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Understanding patient personas could lead to better treatment adherence, experiences, and outcomes

by Dr. Bruce Green, managing director and chief medical officer, federal practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP; and Jessica Nadler, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Understanding patient attitudes and preferences within the context of the patient journey can be central to supporting healthy behaviors and better health outcomes. To improve treatment adherence, health systems and clinicians should know their patient populations beyond demographic and disease information. They should consider getting to know what drives patient decision-making.

Patients are more than their disease—they are people with families and jobs,

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Untie the Gordian Knot, knit together a collaboration

by Bill Copeland, Vice Chairman, US Life Sciences & Health Care Industry Leader, Deloitte LLP

I am a big believer that many of the intractable problems we face today can be solved through a diverse and collaborative effort that includes a cross-sector of industries, public and private collaborations, and partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit organizations. I believe only when we break the constraints of an existing system are we able to imagine new and innovative ways to solve our collective challenges.

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Lessons from past emergencies help in the response to recent hurricanes

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which set a record for the most rainfall from a single storm in the continental US, and Hurricane Irma, which has set new flood records in northeast Florida, many journalists and commentators have looked back to the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina for comparison. It’s interesting to reflect on the progress we have made in emergency response and health care connectivity over the past 12 years.

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Startups see a market for innovative solutions to help smokers quit

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Smoking still remains a huge public health challenge in the US and globally. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 80 percent of smokers live in low or middle-income countries. Though the US is not a low or middle-income country and smoking rates are at an all-time low, it is still widely prevalent among low-income populations.

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Innovations in infant monitoring devices

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Inc. magazine released its 11th annual 30 Under 30 list featuring young entrepreneurs working to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. The founders of Neopenda made the list – the startup makes wearables that monitor four newborn vitals in developing countries. The women who founded Neopenda, which launched in 2015,

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Needed: Next generation strategies around prevention and healthy behaviors

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

That smoking or being obese is associated with poor health outcomes is not exactly breaking news. But last week, Health Affairs featured a study that for the first time looks at the extent to which risky behaviors (smoking, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol) collectively impact the health and life expectancy of the US population,

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