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Avon calling . . . to improve health in developing countries?

I came across an organization called LivingGoods--the banner on its website certainly piqued my interest:

But the first sentence in the description of LivingGoods struck me as odd: "Living Goods operates Avon-like networks of door-to-door Health Promoters who make a modest income selling essential health products at prices affordable to the poor." Avon calling? In Africa?

Online relief is in sight for pain sufferers

Another interesting health app I have recently discovered is called ReliefInsite. It bills itself as a source of secure online pain management services, offering real-time pain mapping, monitoring, and analysis. I was struck by its three-pronged approach--it's home page targets patients themselves, health care companies, and health care providers.

A standout (?) among examples of Health 2.0 apps

The ReadWriteWeb blog offers this list of favorite Health 2.0 sites. Many will be familiar to HH members, but one relatively new out for being different. It is not a social networking site; rather, it is a health care marketplace. Limited in scope (for now) to the Minneapolis-St.

Walgreens is on the job

With apologies for not reporting this news item when it happened a couple of weeks ago . . . Drugstore chain Walgreen is moving into the workplace to provide on-site health care for employers. On March 17th, the company announced that it would purchase I-trax for about $260 million and Whole Health Management for an undisclosed amount.

More on games for health

My last post described one of the 40 or so sessions planned for next month's Games for Health conference. Most of the presentations will focus on games that promote prevention, compliance, or treatment. In addition to the Fold It!

In-store health clinics, Part 2

A website called has come up with a list of 20 ways Walmart's in-store clinics will affect health care. Some of the observations are obvious, like how the combination of flat fee services and no need for insurance is likely to attract patients who otherwise would go without medical care. Others may be less so, such as the public health benefit of a likely increase in immunizations due to the low cost and convenience.

Even hospitals think wellness is an important part of health

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently issued a report entitled, "Health for Life: Better Health, Better Health Care," which places a great emphasis on wellness. The "

A step forward for Google Health

It's been a while since I have written about Google's efforts to become the home for people's personal health records (see this post, for example). So I am pleased to finally report some news on that front.

Catching up with Google Health and Bees

I've been on vacation, so the Health Horizons blog has been silent for the last several days. During this time, a couple of interesting articles have appeared in the popular press.

The AMA and Retail Health Clinics

The old guard has spoken. At a meeting earlier this week in Chicago, the policymaking House of Delegates of the American Medical Association reacted to plans by retailers like Wal-Mart and CVS to bring thousands of retail health clinics to U.S. consumers in the coming years. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the AMA group said that,

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