From “ACO” to “VBID,” a brief glossary of important ideas and trends shaping the past, present and future of modern health care.
The mHealth Movement: Mobile Apps and the Rise of Portable CarePersonal medical-monitoring devices and mobile apps are on the rise, and the data they track — including blood pressure, cholesterol, oxygen levels, and other vitals — puts health care in the palm of your hand.
Big Data, Better Health?Medical researchers are mining vast sums of big data to discern new patterns in public health records and patients’ health histories — a search with the potential to solve some of medicine’s most vexing problems.
Personalized Patient Coaching: The Future of Online Health Care?Mobile and Web-based support services for common chronic illnesses cost less than personal check-ins — and can be as effective.
A Data-Sharing Plan That’s Good for Your Health?When health insurance payers and health care providers work together to share and analyze their data, it’s a win-win for both sides — and patients too.
The Health Crisis in Your CabinetNew public-awareness programs are educating the masses on the deadly health risks—and environmental hazards—of unused prescription drugs.
Could Your Next Copay Transform Health Care?By charging smaller copays to reward patients who choose the best health care at the best cost, insurers have devised a way to save money for everyone involved.
Signing a Contract to Stay HealthyA successful new model of health care combines a mixture of monetary incentives and penalties--and it's backed by a written agreement between doctor and patient.
Forget to Take Meds? The Real Cost of Ignoring Your Doctors’ OrdersMillions of Americans misuse or forget to take their prescription medication each year, resulting in higher health care costs, prolonged illnesses, and 125,000 needless deaths.
Logging On for LifeDigital access to medical records empowers patients through better communication, smarter decisions, and continuous health tracking online.
The A-ICU: Health Care, Delivered to Your HomeAmbulatory Intensive Caring Units bring health care workers to patients’ homes, installing custom-built solutions to prevent illness and injury.
Searching Upstream for the Source of SicknessNew “upstreamist” doctors are looking for the roots of illness in patients’ environmental and social spheres.
Finding Clarity and Comfort When the End Is NearHonest conversations between terminal patients and their doctors can help patients make informed choices about their remaining days.
Living Longer, Aging LessLongevity experts are on a mission to treat the root cause of countless illnesses: the physiology of aging itself.
The Cooperation Revolution in Health CareNew models of collaboration between medical providers are cutting costs while encouraging competition for greater quality of care.
Coming Soon: Your Doctor, the Life CoachTechnology is helping transform health care into a team effort.
Transforming How Doctors Get PaidInnovations in the way doctors and hospitals are paid aim to ensure that patients get the most effective care at the best cost.
How Streamlined Admissions Can Save Lives (and Billions of Dollars)How some hospitals are using "flight-booking" technology to reinvent health care.
When Does Less Health Care Make More Sense?Doctors and patients are working together to reduce waste.
Health Care’s Big Data MandateSharing information collected in clinical trials could lead to better treatments and dramatically reduce drug development costs.