Last month the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released open data on Medicare Plan D. This led me to ask the question, “What are the top monthly prescribed drugs in America, how much are individual patients and Medicare paying for these drugs, and what role can technology play in bringing down these costs?” These are some of the questions Americans face when paying for and managi...

In Digital Health there are many terms and buzzwords being used. Sometimes it is hard to understand what these actually mean. Two issues discussed a lot in Health Care are the problems of Health Literacy and Patient Engagement. What exactly is Health Literacy and Patient Engagement? How do they work together? We define Health Literacy as how well a person can understand health information and m...

I graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. I have been making a living as a writer for decades. But last spring, when I had torn meniscus scoped from my knee surgically at a nationally renown orthopedic hospital, the surgeon pressed into my hand ten pages of post-surgical care directions. Even later that day, the next day, and the day after, I coul...

What is health literacy and is there really a problem? There are 40 million people over 65 years of age. With an additional 10,000 new elders added to that number every day. One in five patients will be readmitted to the hospital within thirty days. One out of five households speaks a language other than English. In the home, 80% of Healthcare dollars are spent on elderly, chronically ill and p...