Tag Archives: Health Care

YC-Backed Amulyte Is Building A Better Lifeline For Seniors On The Move | TechCrunch

19 Aug

YC-Backed Amulyte Is Building A Better Lifeline For Seniors On The Move | TechCrunch.

Amulyte isn’t the first startup to tackle the senior-sensing problem: Virginia-based BeClose pulled back the curtain on its own in-home monitoring system last year, while the team at Lively tried to crack the code by tracking objects around the house instead of people. Still, the pair have cooked up one of the few monitoring schemes that can keep tabs on seniors wherever they go, and opening up that backend to multiple caretakers means that loved ones and professionals always have access to the same information is an awfully smart move.

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Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare

16 Apr

“In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.”

Patients in the US expect and receive more treatments than patients anywhere else. But is more really better?

Healthy seniors here are also big consumers of healthcare, getting about 65% more MRI studies and utilizing ambulances three times as often as seniors elsewhere. Commercial insurance data point to similar patterns in the healthcare of the younger population in Southern California. What explains such avid use?

This Article in the LA times features an interesting insight into this mentality: that people expect their medical treatments like every other kind of consumption.

Read more here.

And why shouldn’t they?

U.S. manages disease, not health – CNN.com

12 Mar

I have argued for years that we do not have a health care system in America. We have a disease-management system — one that depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they manifest rather than giving our citizens simple diet, lifestyle and therapeutic tools to keep them healthy.”

via U.S. manages disease, not health – CNN.com.

What You Need to Know About the Health Care Law

27 Jan

Let’s start with figuring out the new healthcare legislation- and what it could mean for you…

Like most laws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is complex. Who could forget all the talk about this over 900-page document? You don’t need to read the entire law, but you do need to understand what the changes in the law mean to you. How does the law affect you personally, based on who you are, where you live and what your health status and health coverage is?
The Health Law Guide does a good job of boiling down all the complicated information from the law. By answering six simple questions, you will get an individually tailored report outlining coverage details based on your existing health care coverage or what other health coverage you may be eligible to get.
Since different parts of the law will go into effect over a number of years, the Health Law Guide is updated regularly. So bookmark the page and check back often to learn about the new benefits as they become available.