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Fix information gaps in health-care system

April 2018 thestar; I keep hearing how Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Big Data will revolutionize health care. While we look to the future, let’s not ignore the technological challenges facing the industry today — specifically, inefficiencies in existing processes and technologies. For example, we confuse care quality with how much …

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GSK buys out Novartis in $13 billion consumer healthcare shake-up

March 2018 BusinessDaily; GlaxoSmithKline is buying Novartis out of their consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion, taking full control of products including Sensodyne toothpaste, Panadol headache tablets, muscle gel Voltaren, and Nicotinell patches. GSK’s biggest move since Emma Walmsley became chief executive last year follows the British drugmaker’s decision last …

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Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Are Creating a Health Care Company That’s ‘Free From Profit-Making Incentives’

February 2018 time;Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’sBerkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffet, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered …

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USA:Health care costs are still a crushing problem

January 2018 Yahoonews; Andrew Luccock pays about $1,700 per month for health insurance for his family of 5—and still expects to pay more than $25,000 out-of-pocket this year for medical care. That will total around $45,000 for premiums and uncovered expenses in 2018–on top of a similar outlay last year. “I’m …

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USA: Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

November 2017 phillytrib; Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. As a top drug industry veteran from 2007 to 2017, former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar built …

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USA:Illinois officials overhaul health care enrollment

November 2017  effinghamdailynews;Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the health care marketplace in half the amount of time as last year. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and will be six weeks long, unlike the 12 weeks last year. Insurance department officials are adding 230 …

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Mugabe blamed in the West for destroying Zimbabwe’s economy

October 2017 Standardmedia; Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a high-level WHO meeting …

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