The “Secret Sauce” – A Comparison of TSMC and Pfizer
By MIKE MAGEE This week’s Tom Friedman Opinion piece in the New York Times contained a title impossible to ignore: “China’s Bullying Is Becoming a Danger To The World and Itself.” The editorial has much to recommend it. But the item that caught my eye was Friedman’s full-throated endorsement of Taiwan’s “most sophisticated microchip manufacturer in the world,” Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC owns 50% of the world’s microchip manufacturing market, and along with South Korea’s Samsung, is one of only two companies cu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology microchip Mike Magee Pfizer Privacy TSMC Vaccination Vaccinations Vaccine vaccines Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 69 – Thurs October 21 — Alex Drane Special!
I am so thrilled that as part of my East coast jaunt I got to do another special #THCBGang. This one is with the amazing Alex Drane, CEO of Archangels. Who among other things has almost singlehandedly changed the conversation about SDOH and lots more in this country. And you know that’s true because Jeff Goldsmith has said as much on #THCB Gang many times. Listen to Alex’s career trajectory as an entrepreneur; how she discovered and publicized the “Unmentionaables“; the good and the bad of her leaving Eliza, and the incredibly important work she is doing with Archangels. All packed into 45 mins!...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: Matthew Holt THCB Gang #THCBGang Alexandra Drane caregivers Source Type: blogs

We Use Too Many Medications: Be Very Afraid of Interactions
By HANS DUVEFELT I happened to read about the pharmacodynamics of parenteral versus oral furosemide when I came across a unique interaction between this commonest of diuretics and risperidone: Elderly dementia patients on risperidone have twice their expected mortality if also given furosemide. I knew that all atypical antipsychotics can double mortality in elderly dementia patients, but was unaware of the additional risperidone-furosemide risk. Epocrates only has a nonspecific warning to monitor blood pressure when prescribing both drugs. This is only today’s example of an interaction I didn’t ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Medical Ethics medication pharmaceuticals Pharmacy Source Type: blogs

You Need a Cyber Team
By KIM BELLARD Maybe you, like me, are an Olympics fan (in my case: Summer Games, track & field).  Most Americans look forward eagerly to the Super Bowl, while the rest of the world (and, increasingly, many in the U.S.) are waiting for the World Cup.  But too few of us are aware that next summer will be the inaugural International Cyber Security Challenge, an esports event that pits teams from multiple countries against each other in cybersecurity skills.  The U.S. is sending a 25 person team.   So what, you might say?  Well, if you work in healthcare (or any industry, for that matter), o...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology cyber attacks Cyber Games Cybersecurity esports hackathon Hacking Hacking Healthcare Hacking HIPAA Healthcare IT Internet of Things Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

In “Riding” Abortion, Is Greg Abbott Driving Texas Toward Divestiture?
By MIKE MAGEE Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been on a tear lately, and his central theme appears to be “revanchism.” Faced with declining demographics, he is retaliating against enemies and newcomers alike, aligning himself with slippery politicians and vigilantes. As they say in Texas, “He’s on a first-name basis with the bottom of the deck”, and the game he’s playing appears to be “South Africa – 1950.” The formal establishment of apartheid in South Africa occurred in 1948, though racial injustice had been baked in centuries earlier. Violence and inti...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Politics Abortion Frederick Haynes III greg abbot Mike Magee South Africa Texas Source Type: blogs

State-Based Marketplaces 2.0 – Part 1: The Coming Expansion in Access, Affordability, and Value
CONCLUSION: LOCAL SOLUTIONS ADVANCING MEANINGFUL REFORM The ACA gives states the flexibility to implement SBMs and encourage private sector participation. The federal government is responsible for establishing coverage standards, financing subsidies, and operating the HealthCare.gov platform. But it faces some challenges when it comes to innovating. By contrast, states can be nimble. They can tailor program offerings to meet market demands and dynamics. Factors influencing program design could also include the state’s urban/rural mix, the size of its employer base, the payer mix, social determinants of health, ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Obamacare Affordable Care Affordable Care Act American Rescue Plan Biden-Obama Build Back Better Act David W. Johnson Joe Biden Rosmarie Day State-based marketplaces Source Type: blogs

