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Engineering Health Care—HC2020 Perspective

Accelerating the Process of Change

As this HC2020 perspective noted, “medical care is moving
from its model as a healing art provided to isolated individuals by independent practitioners to one in which care is delivered by coordinated groups of providers … responsible for optimizing the health of defined populations of patients.”  

The Senior Sandwich and the Filial Fraction

I recently attended a friend's 70th birthday party.  Also in attending the party was my friend's 93-year old mother.  Though she is now in her 8th decade, the main focus of my friend's life these days is looking after her mother -- who still is living alone.

Pew Project wants to "crowdsource" new Internet health survey

September 29, 2008
Crowdsourcing a Survey: Health Topics

The Pew Internet Project will conduct a national telephone survey this fall about the internet's impact on health and health care. One of the first tasks is to look at our tried and true "trend" questions and decide which ones we should repeat as is and which ones need to be updated.

Americans doing more texting than calling


According to the New York Times, Sept 29:

In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages- more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile. Since then, the average subscriber’s volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent, while the average number of calls has dropped slightly.

Mobile weight loss pilot in Japan

Yesterday, Rod Falcon and I met with Dr. Atsushi Ito from the KDDI R&D Laboratories (KDDI is the #2 mobile carrier in Japan).  He told us about a pilot that his lab ran designed to support weight loss among company employees.  This is an important application since the Japanese government is requiring companies to work with overweight employees to lose weight (or be fined).  The second version of the pilot will be launched later this year with a larger group of employees.

Wall St Journal: Tools Help Patients Interface With Doctors

[Richard Adler, who posted the following, is an IFTF Research Affiliate. 
His relationship with Zume is completely independent of his work for
IFTF, and this post in no way reflects an endorsement on IFTF's part of
Zume.  We do, however, think that the Zuri is a great example of a new
breed of mobile health products, which we will be discussing at our conference on "Reinventing Health Care in a Mobile World."]

An article in the August 19th Wall Street Journal discusses new devices that remind patients to take their medications and track compliance.

New Study Documents Savings from Health Promotion

Disease Prevention Could Lead to Significant Savings

The Trust for America's Health has released a report that posits that a small investment in disease prevention can lead to significant savings for both public and private health care programs. Prevention for a Healthier America found that a modest investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years.

Apple & Nike partnership to promote health

Here is the latest from the partnership of Apple & Nike to promote physical fitness.

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