Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t the Answer to High Insulin Prices

Insulin Nation

Commentary. Some people don’t understand why people with diabetes get upset at the price of insulin. They see insulin for sale at a relatively reasonable price in Walmart and don’t see the problem. What they don’t know is that these Walmart insulins just don’t perform nearly as well as the more expensive insulins, and that gap in performance can have a very negative effect on the health of people with diabetes.


Employee Spotlight

American Well

Name: Dave Tran. Title: Manager, Mobile SDK. Department: Engineering. Start Date: October 28, 2013. “In some form or fashion, everyone wants to leave their legacy on the world. American Well is making a difference in people’s lives by improving telehealth and I can’t think of a better way of leaving my legacy than by helping make healthcare more accessible and more affordable to everyone.” ” What attracted you to American Well?

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Cognitive ushers us from “carbon intelligence” to AI “silicon intelligence”

The Healthcare Guys

When the term “artificial intelligence” – better known as “AI” – was initially coined, it was thought that humans (carbon based life forms) had “real” intelligence while the best a machine’s intelligence (to the extent they had any) could get was “artificial”. As I work with companies that are leading major machine learning, algorithms, and AI initiatives I’m convinced that we’re ushering in a new golden age of AI but one that might need some terminology refinements.

Telemedicine Is Now Medicine

Health System CIO

Although the concept of telemedicine isn’t exactly radical, one could argue that the way it’s being applied at organizations like NewYork-Presbyterian to improve the patient experience are quite innovative, says CIO Daniel Barchi. Patient Experience Payment Reform Telemedicine Blog Daniel Barchi NewYork-Presbyterian

The Top 5 Challenges You’ll Face When Scaling Telehealth Services Nationally

If you’re thinking about expanding your telehealth services to more states, whether it’s five or 50, we’ve outlined the top five obstacles you’ll need to plan for, to ensure you’re delivering an exceptional brand and clinical experience.

Service Innovation


“Shift the business models”. “Re-align Re-align the incentives”. Fee-for-value”. These phrases are not new. Nor are the concepts they represent.

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Finally, Some Concrete Use Cases for Telehealth

Chilmark Research

A recent report has gone great lengths to explain how and to what extent telehealth can improve outcomes, and it is well worth a read if your healthcare organization (HCO) plans to explore investments in telehealth services now or in the future. No, I’m not talking about The Wall Street Journal declaration that telemedicine is transforming healthcare.

Provenance vs Audit -- it is not a competition.

Healthcare Exchange Standards

Provenance and Audit seem to be recording the same thing, therefore why do they both exist and further why are they different? Much of my response is focused on FHIR, but the concept is broader too. Theory In HL7 we are trying to harmonize the historic healthcare use of Provenance and Audit, with a model of Provenance that is put forth by W3C. We must understand there is a theoretical Provenance concept that is primarily what W3C is focused on.


5 Healthcare Industry Issues of 2016: Part 1

BHM Healthcare Solutions

It’s only the beginning of 2016 but here at BHM Healthcare Solutions we have been keeping a close eye on the upcoming healthcare trends for the year. So far we’ve discussed the important trends of Pharmacy and Behavioral Health and how each of those industries is expected to make great strides in the New Year. Today, we are actually going to focus on some issues that we can expect to greatly impact the healthcare industry in 2016.

Fighting Hunger During the Holiday

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

We know that “total health” is about more than absence of sickness, it’s about having a safe place to live, food to eat and nurturing, supportive relationships among other things. The holidays are always a great time to do what we can for our communities to support their total health. At the Center for Total Health, one community partner we wanted to call out this upcoming holiday is DC Central Kitchen. We offer a guest post from DC Central Kitchen’s Alex Moore below.


Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

Must listen JP Morgan Healthcare Conference Webcasts: Teladoc

ACO Watch

by Gregg A. Masters MPH NOTE: This is one in a series of ‘Must listen’ webcasts produced at JP Morgan’s 34th Annual Healthcare Conference; for background and details, see ‘If It’s January, It’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference‘ Remaining companies to detail as they represent important ‘bell weather’ insights relative to their respective sectors, include: Aetna, […].

FDA Approves First-Ever Artificial Pancreas for Commercial Sale

Insulin Nation

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. The FDA released a press release that matter-of-factly announced what once sounded like science fiction has now become science. Mark it down that on September 28, 2016, the first artificial pancreas system gained approval for commercial sale in the United States. The device in question is Medtronic’s 670G hybrid automated system, a single-chamber integrated pump and CGM system that automatically adjusts insulin levels based on glucose readings.


The Top 10 Questions Physicians Ask About Telehealth

American Well

( Reprinted from HealthcareIT News ). By Dr. Peter Antall, Chief Medical Officer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that telehealth technologies are on the rise. Telehealth is being adopted by major health systems, health plans and employers in order to deliver more immediate access to care that can also reduce overall costs to the organization and the people or patients they serve.

#IBMWoW cognitive solutions for cyber threat analysis and collaboration

The Healthcare Guys

I’ll be attending IBM’s World of Watson 2016 in Las Vegas next week. I’m looking forward to hearing whether government and industry are collaborating any better as a result of the passage of The Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The Cyber Act by itself doesn’t really imply (or require) that citizen data (or any other kind of private data) be made accessible across institutions. However, what it does encourage is the sharing of threat or breach data.

Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

The Rise of Telemedicine

Health System CIO

No matter how you define telemedicine - whether it’s real-time video conferencing or the transmission of photos - it’s going to see exponential growth in 2017, and your organization needs to be ready, says John Halamka. Patient Experience Telemedicine Blog John Halamka

Why do I run marathons?


That’s me over there in the white shirt. Six days ago. It was a day that I had worked toward since ~ March. I’ve done this every year since 2010. For about 15 minutes after the marathon, I was sure that it was my last. I ran a 1/2 marathon about 3 weeks ago, and it was amazing.


Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

Registries have traditionally been viewed as static repositories of data to be reviewed in a summary fashion after a predetermined time period. The expanding need for drilled down relevant data has led to the development of creative sophisticated data analytics technologies. We have witnessed the transformation of registry data collection which now includes curation of relevant raw data ranging from medical images and pathology slides to genomics.

A Different Approach to Health App Curation

Chilmark Research

In a recent fit of insomnia, I downloaded a free Electronic Arts version of Scrabble onto my Android phone. I made my decision based on four things: The name of the app, the name of the developer, its star rating in Google Play, and the user reviews, which offered a warning about annoying ads that I chose to ignore.

Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

Healthcare Blockchain - Big-Data Pseudonyms on FHIR

Healthcare Exchange Standards

Grahame challenged us all to think about a realistic use-case for blockchain technology in Healthcare. Blockchain is a hugely hyped technology, because of the excitement of bitcoin. The technology is really not new, it is just a special mixture of crypto technologies, not unlike Digital Certificates; except rather than proof through decoupled proofs, blockchain has a public ledger where transactions must be recorded with proof that the transaction happened.


Telemedicine Battles Opioid Epidemic

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: The opioid epidemic is a real concern for health plans and providers. BHM understands the importance of how data management can be key to helping prevent opioid addiction. Click here to learn how we can help you. The nation’s addiction to prescription painkillers is hovering at epidemic levels. The CDC reported that in 2014 more than 14,838 people died from overdoses of drugs such as oxycodone. cite).

The dirty truth about receipts

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Guest blogger Joel Sigler is senior manager for Kaiser Permanente National Environmental, Health & Safety. The Center for Total Health has a self- service health assessment machine that provides visitors a printed receipt indicating their weight and body mass index (BMI).


IDC Sees Video Communications PaaS as a Transformative Technology For Many Industries


In the last Mark Winther ’s IDC report, named U.S. Video Communications Platform as a service, Forecast 2016-2020 a very interesting new category was created. Mark, who is a seasoned group VP and consulting partner at IDC, named it “Show me”. IDC identified 3 different segments leveraging Video Communications Platforms as a service: Communication and Collaboration. Education, social and media. Show me. IDC is forecasting a CAGR of over 100% for the PaaS market from 2016 to 2020.

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

My First Year with Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Nation

It’s Halloween weekend, 2015 and I’m traveling to New Orleans with a friend to attend a music festival. Something is wrong with me, I know that; I don’t feel well. My girlfriend and I have noted I get up at night to pee, and I’m thirsty beyond belief and very tired. My trip to New Orleans becomes the most fun and most dangerous trip of my life. Using the bathroom every hour, drinking too much too often, dehydrated beyond belief, sleeping not much at all.


Employee Spotlight

American Well

Name: Craig Bagley. Title: Director, Sales Engineering. Department: Sales. Start Date: July, 2009. American Well is in a unique position to continue to drive the [healthcare] industry forward and deliver on the change that patients want and need. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction to be involved with that. What attracted you to American Well?

Digitally managed clinical trials will accelerate results and reduce costs

The Healthcare Guys

Digitally managed clinical trials have the potential to accelerate results report and reduce costs but workflow questions and regulatory questions remain. In many facets of our lives digital data collection has improved services, eliminated errors, and reduced waste in time and resources. Think about the ticketing and check-in process at airports ten years ago vs. today: when airlines put the information in our hands we were able to do the check-in, seat selection, and other work for them.

Sajid Ahmed, Chief Information & Innovation Officer, MLK Community Hospital, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

If a new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital was going to succeed where its predecessor failed, it would mean a willingness to leverage technology and extend care outside of the four walls, says Sajid Ahmed. Hospital/Physician Office Integration Telemedicine Value-based Care Martin Luther King Jr. Healthcare Corporation Podcast Sajid Ahmed

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.

Advice to the new National Coordinator


Two and a half years ago, John posted an entry with this title – and I recall that it was a good summary of the state of the industry. While I didn’t agree with all of his suggestions, I enjoyed the review and it offered a good set of guiding principles.

How to Innovate without Losing Control

HiTech Answers

By Mike Sutter - As the chief innovation officer of Carle Foundation Hospital, my primary responsibility is to find the best cutting-edge technology to help alleviate our physicians’ biggest pain points. This can seem like a daunting task considering the sheer quantity of technologies being produced by innovative vendors to improve the healthcare industry. The post How to Innovate without Losing Control appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

Bringing Digital Health to Those Who Need It Most

Chilmark Research

Between my current life as an analyst and my former life as a journalist, I’ve sat in a lot of keynote addresses, conference sessions, and presentations touting the latest and greatest consumer healthcare products. No matter whether I’m impressed, puzzled, or bored, I always ask myself, “Would Mom and Dad use this?”. My parents embody the archetype of technology laggards. Their watches are not smart. Their television is not high-definition.