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JAMA Health Policy Infographic Spotlights Public Opinion on Health Care Reform

JAMA Health Policy Infographic Spotlights Public Opinion on Health Care Reform | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

this Visualizing Health Policy infographic spotlights public opinion on health reform in the United States as of 2017. The largest percentage of Democrats and Republicans give top priority to lowering out-of-pocket costs for health care. However, other priorities vary by political party: 63% of Republicans vs 21% of Democrats view Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal as a top priority, while 67% of Democrats vs 55% of Republicans view lowering the cost of prescription drugs as a top priority. Although opinions about the ACA have varied over the years, in March 2017, 49% of the public view the ACA favorably and 44% view it unfavorably. The majority of individuals in both political parties feel positively about many ACA provisions, including allowing states to expand Medicaid and prohibiting denial of insurance coverage due to preexisting conditions. However, only 21% of Republicans and 30% of independents favor the individual mandate that requires paying a fine in the absence of health insurance. The public is divided on what should happen to the ACA: just more than half say they don’t want lawmakers to repeal the law, about a quarter want a repeal only after replacement plan details are announced, and only 19% favor an immediate repeal in advance of a replacement plan. Sixty-four percent of the public supports guaranteeing a certain level of health coverage for seniors and low-income people, even if the federal government’s spending and role in health care increases.

Pharma Guys insight:

Lower Rx drug costs #2 on the list.

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American Rx Drug Use & Abuse Infographic

American Rx Drug Use & Abuse Infographic | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

Taking a prescribed medication is a daily or monthly part of many Americans’ lives, with 48.7% of people having taken at least one in the last 30 days, as reported by the Center for Disease Control. No wonder the yearly revenue from prescription drugs in America reached $234.1 billion in 2008 and continues to grow. According to research from IMS Health, the most prescribed drug is one for hypothyroid, with 23 million prescriptions written each month.

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Pharma marketing to physicians [infographic]

Pharma marketing to physicians [infographic] | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

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Infographic Fail: Information Without Insight?

Infographic Fail: Information Without Insight? | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

The very term “infographic” suggests that the “information” is primary and is supported by graphical elements. But in reality, most of them are “graphormation,” where instead the integrity and accuracy of the data takes a back seat to the primary element, which is just intended to be eye candy. These graphics try (and often fail) to convey information. They often show isolated numbers and statistics in adjacent blocks of space with no context. One shouldn’t endeavor to purvey such analytical smut. With a few expert tips, you can certainly avoid it.

For example, a favorite approach for infographics or social marketing tells readers about the “7 Best Practices for [Something],” or “The 8 Ways People Do [Something].” Here’s a tip: There aren’t “7” best practices for anything, or “8” ways people do certain things. Practices, decisions and behavior exist along a continuum, and claiming to quantify this into precise bins is a fallacy. Do XX percent of people really [____]? The concept of being overconfident in data will be explained in the next section. But the very simplicity of infographics makes it easy to misuse them; most are full of spurious correlations, poor decision-making and superficial “science.”

One of the big problems with analyzing big data to look for trends is that there’s no hypothesis to test. Looking at volumes of data after the fact to try to find correlations is a surefire way to convince yourself of causality where none exists. This is the fallacy known as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this): there seems to be some trend of interest in the data and one looks to see what preceded it. The “rush to conclude” bias has viewers drawing associations where they don’t exist to some recent market launch or ad campaign.

The fact is that there are so many factors that are not actually related, a person is more than likely to choose wrong.  Said another way, there are actually many factors that preceded the interesting data trend, and most aren’t the cause; how do you know which one(s) is/are the cause if you didn’t control all of the other variables? You don’t.

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What Happens To Your Social Media Presence When You Die? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Happens To Your Social Media Presence When You Die? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

Do you realise, that everyone you know, someday, will die?

And I hate to be the one to break it to you, but at some point – hopefully in the distant, distant future – you’re going to leave this mortal coil, too.*

So here’s the big question: what happens to our social media profiles when we cease to exist?

Consider this: in the first eight years of its existence, 30 million Facebook users died.

30 million.

But that’s just the start. If the social network stops growing, the number of people who will have died “on Facebook” will surpass the living by 2065.

Add Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google and every other social platform into the mix and we could be looking at billions of virtual tombs.

You think your social media profile is dead now? Just wait until you’ve actually died.

This visual from WebpageFX looks at what happens to your online presence when you die.

Pharma Guys insight:

Depressing, but important to know. There should be an app to handle all this when you die.

rhalper's comment, July 4, 2014 12:12 PM
I think there might be. Alternatively, you need to give all your passwords to your survivors. It's ghoulish when I get posts from dead people!
Pharma Guy's comment, July 4, 2014 12:49 PM
What do they say?