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On May 20, 2014, the CareCycle Solutions board of directors appointed Matt Johnson to the position of Chief Executive Officer, a position formerly occupied by Wayne Bazzle.

by Robin Cook and Eric Topol (at The Wall Street Journal)

A sweeping transformation of medicine has begun that will rival in importance the introduction of anesthesia or the discovery of the germ basis of infectious disease. It will change how patients and physicians interact. It will change medical research and therapy. "Sick care"—the current model of waiting for you to get sick and then trying to alleviate symptoms and make you well—will become true "health care," where prevention is the mantra and driving force. Welcome to the world of digital medicine.

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by Michael E. Porter and Thomas H. Lee (at the Harvard Business Review)

In health care, the days of business as usual are over. Around the world, every health care system is struggling with rising costs and uneven quality despite the hard work of well-intentioned, well-trained clinicians. Health care leaders and policy makers have tried countless incremental fixes—attacking fraud, reducing errors, enforcing practice guidelines, making patients better “consumers,” implementing electronic medical records—but none have had much impact.

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by Steve Jacob

Since 2006, Dallas-based CareCycle Solutions has been quietly working on the daunting problem of hospital readmissions. And the home healthcare company may well have cracked the code.

Although the 30-day readmission rate for Medicare patients nationwide is about 19 percent, CCS’s clocks in at 7.3 percent. The difference? Telehealth. And the company traditionally has not been paid a dime to provide it.

Read more at D Healthcare Daily

Patients with caregivers are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital. Huh? That surprising and counterintuitive finding is courtesy of Dallas-based CareCycle Solutions (CCS) and the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).

Wired? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, Android, Email, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Galaxy, Cloud, Laptop, Cell Tower, Satellite, Internet, Text, Apps, Twitter, Google, Yelp, Square

The internet’s roots date back to the 1960s when the United States government commissioned development of a robust, fault-tolerant computer network and then funded, through the National Science Foundation, a U. S. “backbone” in the 1980s.
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The Interventional TeleHealth Model

Caring for patients at their homes rather than in an institutional setting is an important avenue for reducing health care costs. Therefore it seems logical that homecare agencies should be growing in value. It is one of the few health care services capable of addressing one of the health care industry’s greatest needs. (Exhibit A "The Delicate Dance") But in spite of the industry’s potential value to society, it is being downgraded as an investment opportunity to a degree not seen since this century began. Why does this schizophrenic view of the industry exist? There is plenty of blame to go around including failures on the part of the Home Healthcare Industry itself, but let’s start with government policy. We’ll save the industry for last and then we will outline our solution.

A Movement which Seeks to Reduce the Cost and Improve the Effectiveness of Health Care by Making Best Practices Information Available to Patients and Providers.

Wherein Winnie-the-Pooh Learns the Importance of Dieting

Our old friend Winnie-the-Pooh was ambling through the woods one day when he happened upon a hole in the ground. “Aha!” said Pooh. “If I know anything about anything, that hole means rabbit and rabbit means Company and Company means Food”. So down in the hole headed Pooh where he enjoyed a sumptuous meal with Rabbit. Upon leaving, Pooh became stuck in Rabbit’s hole and, struggle as he might, he could go neither up nor back down. He knew his middle had become too large but not THIS much too large. Along came Christopher Robin who advised what he must do. “We will have to wait for you to get thin again.” It took a very long week of fasting before Pooh was trim enough to leave the rabbit den but, in the end, he was better for it.

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30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.