Tag: LSPA

Healthcare Use Cases for Blockchain Technology
June 19, 2019 - 2:38 pm, by
This blog was written by John Schneider, PhD, Katherine Dick, Cara Scheibling Recently, the crypto-currency company Bitcoin has been in the news, mainly for its combination of volatility in valuation coupled with its impenetrable technological foundation.  The virtual currency is perhaps the most well-known application of a technology now commonly referred to as “blockchain.”[1] Each...
Will an Unravelling of the Affordable Care Act Result in Meaningful Organizational Changes in U.S. Medical Care? Implications for Economic Evaluation of Drugs & Devices
December 6, 2016 - 3:34 pm, by
In recent years, there has been a shift in U.S. health care markets to a broader, population-based perspective when assessing the costs and benefits of medical innovation. Cost effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis results can look quite different when viewed from the perspective of a health system or an accountable care organization, and can...
Physician Shortages in the U.S.: Disentangling Myth, Folklore, and Fact
September 14, 2015 - 3:14 pm, by
Much of the public media and even a substantial part of the medical literature operates on the assumption that there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S., including those specializing in primary care, intensive care, and surgery. One study, for example, estimated that the physician shortfall in the U.S. would reach 90,000 by 2025.[1]...
Fad Diets and Nutrition: What’s all the Fuss about Gluten?
August 13, 2015 - 3:03 pm, by
In recent years, the food industry has seen a boom in the “free from” category, including a myriad of ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, toxic pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. One such product that has been particularly demonized recently is gluten. Celebrities from Miley Cyrus to former president Bill Clinton...
The New Era of Cost Control in Healthcare: What Should you look for in a Health Economics and Outcomes Research Consultant?
May 12, 2015 - 2:58 pm, by
In recent years, there has been a small but measurable slowdown in the rate of increase in health expenditures, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The slowdown is largely attributable to a higher level of commitment on the part of payers to increase enrollee cost sharing and control access to high cost treatments.[1-3] If...
How Should Health Care Providers Measure and Market the Value of their Services?
December 31, 2014 - 2:23 pm, by
There was a time when we did not spend a lot of time worrying about the quality of the health care services we received. Our families went to the doctor who was known as a “good doctor” and we received treatment in the nearby hospital known as a “good hospital.” An endorsement or two from...
The Long Reach of a Devastating Virus
November 24, 2014 - 2:18 pm, by
As a follow-up to our previous blog (October 2014), we are revisiting the topic of Ebola because this public health crisis has drawn attention to two very important public health issues: (1) the ever-present global danger of infectious diseases, and (2) the critical role of the public health and health system infrastructures in preventing and...
Health Care Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa
October 28, 2014 - 1:57 pm, by
The recent Ebola epidemic in Africa has served as a reminder of the vulnerability of public health systems in handling unexpected health problems, especially when basic access to care and day-to-day health problems remain a challenge. Unlike its northern counterpart, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to experience a disproportionate burden of disease, influenced by the intersection...
Environmental Health Update: Ending our Love Affair with Styrofoam
September 5, 2014 - 1:53 pm, by
For over 50 years, the food industry has used Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) food service products for a variety of food and beverage service needs. EPS, commonly known as Styrofoam, is cheap and durable, so it seems ideal for takeout food or your hot cup of to-go coffee. But you might want to rethink drinking your...
What are the Health Consequences of Psychiatric Hospital Closures?
August 25, 2014 - 1:51 pm, by
Over the past 50 years, 95% of the country’s state psychiatric hospital population have been closed down, leaving fewer than 200 hospitals to provide care to those living with mental illnesses (Fisher et al. 2009). Between 2009 and 2011 alone, states cumulatively cut more than $1.8 billion from their budgets for services for children and...
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