Pope Francis is a Public Health Advocate

Health Populi

He is, I realized while watching this film and hearing this man of words, a public health advocate. This ruins mental health, spiritual health and physical health. So the health mission was certainly alive with the Pope’s namesake’s modus vivendi.

Walmart’s Growing Footprint in Healthcare and Public Health, from Guns to Mental Health and Gardens

Health Populi

Over the past couple of weeks, Walmart is demonstrating its growing commitment to and leadership in healthcare and public health. The store launched WalmartHealth.com, its health-focused ecommerce portal.

Fitbit partners with Singapore’s HPB on population-based public health initiative

Mobi Health News

Fitbit announced yesterday that it will be collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on a healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

Tech can address, but not solve, stigmatized public health crises

Mobi Health News

At Health 2.0, experts and technologists explored tools for fighting physician suicide, opioid addiction, and eating disorders

A call to upgrade public health data

Morning eHealth

The latest on CMS’ AI challenge — Study finds about one in 10 Instagram posts advertising drug sales

How technology ruined, and can save, the doctor-patient relationship


Topping the latest list: insurance paperwork, followed closely by electronic health records (EHRs). Tech Health IT Primary Care Public Health & PolicyEach year, Medical Economics surveys physician readers to find out what irks them most.

Slow thinking and machine learning in medicine


Tech Public Health & PolicyRecently, several high-profile institutions have called attention to the issue of inclusion and equity when artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are applied in medicine.

Technology is corrupting the culture of medicine


Tech Health IT Public Health & PolicyTo help then-candidate Bill Clinton remain focused on the No. 1 voter issue ahead of the 1992 presidential elections, political strategist James Carville coined an unforgettable mantra, which he posted inside Clinton campaign headquarters.

5 ways to lessen the physician burden in the product evaluation process


Tech Public Health & PolicyKeeping tabs on the sheer volume of medical drugs and devices on the market is nearly impossible – the FDA approved a record 105 novel medical devices and 59 new drugs in 2018 alone.

Dangerous High – Insulin Pricing is a Public Health Crisis

Insulin Nation

— Alex Smith lived just 27 days after he aged out of his parents’ health insurance plan as he could no longer afford to buy the insulin he needed to live and treat his diabetes. Insulins have gotten better over the years, and better insulins have been helpful for diabetic treatment. There is growing concern, however, about the very high cost of insulin, where prices have increased at seven times the rate of the consumer price index over the last 30 years.

Are we making artificial intelligence biased?


Tech Public Health & PolicyThe tale is told of a large realm, of 1.4 billion, the largest nation in the world. It has a culture that is old, rich and grounded. A citizen’s worth can be understood, determined, exalted or decried.

Public health officials call for Medicaid coverage of medical battery devices


As hurricane and fire seasons have begun for millions of Americans, public health officials are calling for preventive measures for the medically vulnerable

A medical student reviews Eric Topol’s Deep Medicine


Tech Public Health & PolicyFollowing on the heels of The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now, Dr. Eric Topol has published his newest book, Deep Medicine, earlier this year. While the first two books highlight how technological disruption will first digitize and then democratize medicine, his newest is about deep learning, and how artificial […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.

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

Health Populi

Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health. Bridging Gaps to Build Healthy Communities , a study from the Anthem Public Policy Institute, responds to this question.

How Google is quietly influencing medicine


With nearly 80 percent of internet users searching online for health-related information, it’s no wonder the catchphrase “Dr. What’s received little attention from physicians or the public is the company’s quiet metamorphosis into a.Read more. Tech Health IT Public Health & PolicyGoogle” has caught on, to the delight of many searchers and the dismay of many real doctors.

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

Health Populi

” That’s the first sentence of Chapter 7 in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. Chapter 7 of my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , is titled, “ZIP Codes, Genetic Codes, Food and Health.”

A new health care dawn is coming


Tech Health IT Public Health & PolicyAt some point in my career, I had the crazy idea that if I could scale the patient-centric work I was doing in my community at a small rural hospital — then I could make more of an impact.

A month after going public, Health Catalyst reports 60% revenue growth in Q2


Salt Lake City-based data and analytics company Health Catalyst reported second-quarter revenue of $36.8 In its first earnings call since going public July 25, company executives reported that second-quarter revenue was up 60% year-over-year

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

Health Populi

The health care section of Mary Meeker’s 334-page annual report, Internet Trends 2019 , comprises 24 of those pages (270 through 293). For health care, the application of FHIR standards helps mobilize data for better health, turbocharging this trend.

Gun injuries are increasingly viewed as a public health threat. Experts weigh in on what hospitals can do


While firearm injuries have traditionally been viewed through the lens of criminal justice, trauma experts say health systems are increasingly understanding and embracing their role in gun injury prevention

How Genomics Can Battle Killer Bacterial Infections in the Hospital – Talking With Philips at HIMSS19

Health Populi

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are a worldwide challenge of epidemic, public health proportions. The World Health Organization recognizes that HAIs are a problem in both wealthy and developing countries.

