Technology

Telehealth as a Benefit

As employers are seeing their costs for employee health benefits increase, they are seeking ways to improve the cost-effectiveness of these services.  Overall employee health benefit costs have been predicted to increase by 6% in 2017, which is significantly higher than the general inflation rate of 0.8% and the 2.5% that employee compensation increased in …

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Health Technology for the Poor

Although our increasingly digital healthcare culture offers a wide variety of benefits to many patients, one group is being left behind – the poor.  Veenu Aulakh, the executive director of the Center for Care Innovations, a nonprofit in California that works to improve health care for the underserved, notes that new technologies are generally designed …

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3D Printing Drugs

In August of 2015, the FDA approved the first-ever 3D-printed drug; in March of this year, it became available on the U.S. market.  Manufactured by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, SPRITAM is an epilepsy seizure medication that has been marketed under its formulary name levetiracetam in traditional tablet form for over a decade. 3D printing was developed in …

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