Interesting reports

  • HHS released a report this month on personalized health care , “opportunities, pathways, and resources.” HHS explains that this initiative “will improve the safety, quality and effectiveness of healthcare for every patient in the US. By using ‘genomics’, or the identification of genes and how they relate to drug treatment, personalized health care will enable medicine to be tailored to each person’s needs.”
  • HHS researchers published in Health Affairs a publicly available report on “Health Spending by State of Residence 1991 – 2004.” Not surprisingly, the study found health care spending to correlate with the percentage of uninsured, per capita income, ratio of physicians to population, and Medicaid spending. Health care spending is highest in the New England and lowest in the Southwest in 2004.