Health providers are most trusted for handling health information

As electronic health records get a starring role in the economic stimulus package in the U.S., Americans are thinking through who to trust with their personal health data. 3 in 4 Americans trust health providers above all other “data stewards” for handling their personally identified information, according to a BBC America survey conducted by The […]

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So many Top Hospitals lists, so little time

Thomson published its Top 100 Hospitals list this week, which felt like a déjà vu all over again. Didn’t I just see AARP’s top hospitals, along with similar rankings from US News and HealthGrades in recent months?Is this an embarrassment of riches? Or just more heavy-lifting for confused American health citizens?The Thomson Reuters 100 Top […]

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Consumers adapt to health @ home in the transformational economy

Two of the top new products launched in 2008 were Zyrtec and alli, according to IRI in their March report, 2008 New Product Pacesetters: The Role of Innovation in a Down Economy. In fact, non-food new product introductions were more successful than food intros in 2008. IRI says this is due to shoppers “taking their […]

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Put away $240K for health care in retirement, Fidelity says

In 2009, the cost of health care for a 65-year old couple entering retirement is 50% more than it was in 2002, according to Fidelity Investments. The nest-egg required for retirement health is $240,000, give or take tens of thousands depending on your health risks. In just the past year, this cost increased 6.7%, from […]

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EHRs – not about the machine, but the data liquidity

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine provides something of a real-world mini-primer for everyone’s radar on electronic health records and the HITECH funding included in ARRA, the economic stimulus bill. The cautionary paragraph, offered by Mandl and Kohane in their essay, No small change for the health information economy, is: “We take it as […]

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