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Why can’t our leaders learn from 30 years of failure in health and education? | John Quiggin

We’ve known since the 1980s that the profit motive doesn’t work in health and education. And the reasons why are no puzzle at all The inadequacy of competition and the profit motive in the provision human services like education andShow More Summary

Wise in hindsight

My article on the failure of for-profit competition in human services included a hook to the recently published Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same. I haven’t had time to go through the report in detail, but I was struck by reports that the PC mentioned the FEE-HELP fiasco in the VET sector as […]

Worse than the Bourbons

I have a couple of pieces in The Guardian. The first, which came out a few days ago, points out the consistent failure of market competition and for-profit firms to deliver human services effectively and equitably. The second gives the mainstream economic analysis of the problem, in terms of market failure and the mixed economy, […]

This Is An Interesting Outline Of What Victoria Is Doing With Health IT. Worth A Browse!

This appeared a few days ago.EXCLUSIVE – Moving towards a ‘Person-Centred’ approach to healthcareOpenGov Asia speaks to Andrew Saunders, Health CIO, Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria to learn more about his role and aim...Show More Summary

Employee Well-being Needs to Include Retirement Plans

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Xerox HR Services. For more than a century, Xerox has been a leader in document technology and services. Their human resources services include advisory, technology, and administration solutions to help companies manage and engage employees. Show More Summary

EpiPen's maker has another problem on its hands (MYL)

Members of the Senate Finance Committee have questions about EpiPen-maker Mylan's relationship with Medicaid. They just sent a letter to Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to inquire...Show More Summary

HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public

In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov.

5 ways bots will change commerce for the better

GUEST: There’s been a lot of talk about chatbots in the past year. These mini-apps live within messaging services, mimicking human conversation and letting customers order a pizza or book a hotel effortlessly. They have the potential to improve the way we browse, buy, and communicate with brands. However, the technology is in its infancy, and companies are […]

HHS Awards Over $87M for Health IT Enhancements to Health Centers

On Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced it has awarded more than $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers nationwide to support health IT enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care. Show More Summary

KeyMe locks down $15M to unlock the future of key duplication

The last time you had a key cut, you probably experienced a retro service, which included speaking to a real human (ugh!). KeyMe puts the kibosh on the old-fashioned key copying user experience with a series of new kiosks and just landed a $15 million Series C round to fund aggressive expansion. Read More

New Study: Swimming is Effective Part of Treatment for Fibromyalgia

A study out of Brazil suggests that swimming can help alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia, which the U.S. Health & Human Services Department/Office of Women’s Health says affects 5 million American adults – approximately 80 percent of whom are female. For sufferers who find walking exercise to be too painful, the new findings are particularly [...]

We must protect federal funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for FY17, in which the Committee completely eliminated both the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program...Show More Summary

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Joins Solera Health Advisory Board

21st Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has been appointed by  Solera Health, an integrator of chronic disease prevention and management solutions to its advisory board. From 2009 -2014, Ms. Sebelius served...Show More Summary

Paul Adams on Intercom’s mission to re-humanize customer service

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Connecting humans at scale, bot philosophy, and failed attempts to defy the laws of physics. In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Paul Adams, VP of product at Intercom. Before joining Intercom, Adams had stints at Dyson, Google, and Facebook. Show More Summary

Obama Admin Proposal Would Nullify Pro-Life State Laws That Defund Planned Parenthood

The Obama administration is slapping down every state that has acted on the idea that the federal Title X reproductive healthcare program was NOT created to bankroll Planned Parenthood. A proposed new Health & Human Services(HHS) rule announced last week would nullify state eligibility thresholds (such as Kansas has) that prioritizes Title X grants to […]

The Muskoka Group Marks a Line in the Sand for Blockchain Stewardship

Blockchain is a radical and disruptive technology, at our service for another kick at the can—to transform the economic power grid and the old order of human affairs for the better. If we will it. But technology is not a panacea and it does not create prosperity. People do. Only [...]

Robots will take 6 percent of jobs from humans in the next 5 years: report

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Robots and other artificial intelligence will replace humans for many service industry jobs as some of the world’s technology companies expand their improving research, according to a business consulting firm’s new report. New York-based Forrester Research says six percent of jobs could be filled...

HHS Secretary: The Good News About ObamaCare

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell: It's become a yearly ritual: As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to settle into place, inevitable growing pains get portrayed by critics as doom for health reform. This year, we're seeing it again.... Show More Summary

In 'The Secret Agent,' a tale of political intrigue doesn't lose sight of its human drama

Coming to American television immediately following the anniversary of 9/11, via the streaming service Acorn TV, "The Secret Agent" is the fourth BBC adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel of anarchists in the UK. Set in 1886 and inspired by a real event, the Greenwich Observatory bombing of...

President Obama just sent a letter to health insurance CEOs asking for help fixing Obamacare (UNH, AET, CI, HUM)

President Obama is enlisting the help of some health insurance companies to try to fix the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Obama dropped by a meeting between the Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and...Show More Summary

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