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China’s much-hyped healthcare reform drive stuck in first gear

Li Tiantian, a Chinese doctor turned tech entrepreneur, is a leading light of the country’s much-trumpeted healthcare reform drive. His medical networking platform DXY.com links two million doctors across China and has attracted funding from tech giants like Tencent. DXY is exactly what Beijing has said it’s looking to support after it pinpointed remote healthcare, […]

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New Report Shows Majority of States Missing Opportunities to Reduce Toll of Cancer

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A majority of states are not measuring up on legislative solutions that prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality” […]

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Birth Control Pills Give Women Dramatic Anti-Cancer Benefits

Women now have a surprising new reason to go on the pill. Birth control pills have been around since the 1960s, when they offered women a revolutionary degree of control over their reproductive capabilities. Over the years, the formulation of “the pill” has changed, but it remains one of the most widely used, and most […]

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Hackensack University Medical Center Accepts White House Call to Action to Advance the Precision Medicine Initiative

HACKENSACK, N.J., Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is pleased to announce that it has accepted President Barack Obama’s call to action to improve the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) as part of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative, a new research effort to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare. HackensackUMC is […]

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Medicine Is Going Through A Revolution — With Doctors’ Help

It is only after a revolution concludes that one can clearly look back and fully understand what triggered the revolution. External factors such as technology shifts can create the conditions for a revolution where it may not have been possible before. A generation that has a different worldview than their elders may not accept that status quo. […]

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As Obamacare Takes Hold, Unpaid Hospital Bills Vanish

As hospital operators begin to report second period earnings — the sixth consecutive quarter of new revenue from once uninsured patients — the number and size of unpaid medical bills continues to fall thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The health law last year began to provide subsidized private health insurance coverage on public exchanges […]

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China to expand medical insurance for major illnesses

China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent. The State Council said 50 percent of the medical costs will be […]

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Donald Trump Hates Obamacare – So I Asked Him How He’d Replace It

Donald Trump is leading in numerous major polls of GOP presidential candidates. And the first Republican presidential debate is looming next week. Whether or not you think Trump’s a spectacle, I think it’s past time to start taking him seriously. Even when it sounds like he’s trying to be funny. Take his comments on health […]

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Healthcare deals lift July to 7th busiest M&A month on record

A surge of takeover activity involving healthcare, financial and retail companies lifted the value of deals in July over $430 billion, making it the seventh-busiest mergers and acquisition month on record, Thomson Reuters data showed. A total of $436.4 billion worth of deals had been concluded as of July 30, including 14 bumper deals worth […]

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CVS And IBM’s Watson Partner To Predict Patient Health Needs

CVS Health (CVS) and IBM (IBM) say they’ve formed a partnership designed to better predict deteriorating health of the pharmacy giant’s customers through predictive analytics. IBM’s Watson, the computer giant’s artificial intelligence system, hopes to bring better care coordination and more personalized care to CVS customers and employer clients. The effort will better identify patients […]

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