Connecting Resources to Optimize Our Health

  • 2012 America’s Health Rankings Reveals We Are Living Longer But Living Sicker

    This year’s report is important because it provides vital information on the overall healthiness of the nation, based upon a state-by-state analysis.  It reveals important data utilizing 23 measures of overall healthiness that concern the intimate connection between personal health behaviors, the community environments in which we live and work, the policy decisions made by elected and public officials,...

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  • My Viewpoint on the Affordability, Diffusion and Disparities on Genetic Medicine

    Advances in the understanding of the genome, combined with affordable sequencing techniques and innovations in drug development, are ushering in an era of molecular diagnostics and individualized therapeutics with the potential to meaningfully enhance human health through effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. As the genetic origins of many diseases become better understood, risks and prognoses can be assessed based...

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  • Precision Medicine: Really Important Stuff

    I’m really excited about precision medicine which means utilizing the advancement in Genetics to provide people with personally appropriate health care interventions.  The UC of San Francisco recently brought together some of the most interesting thinkers in this field.  And I had the pleasure of participating. Learn more about MeForYou, visit

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  • Health Literacy: A 21st Century Asset

    With a fast changing health care system, students need knowledge and skills to allow them to move successfully into adulthood. By building their heal literacy, educators can help to ensure that they have both. Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services and the competence to use such information and services in...

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  • A Role for Payers Remarks on the Use of Data and Analytics in Support of Preventive Care

    Key to progress in reducing the cost of health care through preventive medicine will be innovation in the increasingly vast array of health and medical data. Additionally, the capacity to use this information to provide support in all the arenas involved in health care will also be critical. These data have the potential to be translated into actionable knowledge...

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  • Transform 2012

    Reed Tuckson, M.D., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group, works with the company’s diverse business units to improve the quality and efficiency of heath services provided to the 75 million members served by UnitedHealth worldwide. Dr. Tuckson discusses improving health care in the era of “big data.” The data and analytics available today, Dr. Tuckson...

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