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8 years 9 months ago

This post continues the series on the Health 2.0 SF and is the second consecutive editorial featuring small companies launched and featured at the conference.

Company name: Tweetwhatyoueat
Pitch: Broadcast meal contents to your twitter followers and the crowd-sourced food database counts your calories and keep track of your diet.
How it works: The Tweetwhatyoueat site recognizes food words in tweets (no hashtags necessary) and automatically records meal times and the calorie...


8 years 9 months ago

The term "Health 2.0" describes the interface between web 2.0-inspired technology and health care. The sector is growing rapidly as patients search for ways to navigate the health care system and companies - both large and small - race to serve consumer needs. The annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco (Health 2.0 SF) brings many of the key players under one roof. This year I joined the gathering to learn more about the entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers doing good work in the Health 2.0 sector and this Justmeans editorial series covers some of the latest...


8 years 9 months ago

The Blue Button project is an effort to allow easier access to personal health data for veterans and Medicare beneficiaries by allowing patients in these systems to download and print their medical history. In practice, the project involves a simple blue button that appears on secure Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare web portals. Clicking on the button gives patients access to their records. They can then share these health care documents with providers or others willing to help the patient...


8 years 9 months ago

The term “Health 2.0” describes the interface between web 2.0-inspired technology and health care. The sector is growing rapidly as patients search for ways to navigate the health care system and companies - both large and small - race to serve consumer needs. The annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco (Health 2.0 SF) brings many of the key players under one roof. This year I joined the gathering to learn more about the entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers doing...


8 years 9 months ago

Sharecare is WebMD plus facebook. The site aims to help patients make healthy decisions by interacting through social media applications with registered health care "experts." These experts are vetted by Sharecare and include health care providers, advocacy groups, and corporations. Consumers can search the site by topic, enter particular health care questions, or browse their favorite expert's pet subjects. They can also use the facebook "like" button to endorse helpful health care...


8 years 9 months ago

The term "Health 2.0" describes the interface between web 2.0-inspired technology and health care. The sector is growing rapidly as patients search for ways to navigate the health care system and companies - both large and small - race to serve consumer needs. The annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco (Health 2.0 SF) brings many of the key players under one roof. This year I joined the gathering to learn more about the entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers doing good work in the...


8 years 11 months ago

Robert Evans, PhD received the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for his work as the health care pioneer who led the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). His “test tube baby” procedures have provided a route to pregnancy for the 10% of couples worldwide that struggle with infertility. The award honored the 85 year-old Cambridge-based biologist for his efforts in the lab and clinic but also celebrated Dr. Evans’ persistence away from the...


8 years 11 months ago

Delivery of primary health care services in the U.S. used to involve a physician and a patient. The physician would see the patient in a clinic, conduct an examination, enter notes in a paper record, prescribe a follow up appointment, and say goodbye until the next scheduled visit. Usually this process occurred within a 15-minute window arranged by the physician’s front office staff. Although this type of health care visit still occurs, it is fast...


8 years 11 months ago

(This is the continuation of a prior post on how non-physician health care providers are changing primary care in the United States and Part 3 in a series on the evolution of primary care. For the first post click here.)

Another example of non-physician-led primary care can be found in Philadelphia at the...


8 years 12 months ago

Delivery of primary care services in the U.S. used to involve a physician and a patient. The physician would see the patient in a clinic, conduct an examination, enter notes in a paper record, prescribe a follow up appointment, and say goodbye until the next scheduled visit. Usually this process occurred within a 15-minute window arranged by the physician's front office staff. Although this type of health care visit still occurs, it is fast becoming an exception to the new rules of primary care. This column, the second in a...


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