Topic: North America

Consumers may need help navigating health insurance exchanges

Based on a 2010 survey of people who used Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange (“The Connector”) to sign up for a health plan—and who experienced some difficulty with things like understanding and choosing plans—a group of investigators concludes that such exchanges should be…

Will they or won’t they? Examining state Medicaid expansion

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s mandated Medicaid expansion for low-income Americans should be optional for states. Since then, health policy experts have been paying close attention to how individual states are proceeding with the rollout of national health…

Years of preparation helped Boston respond to Marathon tragedy

The April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured 264—20 critically—but every patient who was transported to a hospital survived the tragedy. One reason is that Boston is a “medical mecca,” with an unusually high number of teaching hospitals…

Doctors, hospitals increasing use of electronic health records

Hospitals nearly tripled their use of electronic health records (EHR) systems between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study co-authored by [[Ashish Jha]] of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The authors found that 44% of hospitals report having at least…

Supreme Court gene-patenting decision represents balancing act

A June 2013 Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented upholds the notion that “our common humanity cannot be owned” but also preserves incentives important for biomedical innovation, according to an article by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers…

HSPH alumni and faculty part of Boston Marathon tragedy response

Harvard School of Public Health-affiliated physicians were among the hospital emergency department staff called upon to care for victims of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Stephanie Kayden, MPH ’06, was the senior physician in charge of the…

Roughly 180,000 deaths worldwide linked to sugary drink consumption

New Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that roughly 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide—including 25,000 Americans—are associated with the consumption of sugary drinks. The abstract, presented at an American Heart Association scientific conference in New Orleans, linked drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to…