Walmart Picks Transcarent: Tullman on First ‘ Everyday Low Prices ’ Offer for Self-Insured Employers
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Walmart is looking to scale its healthcare business in a brand-new way: setting its sights on self-insured employers. Today the retail giant announced a go-to-market partnership with Transcarent that will make its “everyday low price” prescription drugs and healthcare services available to self-insured employers for the very first time. Transcarent’s Executive Chairman & CEO Glen Tullman drops in to give us the inside story on the deal with Walmart, what it means for the industry, and how it could once-and-for-all ignite the ‘disruption of the payer’ that ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups Glen Tullman Livongo transcarent Walmart Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 235 | Walgreens Health + VillageMD & CareCentrix, plus more deals
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Noom launches a mental health offering, Noom Mood, Headspace partners with Waze to offer meditation while you drive, and we have one for the Press Release Hall of Fame where Dario Health announces a major partnership with a major national health plan— but doesn’t say who it is. We have some massive deals on Episode 235: Walgreens launches Walgreens Health, acquires a controlling stake of VillageMD, AND acquires a majority stake of CareCentrix; Intelerad acquires Ambra Health for $250 million; Mindbody acquires ClassPass; and Sprinter Health gets $33 million – even though the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Ambra Health ClassPass Intelerad Mindbody Sprinter Health VillageMD Walgreens Walgreens Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 67 – Thurs October 14
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on THCBGang today were THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); and privacy expert and entrepreneur Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy). We heard a good bit from Deven about Ciitizen’s acquisition by genomic testing company Invitae, and got into it about the Texas abortion law, Walgreens moving into health care delivery in a big way–and whether the Giants can beat the Dodgers despite spending only 55% of their payroll! At least one of those questions will be answered tonight! You can see the video ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang THCB Spotlights #THCBGang Deven McGraw Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 234 | An M & A and shedloads more money!
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, the word is SHEDLOAD. On Episode 235, Jess and I talk about the scoop on an M&A and shedloads more money in today’s health tech funding climate. First up, Lark gets $100 million, bringing its total to $185 million. How much more money can we throw at a chronic condition management platform? Next, Scottish remote patient monitoring company Current Health gets acquired by Best Buy. TrialSpark raises $156 million, working on developing drugs via their clinical trials software, Twin Health raises $140 million to run clinical trials in silico in “digital twins,” and virtual c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Current Health Lark Oshi Health TrialSpark Twin Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 67 – Thurs October 14 1pm PT-4 ET
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on THCBGang today will be THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); and privacy expert and entrepreneur Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang THCB Spotlights #THCBGang Deven McGraw Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

Get Ready for Deepfakes
By KIM BELLARD The Tom Cruise TikTok deepfakes last spring didn’t spur me into writing about deepfakes, not even when Justin Bieber fell so hard for them that he challenged the deepfake to a fight.  When 60 Minutes covered the topic last night though, I figured I’d best get to it before I missed this particular wave. We’re already living in an era of unprecedented misinformation/disinformation, as we’ve seen repeatedly with COVID-19 (e.g., hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, anti-vaxxers), but deepfakes should alert us that we haven’t seen anything yet.   ICYMI, here’s the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech COVID-19 deep learning deepfakes dr fauci Kim Bellard Misinformation Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 233 | Another $2B in deals, including Devoted ’ s whopping valuation
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re thinking about changing our name to Health in 2 Billion 00. Devoted Health confirmed its $11 billion valuation, bumping it to $12 billion after you count the additional $1.2 billion coming in. Now onto the other 2 billion in deals, BetterUp raises $300 million in a Series C, bringing their total to $569.8 million for performance coaching and resilience training. Honor is growing fast – it raises $370 million ($300M of that is debt), bringing their total to $625M. Elemy, formerly called Sprout, raises $219 million, for children’s behavioral health. Finally, MindMaze rai...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt BetterUp devoted health Elemy Honor Source Type: blogs

