Trump Calls For Mental Health Action After Shooting; His Budget Would Cut Programs

President Donald Trump spoke Friday from the White House about Thursday’s shootings at a South Florida high school. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP President Donald Trump spoke Friday from the White House about Thursday’s shootings at a South Florida high school. Carolyn Kaster/AP President Trump expressed grief Thursday over the school shooting […]

Health of Boston report highlights opioid crisis, positive signs in other indicators

The city’s biennial “Health of Boston” report released Thursday provides the latest evidence of the deadly toll caused by opioids, and confirmation that fatal overdoses are being fueled in large part by the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl. From 2011 to 2015, overdose deaths from opioids surged 130 percent in Boston — with fentanyl responsible for […]

Venezuela’s Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis

A volunteer from the non-profit Accion Solidaria organizes imported medicines alphabetically, in a store room in Caracas, Venezuela, last April. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine. Fidel Suarez/AP hide caption toggle caption Fidel Suarez/AP A volunteer from the non-profit Accion Solidaria organizes imported medicines […]

Republicans Need a Nudge to Lower Health Care Costs

Congress should allow employers to sign workers up for health insurance after giving them time to select a plan themselves. Workers would be notified by their employers of the insurance plan selected for them and should be allowed to opt out of coverage at any time. Employers should be limited to placing workers in plans […]

3 paths to universal health care in California

The push to move California to a universal health care system enters a new phase this week, when a special committee will hear for the first time specific proposals on how the state might pursue a path to universal care. The State Assembly’s Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage has its […]

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Google, researchers use AI to predict patient mortality — Mental health chatbot launches …

Welcome to Digital Health Briefing, a new email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by BI Intelligence. Sign up and receive Digital Health Briefing free to your inbox. Have feedback? We’d like to hear from you. Write me at:  lbeaver@businessinsider.com RESEARCHERS TAP DEEP LEARNING TO PREDICT […]

Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

“This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images “This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in […]

A Good Health Care Deal, but Only for Some

Medicare, by law, is not allowed to negotiate discounts on drug prices. But you can bet Amazon-JPMorgan-Berkshire will. Millions of American companies do not have the power, knowledge or data to drive down prices charged by labs or hospitals. But this new company most likely will. Recent history shows that when the medical system loses […]

Apple will let you keep your medical records on your iPhone

Apple to allow access to health records on iPhones

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To master health care, Amazon must master information and communication

Health care stocks swooned when Amazon announced its plan to form a non-profit health-care company for its US employees. Headlines like “Will Amazon do to health care what it did to books?” raised the prospect that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would bring his hard-nosed bargaining style and Amazon’s vast technology resources to bear on health-care […]