Tag: Medicare

Checking Up On Health: September 17, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd First, the good news: Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers analyzed government data collected over the past three decades and found that people today can expect to have two more years of healthy living than they could just a generation ago. The data also revealed that people are reporting fewer disease symptoms and less trouble with everyday activities such as standing and walking. This was true for all groups examined in the study: blacks, whites, females and males.” What we’re talking about in this study is not simply life expectancy, but… View Article

Friday Facts: September 13, 2013

It’s Friday! Google Glass: Now that we have your attention … Due to high demand, the Foundation is moving to a bigger room for the event, “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” we’re hosting with Google on Monday at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Thanks to the bigger room, registration will be open through today. And yes, you can try out the Google Glass at the event! It’s free, but registration is required. Find information and registration at http://tinyurl.com/qzt6tzq. Quotes of Note “Milton Friedman said, ‘Only a crisis … produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.’ The free-market movement lost the narrative war in 2008 because we didn’t… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 10, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Docs and their apps: The majority (51 percent) of physicians who own smartphones now use clinical apps in their daily work, according to a recent survey, fueling a surge in clinical apps on the market. According to Float Mobile Learning, it’s the third fastest-growing app category for both Apple’s iTunes Store and Google Play. Thousands are currently available for free on the iOS and Android platform, but the most popular are fairly consistent between both app stores: Top downloaded free clinical apps in the iTunes Store (iOS/ Apple), as of Aug. 25: 1) Epocrates 2) Micromedex Drug Information 3) Medscape 4) Taber’s Medical Dictionary for Mobile +… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 3, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd   Healing broken hearts: Reprogrammed cells could be used to grow new muscles that help repair scar tissue after a heart attack, according to a preclinical study in the journal Stem Cell Reports. Scientists say they’ve transformed one kind of human heart cell into another in laboratory experiments. “Soon we will be able to repair damaged hearts with these kinds of cells as patches. We may not generate enough to generate a whole heart. But we will be able to generate cells from the same patient to treat heart disease and heart attacks,” said researcher Robert Schwartz, who has analyzed a similar approach. There are about 5 million… View Article

Checking up on Health: August 27, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Self-diagnosis? It can save you a trip to the pediatrician and help ensure that health care resources are used more effectively. It’s the online symptom-checker, available on more than a dozen children’s hospital Web sites. And it’s the brainchild of Dr. Barton Schmitt, medical director of the pediatrics call center at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. He keeps the symptom-checker platform updated with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other organizations. In 2009 it was rebuilt as an app. In a survey of users of the platform as it appears on a dozen pediatricians’ Web sites, 94 percent of… View Article

Friday Facts: August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013   It’s Friday! The deadline is MONDAY to register for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club on Wednesday, August 28. Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation transportation analyst, will unveil a new study on transportation proposals for metro Atlanta and Georgia. $30. Information: http://tinyurl.com/msf7j3z. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ln9lmhv. Quotes of Note “When the government goes into business it lays a tax on everybody else in that business, and uses the money that it collects from its competitors to establish a monopoly and drive them out of business.” – Calvin Coolidge “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 20, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Reducing office visits through mobile health: At the end of 2012, there were 2.8 million patients worldwide using a dedicated home health monitoring device with integrated connectivity, according to a report from Research and Markets. The number of these dedicated devices is expected to reach 9.4 million by 2017, according to the report. The number does not include patients using their personal mobile phone, tablet or PC ; that number rose from 0.73 million in 2011 to about 1.03 million in 2012. This remote approach “enables more efficient care delivery, decreased costs and improved sustainability of the health care system,” the report noted. “Widespread use of remote patient monitoring is… View Article

Friday Facts: August 16, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.” – Calvin Coolidge “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’” – Henry Ford “I come from a background where responsible science and technology are the difference between life and death. The Apollo Program relied on quality data and objective interpretation to advance knowledge in areas of science and technology that had never before been explored. All of us had complete trust in the competence, integrity and accountability of those we worked with to create the systems and hardware we depended on in the most extreme environment. We did not… View Article

Friday Facts: August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013  It’s Friday! Congratulations to the winners of tickets to the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Forum: Lynda Whitt Chapman, Jeffrey Cole Copeland and Heather Moody Breeden.  Events August 15: Just 25 seats remain for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum, the national organization’s annual daylong event for elected officials, policy analysts and government affairs professionals to confer and strategize about the top public policy issues of the day. It’s in Atlanta this year! Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Tax Reform and Energy. The Foundation will participate in an energy roundtable discussion. Find out more and register at http://eif.heartland.org/. August 28: Register now for “Georgia Transportation: The Next Frontier,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 6, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Time and seats are running out for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum Atlanta’s Capital City Club on Thursday, August 15. Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Energy and Tax Reform. (I’ll be on the panel on energy issues.) Find out more at http://eif.heartland.org/.  Just 25 seats remain! Win a seat to the Forum: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is giving away four tickets, valued at $100 each, to the daylong session. For a chance to win a ticket, tell your Facebook friends what you like about the Foundation, and why. Be sure to “like” the Foundation Facebook page and tag us in your post! We’ll announce four… View Article

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