Military Advocating New Health Paradigm while Using a Holistic Approach in Preventive Care

Hospital Bills In 2008, U.S. health care expenditures continued to skyrocket, growing at an annual rate of 4.4 percent for the year, slower than some recent years, yet still outpacing inflation and the growth of national income.

The total spending was about $7,681 per American and accounted for 16.2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the highest of any industrialized country.

Medically unnecessary procedures, hospitalizations and prescription drugs all contributed to this figure of almost $8,000 per person living in the US.

So, what exactly are we getting for our money?

The Medical Paradigm Today: Promoting Profits over Prevention

Currently, the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country in the world. According to the Kaiser Foundation, health care costs in 2008 in the U.S. were over $2.3 trillion. That’s more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980. With these continually rising costs  Continue reading

Telemedicine Makes Progress within the Military

As a grateful nation rejoices in the elimination of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs, some of telemedicine’s thought leaders reflected this week on how the practice of remote healthcare has advanced during the past decade in which the U.S. military found itself at war against the Al Qaeda leader and the carnage wrought by his followers worldwide.

“When the U.S. is faced with a challenge, whether it’s a war or the Space Race, there’s always a need for developing new technologies,” Charles R. Doarn, MBA, research associate professor of surgery and biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, told the News Alert.

“Because of the 9/11 tragedy, not just the Army but the military itself began to develop technologies that enhanced and enabled the delivery of healthcare to the battlefield,” noted Doarn, who is one of two editors-in-chief of Telemedicine and e-Health Journal. Continue reading