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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Workplace benefits: for workers, it's all about financial security

The economy is re-shaping both employers’ and employee’s views on workplace benefits. Most employers continue to value their most important asset: the human capital that is inherent in their employees. This is good news. Retaining employees is the #1 benefits objective for American employers, according to MetLife’s 7th annual Employee Benefits Trends Study. Now, for […]

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2/3 of people want a health plan in every pot

2 in 3 Americans believe that, “we must make it a priority to give every single American quality affordable health care,” according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports. There are dramatic differences on the issue of universal health coverage between Democrats and Republicans, however. 90% of Democrats agree that health for all is a national […]

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