mHealth – the phone as health app platform

As the Internet disrupted health care information in the late 1990s through the 2000s, watch out for the phone to make the health world flat, taking off from Tom Friedman’s phrasing about The World. There are parts of the world using simple SMS text messaging in public health: to enable peoples’ positive health behaviors. In […]

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People with chronic conditions are delaying care: frustration leads to dis-engagement

1 in 4 people with chronic conditions (25%) are delaying care. The percent of people delaying care is even higher for Baby Boomer women (39%) and Latinos (43%). Delaying care crosses all income groups; 22% of people with household incomes of at least $50,000 also delay care. In “Re-Forming Health Care: Americans Speak Out about […]

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Employers give wellness one more shot in this year of economic decline

Even though profitability for American business will be elusive in 2009, many employers are increasing employee wellness programs — and not cutting budgets for these programs. According to Buck Consultants’ survey, employers can find that wellness programs actually help employees deal with the very issues that the economic downturn creates. Since the beginning of the […]

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Consumer engagement is growing in health and driven by costs

A few more consumers are engaging with their health and health care system, according to Deloitte’s second survey into health care consumers in the U.S. Perhaps that’s because 9 in 10 Americans believe that health care costs are a threat to their personal financial security — regardless of whether they have health insurance or whether […]

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Stressful times for States and Health Care in 2009-11

Don’t assume that State Medicaid programs will cover the vulnerable populations this and next year. Even with the stimulus funding provided in ARRA, Governors will be hard-pressed to cover all of the growing demands for health care among citizens in their states. Governors’ budgets are severely constrained due to declining tax receipts and increasing financial […]

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