It Came From Outside – 5 Great Examples of Technologies from Outside of Healthcare
This article will explore 5 of our favourite examples of technologies that were initially alien to healthcare but are becoming integral parts of it. 1. Want to cure diseases? Let’s play a game! If your Mum told you as a child that video games aren’t any good, then now you might want to give her a call to tell her that she was wrong. Case in point: Foldit, an online computer game where players can contribute to better understand proteins and ultimately, help curing diseases. By solving puzzles, anyone, without any prior biochemistry knowledge, can try to fold protein structures as perfectly as possible to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Security & Privacy digital health Source Type: blogs

Human Freedom Waning in Many Countries
This article originally appeared on theFraser Forum on January 2, 2020. (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Tanja Por čnik Source Type: blogs

The Top Digital Health Stories In 2019
This article has been curated to share our favourite stories from 2019, shared as a month-by-month basis so that you can get it all into focus! January Source: www.mashable.com We kickstarted the year by covering one of the most exciting events in tech, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. From A.I.-powered hearing aids to a blood pressure monitor that can track ECGs and doubles as a digital stethoscope to a speaking toilet, we had our fair share of excitement and… surprise at last year’s event! Speaking of A.I., we also highlighted the AMA’s efforts in helping physicians understand A.I. better...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Future of Medicine digital health Healthcare technology digital health technologies Source Type: blogs

Top 5 National Examples In Digital Health
It was on November 21st that I was last in Copenhagen, not to have some of that famous Æbleflæsk but to moderate an OECD event. I was tasked to challenge health ministers and other policy makers about the impact of advanced technologies on patients’ lives and what regulations would facilitate these changes. It was encouraging to see country leaders take a positive stance towards digital health and to hear about concrete examples as to how they are implementing technology to modify their local healthcare landscape. This experience served as an inspiration to write this article. In it we will highli...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Healthcare Policy digital health Medicine technology healthcare design Source Type: blogs

20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future – Part II.
Nanorobots swimming in blood vessels, in silico clinical trials instead of experimenting with drugs on animals and people, remote brain surgeries with the help of 5G networks – the second part of our shortlist on some astonishing ideas and innovations that could give us a glimpse into the future of medicine is ready for you to digest. Here, we’re going beyond the first part with medical tricorders, the CRISPR/Cas-9 gene-editing method, and other futuristic medical technologies to watch for. 11) In silico clinical trials against testing drugs on animals As technologies transform every aspect of healthcare,...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence E-Patients Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers 3d printing AI bioprinting blockchain clinical trials CRISPR digital digital health drug development genetics Innovat Source Type: blogs

What Happens When Genomics Meets Politics?
The number of people having their genomes sequenced could reach more than 100 million by 2025, researchers estimated. Policy-makers around the world started to realize the incredible potential in genomics for population health in the last 3-5 years, but there are huge question marks whether they can manage the use of this incredibly useful pool of data in an appropriate framework, with well-thought-out means, for the right purposes, meaning for the well-being of humans and communities in the present and the future. Here, we launched an article series to look at the countries with the most experience. Let’s start with...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Healthcare Policy data data privacy data security Estonia ethics Gene genetic genetics Genome genome sequencing health data personal genomics Personalized medicine population population genomic Source Type: blogs

How Large Is American Government?
America ’s strong economic growth and high living standards were built on our relatively smaller government. U.S. per capita income is higher than nearly all major countries and our government spending is still somewhat less.However, America ’s lower-spending advantage has diminished. TheOECD publishes data on total federal-state-local government spending as a percentage of GDP for its member countries. The chart shows spending for the United States and for the simple average of 30 OECD countries which have data back to 1995. These are high-income countries such as Canada, Germany, and Japan.The chart shows tha...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Into The Future of Gastroenterology With Digestibles And Microbiome Testing
Gluten? Lactose? Stomach pain? Digestive troubles? Way too many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues, and much less are aware of the digital technologies that can come to their aid. Did you know that digestibles could successfully replace the dreaded colonoscopy? Or have you heard about microbiome testing? What about the swarm of health apps supporting dietary restrictions? We took a deep breath and jumped into the universe of digital technologies just to bring you as much information about the future of gastroenterology as possible. Will you jump after us? IBS, colorectal cancer, and other animals Referring to...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers diet dieting digestibles digestion digital health gastro gastroenterologist gastroenterology gastrointestinal gluten gut Innovation lactose microbiome stomach techno Source Type: blogs

