Tag Archives: healthcare economics

Why Navigating the System is More Important than Healthcare Itself


The fundamentals of healthcare itself are similar in most developed countries. Evidence based guidelines are shared by international professional societies. Digital technologies have transcended cultural and geographical divides. Once someone is brought to the attention of a healthcare provider, it … Continue reading

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Five Realities That Define the Digital Health Technology Continuum


      The development of digital health technologies has and continues to involve people from diverse sectors: healthcare, telecommunications, IT, entrepreneurs, and patient advocates to name a few. The unique intersection of stakeholders in this space as well as trailblazing … Continue reading

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Five Benefits of Crowdsourced Medical Research Funding


Crowdsourced clinical studies have been the subject of previous posts by this author.  The Wiki definition of crowdfunding is: “the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people … Continue reading

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Five Things Healthcare Can Learn from Project Management


Physicians have traditionally been individual thinkers and doers.  Healthcare in general has been generally slow to adopt proven successful methods of processes and technologies employed with success in other sectors of society.  Medical training from medical school through post-graduate education … Continue reading

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Remote Patient Monitoring will Lead Value-Based Healthcare


Traditional health insurance reimbursement to providers (though payment is a more appropriate word) for healthcare services and products is at the root of our healthcare crisis.  Our traditional fee for service system in the USA rewards hospitals and providers for … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Five Fallacies of Remote Patient Monitoring


As defined in Wikipedia, remote patient monitoring (RPM) is: “a technology to enable monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.”  I was a pioneer … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Self-Insured Companies Need Mobile Health


According to 2011 research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute,  workers for companies with self-insured health plans make up 58.5% of workers with health coverage compared to 40.9% in 1998. The increase has been consistent over time. This percentage varied … Continue reading

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The Case for Efficacy Studies of Digital Health Technologies


As many readers of this blog know, I have long been a proponent of proven technology in the digital health space.  Probably the most obvious reason is to dispel the generalized notion that these technologies are flimsy.  The HHS Text4HealthTask … Continue reading

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Measuring the ROI of Digital Health Technologies


     Alere’s purchase of Medapps prompts me to discuss a question posed to me daily, “What is the ROI of digital health technologies?”  Discussants in the Digital Health Linkedin Group were surprised at the purchase price of ‘no greater … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Cliff


The term ‘fiscal cliff’ is one familiar to most Americans and many outside observers of this periodic political posturing around the need to address hardcore financial issues facing the country.  If both political parties hashed out their differences and came … Continue reading

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