Health Populi

By Jonah Comstock 03:34 pm April 30, 2019
When we talk about health consumerism or the consumerization of health, the topic encompasses a lot of disparate ideas. In her new book Health Consuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist with a 30-year background in the space, seeks to tie those ideas into one cohesive narrative — and to follow that narrative to see where it leads into our future. The...
By Jonah Comstock 09:40 am November 12, 2013
SuperBetter, a popular health and wellness game. Three trends are driving players in the healthcare space -- especially insurers -- toward gamification, according to a recent report by consulting firm ICF International: the trend toward value-based care, the increasing role of the patient as consumer, and the millennial generation as desirable health insurance customers. A fourth trend, the...
By Brian Dolan 01:49 pm August 13, 2012
This fall Target plans to stock mobile health coaching devices from SmartCoach on its store shelves. Toronto-based MyTrak Health System, a business unit of Medipattern, inked the deal with Target last month, according to the company. SmartCoach is a wearable mobile health device that aims to differentiate itself with a coaching service that not only tracks activity levels but also monitors...
By Brian Dolan 02:18 am May 24, 2012
Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a must-read column this week over at Health Populi. She noted that this Wednesday Pfizer announced a partnership with the magazine EatingWell to co-launch a mobile app aimed at patients who take Lipitor. While there are a few mobile apps in the market specifically focused on one particular pharmaceutical product, it's a safe bet that none were launched...
By Brian Dolan 03:32 pm June 22, 2011
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn More than 85 percent of the world’s population is covered by wireless phone signals. The global proliferation of wireless phones provides a technology platform to move health services to people — broadly referred to as ”mobile health” or “mhealth.” mHealth: New Horizons for health through mobile technologies, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) second report on mobile...
By Brian Dolan 07:38 am May 28, 2010
This past month MobiHealthNews has been including a "quote of the week" in our newsletter. Sometimes we chose the quote because of what was said, other times simply because of who was saying it. (When the inventor of the mobile phone starts predicting an mHealth future, it bears repeating.) Since the month is now drawing to a close, here's a review of the most memorable mobile health quotes from...
By Brian Dolan 11:35 am February 24, 2010
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Three major consumer and health industry brand names are coming together to launch a telehealth home monitoring project: GE, Intel and the Mayo Clinic. Each organization has a deep bench and history in the health vertical, covering different segments of the market. With this project, three industry leaders partner to learn about home health monitoring's challenges and...
By Brian Dolan 01:07 am September 10, 2009
The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) just published a must-read report called Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, by health economist and management consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. "Many of the entrants into this market are from outside traditional health organizations," Sarasohn-Kahn writes in her conclusion. "Health Providers, institutions...
By Brian Dolan 05:50 am August 17, 2009
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a great post over at Health Populi on a recent survey conducted by IBM that uncovers some stats about patients' relationships and attitudes toward primary care doctors, proactive healthcare and its associated costs. IBM's survey found that the number one reason why Americans deter proactive health care is cost and that goes for the insured, uninsured, employed and...