Healthcare In Estonia: Where Grandmas Go For Genetic Data
Imagine a country where citizens will have their genetic profiles integrated into the digital health system with individual risk scores and pharmacogenomic information, so when they go to the doctor, they will get fully personalized, genetic risk-based diagnosis, medication, and preventive measures. That’s where healthcare in Estonia will arrive soon. They started to build their digital health system 20 years ago, and within the next years, the Baltic country will start to reap the benefits of a transparent, blockchain-based, digital health system hooked on genetic data. The first fully digitized republic certainly s...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy analysis digital digital democracy digital health digital health strategy digital health system digital healthcare Estonia genetics genomics personalized Personalized medicine pharmacogenomi Source Type: blogs

Mind the Gap: The Foreign Policy Disconnect between Washington and America
During the Cold War, Washington ’s foreign policy establishment operated comfortable in the knowledge that sizeable majorities supported vigorous American global leadership in the struggle with the Soviet Union. More recently, however, many observers have started worrying about the growing disconnect between the Washington’s e lites and the public. The scholar Walter Russell Mead argued in a recent Wall Street Journal opinionpiece that the most important question in world politics today is “Will U.S. public opinion continue to support an active and strategically focused foreign policy? The answe...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: A. Trevor Thrall Source Type: blogs

Top Digital Health Stories of 2018: From Amazon And Google To Gene-Edited Babies
Instead of mind-boggling inventions, 2018 was the year when national governments, as well as healthcare regulators, started to embrace digital health technologies at scale. The year when Google, Amazon, Apple or Microsoft competed head-to-head for the biggest chunks on the healthcare market, and when the buzzword of the year award went to the blockchain. Here’s our guide to the top digital health stories from last year. 2018: Under the spell of cosmos and microcosmos Every year, The Medical Futurist team sits down and collects the top stories of the past 12 months in healthcare. We put the novelties under the microsc...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers Top Lists 2018 AI artificial intelligence artificial pancreas blockchain chatbot CRISPR deep learning diabetes digital health digital he Source Type: blogs

The Perils of CEO Worship - What Happens When the Leader Becomes Demented?
Introduction: the Cult of the CEOAlthough the US and most developed countries are nominally democratic, many of us seem to be again yearning for a man on a white horse, and in the current era, the horse ridden is corporate.On Health Care Renewal, we having been talking about this pheonomenon for a long time. We have written about it in terms ofthe messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO,CEO disease, and theimperial CEO.These concerns are diffusing into the broader media.  For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"Society has always had heroes, be ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - December 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: accountability anechoic effect CEO disease Donald Trump imperial CEO leadership Source Type: blogs

The Genomic Data Challenges Of The Future
As DNA is the new oil (or bacon?), and its amount continues to increase exponentially, technical, ethical, legal as well as security and privacy challenges arise by the dozens. The Medical Futurist believes now is the time for concerted, community-wide planning for the genomic data challenges of the next decade. The amount of genomic data is soaring – and the challenges growing Imagine genes as sentences and genomes as entire books consisting of tens of thousands of chains of words. Interpreting the whole book for the first time by completing the Human Genome Project took more than 15 years. It’s fascinating ho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Healthcare Policy Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers big data bioethics DNA genetic genetics genome sequencing genomic data population genomics technology Source Type: blogs

How Could Genomics Bring Precision Medicine To Healthcare?
By 2025, between 100 million and 2 billion human genomes will have been sequenced, researchers said. What do medical research, companies or governments do with such an incredible amount of data? How could genomics bring DNA-based targeted treatments, personalized drugs, and individualized clinical methods, in other words, precision medicine to healthcare? Does disease categorize people? In the previous centuries, healthcare systems focused mainly on working out generalized solutions for treating ill people in as high numbers as possible. If cough syrup was good for the majority of the coughing masses and only two people ha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - October 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Biotechnology Business Genomics Healthcare Policy Medical Professionals Policy Makers Researchers future Gene genes Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Innovation personal genomics precision medicine predict Source Type: blogs

