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The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

At the same time mindsets have shifted toward taking care of one’s personal health and wellness, the natural space has expanded and a variety of purported “better for you” and “free from” products have emerged in food, health, beauty, wellness and other lifestyle categories. As this trend toward self-care becomes a focus of more consumers,

New technologies: opportunities and challenges

New technologies: opportunities and challenges

Editor’s note: The second in a series of seven articles by A.T. Kearney on the trends that are radically transforming the health sector. There is no question that science is rapidly accelerating the health care opportunities we see in the marketplace. Broader genetics capabilities could mean new services and treatments based on genetic makeup that

Wealthy and not healthy vs. healthy and not wealthy

Wealthy and not healthy vs. healthy and not wealthy

When America reaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, Millennials — those born between 1981 and 1997 — will represent the largest and most influential adult generational cohort in America, with a profound opportunity to realign the nation’s priorities as they enter their prime years and influence the shape of the future health care landscape. Millennials

CVS Health’s Merlo to discuss health care at 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival

CVS Health’s Merlo to discuss health care at 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo will join an exceptional mix of business experts and thought leaders who will share their insights on the accelerated pace of change in health care and how innovation, investments in technology, emerging business models and new competition are transforming the $3.6 trillion health care industry sector during Spotlight Health,

NACDS highlights pharmacy’s major role in rural health care

NACDS highlights pharmacy’s major role in rural health care

WASHINGTON — In a statement to the Senate Finance Committee this week on the challenges of health care and ways to improve it in rural America, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) honed in on the specific and key contributions pharmacy provides in rural communities. As Congress grapples with the daunting task of finding

Five ways Amazon can jump into health care

Five ways Amazon can jump into health care

  BOSTON — Online retail giant Amazon will enter the broader health care market — it’s just a question of how, according to global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting. In a new report released yesterday, L.E.K. said Amazon has the right combination of capabilities for “its big health care-industry ambitions” and could launch offerings running the gamut from

Clinton, Trump diverge on health care

Clinton, Trump diverge on health care

WASHINGTON — Change is apparently looming for the Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the 2016 presidential ­election. Though it’s uncertain if health care will emerge as a topic at tonight’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, the issue was the subject

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

NEW YORK — With the 2016 presidential election drawing near, health care has emerged as a policy area in which the two major candidates’ differences are strikingly clear. A useful starting point might be their respective approaches to prescription drug pricing. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, created a sensation in January when he advocated allowing

Role of data, analytics and insights in health care

Role of data, analytics and insights in health care

The digital data universe is growing dramatically — doubling every two years by some estimates. But when it comes to the implications for health care, pragmatic questions remain: What are the possibilities of new applications that capitalize on digitized data? Why isn’t change happening faster? And what barriers are preventing adoption? I recently had the

Power of scale can help unlock value

A lot of uncertainty surrounds the future of health exchanges, but one thing is clear: Customers will have more information about and more transparency into what their health dollars buy — and thus more power to choose. As providers compete on this somewhat leveled playing field, they will be pressured to find new ways to

Obama cites CVS as a leader in State of Union speech

Obama cites CVS as a leader in State of Union speech

WASHINGTON — Larry Merlo basked in the glow of a tribute to CVS Health from President Obama during the State of the Union address last month. Attending the speech at the invitation of first lady Michelle Obama, the CVS chief executive officer was shown on national television after the president said, “Tonight, I’m also asking more

Rx chains help keep ACA focused on consumers

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Highlighting the Obama administration’s partnerships with drug chains to boost health plan enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell last month toured a CVS/pharmacy store here. Burwell’s visit also was intended to urge people to sign up for health insurance by the February 15 deadline in the current open enrollment period

Study assesses health care views of consumers, providers

McLEAN, Va. — A new survey finds that consumers and heath care providers share strong opinions — as well as hold impressive differences — on the future of health care. Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs discovered the perspectives in a study titled “How We View Health Care in America: Consumer and Provider ­Perspectives.”

Telemedicine and the future of retail health clinics

It’s Monday morning and you wake up with a throbbing headache, stuffy and dizzy, recognizing that the next thing you absolutely positively need to hear is, “The doctor will see you now.” You roll over in bed, pick up your tablet, open your accountable care organization’s (ACO’s) telemedicine app, and in a few minutes you