Angelina Jolie and Genetic Testing

Angelina Jolie has been the subject of recent news because she had a preventative double mastectomy. After watching several members of her family battle cancer - Jolie's mother died from ovarian cancer and her aunt from breast cancer - Jolie decided to…

Healthloop – Where the Patient is No Longer “Out of Sight Out of Mind”

Ubiquitous mobile social technology and data analytics has the potential to help us take better care of ourselves.  Now with Healthloop, technology may help doctors take better care of us, before and after surgery. Years ago when I was curious…

Daring to be Different While Striving to be Better at Greatist

Ever since I did my first research on Mobile Social Games for Health, I have been observing and expanding my definition of health and wellness that coincides with the broader acceptance of integrative medicine. I came to the Greatist office…

Feedback Loops and Behavior Change in Healthcare

In preparing my talk on “What is Working in Mobile Games and Online Patient Support” for the mHealth Summit, I asked the folks at @kairoslabs @habitdesign @ginger.io and @healthrageous for their reading recommendations on behavior change. The next few posts…

(Part 3) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part Three: Election Day special: Regulatory Obstacles (continued from Part Two) By Ellen Martin Here is a 352-page description of US healthcare regulation as of 2006: Robert I. Field’s Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation, and Compromise. Click Here It is always…

(Part 2) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part Two: Healthcare Structural Issues (continued from Part One) By Ellen Martin First, let’s recognize the fundamental market disconnect between providers, consumers (patients) and (third-party) payers (employers, insurance companies, managed care), which is a fundamental reason that healthcare is not a…

(Part 1) The Data “Revolution” in Healthcare: Obstacles and Opportunities

Part One: Introduction By Ellen Martin As evidenced by StrataRx, as well as our Hype and Hope white paper, expectations run high regarding data’s potential to transform healthcare: lower costs, fewer errors, and better patient outcomes. So high, indeed, as…