One Health Policy Researcher on the Current State of Blockchain in Healthcare, and its Potential Future

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Tim Mackey, an associate professor of global public health at UC San Diego School of Medicine and an academic researcher on blockchain, discusses the complexities of blockchain adoption in healthcare

Vote As If Your Health Depended Upon It; Learning from Governor Kasich on Voting Day 2018

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The Governor asserted this in the context of the role of protecting his fellow citizens for health and well-being, for equal rights, civility, and a hope of bringing people together. Think unity, think community, think health. …because it does.

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

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When I’m in the UK later this week, I’ll address the challenge for the UK, Brexit and the National Health Service. Two key issues are in my work-radar this trip: digital health cross-border, and health innovation funding.

Healthcare Costs Stress Out U.S. Voters One Week Ahead of 2018 Mid-Term Elections

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans 18-64 have a chronic condition, and 35% of people are worried about losing coverage due to their pre-existing condition if healthcare policy changes. Thus, most Americans are concerned about potential changes to current healthcare policy, Transamerica found.

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

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In addition, America’s overweight and obesity epidemic results in lost worker productivity, mental health and sleep challenges, and lower quality of life for millions of Americans. can learn from the food culture, policy and economy of Italy when it comes to health.

Loneliness, Public Policy and AI – Lessons From the UK For the US

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There’s a shortage of medical providers in the United Kingdom, a nation where healthcare is guaranteed to all Britons via the most beloved institution in the nation : The National Health Service. He studies digital health passionately, personally, viscerally.

The Importance of Broadband and Net Neutrality for Health, to the Last Person and the Last Mile

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California, home to start-ups, mature tech platform companies (like Apple, Facebook and Google), and countless digital health developers, is in a particularly strategic place to fight the FCC and, now, the Department of Justice.

Healthcare, and Especially Covering Pre-Existing Conditions, Ranks High for Voters in 2018

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Thus, the public holds the POTUS and the Republican party responsible for moving the Affordable Care Act forward… or not, according to the July 2018 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). But health care?

Shinola Welcomes Immigrants on the 4th of July: A Love Letter from Detroit to the World Via NYC

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Lady Liberty beckons to welcome the tired, the weary, and the ambitious to America in this Shinola video, made in my hometown Detroit. May this bring you joy and positive vibes on Independence Day 2018.

The United States of Care Launches to Promote Healthcare for All of US

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If you’re reading Health Populi , then you’re keen on health policy, health economics, most of all, patients: now playing starring roles as consumers, caregivers, and payors in their own care. Shall we just say: “it’s about the health care, stupid?”

Heart Disease in America: Zip Code Determines Cardiovascular Disease-Destiny

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Researchers analyzed data on cardiovascular disease mortality, nonfatal health outcomes, and risk factors by age, sex, and year from 1990 to 2016 for the U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points: We know that geography can be destiny when it comes to understanding peoples’ health status.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

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Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers. In fact, health and wellness consumers have existed since a person purchased the first toothpaste, aspirin, heating pad, and moisturizing cream at retail.

Multimorbidity In the US – Obesity As A Key Driver of Health Spending

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” The authors recommend that public health leaders and policy makers address the obesity trend when designing “policies and interventions to improve the public’s health.” In the U.S.,

A Tale of Two States: Idaho, Limiting Health Plan Benefits; and Oregon, Moving Toward Universal Health Care

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While the centers of these two states only lie 290 miles from each other, they are worlds apart when it comes to their views on their residents as health citizens. Is health care a right? So close, and yet so far, health policy-wise. .

Food and Cooking for Health: a UK Perspective from Hammersmith & Fulham

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This week as I explore social determinants of health and technology solutions in several parts of Europe, I’ve learned more about food access challenges in the UK. We met up last week to discuss his work with the LBHF and the Borough’s Health and Wellbeing Council (HWC).

CVS + Aetna: Inflection Point in US Healthcare, Merger Approved Update

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CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna was approved this week by U.S. This post updates my initial thoughts on the deal, given the morphing US healthcare market on both the traditional health services front and fast-evolving retail health environment.

The Social Determinants of Food for Health, Farms, and the Economy

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on several dimensions: diet and health outcomes, farming as an industry and economic engine, and social determinants, along with seven other categories. The “green” states are those that rank higher for health, and the orange are those that rank low.

Value Comes to Healthcare: But Whose Value Is It?

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Three reports published in the past few weeks give us some useful perspective on that question, woven together in today’s Health Populi blog. Families USA published A Framework for Advancing Health Equity and Value calling out health inequities in the U.S.

The Top Pain Point in the Healthcare Consumer Experience is Money

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98% of Americans rank paying their medical bills is an important pain point in their patient journey, according to Embracing consumerism: Driving customer engagement in the healthcare financial journey , from Experian Health.

Technology, Aging and Obesity Drive Healthcare Spending, BEA Finds

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High Spending Growth Rates For Key Diseases In 2000-14 Were Driven By Technology And Demographic Factors , a June 2018 Health Affairs article, analyzed this data. The Bureau is working to better understanding health care spending at this detailed level, by condition. health citizen.

The US Covered Nearly 50% of Global Oncology Medicine Spending in 2017 – a market update from IQVIA

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is expected to reach $100 bn of the global total – that is one-half of oncology product spending versus the rest of the world’s healthcare systems and health citizens. Health Care from the Commonwealth Fund.

Benefit Cost Increases Overwhelm Flat Wages for Most in US: Pew

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This has translated in benefit costs — particularly, health benefits — rising more quickly than peoples’ paychecks have kept pace. That is, if those patients-as-health-consumers can vote with their feet and pocketbook.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

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It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak.