How Autocracies Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations
How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten years? We have to warn you, the era of 24/7 surveillance and intrusion into the innermost secrets of human life is even closer than that. Watch out! Dystopic worst case scenario-alert! Digital technologies are double-edged swords: they promised social change… On 17 December 2010, a Tunisian vegetable vendor set up his cart on the street in Sidi Bouzid to sell goods that he obtained the day ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Security & Privacy AR artificial intelligence big data biotechnology black mirror dystopia genes genetics genomics Health health sensors Healthcare insurance MR Personalized medicine scifi Source Type: blogs

The Digital Health Buzzword Radar
Data-driven haircare, blockchain-enabled long island ice tea or artificially intelligent toilet paper: the buzzwords of our time seem to be everywhere, and digital health is no exception. Sometimes it even seems to be the breeding ground of overhyped technologies and overmarketing. Here, we collected the most often used digital health buzzwords and placed them on our buzzword radar. Digital health is ripe for hype As digital health is gaining momentum, more and more companies come forward with their disruptive ideas; or at least with their claims about having built disruptive digital health solutions. For the reason that o...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Business Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients Policy Makers Researchers AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain buzzword deep learning digital health DTC Genetic testing genetics genomics H Source Type: blogs

Rwanda and the Dreamers of Digital Health in Africa: Wakanda Is Real
Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali consult their colleagues in the Western Province about radiology cases through telemedicine, blood is delivered by Zipline’s medical drones, and a central electronic health records system ensures data is collected about health activities. Rwanda is a pioneer in digital health in Africa – a real Afrofuturistic embodiment of Black Panther‘s Wakanda. Let’s see how and why that happened. Wakanda gets real in Rwanda Black Panther&rsq...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Africa AI artificial intelligence chatbot development digital health drones government medical drone mobile app mobile health regulation rwanda smartphone telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Rwanda and the Dreamers of Digital Health in Africa: Wakanda Is Real
Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali consult their colleagues in the Western Province about radiology cases through telemedicine, blood is delivered by Zipline’s medical drones, and a central electronic health records system ensures data is collected about health activities. Rwanda is a pioneer in digital health in Africa – a real Afrofuturistic embodiment of Black Panther‘s Wakanda. Let’s see how and why that happened. Wakanda gets real in Rwanda Black Panther&rsq...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy Africa AI artificial intelligence chatbot development digital health drones government medical drone mobile app mobile health regulation rwanda smartphone telemedicine Source Type: blogs

E-enabled Elections: The Future of Overseas Voting in Europe?
Interest in technological solutions for elections is at an all-time high, but there are only a few mature online voting systems to learn from. Countries seeking to pilot e-enabled elections can learn from Estonia and others, but should also learn from those that never made it to full implementation. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - April 26, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Katherine Stewart Source Type: blogs

Speed and the Flynn effect research study
Speed and the Flynn Effect (article link)Olev Must and Aasa MustKeywords: Flynn Effect NIT Speed Tork EstoniaA B S T R A C TWe investigated the role of test-taking speed on the Flynn Effect (FE). Our study compared two cohorts of Estonian students (1933/36, n = 888; 2006, n = 912) using 9 subtests from the Estonian adaptation of the National Intelligence Tests (NIT). The speededness of the items and the subtests was found by determining the proportion of unreached items from among the total number of errors (Stafford, 1971). The test-taking speed of the younger cohort was higher in all 9 of the subtests. This suggests that...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - April 15, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Tags: Flynn effect Flynn Effect Reference Project Gs norm obselescence Source Type: blogs

Sped and the Flynn effect research study
Speed and the Flynn Effect (article link)Olev Must and Aasa MustKeywords: Flynn Effect NIT Speed Tork EstoniaA B S T R A C TWe investigated the role of test-taking speed on the Flynn Effect (FE). Our study compared two cohorts of Estonian students (1933/36, n = 888; 2006, n = 912) using 9 subtests from the Estonian adaptation of the National Intelligence Tests (NIT). The speededness of the items and the subtests was found by determining the proportion of unreached items from among the total number of errors (Stafford, 1971). The test-taking speed of the younger cohort was higher in all 9 of the subtests. This suggests that...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - April 15, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Tags: Flynn effect Flynn Effect Reference Project Gs norm obselescence Source Type: blogs

