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March 21, 2018

There are 50 million Americans 65 and older in the US,[i] growing at a meteoric 10,000 people per day.[ii] Choosing the right health insurance is one of the most important decisions they will make. Seniors spend over $3,000 a year on average on out-of-pocket health cos...

December 5, 2017

Tele-visits are one of today’s hottest healthcare technologies. Tele-visits here refer to the direct provision of care by a clinician via video, phone, or other real-time synchronous technology. In 2016, over $280M in venture capital was invested in telemedicine, a sig...

June 19, 2017

Coleridge’s ancient mariner laments, “Water, water everywhere, nor any a drop to drink.”[1] Having spent the last six months exploring the sea of population health analytics platforms, I empathize. Some vendors inspired my rhyme, “Lousy vendors everywhere, away these g...

June 8, 2017

A new class of healthcare technology, Connected Health, enables data exchange among different user types via a variety of devices. With Connected Health, patients, doctors, other caregivers, insurers, life sciences companies, and employers can collaborate using the web...

February 3, 2017

The mobile health (mHealth) market is massive by any measure.  Research & Markets, Inc. estimate mHealth annual revenues of $13B.  They forecast a 9-fold increase over the next 10 years to ~$110B.[i]  Some are estimates are even more optimistic.[ii] Per PwC, the larges...

January 31, 2016

The recent $1.5B Powerball® jackpot prompted people across the US to talk about statistics, even if they did so unwittingly. “The jackpot is so big compared to the number of possible combinations that it is almost a good investment,” was a common water cooler refrain....

November 1, 2014

How big is big enough to effectively compete?  Can excess growth hurt strategy?  These are questions every CEO faces.  They become especially pertinent when industries are undergoing rapid consolidation and reorganization.  Arguably nowhere is such a change happening m...

April 1, 2014

Fueled in part by the multibillion dollar Castlight IPO the industry is abuzz with “transparency.” In this context transparency typically refers to giving consumers information that helps them pick their healthcare providers. The information usually relates to a provid...

December 1, 2013

At more than $88B in annual spending (2011) cancer is the second most costly condition in the US. It lags only heart disease at $116B.[1] Cancer is more expensive than trauma-related disorders ($82B), mental disorders ($78B), osteoarthritis and joint disease ($78B), CO...

August 1, 2013

In all the strategic planning discussions on how to move a provider organization from pay-for-volume to pay-for-value, one area, moving patients, has seemingly gotten detoured.  While 15% of Medicare beneficiaries used an ambulance in 2011, this cost item has received...

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