National Brands Are Driving Healthcare into New Settings for Care Delivery

Search “healthcare changed forever by COVID-19” online. Millions of results pop up, from a “forever changed” supply chain to a “forever changed” industry landscape due to mergers and acquisitions to “forever changed” care delivery via telehealth. Instead of giving COVID-19 premature credit for all these changes, though, we’d rather call it a catalyst that could […]

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Novel Coronavirus Will Spark a Whole New World of Healthcare

Imagine a world in which a pandemic such as COVID-19 is not a once-every-100-years occurrence but a once-a-decade event. This is not a prediction; neither is it beyond the realm of possibility. A 500-year flooding event has a 0.2% chance of occurring in one year; Houston, Texas, experienced three such events three years in a row. […]

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Healthcare, Unbound

Delivering more care through tablets, laptops and mobile phones, whether at home or in another lower cost setting, could help us prevent the next pandemic. For much of the last decade, we’ve envisioned on-demand, “anywhere” delivery of healthcare via a consumer-to business (C2B) platform. The consumer and industry responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are accelerating […]

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From ‘-Omics’ to Digital Twins, Life Sciences Is In for Vast Changes Ahead

Digital tools and platforms are remaking every aspect of the life sciences (LS) value chain, from co-prescribed apps to implanted sensors to data queries for drug discovery, and digital is overturning how companies conduct clinical trials and manage production/distribution. The changes extend to how individual patients assimilate and internalize health and healthcare technology directly, through […]

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It’s Time for a New Approach to Revenue Cycle Management in Healthcare

In healthcare, the process of receiving payment is unlike that of any other business. For most transactions in other industries, the consumer makes a full payment when a service is performed or product is received. Such is not the case in healthcare: Imagine going to Best Buy and saying, “I’ll take the TV home now, […]

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Opening the Course to Price Transparency by Closing the Safe Harbor on Part D Drug Rebates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is about to publish a proposed rule that – according to the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) – would lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs for patients and increase pricing transparency. The HHS proposal would eliminate a safe harbor for prescription drug rebates that drug […]

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Now in the Consumer-Centric Healthcare Spotlight: Microsoft & Walgreens

We’ve been steadily predicting the formation of many unusual partnerships as the healthcare industry shifts toward consumer-centric healthcare business models. And our forecasts keep coming to pass: Think of CVS-Aetna, Cigna and Express Scripts and, of course, Amazon’s venture with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway. Now we can add Walgreens Boots Alliance and Microsoft to the list. […]

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Amazon Primes Pharmacy Disruption with PillPack Acquisition

Amazon’s march toward what we’ve called “Prime Health” continues with the company’s announcement that it will acquire PillPack, the online full-service pharmacy that sorts its customers’ medications by dose; packages them by date, day and time; and mails them to the consumer’s home. With this acquisition, Amazon gains another tool for making healthcare easier, faster, […]

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The Frontier Within (Part 3): Green Signals from the FDA for Human Digitization

This is the third in our blog series on “digitizing the human body.” (Also see Part 1 and Part 2.) Human digitization has moved closer to reality, with three recent FDA-related developments strongly suggesting that regulatory hurdles to cutting-edge life sciences technologies are less daunting than generally assumed:  #1: Approval of a Digital Pill The […]

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Drones in Human Health: Transforming Life Sciences in the Wilds of the Healthcare Jungle (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed Dian Fossey’s approach to gaining groundbreaking insights on primate behavior by directly observing and documenting the daily activities of gorillas in their natural environment. I described how applying and combining digital technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence (AI) could enable Fossey-style research at scale to improve […]

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