• Doctors are increasingly worried about loneliness.
  • Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon-general of the United States, called loneliness an epidemic, likening its impact on health to obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
  • A study found that in America people always or often feel lonely.
  • A study published in 2010 using this scale estimated that 35% of Americans over 45 were lonely.

IN SUMMARY: Amazon’s decision to pull out of New York is a lesson for EVERY corporation. The retail giant’s expansion in New York encountered opposition in no small part because of growing frustration with corporate America and their huge tax breaks. With the media consistently highlighting “pharma greed” people, and politicians, are going to point fingers at big pharma.

  • Pharma continues to be portrayed as the villain in pricing but there are other villains who are escaping scrutiny.
  • The 5 largest conglomerates combining health insurance and pharmacy benefits are on track this year to be bigger than the 5 preeminent tech companies.
  • Half of people in fair to poor health are uninsured or struggle with affordability.
  • Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose five percent to an average $19,616 this year, extending a seven-year run of moderate increases.
  • Accenture reports that Gen Z and millennials are least likely to have a primary care physician.
  • Younger health consumers are not satisfied with the “status quo” of today’s healthcare.
  • At the heart of their needs are shorter wait times, cost and the need for personalized attention.
  • Can they really change healthcare or are they risking their health and wellbeing by not having a regular PCP?
  • Three quarters of health information on Facebook was either misleading or included some false information. Only three were considered “highly credible.” Some lacked context of the issue, exaggerated the harms of a potential threat, or overstated research findings.
  • Many articles never back claims with links to original sources or research studies to support findings.
  • In terms of overall credibility, slightly less than half, of posts, achieved a high credibility rating. However, highly rated articles received 11 million shares, while poorly rated articles had roughly 8.5 million shares.
  • According to Rock Health adoption of health continues to rise while consumers leverage digital health tools to address concrete health needs.
  • Most doctors say they have not recommended any general health and wellness apps or wearables to their patients. (Source: Kantar)
  • For medical-grade devices, the results are similar, with 70% of doctors saying they have not recommended medical-grade web-connected devices to their patients. (Source: Kantar).
  • Millennials, who usually have a high adoption rate of digital health, is failing as they are the most obese generation.
  • Most Americans are concerned about their weight and understand the connection between weight and cardiovascular health, but a substantial proportion of them are not doing much to lose excess weight, according to a Cleveland Clinic survey.
  • A CMI/Compass study in 2013 suggested a dip in physician support for DTC with less than half (48%) indicating that DTC advertising informed, educated, and empowered patients. And, a slight majority (53%) of physicians who responded to the survey were opposed to DTC advertising.
  • 78% feel that Direct-to-Consumer advertising leads to a preference for brand name drugs when a generic is adequate
  • Only 20% of physicians agree (5% strongly; 15% somewhat) that Direct-to-Consumer pharmaceutical advertising strengthens a patient’s relationship with a clinician