Generics are real, and really impacting household and employer economies

Every 1 additional prescription per 100 that is filled with a generic Rx in the Rochester NY region yields $82 million in annual cost savings to the community: specifically, to employers, consumers and health plans. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association presented findings from a survey and featured best practices from member plans in a […]

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A Tale of Two HIMSS – the dynamic of urgency vs. pragmatism

It was the best of times, and the worst of times. Well, perhaps not the worst, but a time to pause and reflect on the power and the money. Thus I turn to a Tale of Two Cities.   As I depart Chicago and the 47th annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems […]

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HIMSS, Day 2 – here comes Everybody – but where are they going?

Clay Shirkey wrote the book, Here Comes Everybody, and yesterday he focused his theme on ‘Here Comes Every Patient.’ Shirkey’s theme is that “everybody” — from my 12 year old daughter and her Gen X/Gen Y mentors, to the 80-year old grandma who Googles — is pressuring institutions and organizations to deal with them on […]

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HIMSS, Day 1 – from "Momentous" to HIT Momentum

If it’s April in Chicago and it’s snowing it must be HIMSS. Say, what? Usually the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is held in February in some lovely southern climate, like Florida, Georgia or Southern California. This year, the HIMSS organizers thought they’d try out the association’s home base […]

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Chronic conditions and medical debt grow, and some employers get targeted

Americans’ problems paying medical bills are increasing, especially for those people managing chronic conditions. In 2007, 3 in 10 people with chronic conditions were in families with problems paying medical bills, compared to 21% of people in 2003. According to Financial and Health Burdens of Chronic Conditions Grow, a Tracking Report from The Center for […]

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