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December 3 2014
by Todd Hixon

Digital Wearables Can Help Both Sick And Healthy People

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 26, 2014.] Dr. Robert Glattner’s recent post “Wearable Technology And Digital Healthcare Strategies Should Shift Focus To Chronic Medical Illness” underscores a big resource allocation tension in healthcare: between helping those who are sick, and helping those who are well avoid becoming sick. He points out that, today, most of […]

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October 30 2014
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Needs Stronger Market Forces

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 17, 2012.] The U.S. Health Care industry is a huge industry that exhibits a remarkable lack of competition. There is huge concentration of market power on both the buy and the sell side. Health care is a regional market, mostly because service providers need to be close […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Is Telemedicine Suddenly Hot?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2014.] Google’s recent announcement that it will provide telemedicine services was the crescendo to a swelling volume of recent interest: e.g., articles in VentureBeat, U.S. News, and The Economist. Telemedicine has been around for a generation. Why is this happening now? Rising use of telemedicine takes […]

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October 16 2014
by Todd Hixon

Rebutting The Premise That Doctors Help Drive High Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 24, 2012.] Two of my recent posts* have addressed the drivers of high health care costs in the U.S. I’ve received a lot of comments, for which I’m grateful, as this is meant to be a conversation. Many of the comments have come from the medical community: […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

How Venture Capital Helps Drive Up Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 14, 2012.] The venture capital industry gets a lot of good press, especially for job creation. [Bear in mind, however, that entrepreneurs do the heavy lifting.] But, from a health care cost perspective, I think venture capital is part of the problem. I’ve criticized doctors in recent […]

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October 7 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will You Buy Your Healthcare At Walmart?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 10, 2014.] Healthcare is becoming a retail business. The exchanges created by the ACA (1) and other forces are making consumers responsible for choosing health plans and providers. Major retailers see this, and they are deepening their health care value add, becoming healthcare providers and more. Someday soon, when you launch […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Big Ideas From The Forbes Healthcare Summit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 12, 2013.]   (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)   The Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York last week brought together very senior people across the U.S. healthcare spectrum: CEOs of big insurance companies, R&D heads of top pharma companies, CEOs of major medical centers, and CEOs of a […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Health Care Will Take A Much Bigger Bite Out Of Your Wallet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 11, 2013] I suspect most people would say, if asked, that individuals have been paying an increasing share of the cost of health care. They are thinking about the steadily rising premium cost-share percentages, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance that have been imposed on people with private health […]

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January 14 2014
by Todd Hixon

Higher Education Is Now Ground Zero For Disruption

Why? US Higher Ed has a product that does not work, ridiculous costs, and an antiquated business model. For many years we accepted this because we see extraordinary value in education. Now, most middle and upper-middle class parents find they cannot give their children the education they enjoyed. Technology has recently put a spark to this fuel: on-line education works and dramatically […]

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working

U. S. attempts at health care reform, centered on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”) have created controversy and evoked much criticism and cynicism. I and others have observed that the ACA is much stronger on coverage extension than on cost control. But, we are now seeing evidence that cost growth is […]

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