Not really. The largest insurer has copied the approach of movie theaters that do not let us bring our own refreshments to force us to spend exorbitant sums at their concession. This is not a move that allows me to Skype with a patient and get paid. This is a move that forces my institution to buy and maintain software, create workflows and policies and support an infrastructure so that (1) the insurer an control it and (2) it feeds the money monster.
BY NIKHIL R. SAHNI, ROBERT KOCHER AND DAVID M. CUTLER - In the past few years, venture capital money has moved from an almost-exclusive focus on developing new therapies to a portfolio that now includes healthcare information technology (HCIT) and services companies.
Today, at a glitzy press conference at IBM’s new Watson headquarters in Manhattan’s swank Silicon Alley, IBM and Apple announced that they are partnering with Japan Post, which is among other things the largest health- and life-insurance company in Japan, to start a project that will provide iPads to millions [...]