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Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant serving clients at the intersection of health and technology. Her clients are stakeholders in health, including providers, payors and plans; companies in biopharma, medical devices, financial services, technology and consumer goods, non-profits and NGOs.  She blogs on HEALTHPopuli , where this blog originally appeared, and you can follow her on twitter at @healthpopuli.

Digital and Mobile Health: Doctors and Consumers Are on Different Wavelengths

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | December 2, 2014
If clinicians are to fully embrace and succeed with value-based payment and population health, it is crucial that they incorporate patient-generated data into EHRs to build a more complete picture of a patient’s life outside of the doctor’s office, at home, where she “lives, works, plays, and learns”. But new research from PwC’s Health Research Institute has found there is a big difference between what doctors and patients think about the self-care concept...

How Differently Patients and Doctors View Health Technology, With Dr. Eric Topol

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | October 20, 2014
Ninety-one percent of doctors are concerned about giving patients access to their detailed electronic health records, anticipating patients will feel anxious about the results. Only 34 percent of consumers are concerned about anxiety-due-to-EHR-exposure. Welcome to the digital health chasm, the gap between what consumers want out of digital health and what doctors believe patients can handle...

Stress Is US

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | September 8, 2014
"Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it," Lily Tomlin once quipped. So it's no surprise, then, that one-half of the people in the U.S. have had a major stressful event or experience in the last year. And health tops the list...

Who's Looking at Your 'Digital Dust'

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | August 5, 2014
The privacy issues around data flowing out of credit card swipes, social network check-ins, digital health trackers' apps and smartphone GPS geo-location functions are thorny, especially for health – where HIPAA protections don't extend. Here are two real and documented stories from people whose "digital dust" was collected without their knowledge...

Do People Really Want to Tech Their Way to Health?

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | March 25, 2014
The hockey-stick growth of "wearable technology" seen at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show begs the question: Will people pay out-of-pocket for gadgets that help them measure their steps, track their sleep, quantify their calories, record their heart rate and feedback their mood? A caveat emptor to investors seeing short-term dollar signs in the digital health sector...

More Chronically Ill People Use Online Health Resources – but They're Not So Social, Pew Finds

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | January 13, 2014
Getting and being sick changes everything in your life, and that includes how you manage your health. For people focused on so-called patient engagement, health empowerment, and social networking in health, the elephant in the room is that most people simply don't self-track health via digital means...

Color Us Stressed – How to Deal

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | December 2, 2013
Coast-to-coast, stress is the norm for most Americans: 55 percent of people feel stressed in everyday life, and far more women feel the stress than men do. It will take a village to help manage stress, including but not limited to our doctors.

Consumer-Directed Health Isn’t Always So Healthy

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | July 1, 2013
Giving health consumers more skin in the game doesn’t always lead to them making sound health decisions.

Health Care Consumers Are Compromised By Complex Information

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | April 4, 2013
Americans have embraced their role as consumers in virtually every aspect of life: making travel plans, trading stock, developing photos, and purchasing goods like cars and washing machines. That is, in every aspect of life but health care.

Who's to Blame for Health Care Costs? Not Docs, Say Most U.S. Adults

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | October 25, 2012
When asked who's to blame for the rising cost of health care, consumers accuse insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry, virtually tied for first place. These results aren't surprising given that past surveys have found consumers perceptions of 'Big Health' = Big Health Insurance + Big Pharma, down in the trust roster along with Big Oil, Big Tobacco, and Big Food.

Guest Blog: Health Insurance Decisions Still Tough for Many

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | September 25, 2012
Americans find health insurance decisions the second most difficult major life decision, only behind saving for retirement and slightly more difficult than purchasing a car. Why are health insurance choices so tough?

Nordstrom and Amazon, Where Are You in Health Care Service?

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | August 14, 2012
When it comes to customer service, retail stores, banks, airlines and hotels are tops. Health care? Not so good.

Consumer Ambivalence About Health Engagement ' Will OOP Costs Nudge Us to Engage?

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | July 19, 2012
In some surveys, U.S. consumers seem primed for health engagement, liking the ability to schedule appointments with doctors online, emailing providers, and having technology at home that monitors their health status.

Less Than 10% of People Manage Health via Mobile: A Reality Check on Remote Health Monitoring

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | March 1, 2012
With mobile health consumer market projections ranging from $7 billion to $43 billion,a casual reader might think that a plethora of health citizens are tracking their health, weight, food intake, exercise and other observations of daily living by smartphones and tablets.

We Are All Health Illiterates: Navigating the Health System in a Sea of Paper and Financial Haze

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | February 2, 2012
Health literacy isn't just about understanding clinical directions for self-care, such as how to take medications prescribed by a doctor, or how to change a bandage and clean an infected area. It's also about how to effectively navigate one's health system'and that skill is in short-supply'

Connections Between Fiscal and Physical Health

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | September 20, 2011
The relationship between economic development and population health has been long documented the health of a nation's economy does impact the health of its individuals. In this case, the connection between one's financial health (foreclosure rates in particular) and one's physical/emotional health is looked at specifically.

Mayo Finds Heart Patients Skip Meds Due to Costs; Self-rationing in Health Continues

Jane Sarasohn Kahn | April 25, 2011
Health economist and management consultant, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, discusses a Mayo study which found half of people in the study stopped taking their statins due to cost. Sarasohn-Kahn says, 'Welcome to world of self-rationing in health, where even the lucky health citizen receiving the best acute care money (and third-party health insurance) can buy doesn't follow through with the recommended self care at home.'