Matthew ’s health care tidbits: Hedge Funds that Do Health Care on the Side
Each time I send out the THCB Reader, our newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB (Sign up here!) I include a brief tidbits section. Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt Lots of news about bad behavior in health care this week, with real shots about patient & staff safety at home care company Papa, and Grail misinforming 400 people that they had cancer. But the prize for tone deafness this week comes from another very well funded health care provider system being heartless to its poorest patients.  This week it’s Allina, a Minn...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 5, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Matthew Holt Allina Ascension UPMC Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 124, Thursday June 1
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday June 1 at 1PM PT 4PM ET are double trouble futurists Jeff Goldsmith and Ian Morrison (@seccurve), and delivery & platform expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis). The video will be below. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved from Friday as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 1, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Ian Morrison Jeff Goldsmith Matthew Holt Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Don ’ t Blame Burnout
BY SANJ KATYAL It is hard to open a medical journal in any specialty without seeing an article on burnout. There are statistics, trends, and of course a myriad of causes detailed in these articles. A few even offer some sensible solutions – flexible scheduling, peer support, delegation of clerical work and an increased focus on personal well-being activities are steps in the right direction.  I have previously written that “the absence of burnout does not equal wellness” just as the absence of disease does not imply health. We deserve more than simply the ability to function, we deserve to flourish. Th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 31, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Burnout Medical Wellness Sanj Katyal Source Type: blogs

Designing (Healthcare) via Roblox
BY KIM BELLARD Here’s a question: what medical schools are incorporating Roblox into their curriculum?   Interested readers can get back to me, but in the meantime I’m guessing none.  At best, very few.  And instead of “medical schools” feel free to insert kind of “healthcare institutions/organization” that is interested in educating or training – which is to say, all of them.  By way of contrast, I was intrigued by the collaboration between Roblox and The Parsons School of Design.  Perhaps you don’t know about Roblox, a creator platform whose vision is “to reimagine the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 30, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Operation Searchlight: The American-supported Pakistani genocide you probably haven ’ t heard about
BY ANISH KOKA On March 25th, 1971, the Pakistani army launched Operation Searchlight, a military campaign to brutally suppress a Bengali nationalist movement. The roots of the genocide lie in the parting gift British rulers gave to the Indian subcontinent at the time of independence in 1947. British controlled India was separated into Hindu majority India and Muslim majority Pakistan. But because there were two dense non-contiguous Muslim majority areas in British controlled India, the muslim majority country of Pakistan was divided into East and West Pakistan. East and West Pakistan were linked by religion, b...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 29, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Anish Koka Bangladesh Bengali India Operation Searchlight Pakistan Source Type: blogs

The New Rules of Healthcare Platforms: APIs Enable the Platforming of Healthcare
Conclusion The API economy is growing and changing rapidly, with new business models, tools, and strategies being developed to meet the needs of patients, healthcare organizations, and developers. As APIs become more ubiquitous across industries, they are reshaping the way businesses grow and innovate. It’s time for healthcare to join the thriving API economy. Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, is a health care consultant and primary author of the e-CareManagement blog, where this post first appeared. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health APIs Health Data Healthcare Platforms vince kuratis Source Type: blogs

Can AI Part The Red Sea?
BY MIKE MAGEE A few weeks ago New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote, “We Are Opening The Lid On Two Giant Pandoras Boxes.” He was referring to 1) artificial Intelligence (AI) which most agree has the potential to go horribly wrong unless carefully regulated, and 2) global warming leading to water mediated flooding, drought, and vast human and planetary destruction. Friedman argues that we must accept the risk of pursuing one (rapid fire progress in AI) to potentially uncover a solution to the other. But positioning science as savior quite misses the point that it is human behavior (a combination of greed an...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 25, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Health Tech AI Environment Hydropower Mike Magee MikeMagee Planet Health Source Type: blogs