Medicine is a Moving Missile, Aiming for a Dangerous, Elusive Target
By HANS DUVEFELT (Desperate times called for desperate measures.) In the tech world, we have come to expect our devices to become outdated and obsolete very quickly. The biggest tech companies in the world didn’t even exist a few years ago. Bitcoin, a virtual currency which at least I can’t wrap my head around, seems to be more attractive than gold. I get the sense most people embrace or at least accept the speed of change in tech. But medical advances that occur rapidly are frightening to many people. Vaccine hesitancy, for example, involves concerns and characterizations like “unproven&rdquo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

THCB Spotlights: Dan Goldsmith and Jennifer Goldsmith, Tendo
Today on THCB Spotlight, Matthew sits down with Tendo’s CEO, Dan Goldsmith, and President, Jennifer Goldsmith. Tendo is in the patient engagement space, and Jennifer tells us about the vision behind the company – to become that trusted connection between patients, clinicians, and caregivers via software that creates a seamless and consumer-driven experience throughout that care journey. They talk to us about the plethora of point solutions for patient engagement, and how the platform approach that Tendo takes is meant to support a patient’s comprehensive needs without placing the full burden on the patien...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt THCB Spotlights Dan Goldsmith Jennifer Goldsmith patient engagement Tendo Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 66 – Thurs October 7
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy)on THCBGang were policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1) ; delivery & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis); and Queen of all employer benefits related issues Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz) We dive into the latest machinations in Congress, talked a lit about the practicalities and impacts of vaccination mandates, and had a long discussion about the tech platforms being built out of incumbent health systems. You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes &am...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Matthew Holt rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 66 – Thurs October 7, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
Time for another #TCHBGang AT 1pm PT- 4pm ET Today Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1) and delivery & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis),. We will be diving into the latest machinations in Congress and a whole bunch more. You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Matthew Holt rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

State of Connecticut ’ s New ‘ Episodes-of-Care Health Plan ’ Could Be Key to Scaling Value-Based Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) has called their approach “Value-Based Care 2.0” and, today, they’ve received an important designation from CMS that could set an exciting precedent for scaling up episodes-of-care, value-based models for the under 65 commercial health insurance market. The plan to receive this important approval as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) is the State of Connecticut’s health plan – a massive plan that covers the State’s 220,000 employees and retirees. To talk about what this first-of-its-kind approval signals for the futu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Connecticut health plan SGFY Signify Health value-based care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 232 | Cue Health goes public + funding for Stellar, eVisit, & Neuroglee
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are at UCSF – we’ll be providing color commentary for the UCSF Health Awards, so tune in tonight for that. On Episode 232, Jess asks me about more deals including Stellar Health raising $60 million, Cue Health going public (and stealing the HLTH ticket), and eVisit raising $45 million for its telehealth solution. Finally, Neuroglee raises $10 million in an Alzheimer’s play. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Cue Health evisit IPO Neuroglee Stellar Health Source Type: blogs

The Vaccine Brawl – A Legal Battle in Process
By MIKE MAGEE The power to mandate vaccines was litigated and resolved over a century ago. Justice John Marshall Harlin, a favorite of current Chief Justice Roberts, penned the 7 to 2 majority opinion in 1905’s Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Its impact was epic. In 1905, Massachusetts was one of 11 states that required compulsory vaccinations. The Rev. Henning Jacobson, a Lutheran minister, challenged the city of Cambridge, MA, which had passed a local law requiring citizens to undergo smallpox vaccination or pay a $5 fine. Jacobson and his son claimed they had previously had bad reactions to the vaccine and refuse...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Public Health Biden Code Blue COVID vaccine COVID-19 vaccine covid19 Joe Biden Mike Magee the First Amendment vaccines Source Type: blogs

