Trend #29: "Reduction in healthcare costs": Is The American Healthcare System Addicted To Expensive New Drugs? Oct. 27, 2013, 9:54 p.m.
A study of drug prices in the U.S. and Europe published last spring avoids the apples to oranges problem, and provides compelling evidence that we have a real price problem here in the U.S
Trend #29: "Reduction in healthcare costs": Kaiser Family Foundation: Costs Oct. 27, 2013, 9:05 p.m.
This month's Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at health care costs in the United States, including how US health care spending has surged over the past 50 years and how it continues to grow faster than the economy; how health care spending is unevenly distributed within the US population, with only half the population accounting for more than 97% of health care costs; how health care costs are putting pressure on US families, some of whom have to delay health care because of cost; how the United States spends more per person for health care than other countries; and how the cost of health insurance premiums has increased in the past decade for both workers and employers.
Trend #6: "Increased focus on preventive care": Fixing healthcare: the Professionals' perspective Oct. 27, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
The focus on healthcare has come about because healthcare systems worldwide are being stretched—by the high costs of training, services and treatments, by increased patient demands, and by big demographic and lifestyle shifts. The current global economic downturn has put even more pressure on healthcare, and leaves less room for error. Healthcare systems everywhere need to be upgraded, and in some cases completely reimagined. The question is not whether this needs to happen, but how it should be done
Trend #6: "Increased focus on preventive care": Health Reform: An unhealthy America Oct. 27, 2013, 8:50 p.m.
The financial impact of medical progress and improved public health is stunning: It accounts for an estimated 50 percent of all recent economic growth. So it is unfortunate that deliberations on “health reform" focus almost entirely on the political questions surrounding health insurance. Nothing will do more to improve America's health and reduce the costs of treatment than a carefully considered expansion of medical research and alteration of the destructive lifestyles that contribute to so much disease. According to the Milken Institute report, “An Unhealthy America," preventable disease already costs the nation $1 trillion, a cost that will increase rapidly unless we take decisive action. Reversing that trend and investing in medical research will provide the best long-term economic stimulus and save untold numbers of lives.
Trend #6: "Increased focus on preventive care": Health Reform: The Role of Medical Research and Prevention Oct. 27, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
The long view of mankind's civilized life on this planet is marked by many technological discoveries – the wheel, printing, etc. – that revolutionized human productivity. Perhaps the greatest economic boost has occurred in the past century through the cumulative effect of medical progress and improved public health.
Trend #6: "Increased focus on preventive care": Need for action, not reaction! Oct. 27, 2013, 8:40 p.m.
Rising healthcare costs are forcing people to pay more attention to preventing diseases, hence a shift in the concept of healthcare from curative-oriented to prevention-oriented. Following sincerely the age-old measures of ‘prevention is better than cure’, one can reduce the chances of contracting a disease. The need of the hour is to make disease prevention a habit, and practise it in all spheres of life.
Trend #9: "Increase in self-administered therapies": An overview of Chronic Disease in America*** Oct. 27, 2013, 8:29 p.m.
Chronic diseases and conditions - such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, depression, and diabetes – are the leading causes of death, disability, and rising healthcare costs in America. As of 2009, 145 million Americans – almost half of the population – were living with at least one chronic condition.
Trend #9: "Increase in self-administered therapies": Should I Take More Responsibility of my Health? Oct. 27, 2013, 8:18 p.m.
We're entering a new era in medicine where the patients are going to be taking an incredible amount of responsibility for their own diseases." Dr. Vaughan of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center explains how now, more than ever, with the advent of new technology facilitating communication and learning, he believes patients will be able to start diagnosing urologic diseases themselves. Dr. Vaughan notes how the patient knows his own symptoms best, and if properly informed, can best understand and identify his urologic condition.
Trend #24: "Innovation in parenteral delivery": Easing the Pain*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
Innovative medical device, piOna, is a drug delivery device development that provides women undergoing fertility treatment with a state-of-the-art auto injector solution.
Trend #24: "Innovation in parenteral delivery": Packaging trends for biologics Oct. 25, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
As the trend toward self-administration continues, the need for careful consideration of primary container design and interaction with biologics, devices, and the patient becomes more critical.
Trend #13: "Non-MD & alternative medicine": Top Hospitals Embrace Alternative Medicine*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:21 p.m.
"To be blunt, if my wife and I didn't think it was helping him, we wouldn't have continued with it," says Dan Polley. He's talking about Mikey, the Polleys' 2½-year-old in the next room, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was 6 months old. Chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant have been crucial elements of Mikey's treatment. But the "it" his father speaks of is nothing like these aggressive, costly, and heavily researched exemplars of western care—it is a kind of touch therapy, from the camp of alternative medicine.
Trend #13: "Non-MD & alternative medicine": Hospitals are making room for alternative therapies*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
As hospitals elbow one another to attract patients, increasingly they're hoping to tap into Americans' interest in — and willingness to spend money on — complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage.
Trend #13: "Non-MD & alternative medicine": Consumer Preferences Toward Non-Physician Providers Oct. 25, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
The numbers of and roles assumed by NPs and PAs have been growing steadily, and allowing these providers to take on an even greater role could address the increased demand for primary care.
Trend #13: "Non-MD & alternative medicine": The believers*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
THREE DOZEN doctors-in-training recently sat in a conference room in Tucson. Arizona sunshine streamed through open French windows. On the floor were votive candles and peacock feathers, symbols of healing. It was the closing ceremony in a month-long course at the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, promoting the notion that doctors should use alternative treatments alongside conventional ones. Speaking to the students was Andrew Weil, a doctor and campaigner who heads the centre.
Trend #7: "Increased patient awareness": How technology can empower patients, with 4 home tests on your iPhone Oct. 25, 2013, 7:14 p.m.
Eric Dishman is used to thinking about how technology can transform the world of health care. As an Intel Fellow and general manager of the company’s Health Strategy & Solutions Group, his job is all about finding innovative new approaches to healthcare. Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe And he’s no stranger to talking about them. At TEDMED 2009, in the talk featured to the left, Dishman asked us to “Take health care off the mainframe,” boldly comparing the current American health care system to mainframe computers circa 1959.
Trend #7: "Increased patient awareness": Association of Cancer Online Resources*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:13 p.m.
ACOR is a unique collection of online cancer communities designed to provide timely and accurate information in a supportive environment. It is a free lifeline for everyone affected by cancer & related disorders.You are not alone! Use one of ACOR's 142 online communities to connect with people like you online and share information and support.
Trend #7: "Increased patient awareness": About Patient Power*** Oct. 25, 2013, 7:11 p.m.
Patient Power® is a service of Patient Power, LLC, based in Seattle with team members around the world. Patient Power was founded by two health communications pioneers, Andrew and Esther Schorr. They previously founded, a leader in support for people with chronic illnesses and cancer. Patient Power® is devoted to helping you, the cancer patient or survivor and your family through knowledge, to get the best medicine and return to or maintain good health.