Rise in Population Genomics: Local Government in India Will Use Blockchain to Secure Genetic Data
Blockchain will secure the DNA database for 50 million citizens in the eighth-largest state in India. The government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a German genomics and precision medicine start-up, Shivom, which announced to start the pilot project soon. The move falls in line with a trend for governments turning to population genomics, and at the same time securing the sensitive data through blockchain. Andhra Pradesh, DNA, and blockchain Storing sensitive genetic information safely and securely is a big challenge. Shivom builds a genomic data-hub powered by blockchain technology. It aims to ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Genomics Security & Privacy DNA future Genetic testing genetics Genome genome sequencing Health Healthcare precision health precision medicine predictive health Source Type: blogs

Top 12 Companies Bringing Blockchain To Healthcare
Security, trust, traceability, and control – these are the promises of the blockchain, the technology with the most potential in healthcare at the moment. As these are highly attractive traits for storing sensitive health data or for the operation of supply chains, many companies aim to leverage its powers for healthcare. We collected the most promising enterprises here. The buzzword of the year award goes to blockchain It would be a big surprise if the buzzword of the year award would not go to blockchain in 2018. Although the technology is indeed a game-changer, the craze and hype around it remind some experts of t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy AI artificial intelligence big data blockchain future genetics genomics Health health data health IT health market Innovation Personalized medicine Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Best Practices For Policy Makers: A Free Report
Where should the line be drawn when deciding whether or not to adopt disruptive technologies? As digital health brings up plenty of ethical questions, legal issues, and safety concerns, The Medical Futurist Institute decided to collect the best examples of how governments worldwide tried to adopt digital health. We hope it inspires other policy-makers to take the first steps in shaping their healthcare regulations. Our common goal is to arrive at a better future of healthcare Disruptive technologies spread around like wildfire, but healthcare systems are crumbling under the pressure of problems and changes. So, The Medical...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Digital Health Research Healthcare Policy digital health strategy digital innovation future health policy Medicine technology Source Type: blogs

What The Hell Is Blockchain And What Does It Mean For Healthcare And Pharma?
Blockchain already earned the buzzword of the year award, so it is high time to address the elephant in the room. Is it really there? If it is, will it really change everything? How will it impact healthcare? Blockchain: More transformative than Trump on Twitter Don Tapscott, author of the book entitled Blockchain Revolution said in his superb, no-frills TED Talk that blockchain is the technology that is likely to have the greatest impact on the next few decades. No, it’s not social media. No, it’s not big data, not robotics, not even artificial intelligence. It’s the technology behind the cryptocurrency...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Security & Privacy blockchain future Health Healthcare Innovation Medicine pharma technology Source Type: blogs

America Is One of the Least “Generous” Countries on Immigration
During his State of the Union speech, President Trumpwill tout hisplan for draconian restrictions on legal immigrants. Supporters, like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), justify the plan byclaiming that America is “by far the most generous nation in the world for legal immigration.” Not only is “by far” clearly false, but when you consider its wealth, America is already among theleast generous to immigrants around the world.The United States ranks in the bottom third of wealthy countries in terms of net new immigration as a share of total population from 2015 to 2017 as well a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 30, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Smartphone and Social Media Use in Lectures Makes Your Learn Less
Several studies have shown that problematic smartphone use (PSU) is related to detrimental outcomes, such as:- worse psychological well-being- higher cognitive distraction- poorer academic outcomesProblematic smartphone use (PSU) is strongly related to social media use.The study participants were 415 Estonian university students aged 19-46 years (79% females).Problematic smartphone use (PSU) and the frequency of social media use in lectures were negatively correlated with a deep approach to learning (defined as learning for understanding) and positively correlated with a surface approach to learning (defined as superficial...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - January 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Education Social Media Source Type: blogs

