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Using Person-Centered Health Analytics to Live Longer: Leveraging Engagement, Behavior Change, and Technology for a Healthy Life by Dwight McNeill

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Introduction

Are you worth it? The American way of producing health is failing. The United States ranks twenty-eighth out of 34 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries in producing a long life as measured by years of life lost due to premature mortality.1 This translates into 36 million years of life lost every year. When economists put a value on a year of life, at about $71,000,2 the monetized value of the years of life lost is $2.6 trillion. This is nearly equivalent to annual health care expenditures of $2.8 trillion. The paradox is that the United States spends considerably more per capita on health care but much less than peer countries on health.3 The truth is that producing a long and healthy life is not ...

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