This is the hypocrisy of American health care

Physicians and patients are fighting a growing hypocrisy in American medicine. Examples abound, such as criticism that doctors are overprescribing antibiotics and contributing to resistance, while insurance companies simultaneously incentivize their members to use telemedicine programs or urgent cares instead of visiting their primary care physician.

My own insurance company, Cigna, recently sent me a letter notifying me that I will have a reduced co-pay if I use their telemedicine program or preferred urgent care vendor, as opposed to an outpatient in-network doctor visit.

And while this type of short-sighted care may save the insurance company a few bucks up-front, it Continue reading “This is the hypocrisy of American health care”

Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%

The rate for diabetes-based kidney-disease has dropped significantly in Native American adults due to improved population health management.

–┬áThe rate of kidney failure in Native American adults with diabetes has dropped by 54 percent between 1996 and 2013 thanks to the implementation of proactive, patient-centered population health management programs, said the Continue reading “Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%”

Patient engagement, the next frontier

It seems that we have lots of apps that can tell us how many steps we took today, what distance we walked since we woke up but we are at a point that we are past that. We need to find out how those steps will affect our health, and most importantly how will affect me combined with all my fitness data as a whole.

Wearables are here to stay, just watching CES17 for a few hours I already seen, a smart pillow and Continue reading “Patient engagement, the next frontier”