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Were you too busy playing bingo to look at Twitter? Here’s our summary of some of the highlights from the world of health over the past seven days.

  • More than a third of us are not satisfied with our level of health, according to this infographic on wellbeing in the UK.
  • This is interesting project looking at how to use the perspective of the user to measure coordination of care delivered by multiple organisations.
  • Healthcare leaders are not optimistic about challenges facing the NHS according to this survey by the NHS Confederation.
  • Far from a modern disease, human remains prove the disease existed in ancient Egypt.
  • Neil Armstrong’s heart rate during Apollo 11.

And from America:

  • What makes a good doctor? Compassion and communication are more important that technical competence, according to @ashishkjha’s Twitter contacts.
  • This infographic compares US healthcare with that in other countries.
  • Life expectancy at birth vs health spending per capita. One country stands out.
  • When administrative problems have a very high human cost. This story shows that Obamacare still isn’t working for everyone.
  • The internet is often used to propagate anti-vaccine myths. Here’s an example of when people fought back.

And finally…

  • In this situation, the financial penalty may be an unnecessary deterrent, given the health consequences…

Incisive Health is the new force in health policy and communications. In an NHS environment that is noisy, changing rapidly and where decision-makers are under intense pressure, policy communications need to be incisive to make an impact. We know how to cut through the noise and competing priorities to deliver results that enhance our clients' businesses and reputations and – ultimately – improve healthcare for patients.