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Mobile STI Testing Units to Revolutionize Global Sexual Health

1 in 4 college students has an STI and 80% of them show no noticeable signs or symptoms. The CDC conservatively estimates that the lifetime cost of treating eight of the most common STIs contracted in just one year is $15.6 billion, whereas one condom costs about 4 cents wholesale, $1.50 in the drugstore. Investing in prevention is highly cost effective in economic and personal health costs, even though treatment currently ...more »

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Peer-delivered health services in integrated care

Research has demonstrated that individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) die up to 25 years earlier than the general population. Many of the risk factors for these deaths, such as smoking, obesity, and inadequate medical care, are behavioral. Pathways to Housing seeks to address a fragmented system of healthcare through patient-centered and peer-supplemented integrated care. Peer-delivered services (provided by individuals ...more »

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Supported from the start

Think back to the last time you dealt with a serious health condition. Did you leave your visit to the doctor with more questions than answers, feeling vulnerable and uninformed? Did you Google your symptoms and sift through junk search results? Despite the fact that doctors have only a few minutes per patient, most do NOT refer to support services. There are literally thousands of support groups and online communities ...more »

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Patient Checklists: A radical yet simple solution

As modern-day consumers of healthcare, patients today can access large amounts of health information. Yet, are they asking the right questions? An asthma patient may ask, “what are the side effects of that inhaler.” Shouldn’t they ask, “I know that a fast heart rate may occur. How fast is too fast?” A patient may have heard that some inhalers need to be taken daily to prevent symptoms. Shouldn’t they ask, “how long will ...more »

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Digital Starting Points

Imagine if every encounter between patients and healthcare providers (HCP) ended with patients receiving relevant and reliable Digital Starting Points tailored to their needs and health literacy skills. Instead of searching on their mobile phones outside the doctor’s office or pharmacy or on the web at home, patients start with trustworthy websites, social media, and apps and can avoid inaccurate, biased, and unbranded ...more »

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Healthcare Consumerism – What could be the new consumer engagement?

Design a solution to engage the healthcare customer in a new way, a new entry portal to the healthcare system. An environment more convenient and closer to work/home. An environment that is non-clinical, less stressful. An offering that is just about your health and well-being at the broadest level. An environment that presents a new understanding of what wellness could be in terms of one’s home, work, travel, and play. ...more »

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Informing patient decision-making with open access to health data

Increasingly, patients are having to make the hard decisions about their care: what could I have, what should I do to treat it, and where should I go? With 135 medical specialties and imperfect access to primary care, consumers are turning to the Internet for information to guide these decisions. Unfortunately, much of the content available is generic at best. In some cases it is purposefully written to elicit fear ...more »

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Clear Health Costs

Our vision: people should know what things cost in health care. How we’ll get you there: come to clearhealthcosts.com, where we’re revealing health-care prices. What’s there now: pricing surveys for common procedures in 7 metro areas; a simple search tool for Medicare prices; an informative blog; and more. When we launched in 2011, people said it couldn’t be done. Well, we did it. People are noticing. Our traffic ...more »

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Drive competition and Reduce healthcare costs with – “Patient List” (Like Craigslist)

“Patient List” is a secure online market place where consumers with specific medical needs will “post” their needs along with a price range they can afford to pay. Providers will actively monitor this new market place to sign up patients and directly negotiate a price with the patient consumer. This radical new approach exposes the patient to an open market place at any point during the care delivery process thereby providing ...more »

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Virtual Health Insurance Card

The static, printed, and likely faded, insurance card we all have in our wallets is currently the only intersection between patients, providers, and payers. What if we could streamline the entire healthcare experience by virtualizing this “card” and putting it on a single, secure, real-time communications platform—a platform that would bring patients from the periphery to the center of healthcare? What if we could see ...more »

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