medical

Health Tracking

Aetna is getting ready to release CarePass, an app for accessing your health device data, medical records and health information all in one place. Two interesting things to note from the article:

“We see some more aggressive employers like Safeway, where they are driving outcomes by swabbing the cheeks of employees to see whether they are smoking or not.” U.S. law says that smokers can be charged higher premiums."

Wow - swabbing! And Zeo, the sleep device, is mentioned in the article as a now defunct company.

This area is moving fast. My question - will folks feel comfortable with an insurance company having more their data?

Beyond the Brain

Beyond the Brain, Tanya Marie Luhrmann's look into the new understanding of schizophrenia, reinforces how much the medical must consider the social. From her article:

In his Second Discourse (1754), Jean Jacques Rousseau describes human beings as made up out of each other through their interactions, their shared language, their intense responsiveness. “The social man, always outside of himself, knows only how to live in the opinions of others; and it is, so to speak, from their judgment alone that he draws the sentiment of his own existence.” We are deeply social creatures. Our bodies constrain us, but our social interactions make us who we are. The new more socially complex approach to human suffering simply takes that fact seriously again.

 

[emphasis mine]