For Health Coverage Starting January 1, Deadline Extended a Day

Federal officials delayed the deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage through the end of Christmas Eve.


A Microsoftie’s Healthcare.gov (Comic)

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site.


White House Claims “Dramatic Progress” on Health Site

Obama administration officials, racing to beat a month-end deadline to fix the troubled federal insurance website, said Sunday there has been “dramatic progress” in patching HealthCare.gov but acknowledged “there is more work to be done” in improving the site and its underlying technology.

Aetna CEO on Being Part of Obamacare: “It’s Been a Rough Go”

Mark Bertolini said an interim fix and do-over may be needed in order to reach the goal of insuring more of those who today lack coverage.

Max Levchin’s New Plan: To Get You Pregnant (And Improve Health Care in the Process)

Levchin is tackling the $5 billion dollar fertility business.

News Byte

HealthTap Raises a More-Than-Healthy $24M in Funding

HealthTap, the mobile medical Q&A app, has raised $24 million in Series B funding led by Khosla Ventures. The two-year-old company describes its service as a remote “triage” for health care, something that may become increasingly relevant with the advent of Obamacare (also in this vein — an upcoming concierge health care app called Better). New Khosla partner Keith Rabois is joining the HealthTap board.

Can a 24/7 Medical App Save Your Life? Better Thinks So.

Better wants to offer the “black card” of medical services.


“Big Data” for Cancer Care

A major oncology group is launching an ambitious project to collect data on the care of hundreds of thousands of cancer patients and use it to help guide treatment of other patients across the health-care system.

For Apple, Fighting DOMA and Prop. 8 Is More Than Business as Usual

Apple speaks out on marriage equality issues.

Medical Data Is the Next Target for Hackers in 2013

Plenty of holes plus rules that haven’t kept pace equals trouble.

Palm, Qualcomm Chiefs Weigh Wireless Future