Tim Cook says Apple will bolster health offerings this year

Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC on Tuesday that the company will roll out more services to its growing healthcare footprint this year, adding that health will be the tech giant’s “greatest contribution to mankind.” The big picture: Though Cook didn’t offer any specifics, the company has recently been investing in health and wellness programs…

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Sudan fresh protests planned as Bashir sacks health minister

A Sudanese group organising anti-government protests has called for a march on the presidential palace as President Omar al-Bashir sacked the health minister Saturday over the rising cost of medicine. Deadly anti-government rallies have rocked cities including Khartoum since December 19, when protests first broke out over a government decision to raise the price of…

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Politicians Grapple With Response to Health Law Ruling

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers in both parties began debating with whether to respond with legislation to a federal court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, as Democratic attorneys general weighed legal action to challenge the judge’s decision. Republicans on Sunday said they wanted to maintain the 2010 law’s guarantee of insurance coverage for people…

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Aetna to Sell Medicare Part D Drug Business to WellCare Health

Aetna Inc. said Thursday it agreed to sell its Medicare Part D prescription business to a WellCare Health Plans Inc. subsidiary, as the company waits for its merger with CVS Health Corp. to be approved by federal and state officials The deal with the WellCare subsidiary will be effective at the end of this year,…

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Warren Buffett on Stocks, Health Care and Banking

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Big businesses have ideas for health care — that only they can use

Large employers from the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley are turning inward as they try to find cheaper, higher-quality health care, embracing ideas like onsite clinics or direct contracts with specific hospitals. Why it matters: Employer-based benefits are the backbone of the U.S. health care system. But for all the talk about revolutionizing the system,…

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Tech Giants Pledge to Ease Patient, Provider Access to Health Data

WASHINGTON—Major tech companies committed Monday to removing technological barriers that have hindered patient and provider access to health-care data online. At a Trump administration event focused on developing more health-care apps, companies including Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc. unit Google and Microsoft Corp. said they would “share the common quest to unlock the potential in health…

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Tech giants want to fix electronic health records

A group of tech firms including Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft say they’re “jointly committed to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability,” CNBC’s Christina Farr reports. Between the lines: Patients often have a hard time accessing their own records, and providers’ systems often don’t communicate well. Those are widely recognized problems in…

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