What To Expect From Digital Health In 2018?
Digital health is booming and there are thrilling trends to be excited about for 2018. Trend-spotting with facts instead of crystal balls The first digital pill was approved by the FDA. Chinese researchers created the first gene-edited embryos. Microsoft launched a new healthcare division. 2017 was a year full of marvelous advancements in healthcare. So what’s next? As The Medical Futurist, my whole life is dedicated to digital health and how it should advance. My lifeblood is technology, healthcare and their intersection. At The Medical Futurist Institute, we work with governments and policy-makers worldwide to help...
Source: The Medical Futurist - January 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine 2018 AI artificial intelligence augmented reality digital health Education Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine technology wearables Source Type: blogs

Let ’s appreciate the growing landscape of digital brain health & enhancement: 177 experts and pioneers in 23 countries –and counting!
Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of November 23rd, 2017 _______ Quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th) — THANK YOU to everyone who has registered already We are pleased to report that so far 177 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 130 seem to be based in the US and 47 abroad (based on IP address during registration), with the following country breakdown:  United States 130 Australia 7 Canada 7 Israel 5 United K...
Source: SharpBrains - November 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain health innovation brain-enhancement Brain-health sharpbrains virtual conference virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Willingness To Invest In Outpatient EHRs and PM Solutions Grows
While the ambulatory EHR market remains somewhat stable, the number of organizations preparing to get out of their existing system has climbed over previous years, along with an increase in the number of organizations prepared to upgrade their practice management solution, according to new data from HIMSS. To conduct the 9th Annual Outpatient PM & EHR Study, HIMSS Analytics reached out to physicians, practice managers/administrators, practice CEOs/presidents, PAs, NPs and practice IT directors/staff. A total of 436 professionals responded to its web-based survey. The survey concluded that 93% of hospital-owned outpatie...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Practice Management Ambulatory EHR Ambulatory EMR EHR Replacement EHR Upgrade EMR Replacement EMR Upgrade HIMSS Analytics Source Type: blogs

The BCRA Is An Improvement Over Obamacare. Here ’ s why..
ANISH KOKA MD Dr. Jha writes on these pages in typically stirring fashion about his views on the recent health care kerfuffle and rightly so fingers what the real focus of our efforts should be: Cost.  He ends by slaying both sides because of their refusal to confront the hospital chargemonster – the fee schedule hospitals make that remarkably only really applies to the uninsured. Unfortunately, the solution proposed ensures hospital fee schedules for the uninsured are no greater than Medicare reimbursements, which is far from perfect.  Consider that the Medicare reimbursement for a stent placed to an ische...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: anish_koka Tags: Economics Repeal Replace Uncategorized Anish Koka BCRA Obamacare Source Type: blogs

The NHS Ransomware Attack & Data Privacy in the Era of Digital Health – Part One
The data explosion in healthcare through digital health networks goes hand in hand with concerns of data privacy and security. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack impaired the smooth operation of several NHS hospitals in the UK; and led to burning questions about the state of IT security in healthcare on the individual or systemic level, and what the future of health data security should look like. Unprecedented cyberattack of scale on the NHS On 12 May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware hit 61 NHS trusts and hospitals in the UK in what is known today as one of the most serious cyberattacks on any healthcare network before. O...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine big data cybercrime cybersecurity data privacy data security digital digital health gc4 health data healthcare data ransomware technology wannacry Source Type: blogs

Tick-borne Encephalitis in the Baltic Region
Rates of Tick-borne encephalitis reported by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been strikingly similar for the past two decades.  See graph [1] : This phenomenon seems to have begun only after dissolution of the former Soviet Union, and could reflect similar ecology, weather or other regional factors. Reference: Graphs on Graphs The post Tick-borne Encephalitis in the Baltic Region appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - May 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Epidemiology Graphs Source Type: blogs

Lessons from the Reagan Tax Cuts
In acolumn in today ’s New York Times, Steven Rattner attacks Trump ’s tax plan for being unrealistic. SinceI also think the proposal isn ’t very plausible, I ’m not overly bothered by that message. However, Rattner tries to bolster his case by making very inaccurate and/or misleading claims about the Reagan tax cuts.Givenmy admiration for the Gipper, those assertions cry out for correction. Starting with his straw man claim that the tax cuts were supposed to pay for themselves.…four decades ago…the rollout of what proved to be among our country’s greatest economic follies &...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 1, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