Majority Rules? The Right to Affordable Health Care is A Right for All Americans

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If we’re playing a game of “majority rules,” then everyone in America would have the right to affordable health care, according to a new poll from The Commonwealth Fund. The report is aptly titled, Americans’ Views on Health Insurance at the End of a Turbulent Year.

Healthcare Policies We Can Agree On: Pre-Existing Conditions, Drug Prices, and PillPack – the June 2018 KFF Health Tracking Poll

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but one issue is on the mind of most American voters where there is evidence of some agreements: health care, as evidenced in the June 2018 Health Tracking Poll from Kaiser Family Foundation. Immigration, gun policy, and foreign policy follow.

Pre-Existing Conditions: A Bipartisan, National Health Priority

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Thus we public health folk say that a person’s ZIP code can be more important than her genetic code. Protecting pre-existing conditions in health insurance outranks lowering the price of prescription drugs and repealing the ACA, voters say.

How Emotions and “Nocebos” Get in the Way of Preventive Healthcare

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There are health facts that are based on rigorous scientific evidence. And, there are people who, for a variety of reasons, make irrational healthcare decisions without regard to those health facts. That’s the village I want to live and Make Health in.

How We Spend Versus What We Get: America’s Healthcare Spending Makes for Poor Health

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These sobering statistics were published in Health Care Spending in the Untied States and Other High-Income Countries this week in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Note the last line of that matrix, population with health care coverage: the U.S. The U.S.

The Healthiest Communities Are Built on Education, Good Food, Mindfulness, and the Power of Love

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This sentiment was echoed by Lauren Singer last Friday 18th May as we brainstormed the social determinants of health and the factors that underpin healthy communities. Some of the key points were covered were that: Education, from the earliest age, is key to lifelong health and well-being.

Obese, Access-Challenged and Self-Rationing: America’s Health Vs Rest-of-World

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gets relatively low ROI for its relatively exorbitant spending on healthcare, noted once again in the latest Health at a Glance , the annual OECD report on member nations’ healthcare systems. The answer is, “not well across most population health, access, and mortality measures.”

It Could Take Five Generations for a Low-Income US Family to Reach Average Income in America

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“As countries reach high levels of development, progress necessarily slows down in some key dimension, such as education or health: not everybody can or wants to hold a PhD and health cannot improve indefinitely,” the OECD observes.

Having Health Insurance Is a Social Determinant of Health: the implications of growing uninsured in the U.S.

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2017 reversed advancements in health insurance coverage increases since the advent of the Affordable Care Act, and for the first time since 2014 no states’ uninsured rates fell. ” That’s because being health-insured is a social determinant of health.

Add Behavioral Data to Social Determinants For Better Patient Understanding

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Health agencies will have to become at least as sophisticated as other consumer/retail industries in analyzing a variety of data that helps uncover root causes of human behavior,” Gartner recommended in 2017.

The $4 Trillion Health Economy of 2020

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In 2020, national health expenditures (NHE) in the United States will exceed $4 trillion to cover 334.5 of health spending per person. Together, these three categories will comprise just over 80% of health spending in 2020.

Consumers Consider Cost When They Think About Medical Innovation

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While the vast majority of Americans say that science has made life easier for most people, and especially for health care, people are split in questioning the financial cost and value of medical treatments, the Pew Research Center has found.

Healthcare Access and Cost Top Americans’ Concerns in Latest Gallup Poll

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Health Populi’s Hot Points: Today is National Employee Benefits Day , and health benefits continue to rank as the most-valued benefit offered at the American workplace. And keeping a job usually means holding on to health insurance when the employee has been receiving it at work.

Re-Imagining Healthcare – a Lesson from Von Clausewitz in the Fog of War

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Governor Mark Leavitt, who held the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bush, offered this advice at the recent Liberation 2018 conference hosted by Medecision.

The U.S. is a Nation in Pain – America’s Life Expectancy Fell Again in 2016

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wars since 1950, according to Pain in the Nation Update from the Well Being Trust and Trust for America’s Health. The Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on public health and healthy communities.

Healthcare Is Local: Channeling Tip O’Neill in the 2018 Midterm Election Results

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As I wrote about yesterday (about learning from Governor Kasich), people keen on healthcare should pay attention to the states, which are laboratories for health reform. Health Populi’s Hot Points: How might healthcare play out locally in the next 1-3 years?

Addressing Patient Health Information In-Security at HIMSS 2018

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And it’s in personal health information: a medical record is valued 8 to 10 times the price of a credit card on the black market. The post Addressing Patient Health Information In-Security at HIMSS 2018 appeared first on HealthPopuli.com.

Diabetes and Independence Day: An Inflection Point for Rising Blood Sugar

Health Populi

I kicked off our conversation noting that most people make personal health care resolutions on January 1st, and most fall off those well-intentioned wagons by Easter-time when chocolate marshmallow bunnies and honey baked ham beckon us to the holiday table.

Getting Real About Social Determinants of Health

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New research points out that real people live real lives, and our assumptions about social determinants of health (SDOH) may need to be better informed by those real lives. Assumption 2: Providing transportation to/from health care services will bolster patients’ appointment-making.

Universal Health Care and Financial Inclusion – Not Mutually Exclusive

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Universal health care was covered in a section on 28 April 2018, and coverage on financial inclusion was bundled into the 5th May edition. ” At the time, this was one of the world’s biggest public-sector financed health plan.