Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades. Jane’s projects focus on the nexus of health care and technology applying the tools of scenario and strategic planning, qualitative market research, forecasting, and health policy analysis. Her clients span the broad range of stakeholders in health and health care, including technology, suppliers to the industry, financial services, communications and advertising, providers, payers, plans, public sector, and NGOs.

Jane frequently collaborates with the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). Her paper, Dr. Freud Online: Technology-Enabled Mental Health, will be published by CHCF in June 2012. Primary Care, Everywhere, published in November 2011, focused on the opportunity for health care to be delivered outside of the doctor’s office where people “live, work, play and pray,” in the words of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. Jane wrote the seminal white paper, The Wisdom of Patients: Health Care Meets Social Media, on behalf of CHCF, in April 2008. Her follow-up paper, Right Here, Right Now: Ten Telehealth Pioneers Make It Workdiscussed telemedicine and mobile health innovations.  Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, was published in September 2009 by the Foundation. From Here to Maternity: Birth of an Online Marketing Campaign, published in October 2009, profiles the lessons learned from the web-based launch of consumer report cards for maternity services in California. In April 2010, CHCF published Jane’s report, How Smartphones Are Changing Health Care For Consumers and Providers.

Jane is a columnist for iHealthBeat, an online publication of the California HealthCare Foundation, where she writes about health and technology. Jane sits on the Washington Post’s HealthcareRx Panel which responds to questions about health reform posed by the newspaper’s editors. Jane also serves on the advisory boards of the Health 2.0 Conference, the U.S. Health Efficiency Index, WellApps, OnPulse, and UnNiched.

Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from the University of Michigan. She’s a frequent public speaker and writer on the subject of health technology, consumers, policy, and economics.

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