You Want to 3D Print What
By KIM BELLARD You know we’re living in the 21st century when people are 3D printing chicken and cooking it with lasers.  They had me at “3D printing chicken.”   An article in NPJ Science of Food explains how scientists combined additive manufacturing (a.k.a, 3D printing) of food with “precision laser cooking,” which achieves a “higher degree of spatial and temporal control for food processing than conventional cooking methods.”  And, oh, by the way, the color of the laser matters (e.g., red is best for browning).    Very nice, but wake me when the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology 3D printing Health Care Reform Healthcare Healthcare system Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

We Shouldn ’t Tolerate Sloppy Allergy Lists
By HANS DUVEFELT The medication and allergy lists seem like they would be the most important parts of a health record to keep current and accurate. But we all see errors too often. I think it shouldn’t be possible to enter an allergy without describing the reaction. Because without that information the list becomes completely useless. The other day I saw a patient who needed an urgent CT angiogram. The allergy list said “All Contrast Materials”, which isn’t even “structured data entry”, and thus not recognized by the computer if my EMR (Me again, Greenway!) would have been cleve...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

The Vaccine Brawl – A Legal Battle in Process
By MIKE MAGEE The power to mandate vaccines was litigated and resolved over a century ago. Justice John Marshall Harlin, a favorite of current Chief Justice Roberts, penned the 7 to 2 majority opinion in 1905’s Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Its impact was epic. In 1905, Massachusetts was one of 11 states that required compulsory vaccinations. The Rev. Henning Jacobson, a Lutheran minister, challenged the city of Cambridge, MA, which had passed a local law requiring citizens to undergo smallpox vaccination or pay a $5 fine. Jacobson and his son claimed they had previously had bad reactions to the vaccine and refuse...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Public Health Biden Code Blue COVID vaccine COVID-19 vaccine covid19 Joe Biden Mike Magee the First Amendment vaccines Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 65 – Thurs September 30
It has been WAY too long and for too many reasons (conferences, travel, a hurricane flooding out 4 East Coast guests) we haven’t got together but #THCBGang is back. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); ; medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); and board-certified patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano). We opined a lot on the latest machinations in Congress, we talked about access to data (especially images) and we really enjoyed getting in touch with each other for a great hour! ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: THCB THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 65 – Thurs September 30, 1pm PT- 4pm ET
It has been WAY too long and for too many reasons (conferences, travel, a hurricane flooding out 4 East Coast guests) we haven’t got together but #THCBGang is back. At 1pm PT – 4pm ET tomorrow September 30, joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); ; medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); and board-certified patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano). Come here what we have to opine on the latest in health and more! (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: THCB THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 67 – Thurs September 30, 1pm PT- 4pm ET
It has been WAY too long and for too many reasons (conferences, travel, a hurricane flooding out 4 East Coast guests) we haven’t got together but #THCBGang is back. At 1pm PT – 4pm ET tomorrow September 30, joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); ; medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); and board-certified patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano). Come here what we have to opine on the latest in health and more! (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: THCB THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Never Waste a (Design) Crisis
By KIM BELLARD The Wall Street Journal reported that the American Dental Association (ADA) opposes expanding Medicare to include dental benefits.  My reaction was, well, of course they do.  They apparently don’t care that at least half, and perhaps as many as two thirds, of seniors lack dental insurance, or that one in five seniors are missing all their teeth.  The ADA prefers a plan for low income Medicare beneficiaries only, although state Medicaid programs were already supposed to be that, with widely varying results between the states.  The ADA is following blindly in the AMA’s ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Design healthcare design Kim Bellard Medicare For All Source Type: blogs