New Video Shows the Simple Recipe for Poor Nations to Become Rich Nations--in Spite of Bad Advice from International Bureaucracies
Therecipe for growth and prosperity isn ’t very complicated.Adam Smith provideda very simple formula back in the 1700s.For folks who prefer a more quantitative approach,Economic Freedom of the World uses dozens of variables torank nations based on key indices such as rule of law, size of government, regulatory burden, trade openness, and stable money.One of the heartening lessons from this research is that countries don ’t need perfect policy. So long as there is simply “breathing room” for the private sector, growth is possible. Just look at China, for instance, wherehundreds of millions of people ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 10, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

New Technologies Will Save You Time For a Healthier Life
In the future, technology will reduce the time spent on driving, household activities, shopping and consuming television or online content constantly. And you could easily spend the extra time for taking care of your health more. Let me show you some mind-opening statistics! We could gain one hour every day for our health through technology When people see me presenting health trackers and wearables in my use, they often ask me how I have time for measuring my health. It is true that I’m quite an avid health tracker. Previously, I have described how I track sleep and stress or how you could live healthier with the he...
Source: The Medical Futurist - February 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine automation driverless car gc3 Healthcare healthier life Innovation robotics shopping sleep social media trackers wearables Source Type: blogs

Why Does the Government Care Where Immigrant Workers Were Born?
If you want to understand how flawed America ’s immigration system is, consider this: the government treats immigrants differently based on their place ofbirth. The system considers immigrants ’ education, use of welfare, criminal history, employment, family connections, and other personal details, but where you were born can make the difference between receiving legal residency immediately and waiting decades. This discrimination makes as little sense as discriminating based on race, g ender, or any other attribute over which the individual has no control, and it should be abolished.Fortunately, Rep. Jason Cha...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 18, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

The "Progressive" Threat to Baltic Exceptionalism
I ’m a big fan of the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.These three countries emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Empire and they have taken advantage of their independence to becomesuccessful market-driven economies.One key to their relative success is tax policy. All three nations haveflat taxes. Estonia ’s system is so good (particularlyits approach to business taxation) that the Tax Foundation ranks it asthe best in the OECD.And the Baltic nations all deserve great praise forcutting the burden of government spending in response to the global financial crisis/great recession (an approach t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 15, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

Trump and NATO--Redefining the U.S. Role
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump ’s attitude toward NATO has engendered significant consternation throughout both Europe and the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Although the president-elect has not explicitly advocated pulling out of the NATO, he has suggested that the United States should rethink its involvement since the Uni ted States continues to bear a disproportionate share of the defense burden within the alliance. The incoming administration could thus be poised to conduct the sort of “agonizing reappraisal” that John Foster Dulles threatened 63 years ago. Although a comp...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 11, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Brad Stapleton Source Type: blogs

Is Australia About To Follow Estonia As Far As Digital Identity Management Is Concerned. Australia Card Mark III?
This appeared last week:National identity card for Australians? Digital government lessons from EstoniaBy Marie Sansom on November 1, 2016 As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ’s digital transformation agenda gathers pace and renewed urgency in the wake of the botched 2016 Census and the new Digital Transformation Agency gets going, the PM would be wise to seek a meeting with government tech heads in Estonia, where 99 per cent of the country’s services are accessible online.Anna Piperal is the Managing Director of E-Estonia Showroom, a government-funded investment agency that travels the world showcasing Estonia&...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - November 11, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Looking in the Wrong Places for Social Security Reform
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kainesuggested in the debate last week that a Clinton administration would address Social Security ’s unsustainable fiscal trajectory by “focusing primarily on the payroll tax cap,” increasing it substantially from its current ceiling of $118,500. Proposals along these lines portray raising the tax cap as a way to address the rapidly deteriorating fiscal health of the program by enacting a modest tweak that would simply return the program to the way it has always operated, and that this additional tax burden would fall solely on high-earners. However, the current c...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 12, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Charles Hughes Source Type: blogs

Let ’s Stop Discriminating Against Immigrants From Populous Nations
Immigrants from India waiting to receive residency in the United States may die before they receive their green cards. The line is disproportionately long for Indians because the law discriminates against immigrants from populous countries, skewing the immigration flow to the benefit of immigrants from countries with fewer people. This policy —a compromise that resolved a long-dead immigration dispute—is senseless and economically damaging.In the 1920s, Congress imposed the first-ever quota on immigration, but rather than just a worldwide limit, it also distributed the numbers between countries in order to give...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 12, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

