The decline and fall of American hospital finance

Declining admissions, growing bad debt, rising interest expenses, falling reimbursements, illiquid capital markets, layoffs, cutbacks, and crashing credit ratings…these are the co-morbidities of the American hospital-as-patient in the 2009 economy.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) has revisited its landmark survey on the U.S. hospital economy published in November, and today released The Economic Crisis: The […]

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Medzio as Metaphor for the Future of Health 2.0

I have seen the future of Health 2.0, and it is Medzio. It’s flexible, it’s consumer-facing and -friendly, it integrates into the activities of daily living, it makes accessing health information easier and integrateable, and it’s fun. As an observer of health information tools for over two decades, the company known as A.D.A.M. has always […]

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The public's belief in scientific uncertainty and the importance of the social health Internet

3 in 4 Americans believe that scientific evidence is not always clear when differentiating between different treatment options for their health. Yesterday, as I moderated the the kick-off Great Debate session of the Health 2.0 Conference, co-hosted by the Center for Information Therapy in Boston, I felt this was a key tension between the fields […]

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Blaming the Mad Men for Our Economic Woes

There’s a new target in town when it comes to Americans’ blame-game for their economic woes: advertising. In a fascinating new Harris Poll, cleverly timed for publication on 2009 Tax Day, the Poll found that most Americans blame various media outlets for persuading them to buy things they didn’t need or couldn’t afford. It’s not […]

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Looking for Drs. Schwab and Bogle in our workplaces

As employees assume more personal and financial burden for health and welfare, they also take on new attitudes and perceptions of value. This is one of the underlying precepts of the Health Populi blog, and it’s directly addressed in MetLife’s seventh annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends. While people take on more responsibility for health […]

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