American Primary Care is a Big Waste of Time (When …)
By HANS DUVEFELT Before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450, books in Europe were copied by hand, mostly by monks and clergy. Ironically, they were often called scribes, the same word we now use for the new class of healthcare workers employed to improve the efficiency of physician documentation. Think about that for a moment: American doctors are employing almost medieval methods in what is supposed to be the era of computers. Why aren’t we using AI for documentation? The pathetically cumbersome methods of documentation available (required) for our clinical encounters is only one of sever...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 231 | Pager, Ovivia, Meru Health, and NOCD
It’s Telehealth Awareness Week! Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we cover Pager raising $70 million, bringing their total to $132.6 million. German-based company Ovivia gets $80 million, bringing their total to $127 million. Meru Health raises $38 million, and NOCD raises $33 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Ovivia Pager Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 230 | Commure, Spring Health, UniteUs, Nomad & Xealth
It’s been quite a while since Jess & I did a Health in 2 Point 00 and that one was buried in our Policies|Techies|VCs conference in the first week of September. But, as John Malkovich says, We’re back… Commure gets $500m and maybe one day we’ll know what it does, Spring Health adds to the mental health funding party, UniteUs buys competitor NowPow; Nomad banks $63m for its nurse hiring service, and Xealth adds $24m, even though I’m not sure it’s more than a feature! – Matthew Holt Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Commure M&A Nomad Health Spring Health uniteus xealth Source Type: blogs

Nomad Health ’ s Next Move: $63M Raise Takes On-Demand Healthcare Staffing into Workforce Management
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Not all who wander are lost: Nomad Health lands a $63M Series D round after a year of 5X revenue growth for their tech-driven healthcare staffing marketplace that helps hospitals hire nurses on-demand. This round, led by Adams Street Partners with participation from all existing investors, brings the company’s total fundraising up to $113M. Co-founder & CEO Alexi Nazem stops by to tell us how the startup is not only planning to expand its focus from nurses to other types of healthcare providers but how the process of doing so will transform Nomad from an on-demand staffing agency...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health healthcare staffing Nomad Health Source Type: blogs

Not Your Father ’ s Job Market
By KIM BELLARD If you, like me, continue to think that TikTok is mostly about dumb stunts (case in point: vandalizing school property in the devious licks challenge; case in point: risking lives and limbs in the milk crate challenge), or, more charitably, as an unexpected platform for social activism (case in point: spamming the Texas abortion reporting site), you probably also missed that TikTok thinks it could take on LinkedIn.   Welcome to #TikTokresumes.  Welcome to the Gen Z workplace.  If healthcare is having a hard time adapting to Gen Z patients – and it is — then dealing with Gen Z...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Economics The Business of Health Care Baby Boomers Diversity Gen Z generation z job market Kim Bellard Millenials tiktok video resume Videos Source Type: blogs

I Am a Decision Maker, Not a Bookkeeper
By HANS DUVEFELT Perhaps it is because I love doctoring so much that I find some of the tools and tasks of my trade so tediously frustrating. I keep wishing the technology I work with wasn’t so painfully inept. On my 2016 iPhone SE I can authorize a purchase, a download or a money transfer by placing my thumb on the home button. In my EMR, when I get a message (also called “TASK” – ugh) from the surgical department that reads “patient is due for 5-year repeat colonoscopy and needs [insurance] referral”, things are a lot more complicated, WHICH THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE! Fo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care EMR Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Recommendations From the Coalition for Physician Accountability ’s UME-to-GME Review Committee: Winners & Losers Edition
This article originally appeared on The Sheriff of Sodium here. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Bryan Carmody coalition for physician accountability Residency Source Type: blogs

A Man With Sudden Onset of Gastroparesis
By HANS DUVEFELT Leo Dufour is not a diabetic. He is in his mid 50s, a light smoker with hypertension and a known hiatal hernia. He has had occasional heartburn and has taken famotidine for a few years along with his blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Over the past few months, he started to experience a lot more heartburn, belching and bloating. Adding pantoprazole did nothing for him. I referred him to a local surgeon who did an upper endoscopy. This did not reveal much, except some retained food in his stomach. A gastric emptying study showed severe gastroparesis. The surgeon offered him a trial of metoclopra...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