NATO Decides to'Troop the Colours' As Symbol of Deterrence in the Baltics
At its Warsaw summit in July, NATO agreed to establish a permanent rotating presence of its troops in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The decision may be interpreted as NATO's commitment to take its Baltic members' concerns seriously. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - July 28, 2016 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

Why Unemployment Is Lower When Immigration Is Higher
“We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people,” Donald Trump told the Republican National Convention last week. “Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens.” But the candidate is wrong in two respects. First, the United States has not seen “record” immigration in recent years, and second, higher immigration is not associated with higher unemploymen t. Immigrants are heralds of growth, not portents of economic disaster.  Recent immigration is no record The amount of immigra...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 26, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Chile's Success Story on Television
A new documentary series, “Improbable Success,” looks at countries that have thrived by implementing free-market policies. The series is currently running on Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, which are found across the country, from WJLA in Washington, D.C., to KBFX in Bakersfield, California. (Sinclair stations are variously affiliated with all major networks.) This weekend, including at noon Sunday on WJLA, host Emerald Robinson will look at Chile’s economic growth since its reforms around 1980. Experts on the show include Jose Pinera, Ian Vasquez, and Richard Rahn, along with several Chilean entrepren...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 17, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Lesson from Cyprus: Spending Restraint Is the Pro-Growth Way to Solve a Fiscal Crisis
Much of my work on fiscal policy is focused on educating audiences about the long-run benefits of small government and modest taxation. But what about the short-run issue of how to deal with a fiscal crisis? I have periodically weighed in on this topic, citing research from places like the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund to show that spending restraint is the right approach. And I’ve also highlighted the success of the Baltic nations, all of which responded to the recent crisis with genuine spending cuts (and I very much enjoyed exposing Paul Krugman’s erroneous attack on Estonia). Today, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 24, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

Economic Lesson from Europe: Higher Tax Rates Are a Recipe for More Red Ink
We can learn a lot of economic lessons from Europe. Never adopt a VAT unless you want much bigger government. Bigger government means lower living standards. Don’t believe Bernie Sanders about the Nordic nations. Today, we’re going to focus on another lesson, which is that higher taxes lead to more red ink. And let’s hope Hillary Clinton is paying attention. I’ve already made the argument, using European fiscal data to show that big increases in the tax burden over the past several decades have resulted in much higher levels of government debt. But let’s now augment that argument by consider...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 28, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

Lingo Lango, Jingy Jong Jango
I cannot imagine anybody who reads this blog not enjoying Gaston Dorren’s book Lingo: Around Europe in 60 Languages. Yes, sixty languages are a lot to cover, but each one is discussed quite briefly, making only one or two points about the language before moving on. The text takes less than 300 pages, so each language gets the equivalent of a blog post’s worth of discussion. You won’t learn Basque this way, but you will learn that Basque does not have subjects and objects (although speakers can still distinguish between the doer and the doee). The book is full of interesting nuggets doled out in witty pros...
Source: Babel's Dawn - March 1, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Blair Source Type: blogs

Russia Won’t Attack the Baltic States
When the Cold War closed many people believed that history had ended. Europe was certain to be free and undivided. Alas, it hasn’t worked out that way. But no worries. At least NATO officials are happy. Following Russian intervention in Georgia and Ukraine the alliance rediscovered a sense of purpose through its old enemy, Moscow. The Obama administration just announced a multi-billion dollar program to bolster U.S. forces in Eastern Europe. Now a Rand Corporation report warns that Russia could easily overrun the three Baltic members of NATO is raising additional alarm. Said David A. Shlapak and Michael W. Johnson: t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 10, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Europeans, not Americans, Should Spend More on Europe’s Defense
The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. That will require a special budget request of $3.4 billion for next year. An unnamed administration official told the New York Times, that the step “fulfills promises we’ve made to NATO” and “also shows our commitment and resolve.” Moreover, said another anonymous aide: “This reflects a new situation, where Russia has become a more difficult actor.” However, the basic question remains unanswered: Why is the U.S. defending Europe? The need for America...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 8, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs