Leading Healthcare Change

By Pam Fox Rollin | What it takes to change US & global health

The 25 Most Innovative Health Care Designs Of The Year

Minding your health has never been easier, from a wearable that tracks sun exposure to waiting rooms that are fun to hang out in.<p>The honorees for the health category of the 2016 Innovation by Design Awards vary dramatically from one another in form and function. Yet they all emphasize a key thing: …

Obamacare is helping more poor patients get to the doctor even as political battles continue

Even as the Affordable Care Act remains a political flash point, new research shows it is dramatically improving poor patients’ access to medical care in states that have used the law to expand their Medicaid safety net.<p>After just two years of expanded coverage, patients in expansion states are …

Health Care

How the microbiome will lead a revolution in the consumerization of personalized medicine and diet

The human microbiome — meaning all of our microbes’ genes — will reshape the consumerization of personalized medicine and diet. Following the human genome project, technological advancements have brought us much closer to acute precision in disease diagnosis and treatment.<p>The microbiome, considered …

Clinical Trials on Trial: The Ethics of Withholding Life-Saving Treatment

<i>From the authors of “ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY: The Computer Science of Human Decisions.”</i>Every day we make a series of choices that are all really the …

Clinical Trials

Finding Cures for Incurable Cancers in Nature

<i>Some cancers still cannot be successfully treated with chemotherapy, but a group of researchers is finding alternatives in plants, marine organisms and fungi. This group of more than 25 researchers from four continents is in the race to develop drugs that work in drug-resistant forms of cancer, and</i> …

Biology

Apple Quietly Hires One of Its Best HealthKit Ambassadors

The iPhone maker has poached Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist from Stanford Children’s Health.<p>The CEO of a major hospital is confirming that Apple’s health team has made yet another secretive hire: Rajiv Kumar, a top doctor who specializes in treating kids with diabetes. Kumar made …

10 Potentially Game-Changing Cancer Immunotherapies You Should Be Following

There's arguably no scarier diagnosis for a patient to hear than cancer, which is a large reason why oncology is one of the most researched therapeutic indications by today's drugmakers.<p>In 2014, per <b>IMS Health</b>, global oncology sales tipped the scales at $100 billion for the first time ever. Based on …

Doctors Getting ‘Pimped’

“Name the five brachial plexus roots,” a senior doctor commanded.<p>I’d spent hours memorizing the anatomy of the arm and shoulder that week. But now — in front of a small audience of patients, nurses and medical students — I squeaked out just four.<p>“What trunks do they give rise to?” he continued.<p>Oh …

Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers

In the normal scheme of things, parents and grandparents take care of children when they’re sick or need help or sustenance. But in well over a million American families, this pattern is reversed, with children as young as 8, 9 or 10 partly or fully responsible for the welfare of adults or siblings …

America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care | The New Yorker

It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted in a human being, a Canadian analysis of the …

Health Care

Playing by ‘startup rules’ almost killed my digital health startup

In the digital world, the three startup growth mantras we hear are, “move fast and break things,” “release products early and often,” and “sales overcome all problems.” They’ve become accepted truths. They’ve scaled massive innovation, created an abundance of wealth, and made significant …

Digital Health

Physician payment in Medicare is changing: Three highlights in the MACRA proposed rule that providers need to know

<i>Editor’s Note: This analysis is part of The Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, which is a partnership between the</i> …

Health Care

The Australian startup bringing the doctor's office into American homes

Two young Aussies are planning to help people across the U.S. access a digital doctor's clinic without leaving the couch.<p>Andrew Lin, 27, and Hon Weng Chong, 28, met as medical students at the University of Melbourne, Australia. They're now the founders of CliniCloud, a startup that has created a …

BDO PE Activity in Healthcare Report: How Bundled Payments Will Impact Healthcare Investment

Download PDF Version <br>With the healthcare market’s shift to value-based reimbursements underway, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

Health Care

6 Surprising Trends Shaping the Future of Pharma

“We don’t want to miss the train of digital health” is a phrase I often hear from pharmaceutical companies. However, there are no trains to catch …

Digital Health

This Company Connects Your Fitbit to Your Doctor

You may never have heard of Validic, but if you’ve ever sent your doctor data from your Fitbit, smart scale, glucose meter or another wearable device …

Expanding life-saving health care in poor nations would cost $5 per person, researchers say

Basic health care doesn’t have to be expensive. New research, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that we could expand health care for mothers, infants, and children in low- and middle-income nations for less than $5 per person per year. And it would save millions of lives.<p>In 2015, …

Health Care

In the Hospital, Resisting the Urge to Do More

There was absolutely no way around it. She was dying. I gave her a few hours at best, with maximum pedal to the metal intensive medical care. Paramedics had picked up this homeless woman after she collapsed under a bridge in Oakland, Calif. Her heart had completely stopped. She had died under that …

The future of health insurance: Preparing for Dr. Big Brother

While futuristic technologies are becoming available in healthcare, patients often can’t access them and the cost of providing care continues to …

Health Care

Intrusive Thoughts: An Entrepreneur Takes On The Pain And Stigma Of Mental Illness

Aaron Harvey is using his digital know-how to build awareness of Pure OCD.<p>It started when I was 13 years old. My mom was throwing a party and called us inside from playing basketball to join the fun. As I entered my bedroom to put away the ball, I saw a young child sleeping in my bed. Careful not …

Most Dangerous Time at the Hospital? It May Be When You Leave

His wife assured me he was the life of the party, the kind of guy “you pay to stop talking.” But her description only added to the concerns I had about my patient, a drowsy older man with gnawing abdominal pain. He listlessly told me he had noticed his stool was darker than usual, a sign of …

Can Tech Solutions Power A New Kind Of Health Care For The Developing World?

mDoc increases the skills of village doctors with some tech-enabled lessons.<p>People around the world risk their lives by trusting health care workers who sometimes are doing nothing more than shooting in the dark.<p>advertisement<p>Bangladesh is one of 57 countries in the world that faces a critical …

Startups

What Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Is Working On Next

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took to his Twitter account this morning to reveal more details around what he is working on next. Costolo, who …

Open Data’s Potential in Healthcare

Community wellness can be transformed with new information systems<p><i>Andy Krackov, Associate Director of External Engagement at California HealthCare</i> …

KQED

What these four tech giants are aiming to do in health care is change your life in some way for the better. Like they already have with phones, …