More Laughing, More Thinking
By KIM BELLARD There was a lot going on this week, as there always is, including the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the beginning of the NFL season, so you may have missed a big event: the announcement of the 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Awards (no, those are not typos).   What’s that you say — you don’t know the Ig Nobel Awards?  These annual awards, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, seek to: …honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people&rsq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Research health research Ignobel Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Policies, Techies, VCS: Musings From a Futurist
By IAN MORRISON I should’ve been in Paris last week on vacation with my wife, instead I listened in to the Policies Techies VCS:  What’s Next For Healthcare conference (I’ll explain why later).  Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa did a magnificent job of assembling the Who’s Who of digital health tech to wax lyrical about what the new kids on the block were up to, where it is all headed, and what it will mean for the system. (Full disclosure Matthew and Jess are friends of mine, I hired Matthew from Stanford almost 30 years ago to join the Institute For The Future (IFTF) and have watched ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Health Tech Futurists Ian Morrison Policies Techies VCs Source Type: blogs

Metaverse and Health Care – A View From 50,000 Feet
by MIKE MAGEE dystopian[disˈtōpēən]ADJECTIVE1. relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.NOUN1. a person who imagines or foresees a state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. There are certain words that keep popping up in 2021 whose meanings are uncertain and which deserve both recognition and definition. And so, the offering above – the word “dystopian.” Dystopian as in the sentence “The term was coined by writer Neal Stephenson in the 1992 dystopian novel Snow Crash.” One word leads to anot...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology dystopian entrepreneurship health innovation metaverse Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

As Doctor Burnout Climbs, Can We Save Primary Care?
By RONALD DIXON Week after week, I hear from colleagues in diverse specialties about how exhausted they are from practicing medicine. It’s no surprise that they are looking for careers outside of medicine. The demands and strain are unsustainable. So it’s also no surprise that a recent survey showed 40% of primary care clinicians are worried that their field won’t exist in five years and that 21% expect to leave primary care in three years as a result of COVID-19-related burnout.  While COVID-19 is the tipping point, this burnout is the result of the&nbs...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Burnout physician burnout Ronald Dixon Source Type: blogs

Anxiety, Worry or Fear? Disappointment, Grief or Depression?
By HANS DUVEFELT Especially in these strange and uncertain times, many people feel uneasy. Some of them come to us with concerns over their state of mind. In primary care, our job is in large part to perform triage. We strive to identify patients who need referral, medication or further evaluation. We also strive, or at last should strive, to reassure those patients whose reactions are normal, considering their circumstances. A set of emotions we consider normal during the first weeks of the loss of a loved one may constitute pathology of protracted or if there is no apparent trigger. But what is normal in toda...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care anxiety depression Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Selfish Much?
By KIM BELLARD In a week where we’ve seen the bungled Afghan withdrawal, had Texas show us its contempt for all sorts of rights, watched wildfires ravage the west and Ida wreak havoc on a third of the country, and, of course, witnessed COVID-19 continue its resurgence, I managed to find an article that depressed me further.  Thank you, Aaron Carroll. Dr. Carroll – pediatrician, long-time contributor to The New York Times, and now Chief Health Officer of I.U. Health — wrote a startling piece in The Atlantic: We’ve Never Protected the Vulnerable.  He looks at the resistance to public h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy health equity Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Does Our Healthcare System Work for the Most Vulnerable Americans?
By DEBORAH AFEZOLLI, CARL-PHILIPPE ROUSSEAU, HELEN FERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH LINDENBERGER “Why did you choose this field?” Most physicians are asked this question at some point in their early careers. We are geriatrics and palliative medicine physicians, so when that question is posed to us, it is invariably followed by another: “Isn’t your job depressing?” No, our job is not depressing. We are trained in the care of older adults and those with serious illness, and we find this work very rewarding.  What truly depresses us is how many vulnerable patients died during the pandemic, and how...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians Carl-Philippe Rousseau Deborah Afezolli Elizabeth Lindenberger Geriatrics Health policy Helen Fernandez Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