What Can We Learn from the Envision Bankruptcy?
This study ignited a firestorm of press criticism and was followed by an aggressive lobbying and PR campaign funded by United and other large commercial payers  aimed at restricting balance billing by firms like Envision.  This campaign culminated in the Dec 2020 Congressional passage of the No Surprises Act, which effectively ended balance billing and subjected thousands of Envision’s out-of-network bills to an arbitration process. NSA went into effect in January 2022.   Ironically, days prior to its Chapter 11 filing, Envision won a $91 million judgment from an arbitration panel against United fo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 24, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: The Business of Health Care Envision HCA Jeff Goldsmith Private equity Sound Physicians Tenet United HealthGroup Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 123, Thursday May 25
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday May 25 at 1PM PT 4PM ET are Olympic rower for 2 countries and DiME CEO Jennifer Goldsack, (@GoldsackJen); medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); and writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); The video will be below. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved from Friday as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jennifer Goldsack Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

AI is Bright, But Can Also Be Dark
BY KIM BELLARD If you’ve been following artificial intelligence (AI) lately – and you should be – then you may have started thinking about how it’s going to change the world. In terms of its potential impact on society, it’s been compared to the introduction of the Internet, the invention of the printing press, even the first use of the wheel. Maybe you’ve played with it, maybe you know enough to worry about what it might mean for your job, but one thing you shouldn’t ignore: like any technology, it can be used for both good and bad.   If you thought cyberattacks/cybercrimes were bad when done by human...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Artificial intelligence Dark Web DarkBERT Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

SPM-Creative Learning Exchange, Portland, OR ( & virtual), July 16
As you may know I am on the board of the Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM) which is trying to promote a new partnership between patients and the health care system. On June 16 at 8am-1pm PST SPM is hosting a Creative Learning Exchange in Portland, OR at OHSU. The topic is Advancing Health Equity Through Participatory Medicine and there’ll be patients, clinicians and other leading crucial discussions about how to move health equity forward. If you are in Portland please come join the meeting and if you can’t get there, it will be broadcast online. (There’s a nominal cost for tickets but no one...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medical Practice CLE Portland health equity SPM Source Type: blogs

Asking Bard And ChatGPT To Find The Best Medical Care, I Got Truth And Truthiness
BY MICHAEL MILLENSON If you ask ChatGPT how many procedures a certain surgeon does or a specific hospital’s infection rate, the OpenAI and Microsoft chatbot inevitably replies with some version of, “I don’t do that.” But depending upon how you ask, Google’s Bard provides a very different response, even recommending a “consultation” with particular clinicians. Bard told me how many knee replacement surgeries were performed by major Chicago hospitals in 2021, their infection rates and the national average. It even told me which Chicago surgeon does the most knee surgeries and his infection rate. When I...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Uncategorized Bard ChatGPT Michael Millenson OpenAPI Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Data: The Disruption Opportunity + Why This Time Is Different
This article first appeared on their Medium channel (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 19, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Data FHIR Jay Santoro Shubrha Jain Tarsadia Investments TEFCA Source Type: blogs

The Disease Killing Healthcare and Causing Physician Burnout
BY SCOTT MACDIARMID We have a healthcare crisis . . . and the crisis is now. Costs are soaring out of control, threatening the financial health of individuals and our nation. Quality of care is deteriorating, in spite of “world class care” signs seemingly on every corner. And physicians are checking out and burning out. I believe it’s one of the greatest societal issues of our day. So, you may be wondering: How in the heck did we get ourselves into such a mess? In the greatest country in the world who spends the most on healthcare and is regularly bragging on how great it is, what happened?  Experts and pun...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Burnout Healthcare system Scott MacDiarmid Source Type: blogs

Healthcare: Make Better Mistakes
BY KIM BELLARD I saw an expression the other day that I quite liked. I’m not sure who first said it, and there are several versions of it, but it goes something like this: let’s make better mistakes tomorrow. Boy howdy, if that’s not the perfect motto for healthcare, I don’t know what is. Health is a tricky business.  It’s a delicate balancing act between – to name a few — your genes, your environment, your habits, your nutrition, your stress, the health and composition of your microbiome, the impact of whatever new microbes are floating around, and, yes, the health care you happen to receiv...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 16, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Healthcare Healthcare system Kim Bellard Mistakes Source Type: blogs