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Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
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Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations at the intersection of health+technology+people. Jane founded THINK-Health after spending a decade as a health care consultant in firms in the U.S. and Europe. Jane’s clients are all stakeholders in health, including technology, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, financial services, consumer products, and not-for-profit organizations. Jane founded the Health Populi blog in 2007, covering health policy, technology, and consumers. Jane co-founded HealthcareDIY in 2013 to link consumers to evidence-based tools and knowledge for self-healthcare.

Jane advises clients on strategy and new product development via environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning, and health policy analysis. She is on the advisory boards of CanSurround, CAQH’s U.S. Health Efficiency Index, the Center for Connected Health Symposium, GE Ventures, the Health 2.0 Conference, the HIMSS mHealth Committee, Intuit’s American Tax & Financial Center, the Society for Participatory Medicine, and WEGO Health. A frequent public speaker on health economics, consumers and technology, Jane also writes for Huffington Post and for California HealthCare Foundation’s iHealthBeat.

Entries by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

How the Internet of Things Can Bolster Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Health happens where we live, work, play and learn. While we're born with inherited genes that endow us with health risks, social factors -- like safe housing, access to good food, education, social support, and access to technology -- profoundly influence whole health. Those social determinants of health impact...

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Your Home Is Your DIY Medical Home

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:19 AM

You know that drawer in your bathroom that's got a first aid kit, some over-the-counter medications, and Band-Aids? That's so 1960s, when you might have met up with Dr. Ben Casey or Dr. Kildare in the hospital, or perhaps Marcus Welby might have made a face-to-face house call.

Today, your...

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Even Rich Girls Worry About Being Bag Ladies

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Only 39 percent of women in the U.S. say they are financially thriving, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

More women are now playing the role of Chief Financial Officer in their households. Over one in three women in the U.S. makes all the financial decisions for...

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'Sex Tape' and the Internet of Things

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 9:13 PM

"Nobody understands the cloud. The cloud is f***ing mysterious." This, exasperates Jay, one of a couple who has taped his wife and himself performing every position illustrated in The Joy of Sex to turbocharge their sex life after marriage and the birth of two kids.

While I'm a fan of...

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Big Data and Dark Data for Health

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:25 AM

There's a growing trend in health care for providers and payors to look beyond traditional medical claims at the data that captures what we're doing in our daily lives -- "for our own good." The objectives, they say: to provide better health care sooner so that we can prevent illness,...

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Will Trade Data for Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Milton Friedman, the famed University of Chicago economist, wrote, "There is no such thing as a free lunch." But in a Weight Watchers cafe in London, England, diners are promised "free" meals in exchange for their posting about the experience in social media.

So is Friedman turning in...

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Why a Grocery Store Likes Health Data

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The CEO of a family-owned grocery store chain wrote a letter to New York State lawmakers to support $65 million worth of spending on a computer system for health information in the state.

That grocer was Danny Wegman, and that project is the Statewide Health Information...

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The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin.

The topic of wearables, those shiny new things made of plastic, rubber and metal that track our activity and...

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CVS, Good for Public Health and Good for Shareholders

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Sacrificing at least $1.5 billion in revenue a year, CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. "The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose," the company's press release asserted.

This is no public relations stunt. It...

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Do People Really Want to Tech Their Way to Health?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 1:42 PM

In the afterglow of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), away from the neon lights of Las Vegas, 4D curved TV screens, and uber-hip Google Glass wearers, a big question remains: Do we, the people, really want to tech our way to self-health?

The number of digital health companies exhibiting...

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How Our Faith in Supermarkets, Nurses and Pharmacists Can Drive Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 1:55 PM

The most trusted professions in America are nurses and pharmacists, says a Gallup Poll. The most trusted industries in the nation are supermarkets and hospitals, according to the latest Harris Poll.

Among the least-trusted industries in the U.S., associated with Big Oil and Big Tobacco,...

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The Balkanization of Consumers in American Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 5:05 PM

The latest Gallup Poll finds that more Americans cite health care and costs as the most important problem facing the nation, ahead of the economy and jobs. The proportion of people in the U.S. citing health care as a top problem nearly doubled between September and November 2013...

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The Risky Business of Managing Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:05 AM

It's a scene from Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities 2.0. A "Master of the Universe" (MOTU) -- say, a newly-minted CxO in a Fortune 100 company or hedge fund executive, completes a life insurance application form for a $25 million key-man policy....

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Why It's Time to DIY Health

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:21 PM

The signposts of health, everywhere - where we live, work, play, pray, and shop -- are multiplying. Ads for 23andMe stream on satellite radio and television. Drug store clinics immunize and complete back-to-school health forms. Grocery stores are hiring nutritionists. Fitbit, Jawbone,...

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Chief Health Officers, Women, Are In Pain

(14) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 8:36 AM

Women are the chief health officers of their families and in their communities. But stress is on the rise for women. Taking an inventory on several health risks for American women in 2013 paints a picture of pain: of overdosing, caregiver burnout, health disparities, financial stress and over-drinking.

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Eat More Fruit -- It's Good for the Economy (And for Your Health, Too)

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 3:09 PM

More than 127,000 people die every year in America from cardiovascular disease that could be prevented, accruing $17 billion in medical spending. Heart disease is a "costly killer," according to the Union of Concerned Scientists UCS), who has calculated "The $11 Trillion Reward: How Simple Dietary...

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