The Power of Herd Immunity – TED Talks

How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated?

child_patient_vaccineIt’s a concept called “herd immunity,” and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown.

Today we have TOOLS (vaccines) that can protect the lives of the most vulnerable people. Why some people still refuse to use them?

Listen to this insightful talk    How vaccines work?

The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper – Strategy+Business

digital_technologyConsumer will take more power in health-related decision and will drive the market

Within a decade, the health business will look and feel much more like other consumer-oriented, technology-enabled industries . It will have its own Amazon-style, iconic brands—companies that give consumers an easy way to access information, doctors, and treatments; provide them with a variety of services and products at a variety of prices; and centralize their care through user-friendly interfaces. And thanks to this growing trend, plenty of entrants into the market would like nothing better than to upend the old model of care, empowering consumers while taking some of the industry’s annual US$2.9 trillion market for themselves.

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U.S. Rx Spending Increased 13.1% in 2014

The Express Scripts Drug Trend Report shows amazing trends

Charts3The 19th edition of the Express Scripts Drug Trend Report reveals new hepatitis C therapies with high price tags and the exploitation of loopholes for compounded medications drove a 13.1% increase in U.S. drug spending in 2014 – a rate not seen in more than a decade. Hepatitis C and compounded medications are responsible for more than half of the increase in overall spending. Excluding those two therapy classes, 2014 drug trend (the year-over-year increase in per capita drug spending) was 6.4%.

The Report    The Summary

7 Ways Apple’s New Software Could Change Medical Research For The Better – Huffington Post

How can Apple’s new software help us in caring for patients

Why ResearchKit Is the Most Exciting Thing Apple Announced YesterdayResearchKit, the open-source iPhone software gives developers a platform for apps that collect health data and create programs that help users improve their health

For many of us who have smartphones, tracking things like our steps, meals, sleep, medication, weight and menstruation has become second nature. And for researchers who rely on data like this to study everything from chronic disease to healthful lifestyles, all of that information has been going to waste for years, locked away in the proprietary data clouds of telecommunication companies.

Read more    More on the ResearchKit    Will it really make a difference?