January 30, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a draft roadmap toward the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.

 

January 28, 2015

Several of the nation’s largest healthcare systems and payers on Tuesday announced a powerful new private-sector alliance dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system to value-based business and clinical models.

January 27, 2015

Call it the point-of-care revolution: The accelerating shift of patients from overcrowded doctors’ offices to accessible, clinically engaged pharmacists and retail clinicians for front-line health-and-wellness services.

 

January 13, 2015

A new analysis by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the CVS Health Research Institute, published online first in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that enhanced prescription drug insurance can improve patient health outcomes and reduce use of other (often costly) healthcare services.

January 7, 2015

We didn’t go crazy making a lot of predictions for 2015. That’s because 2015 is the year so many of our past predictions will come true, as the forces of healthcare consumerism and mobile technology collide to forever change the way health care is purchased, consumed and delivered. Call it the Big Bang of retail health.

December 4, 2014

The year 2015 bodes well for retail pharmacy in terms of how health care is evolving.

October 23, 2014

The U.S. healthcare system must address the problem of patients not picking up newly-prescribed medicines, according to a NEHI white paper.

September 23, 2014

A bill has been introduced that lawmakers say would “close federal loopholes” and increase consumer access to generic drugs while boosting market competition.

September 23, 2014

Surescripts has announced that it is experiencing considerable growth in the adoption of broad health information exchanges this year, with the addition of nearly 100 major health systems to its network.

September 17, 2014

If shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue, U.S. patients are likely to face growing challenges in access to care.

September 16, 2014

The U.S. Hispanic population is projected to reach 128.8 million by 2060, or more than 30% of the U.S. population. This could bode especially well for purveyors of health products and services in the pharmacy setting.

September 15, 2014

Among those with diabetes, patient-focused, collaborative care that includes pharmacists can positively impact health outcomes, particularly in underserved or uninsured populations.

September 10, 2014

The Ohio-based start-up C2B Solutions is available to provide key healthcare consumer insights and strategy to help healthcare companies more effectively influence patient behavior, the company announced last week. 

September 8, 2014

The number of uninsured is expected to decline by nearly half from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023 as a result of the coverage expansions associated with the Affordable Care Act.

August 24, 2014

The U.S. Hispanic population is projected to reach 128.8 million by 2060, or more than 30% of the U.S. population. This could bode especially well for purveyors of health products and services in the pharmacy setting. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, perhaps more than any other consumer group, Hispanics are cost-conscious, mobile savvy and do not necessarily seek health care within the traditional $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system.

August 20, 2014

Pharmacists aren’t the only professionals grappling with the uncertainties of health reform, shifting patient-care delivery models and changing reimbursement standards.

August 20, 2014

As health care in the United States continues to move toward a patient-centric system, new opportunities are opening up for technology providers.

August 20, 2014

“We have a system that needs fixing.” That comment on the state of the nation’s healthcare system, shared by physician and New York Times correspondent and senior writer Elisabeth Rosenthal, served as the springboard for a high-level summit on the future of health care in the United States. The event drew a who’s who of nationally known health experts, scientists and government officials.

July 24, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association celebrated the first International Self-Care Day event in the United States.

July 14, 2014

At the close of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, an estimated 9.5 million fewer U.S. adults were uninsured, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey released last week.

June 25, 2014

Verizon is expanding its mobile health solutions portfolio with the launch of its new Verizon Virtual Visits, which is designed to provide an easy, convenient and cost-effective way for patients to be seen remotely by a clinician for a cold, flu, sore throat or other simple, acute condition via video on their smartphone, tablet or computer.

May 28, 2014

It could be described as a perfect storm. The U.S. healthcare system is working to tackle soaring costs, a lack of ample accountability and a lack of access to primary care physicians as millions of previously uninsured Americans gain insurance via health reform. Despite the challenges presented by this new era of health care, the reality is that there’s rarely been a more promising time for retail healthcare delivery.

May 22, 2014

More than 10 million Hispanics are eligible to gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, representing unparalleled opportunity for businesses aiming to succeed in the emerging health economy focused on delivering consumer-centered care, according to "Hispanics: A growing force in the New Health Economy," a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.

April 28, 2014

Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, while the use of healthcare services rose for the first time in three years, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.