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Companies selling these 5 technologies should like the Obamacare ruling. “In a previous post I discussed ways in which the SCOTUS decision on healthcare reform would affect mHealth in general terms. I think it is worthwhile examining areas of healthcare technology which will potentially provide the biggest cost-saving impact and thereby derive the most benefit from the new reality.”
Lose It! wins in fitness category of Surgeon General’s app challenge. “The U.S. Surgeon General recently challenged mobile device application developers to come up with apps that would ‘provide tailored health information and empower users to engage in and enjoy healthy behavior.’ The first place winner in the Fitness/Physical Activity category was Lose It!, an app designed to help users lose weight. According to the Lose It! website, the average user loses 12.3 pounds with the help of the app, with a 99% success rate (defined as losing any amount of weight) over 4 weeks.”
Mr. President, sign that user fee bill. “There are an estimated 300 high-tech pharmaceutical treatments currently being developed by the American drug industry. They’re aimed at a host of conditions, including asthma, cancer, herpes, malaria and Alzheimer’s disease. If private firms finish one of these new drugs – and it’s indeed effective and safe – the FDA needs to quickly approve it and get it patients. PDUFA ensures federal officials have the resources they need to do just that. Congress has already acted in a exceptionally bipartisan fashion to pass this bill. Now, the President needs to sign it.”
Team-based care puts everyone in charge, but who is responsible for results? “With our new model of ‘team-based care’ our Commander in Chief is lost. It is becoming increasingly difficult to know if team caregivers are reading my recommendations and deciding to ignore them or just figuring someone else will implement them. How do I, as a ‘consultant,’ know? Too often, omissions of therapy and the rationale for such are not communicated by today’s disparate and tunnel-visioned caregivers. Leadership is not easily assumed when everyone feels they are the leader. ”
If universal healthcare isn’t a priority for either party, how will everyone get coverage? “Despite this huge expense, one in six Americans still does not have easy or affordable access to care because they do not have health insurance. The U.S. is an outlier in that regard, too. Among countries in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development – the world’s 30 largest economies – only Chile, Mexico and Turkey insure a smaller proportion of their populations.”