New Insights on America’s 46 Million Uninsured People

Probably the single most publicized healthcare statistic is “46 million uninsured Americans.” But who are these people? I’ll bet you don’t know, for a simple reason. Television and newspaper stories almost never explain where the 46 million uninsured number originated, nor how it was calculated. Thus, an essay in last week’s Wall Street Journal was enlightening. Titled “What Do We Know about the Uninsured?”, it was written by William Snyder, a policy...

New Use for Existing Lab Technology Wins UK Technology Award

Here’s another example of taking existing laboratory technology and applying it in a new way. A scientist at Queen’s University Belfast in the United Kingdom is using an existing technology to create what he describes as “intelligent molecules,” capable of identifying tags in human cells that could signal the presence of organisms common in an epidemic. They also could be use to track infections in a population and identify patients who would be vulnerable to certain...

Patient-Centric E-Health Envisioned by American College of Physicians

Patient-centric e-health services, including personal and electronic health records, remote monitoring of patients, electronic physician-patient communication, and patients seeking health information on-line, represent a new vision of healthcare’s future according to a recent position paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ACP’s new position paper demonstrates how the physician community is recognizing the role integrated healthcare...
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