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Shopping for Insurance? We’ve Got You Covered

Is my prescription covered? What’s my copay? Choosing a health insurance plan that gets you the most bang for your buck is daunting. For many, medication price and coverage is a crucial decision factor. Meanwhile, drug prices vary under different … Continue reading

Calling all civic hackers, use data to connect Public Health and Primary Care!

Do you remember the multiple choice logic questions where the trick answer was “not enough information to solve”? Primary care providers and public health officials often experience this conundrum in their line of work. Ironically, the data often exists – … Continue reading

Care Coordination Challenge Competitors Advance to Phase II

Earlier this year, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs launched the Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge. This competition is an effort to crowdsource algorithm based solutions that will pinpoint gaps and conflicts in patient treatment plans. The goal is for … Continue reading

Doctors as Users, Building Tech for the Clinician’s Office

Just as digital health apps empower patients to engage with their own health needs, improved technology has the ability to change the way providers deliver care. Not only is there a need for tools to improve the workflow of doctors … Continue reading

The Judges Have Spoken: Decision Aid Upgrade Design Challenge Winners Announced

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Learning to clearly and empathetically explain the benefits and tradeoffs of treatment options to patients with advanced cancer is difficult for most … Continue reading

Why Cancer Patients and Clinicians Need a Decision Aid Upgrade

We have learned a lot about how to treat cancer in the past 30 years, yet patients still experience significant symptoms, pain, and stress from cancer and its treatments. And we are nowhere near curing patients of some of the … Continue reading

VA Announces New Challenge to Improve Care Coordination

Health care is much more than a single visit to a doctor’s office. It’s a compilation of all the interactions a person has with the health system and how that meshes with their lifestyle. Patients need a unified support systems … Continue reading

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