Hospitals suffer in the economic downturn

Hospitals reported an 8% increase in uncompensated care between the third quarters of 2007 and 2008. The economic downturn in the U.S. has already had a negative impact on the hospital sector, and will continue to do so in 2009.The American Hospital Association recently surveyed members, and found that the recession has negatively impacted hospitals […]

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Online trumps print for health information – Pharma's window of opportunity to build trust online

When it comes to health information, online trumps print. Online is the #1 source for health information among 83% of consumers; print attracts only 11% of people as the go-to source for health information. Broadcast is preferred by only 5% as the primary preferred health information source. Once online, it’s health-focused websites that get the […]

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Health and health care in 2009 – a year of managing risks – forethoughts and wild cards

As we inevitably do this time of year, we prognosticate about the new year. This time around, it’s a toughie: there are too many uncertainties that preclude us from doing a straight-line forecast for 2009, especially in health and health care.Here are some trends and wild cards to keep in mind for 2009: the year […]

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Zucchini-Carrot-Potato Latkes – a Health Populi exclusive recipe!

Regular readers of Health Populi know that I’m an avowed foodie (and a champagne-y, too), a longtime member of Slow Food, and adherent to the locavore movement as much as possible.When I mentioned making self-created carrot/zucchini/potato latkes on Twitter on Chanukah Eve this past Sunday afternoon, I received a request for this recipe from one […]

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HIT Predictions for 2009 on iHealthBeat

My annual forecast for health information technology in 2009 is up on iHealthBeat, the online publication of the California HealthCare Foundation that reports on the impact of technology on health care. Industry Predictions: What Are the Drivers Shaping Health Care IT in 2009? will tell you about the driving forces shaping health information technology for […]

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