Scaling the Social Determinants of Health – McKinsey and Kaiser’s Bold Move

Health Populi

People who are in poor health or use more health care services are more likely to report multiple unmet social needs, such as food insecurity, unsafe neighborhoods, lack of good housing, social isolation, and poor transportation access, found through a survey conducted by McKinsey.

Consumers Expand Their Definition of Well-Being to Include Food-As-Medicine

Health Populi

Consumers put food front-and-center when thinking about their health. Viewing food-as-medicine is going mainstream for health consumers, who look beyond the “medicine” in that phrase toward a broader concept of personal well-being. Health care delivery in the U.S.

100 Million People in America Lack Broadband — an On-Ramp to Health and Safety

Health Populi

can’t benefit from telehealth and other digital health connections that can bolster self-care, home care, and lower cost care. Below our physical needs are two to add to the social determinants of health — Wi-Fi connectivity (broadband), and battery power.

Research: Physician Burnout is a Public Health Crisis; Improving EHR Usability is Critical

Healthcare Informatics

Physician burnout is a public health crisis and addressing the problem requires improving electronic health record (EHR) standards with a strong focus on usability and open application programming interfaces (APIs), according to a new report from leading healthcare researchers

Gaps in Health Equity in America Are Growing

Health Populi

There’s been a “clear lack of progress on health equity during the past 25 years in the United States,” asserts a data-rich analysis of trends conducted by two professors/researchers from UCLA’s School of Public Health.

People Want to Flourish, Not Just Live – Speaking Health Politics to Real People

Health Populi

“How should we define ‘health?'” Eight years later, in May 2019, I read Reimagining Health – Flourishing in the 7th May 2019 issue of JAMA with some feelings of déjà vu. And I daresay, health reform. ” a 2011 BMJ article asked.

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Part 1 – Medicare For All, Rx Prices, Guns and Mental Health

Health Populi

Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Jose Diaz-Balart asked the ten candidates questions covering guns, butter (the economy), immigration, climate change, and of course, health care — what I’m focusing on in this post, the first of two-debate-days-in-a-row. health care.

Considering a cross-sector public health project? Know your data laws, experts say


It can be hard to navigate data laws that apply to a public health research project, especially if it involves multiple sectors, attorneys at the Public Health Law Conference said last week

Patients know what’s wrong with the industry more than we do


Tech Oncology/Hematology Public Health & PolicyAs a system, we don't invest as much time in understanding the broader context of the patient in front of us. The before/after factors that we don’t notice have a far-reaching impact on care.

Health Canada approves Apple Watch ECG, public health groups warn of tobacco's guerrilla social media ads and more digital health news briefs

Mobi Health News

Also: HoloLens may affect surgeon's precision dexterity; Backpack Health integrates EHRs

EHR 152

Physician Burnout is a Public Health Crisis

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Given the rapidly changing health care environment, it is critical to quantify the economic impact physicians have on society. BHM watches health trends and understands the importance of improving and changing with the industry. Physician burnout is a public health issue that “urgently demands action” from the rest of the healthcare industry, according to a report from Harvard University and Massachusetts trade groups.

World Health Day 2019: Let’s Celebrate Food, Climate, Insurance Coverage and Connectivity

Health Populi

Today, 7 April, is World Health Day. With that in mind, I devote this post to three key social determinants of health (SDOH) that are top-of-mind for me these days: food for health, climate change, and universal health coverage. Why a World Health Day?

Report: More than 860K children dropped out of public health programs in 2018 


Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment has declined since 2017, according to new data from CMS, but experts and the Trump administration are split on why that is.

What the Pew Report on Trust and Distrust in America Means for Health/Care, El Paso and Dayton — Pogo Rears His Head Again

Health Populi

I’ve tracked that social trend here in Health Populi each year since covering the Edelman Trust Barometer , which has traced the downward sloping curve on trust globally and certainly in the U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points: This last point gives us some hope, perhaps.

Five Public Health Needs for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health technology has seen an incredible growth in the last few years, fueled by a combination of consumerization of wearable technologies, ubiquity of mobile devices, proliferation of technology incubators, attention by government health and regulatory agencies and involvement of large companies heretofore not focused on healthcare. The fastest path to widespread adoption of these technologies is the application to the most pressing public health needs.

Public health law protections at risk with Kavanaugh on Supreme Court


Another anti-regulation justice on the nation's highest court threatens laws that promote health equity, a panel of legal experts said at the Public Health Law Conference.

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

Health Populi

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.

Digital health’s big diversity problem


This summer, a controversial memo written by a Google employee was leaked to the public. Tech Health IT Public Health & PolicyWithin the memo, the author James Damo, details how the biology of men produces “a higher drive in status.”

Healthcare Roundup—Trump signs public health bills; NIH’s Collins under fire over fetal tissue research


President Donald Trump signed into law two bills that would extend public health research programs, plus more healthcare headlines