Jan 21, 2015
Behavioral surveillance is coming to America via the cell phone. Positive psychology and well being are coming to American healthcare via Obamacare which incentivizes the implementation of wellness programs. Together they are dramatically increasing the volume of personal data collected on ordinary citizens and exposing those citizens to targeted messages, incentives and interventions designed to modify the thoughts, feelings and behaviors the surveillers (aka thought police) want to encourage. And, the genius of this system is that the citizens are voluntarily choosing to be surveilled and modified.
Jan 5, 2015
Weaponizing Psychology: Why the American Psychological Association Caved to Torture
Dec 3, 2014
Big data is being used by insurers to aggregate and analyze clinical and financial information in order to reduce utilization of psychiatric services and to recoup funds paid out. Anthem uses Sante Analytics, an independent data analytics firm. Other large payers either outsource or insource big data analytics to scrutinize clinician’s billing and service delivery with the same objective in mind.
Nov 4, 2014
One of the promises made to clinicians about EHRs was that they would save them time: routine tasks would be automated; duplicative data entry would be eliminated; the amount of time spent on paper work reduced.
Oct 3, 2014
Will a blood test for depression make clinician’s diagnosis obsolete? Will a simple blood test guage response to treatment? Will PCPs soon be able to diagnose and treat depression as they do, e.g. high cholesterol, using a simple blood test to assess and treat the condition? The authors of a new study would have you believe the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, but the truth is more complicated.