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Spiraling healthcare costs: New solutions to an old problem are emerging

No one would buy a new car without doing some research, shopping around and taking a test drive. So why do Americans seem to accept the high costs of healthcare without conducting the same research? In comparison to other developed countries we use the same amount and receive the same quality of healthcare services. But […]

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Delusions of data accessibility: A healthcare placebo

Accessing our healthcare records should be as easy as finding out our credit score. Recent legislation — such as the recently publicly-commented on HHS proposal — is finally a step in the right direction. The rules would do what the government initially intended over a decade ago — to “promote patient access to and control over their […]

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What’s in my electronic health record (EHR) and who can access it?

Understanding and harnessing the powerful potential of EHRs The U.S. and much of the world is undergoing a profound transformation in how medical and health records are created, stored, used and shared. The digitization of health records has been a huge and expensive undertaking, but at least in the U.S., almost 99% of health systems, […]

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What are your blood test results telling you?

Understanding blood tests and what those elements and numbers on your results mean. Have you ever felt confused when reviewing your blood test results? You’re not alone. Even medical professionals needed time and training to fully understand what the results really mean. For starters, there are different types of blood tests. But regardless of the […]

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What are personal health records?

Why Consumers Need to Take Control of Their PHR Remember the last time you were sick and had to go to your doctor or even hospital? The nurses and physicians probably bombarded you with questions, conducted physical exams and maybe even ran some blood tests. Their notes, test results, diagnoses, prescriptions and treatment all went into your […]

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Now 2 decades old, does HIPAA have the muscle to protect patient rights?

Critics contend that some parts of HIPAA are hindering health tech innovation, while others argue it doesn’t protect privacy on emerging channels. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, has been one of the most hotly debated pieces of healthcare legislation ever since it was enacted in 1996. It was originally designed to protect […]

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Despite more data than ever, interoperability remains a barrier to patient-driven health

The people-driven healthcare movement holds great promise as a solution to today’s broken healthcare system. By empowering patients to take control of their own healthcare decisions and costs, we can improve quality of care, increase the efficiency of our healthcare system and tackle skyrocketing healthcare costs. But to unlock the true potential, we’ll first need […]

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Getting personal with healthcare accountability

Under our current complex healthcare system, costs have spiraled out of control and consumers are increasingly disconnected from the providers and services they need to manage healthcare for themselves and their families. People-driven health seeks to empower and encourage consumers to take ownership of their own health journey. We believe it can be the solution […]

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We need people-driven healthcare now more than ever

“Sir, Maybe You Should Be More Responsible For Your Own Healthcare.” As many of you know, I’m a serial entrepreneur. But that’s not why I’m launching HealthChampion. The impetus for this new adventure came a year ago as I underwent a familiar struggle for many healthcare consumers. “Sir, maybe you should be more responsible for […]