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The Future Of Health Care Is Social, And Techie

health 179123453 A company called Vantage Health is teaming up with the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute in La Jolla, Calif., to develop so-called point-of-care consumer health applications based on existing research from NASA, the U.S. space agency. One of the first products being developed by this medical-device partnership is a breath analyzer that can detect lung cancer earlier than current diagnostic procedures. It's not only this sensor technology itself that will change health care, but the way it will communicate with other sensors in our homes, cars or portable devices -- and with our friends, families and health care providers. For example, apps that elicit encouragement from a smoker's social media contacts are already proving more effective than other stop-smoking methods which use strictly-medical approaches, such as nicotine patches, according to Saxon. The same devices we use to enhance our lifestyles namely mobile devices connected to social media will be used to enhance our health, Saxon says. The product of all these sensors will be data reams and reams of it.

New health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, two surveys find

Implementing Obamacare LATEST UPDATES | What you need to know about the new health-care law as it begins to take effect. The snapshots from the surveys released Thursday provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since HealthCare.gov and separate state marketplaces opened last fall: Are they attracting their prime audience? The findings emerge as the Obama administration has been revising a series of rules that define how the 2010 law works in practice. According to a variety of health-policy experts who support and oppose the law, the changes are in response to consumer hesitancy and political opposition that linger at least, in the early going as the laws major provisions have taken effect. The rule changes have postponed or relaxed aspects of the law, sometimes to adjust for technical problems, other times to push into the future controversies that have arisen from specific groups of consumers or parts of the health-care industry. This week, administration officials said that people could keep for three years health plans whose benefits do not meet the laws standards. Last week, they said the government would pay for people in certain states to collect federal subsidies for insurance policies outside the exchanges.
New health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, two surveys find

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