Systems, services, devices to help promote wellness and manage chronic disease
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 05/10/2015 - 11:15
Will the system be blamed for failure -- or is the problem with people and procedures?
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:32
Depression is rising among the senior population, affecting 6.5 million people aged 65+.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:45
Had your identity stolen lately? Oh well, you probably did. A few months ago, California’s Anthem Blue Cross admitted that someone had stolen 80 million health records, complete with name, address, SS # and more. A certain amount of self-congratulation can be found in its letter to the 80+ million: "The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, including income data. We have no reason to believe credit card or banking information was compromised." What a relief. But with the ‘minimal’ data stolen, the thieves got busy and filed for tax refunds from the IRS, which helpfully encourages direct deposit of the refund. TurboTax halted its electronic filing process recently due to likely fraudulent filing. And the IRS, which admits to weak fraud detection tools, will issue refunds as a result of this travesty. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:25
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2015) - eCaring, Inc. and Samsung Business Services™ today announced delivery of technology and services that enable healthcare providers to reduce costs, while enhancing the quality of patient care. eCaring's care and disease management solutions will use Samsung's advanced tablet technology and enterprise services to ensure 24/7 peak performance of all Samsung devices in the hands of patients and their healthcare aides.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:23
22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:01
DALLAS — The 2014 United States of Aging Survey released Tuesday found that Americans aged 60 years and older report they are more motivated than the past two years to improve their health by exercising regularly and setting health goals — two simple steps which also relate to reported increases in optimism among seniors.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:30
What's new with startups in the boomer-senior market segments? We often note that the boomers have all the money. Yet they are not always the recipients of thoughtful product design or effective marketing strategy. But consider the media interest in the boomer-beyond topic, especially in the health-related segments -- where there's news, there's innovation. And where there's innovation, let's reflect on the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit in Santa Clara, a business plan competition and series of events organized by Mary Furlong and delivered at Santa Clara University. The tone of the event was energetic and entrepreneurs were eager to discuss their offerings and insights. Here are just a few of the companies that were present: >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:45
Everyone wants to see more innovation in health care delivery. Not to miss the remote healthcare visitation party -- a relatively recent employee benefit -- Verizon just announced its new Virtual Visits platform, expanding medical access for patients who may wait " an average of 27 days for to schedule an appointment." That’s a 2010 statistic, in case you were wondering. By 2013 the average wait time was more like 18 days. But perhaps the wait time is beside the point – what if you don’t live or happen to be near a doctor? Would you use a remote visitation service? If you’re elderly, do you NEED a remote visitation service? Yes, perhaps. For some – it can enable access to a doctor’s advice without the hassle of traveling to the office. But does it matter if the oldest adults would not benefit - what if only 34% of those aged 75-79 and 20% of the 80+ seniors have access to broadband? No remote visitation for them. >>> Read more . . .