme example of angst over expensive medical bills , an elderly Washington couple who lived near the U.S.-Canadian Canadian border died in a murder-suicide this week after leaving notes that detailed concerns about paying for medical care,” USA Today reported on August 10, 2019.

The Rise of Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare is Just Real Life Stuff for People, Patients, Consumers

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