KEY TAKEAWAY: Patients often leave the hospital with a thick stack of printed information: discharge plans, medication lists, information sheets, follow-up appointments, diet information, hospital literature, etc. The important, truly essential, information is commonly buried and not readily accessible to patients and/or their families/caregivers. Specifically, patients need immediate access to a patient-centered medication list and a patient-centered education tool in order to transition home safely. Continue reading
According to Forbes ” The 31 pharmaceutical companies comprising its main trade group spent $48.5 billion on research and development last year. All told, the pharmaceutical sector has spent $550 billion on R&D since 2000. That half-trillion dollars of research has yielded more than 400 new medicines” But of 12 cancer drugs approved in 2012, 11 cost more than $100,000. As more drugs are offered at that level and their sponsors get away with it, it seems to set a floor that emboldens drug companies to push the envelope. They are badly misjudging the brewing anger. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY : McKinsey says: “Patients are becoming more than just passive recipients of therapies. “Healthcare will be driven much more by consumers than physicians, with patients increasingly coming to their doctors with more information, parameters they measured at home, and an informed opinion about how they should be treated,” says Dr. Bertalan Mesko, medical futurist and author of My Health: Upgraded”. How is pharma using this to leverage DTC? Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: Although Mr Trump has caved to pharma it would be a huge mistake for pharma companies to think they have won the battle. This battle is not going to end and is going to continue to heat up until it results in action. Continue reading
More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent). In order to address this problem we need to treat the reasons behind obesity. Continue reading
An Altarum Institute survey found that most consumers seek health care information from providers, friends and family, and online searches. Of all information types, consumers are most dissatisfied with health care cost information . This is especially true for lower-income and uninsured consumers.