Here are the top ten (OK, eleven) health headlines we hoped to see in 2015 … but didn’t. There’s always next year.
11. Uniform Rules on Vaccinations Eliminate All Exceptions
10. “Big Data” Makes Decisive Leap From Descriptive to Predictive Analytics
9. Health Care Providers Acknowledge That Government Payments Do In Fact Cover The Cost of Providing Unrestricted Health Record Access to All Patients
8. Congress Nationalizes Pharmaceutical Industry; Ties Medication Pricing to Pricing of Indian Generics
7. “National Patient Identifier” OK’d as Part of Package Mandating Use of New Foolproof Privacy and Security Protection Measures Jointly Developed By DARPA and the NSA … and Approved By Angela Merkel
6. American Medical Association Finds Chronically Ill Patients To Be More Knowledgeable About Their Conditions Than Most Clinicians They See
5. Mobile Health App Engagement and Effectiveness “Secret Sauce” Discovered; Health Care Costs Halved For All Americans
4. Patent Laws Revised to Properly Incentivize Pharma to Work On Cancer Prevention
3. Reporters Agree: We Will Ask the Hard Questions and Stop Giving “Unicorns” a Free Pass
2. Republican Governors Agree to Participate in Medicaid Expansion
1. Increased Red Wine Consumption Universally Recognized As a Boon to Health
Here’s to a healthy 2016.
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