The United States

Health care in the United States is provided by many distinct organisations. Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by private sector businesses. 58% of US community hospitals are non-profit, 21% are government owned, and 21% are for-profit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($9,403), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.1%), than any other nation in 2014. 64% of health spending was paid for by the government in 2013, funded via programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Veterans Health Administration. People aged under 67 acquire insurance via their or a family member’s employer, by purchasing health insurance on their own, or are uninsured. Health insurance for public sector employees is primarily provided by the government in its role as employer. In 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law, providing for major changes in health insurance. Under the act, hospitals and primary physicians would change their practices financially, technologically, and clinically to drive better health outcomes, lower costs, and improve their methods of distribution and accessibility. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the law in June 2012 and affirmed insurance exchange subsidies in all states in June 2015.


Poll: Can Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft really solve healthcare's interoperability problem?

Last week during the White House Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference, six of the most dominant technology vendors pledged to tackle one of healthcare’s hardest problems: data interoperability. The lineup is impressive: Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce. But the pledge itself was short on specifics other than the suggestion that […]


How Highmark Health uses deep learning, 3D tech to cut unnecessary angiograms

Highmark Health operates a program it calls Highmark VITAL, which helps make FDA-approved, leading-edge technologies available sooner for patients by partnering with physicians and industry players and helping them gain the insight needed to demonstrate how effective an innovative treatment is. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark Health is the parent company […]