Burnout? Not Even Close!
By HANS DUVEFELT I am a 68 year old family physician in rural Maine. This morning I read yet another article about physician burnout, this time in The New York Times. (I’m not linking to it, because they have a “paywall”.) I did not end up exactly where and how I expected to be at the end of my career, or life in general to be brutally honest. But I am the happiest I have been since the beginning of my journey in medicine. I have a balance in my life I didn’t have, or even seek, for many years as I juggled patient care, administration, raising a family and pursuing interests that often brou...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Primary Care Burnout Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Healing at Home: Answering the $30,000 Question
By DAWN CARTER If you’ve been working remotely for the past year, would a $30,000 raise entice you back into the office? In a recent survey of 3,000 workers at dozens of large US companies, the vast majority of respondents said they would forego the hefty raise if they could keep working in their pajamas. I’ve spent more than 25 years in healthcare strategy and planning, and that was one of the most remarkable surveys I’ve ever seen – though not in terms of HR, because healthcare is one of the few industries where remote work never took hold during the pandemic. Instead, I think the urgent ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Uncategorized Ascendient Healthcare Advisors Dawn Carter Hospital at Home Source Type: blogs

DayTwo Scores $37M to Expand Microbiome-Based Personalized Nutrition Treatment for Diabetes
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH People with Diabetes can get ready to celebrate: “The ‘Era of Lancets’ is over.” Precision nutrition startup, DayTwo, is scaling up its microbiome-based program, which takes the guesswork (and finger pricks) out of Diabetes management by offering its members food predictions that identify how their bodies will respond to any food BEFORE they eat it. The startup just closed a fresh $37M in Series B funding (led by aMoon and Cathay Ventures) and is expanding the rollout of their fee-for-outcomes Diabetes program to health plans and large self-insured employers. Th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health DayTwo Josh Stevens Microbiome Source Type: blogs

Health Care, Meet Gall ’ s Law
By KIM BELLARD I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without knowing about Gall’s Law (thanks to @niquola for tweeting it!).  For those of you similarly unaware, John Gall was a pediatrician who, seemingly in his spare time, wrote Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail in 1975.  His “law,” contained therein, is: Have you ever heard of anything that applied so perfectly to our healthcare system?  As anyone who has been reading my prior articles may know, I’m a big believer in simple.  I’ve advocated that healthcare’s billing ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Gall's Law Health Care Reform Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Policies | Techies | VCs: What ’ s Next For Health Care – Virtual Conference is Sept 7-10
Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care? is the conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery, and all the permutations thereof. You can register here or learn how to sponsor. This is a big week. We are one week out and we’ve started pre-recording a few sessions and they’ve been fascinating. Keynotes include government officials from the 3 most important agencies for digital health –Pauline Lapin (CMS), Micky Tripathi (ONC) & Bakul Patel (FDA). But wait there’s more! Keynotes f...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Policy Technology venture capital Source Type: blogs

Sleepless Nights For Evolutionary Biologists: A Greek Tragedy in The Making
By MIKE MAGEE In my Jesuit high school, we were offered only one science course – chemistry. I took it in my Senior year and did pretty well. In contrast, I took four years of Latin, and three years of Greek, as part of the school’s Greek Honors tract. Little did I know that Covid would create a pathologic convergence of sorts six decades later. Let’s review the Covid mutants: Alpha – A variant first detected in Kent, UK with 50% more transmissibility than the original and has spread widely. Beta – Originating in South Africa and the first to show a mutation that par...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy evolutionary biology Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt For my health care tidbits this week, I am getting very close to home. I live in Marin County, California which is an incredibly wealthy, well-educated, liberal place. My little town voted 90% for Biden and, as you’d expect, county-wide 87% of those eligible (over 12) are fully immunized with most of the rest on the way. But Marin al...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Matthew Holt Mandates Marin County Source Type: blogs

Health Insurance is a Stumbling Block in Many Patients ’ Thinking
By HANS DUVEFELT I have a patient with no health insurance but a brand new Mercedes. He says he can’t afford health insurance. He cringes at the cost of his medications and our office visit charges. His car cost a lot of money and I know that authorized Mercedes dealers charge around $140/hour for their technicians’ (not mere mechanics) time. A routine service costs several hundred dollars, which he seems more okay with than the cost of his own healthcare visits. His new Mercedes is under warranty, but his body is not. He is risking financial disaster if he gets seriously ill with no insurance coverage. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs