Vitamin broadband – some healthy lessons from the Bluegrass state

Access to broadband is a health-y technology, according to Connected Nation, a non-profit organization with the mission of reducing the digital divide in America. Their goal: to ensure access to broadband across Kentucky, one of the most rural states in the U.S. “Our work improves the lives of people who were once left behind; renews […]

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Health care falls to #4 voter issue–but isn't it a key component of our economic woes?

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll is out, polled in the early part of June 2008. The chart on the right illustrates the trajectory of the economy and persistence of Iraq as top-of-mind voter issues, and the quick rise of gas prices just displacing health care as the third issue in voters’ minds. […]

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13.5 million more people delayed health care in 2007 than in 2003

Americans — both insured and uninsured people — are delaying health care due to cost and health-system challenges, according to the latest Tracking Report from the Center for Studying Health System Change (CSHSC). Delaying care is particularly acute for people who are in poor or fair health, and those with low-income. Here’s another example of […]

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50, the new 18: surprising data from the AARP and Annenberg

There are some 40 million dues-paying members of the AARP, whose minimum age of membership is 50. AARP has found its constituents vary little from young’uns when it comes to online social networking, gaming, and news access. The headline here is that both 50+ and under 20s feel their online social communities are important — […]

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Personalizing health plans: a view from Deloitte

In the further morphing of health services into consumer products, people want to personalize health plans. Deloitte has further sliced and diced the findings of The 2008 Survey of Health Care Consumers, which I wrote about in Health Populi here on 21st February 2008. I really appreciate Deloitte’s consumer segmentation, which attempts to get at […]

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