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Opinions, Regulatory

Vermont legislators pass a drug importation law. So what?

May 18, 2018

Via: The Medical News

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, […]


Opinions

Opioid overdoses are rising faster among Latinos than whites or blacks. Why?

May 17, 2018

Via: The Medical News

The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at age 17; never getting his high school equivalency diploma; going […]


Opinions

Reversing an overdose isn’t complicated, but getting the antidote can be

May 16, 2018

Via: The Medical News

A few months ago, Kourtnaye Sturgeon helped save someone’s life. She was driving in downtown Indianapolis when she saw people gathered around a car on the side of the road. Sturgeon pulled over, and a man told her there was […]


Opinions, Wellness

How job strain may impair mental health

May 16, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

Mental health problems are more common than we might think. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that 16.2 million people in the United States have experienced major depression at least once in the past year. Depression is considered […]


Opinions

Opioid pharmaceutical marketing influences physicians’ opioid prescribing rates

May 15, 2018

Via: The Medical News

A new study shows the significant impact that even a meal or two paid for by a pharmaceutical company can have on prescribing rates, despite a national decline of opioid prescribing rates. Researchers from Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for […]


Opinions

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb: US could see lower drug prices if Europe pays more of its fair share

May 15, 2018

Via: CNBC

U.S. allies’ drug pricing strategies are not sustainable for long-term success, and that’s adversely leading to higher prescription costs at home and abroad, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Tuesday. Europeans “do underpay relative to us for branded […]


Opinions

How the Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Medical Adherence

May 14, 2018

Via: HitConsultant

Every day, doctors and medical researchers are challenged to find new, improved drugs and courses of treatment for chronic disease. But, what if the answer to improving health outcomes for many patients was simpler than developing new drugs? What if […]


Opinions

For Medicare recipients, Trump’s drug price proposal can’t come soon enough

May 11, 2018

Via: CNBC

Seventy-eight-year-old Willie Dawson is hoping President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to bring down high drug prices. She has to juggle her bills to pay for the dozen or so medications she takes to treat conditions that include […]


Opinions

How Healthcare Disruption Will Help Retailers

May 3, 2018

Via: Forbes

Healthcare is one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It is a $3 trillion industry. And it is hopelessly broken. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart (WMT) was in early talks to buy or partner closely with Humana (HUM), […]


Opinions

Text messaging service could help reduce opioid relapses

May 2, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine and Epharmix, a St. Louis-based digital health vendor, have developed an automated text messaging service that they believe can reduce opioid abuse and decrease the chances of patient relapse. Using the service […]


Opinions

Riding The Disruption Wave In Healthcare

May 1, 2018

Via: Forbes

When it comes to innovation, healthcare presents a paradox. It is both a hare and a tortoise. While life-altering breakthroughs in medical treatments can come at a rapid pace, improvements to the way healthcare is actually delivered often happen very […]


Opinions

5 Ways to Drive Healthcare Innovation That Will Deliver Better Care

April 30, 2018

Via: HitConsultant

Ensuring high-quality patient care for Americans remains a top priority for the government and health care providers alike. As such, effectively using data to better manage the healthcare system and deliver the best treatment will only become more critical — […]


Opinions

Could smartphone adherence apps help patients with chronic diseases?

April 26, 2018

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Long-term adherence to medication is critical when it comes down to successfully treating chronic diseases. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), only about 50% of patients in developed countries who suffer from chronic diseases adhere to treatment recommendations, […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Shift From Obamacare To Medicare Advantage Boosts Anthem Profits

April 25, 2018

Via: Forbes

Anthem is beginning to benefit financially from its decision to exit certain individual markets under the Affordable Care Act as the insurer focuses more on its growing Medicare Advantage business. Under chief executive Gail Boudreaux, the company plans to invest […]


Data Privacy, Information Management, Opinions

How Blockchain Will Transform the Healthcare Industry

April 24, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

While blockchain technology was initially developed to support the exchange of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, its decentralized, distributed ledger of digital events also offers many appealing possibilities to the healthcare industry. A recent report by Deloitte notes that blockchain has significant […]