Health Care Where We Live, Play, Work and Pray: How Ford & Toyota’s mHealth Pilots Fit into Whole Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 5/23/11 on Health Populi

In an interview in March 2011 with the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Regina Benjamin, the U.S. Surgeon General, said, “We can’t look at health in isolation. It’s not just in the doctor’s office. It’s got to be where we live, we work, we play, we pray. If you have a healthy community, you have a healthy individual.”

Ford’s announcement last week that the automaker would team up with WellDoc to incorporate mobile health sensors into the company’s SYNC connectivity system  follows Toyota’s mhealth concept, the RiN, launched in 2007.

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Same Old Stories for the Drug Industry

Merrill Goozner

First published 3/7/11 on Gooz News

Two stories in the New York Times over the weekend told readers nothing new about the drug industry. The first, on Sunday, revisited the two-decade-old, reimbursement-driven trend among psychiatrists to prescribe drugs instead of engaging in talk therapy. The second, this morning, reminds readers that expiring patents on blockbuster drugs like Pfizer’s Lipitor will cost the industry about $50 billion or around 16 percent of its revenue next year. There goes research and development, the story suggests.

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