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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
January 25, 2009, 11:05 am
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Installment #10:

Venture capital investments plunged 33 percent in the fourth quarter, falling to the lowest level in nearly four years as the financiers of new business ideas became more reluctant to take on new risks during a recession that has shown no signs of easing.

Venture capital investments in Washington State fell to the lowest level in more than a decade last quarter

Last week, House Democrats unveiled a fiscal-stimulus bill that includes $20 billion for health-care information technology: “In some ways I am thrilled, because IT will need federal help,” said John Glaser, chief information officer for Partners HealthCare. “But you can bring in too much money too fast and not only waste it, but set us back.”

Health care is a sideshow, but $20 billion is still $20 billion, and given that the current health IT market is only between $20 and $30 billion annually, it’s a huge potential increase for the industry.

HHS formally recognized three new interoperability standards related to electronic health records, personal health records and electronic quality monitoring

In a number of states, Medicaid populations grew by 5 percent to 10 percent in the last 12 months and, in many, the growth rate was at least double what it had been in the previous year.

Britain reached this point and enacted universal health-care coverage in 1945, Canada in 1966, Australia in 1974. The United States may finally be there now. In 2007, fifty-seven million Americans had difficulty paying their medical bills, up fourteen million from 2003.

Despite the fact that the economy tanked in 2008, physician salaries managed a modest increase of 4.4 percent for specialists and 4 percent for primary care

Hospital Sued for Charging Patients 18% Interest

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