• Merck subsidiary pilots bitcoin blockchain for genomic data June 17, 2019
    Nebula Genomics, a startup spun out of a Harvard Medical School laboratory in 2018, has signed an agreement with EMD Serono to allow access of genomic data from Nebula’s blockchain-based network.
  • Surprise billing: Another healthcare market failure June 17, 2019
    Patients often assume that their health insurance will cover emergency care or major procedures. They're caught by surprise when they find out that they’re not fully covered. Of all the euphemisms in U.S. healthcare billing practices, so-called "balance billing" may take the cake. Balance billing, better known as surprise billing, happens when a patient receives […]
  • Curtailing utilization of low-value medical care June 17, 2019
    We all have an obligation to serve as good stewards of America’s healthcare dollars, and healthcare companies can go further and seize the opportunity to drive system-wide improvements to deliver more value for those we serve. Cigna created a national role dedicated to identifying opportunities to extend healthcare dollars while maintaining or improving the quality […]
  • AMA seeks alternative payment models for vulnerable population June 17, 2019
    In an effort to reduce healthcare disparities, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently vowed to support the creation of new alternative payment models that specifically address the outcomes of high-risk and vulnerable populations.
  • Fix Medicare before it bankrupts the country June 17, 2019
    There are ways to keep the lid on Medicare spending before its becomes unsustainable, argues John F. Early, in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. The life expectancy for an average 65-year-old has increased about 30% since 1967, the year after Medicare was launched. Early says that the eligibility age to receive Medicare should […]
  • The genomic clues to disease June 17, 2019
    Genomics is a rapidly evolving technology that can help identify the genetic cause of a condition in a person. It can also find a person’s predisposition to various diseases like some cancers. When science first sequenced all the genes in the entire human genome, it became possible for scientists to compare the genomic patterns of […]
  • Deductibles and the blame game for high healthcare costs June 17, 2019
    Polls and surveys in 2019 (most significantly a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll in January) have found that Americans like the idea of Medicare for all. But tell them that it would mean giving up on employer-sponsored health insurance — as some Medicare-for-all plans propose doing — and those in favor swing from a majority […]
  • How nanotech powers precision medicine June 17, 2019
    When we think of medical breakthroughs, our minds often turn to new drugs and treatments. However, innovations in biomaterials and medicine delivery processes are just as revolutionary and important as they pave the way for such advances.