America's healthcare bill continues to rise. Our tab reached $3.8 trillion in 2019, nearly $11,600 per person, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health care consumes some 17.7% of our nation's gross domestic product. In recent months, two leading research organizations, the Rand Corporation and the Kaiser Family Foundation, have released plans for reining that bill in. Kaiser, for example, says, "Reducing the prices private insurers pay for health care services could help alleviate the financial burden of health care for employers and individuals with private insurance." In other words, America would spend less if the price of health care were lower. Perhaps these eminent researchers will soon tell us that we'll have fewer floods if it rains less—or we'd have more money in our 401(k)s if we saved more.Read more
Have you seen 11 Episode | Season 3 of GIANT's Healthy Innovators Live TV Show on our Youtube channel?
Host: Barry Shrier, Founder and CEO, GIANT Health A big thank you to our valuable guests: Neil Crump, NHS Story Amplifyer, Chief Partnership Officer, BOB.health Rayna Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, Vinehealth Click here and Enjoy!Read more
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Healthcare is being disrupted by a new category of direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands. These brands have built innovative business models to confront the primary challenges and opportunities in today's healthcare landscape, including rising healthcare costs, changing relationships with primary care, and access to telehealth. But many of these brands are also innovating in their marketing, building strong brands, and trying new marketing tactics most healthcare marketers haven't explored yet. In this article, I'll share what I believe to be some of the best healthcare marketing strategies inspired by this growing category of brands. Lead with product and service. DTC healthcare brands have taken inspiration from other DTC e-commerce brands that have paved the way to make people feel comfortable purchasing goods and services online. Like e-commerce brands, you should lead with the products and services you offer and the needs they address. For example, while DTC brand HIMs offers many products, they primarily offer prescriptions that require a telehealth visit. However, they've made sure the site experience feels more like an e-commerce brand than a telehealth practice. They lead with their products, making sure that prescriptions are able to be browsed and that prices and medications are easily understood, just as they would be in an e-commerce storefront.Read more
Alignment Healthcare, a provider of privatized Medicare benefits for seniors, has launched its initial public offering. Alignment, which operates in California, North Carolina and Nevada with 81,500 health plan enrollees in more than 20 markets in these states, is the latest health insurer to launch an IPO this year. Oscar Health, which sells individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act and has been expanding its own Medicare Advantage business, went public earlier this year. In Alignment’s case, the company earlier disclosed hopes of raising nearly $500 million, which would help raise capital for future expansion. Alignment Thursday night announced pricing of its IPO of 27.2 million shares of its common stock at $18 per share, “including 5,500,000 shares of common stock to be sold by certain existing stockholders.”Read more
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New York Democrats hope that 2021 is the year socialized medicine finally arrives in the Empire State. Senator Gustavo Rivera, the chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, is reportedly planning to introduce the New York Health Act, which would ban private insurance and force all New Yorkers onto a government-run healthcare plan. State lawmakers have tried and failed to advance the bill on several occasions. But Rivera, its lead sponsor, believes that this time could be different, with a friendly administration in Washington. New Yorkers should watch the goings-on in Albany carefully. A government takeover of the state's health insurance system would be extraordinarily costly and force patients to endure lengthy waits for care. It's the last thing the state should contemplate in the midst of an historic public health crisis. The legislation's supporters see things differently. From their perspective, Covid-19 has made it more important than ever for the government to guarantee health coverage by providing it directly. Rivera points to many of his low-income constituents in the Bronx, who are more likely to suffer from multiple chronic conditions than other New Yorkers. That elevated their risk of serious illness or death at the hands of the coronavirus.Read more
Healthcare consumers have the world at their fingertips as they make medical decisions. They do their research, educate themselves and take charge of their decision-making in ways that weren’t possible before online search became the go-to for knowledge acquisition. And as they search online, whether they know it or not, their data is being collected. Every search initiated and every click made impacts future experience. Online consumers want search results to be fully on point with what they’re looking for, and that’s possible thanks to massive banks of data and the algorithms that interpret that data. Predictive analytics tools detect patterns in the data that uncover surprisingly accurate pictures of consumers and what they need. The information is collected continuously. Until recently, only large hospital marketing teams had access to healthcare predictive analytics due to the high cost and complexity of using the data. Today, however, cutting-edge technologies provided by companies like mine make it possible for practices and hospitals of any size to use predictive data in their marketing efforts. That means you can tap into that big data to identify the patients you want, target them in critical moments and optimize your marketing spend. By doing so, you can also improve the experience for healthcare consumers.Read more
True story: When I was a medical student, many of the patients I saw on rounds each morning had a lot of questions for me. Inevitably, however, they forgot to ask some of them. In the afternoons, I’d often pass a nurse in the hallway who would say something like, “Patient X says she’d like you to come back to her room because she forgot to ask you something.” Often, when I went back to visit Patient X, she’d say something like, “Oh, yes, I had a question about what you said this morning…But I forgot what it was.”Read more
A pivotal event for AI happened when IBM’s Watson beat two all-time champions of Jeopardy! in 2011. This showed that the technology was far from being experimental. IBM would soon go on to make Watson the centerpiece of its AI strategy. And a big part of this was to focus on healthcare. To this end, the company made several major acquisitions and boosted the headcount of data scientists. But despite all this, the effort ultimately proved to be a disappointment. Keep in mind that IBM is now exploring the sale of the Watson healthcare business, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more
Have you seen 10 Episode | Season 3 of GIANT's Healthy Innovators Live TV Show on our Youtube channel?
Join us today for Episode 10 | Season 3 of Healthy Innovators Live TV on our Youtube channel. Host: Barry Shrier, Founder and CEO, GIANT Health A big thank you to our valuable guests: Denise Silber, Emcee - Speaker -…Read more