NC Pediatricians/Physicians RISE Against CHEAP/PROFITEERING Hospital Executives: Maybe I'm Not " Disgruntled " . . . Or " Disruptive " . . . OR ALONE . . . After All.
First, read the following article (linked in red) at North Carolina Health News - " lifted " from a story/letter published at the Charlotte Ledger:The doctor won't see your newborn now - North Carolina Health NewsIt only under-scores the cheap, supremely arrogant C-Suite mind-set that I've been blogging about . . . and fighting . . . as an inpatient Pediatrician covering the duty in small/rural/community hospitals in NC and Virginia . . . for over 20 years.Pediatricians that work for hospitals are " a-dime-a-dozen " .  We're " interchangeable light bulbs " .  We can be " replace...
Source: Dr.J's HouseCalls - June 23, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: ApolloMD APRN Central Carolina Hospital CMS Duke Lifepoint JCAHO LDRP medical scope creep Mother-Baby Care Pediatric Hospitalist Pediatrics Quality Assruance Source Type: blogs

Senior Caregiving Startup Papa: “ Hanging Out & Helping Out ” Backed by Health Plans & $91M in Funding
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Since it was founded in 2017, “family-on-demand” senior care startup Papa has raised a whopping $91M from a veritable who’s who of health innovation investors. How has this startup that matches “authentically nice people” up with seniors to “help out and hang out” convinced the likes of Tiger Global, Comcast Ventures, and Canaan Partners (and those are just the investors who chipped in for Papa’s $60M Series C round this April) to invest? And, probably more importantly, how has Papa won more than 40 health plans as clients (a number set to tr...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Andrew Parker Papa Senior Care Source Type: blogs

Better Broadband for Better Health Care
By KIM BELLARD Here’s a question that we don’t often ask: which is the U.S. more likely to accomplish – getting everyone health insurance, or broadband?  Hint: it’s probably not what you think. The health insurance part of it is often debated.  We passed ACA, but the number of uninsured stubbornly remains at nearly 30 million, almost 10% of the population.  Still, except for residents of those 12 states that have refused to pass Medicaid expansion, everyone in the country has at least access to public or private health insurance, with subsidies available to many.  Broadb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology broadband broadband access Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Connection Is Healthcare
By TOMER BEN-KIKI The American people can’t afford partisan politics that increase long-term healthcare costs. When the GOP came to the table with a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal last week, I was pleased to see that they had increased funding for broadband access to $68 billion. The President wants $100 billion for broadband expansion, but a meaningful increase before the soft deadline of June 7 was a positive step. Politics aside, the pandemic made it clear how dependent we are on the issue of broadband internet access.after all, broadband underpinned nearly everything that was done to keep the eco...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech broadband broadband access Happify Health Telehealth tomer ben-kiki Source Type: blogs

Here Is What ’s Stopping You From Fulfilling Your Life
The biggest misconception that I’ve ever heard of is that in order for us to find success in anything, we must be willing to give up something else. Whether it’s our career, wealth, relationships, health, something must be given up in order for the other to thrive. After several years of improving myself, learning about myself, and helping others grow as well, I’ve come to realize that that isn’t true. We can be living a fuller life and there is no sacrifice necessary at all. As I and others grew, the reality was that several other things were stopping us from living a more fulfilling life. Be...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: leonho Tags: career creativity featured motivation philosophy productivity tips self-improvement success dreams goals self improvement Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 217 | 23andMe goes public, & funding for Zus, Pill Club, and Brightline
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I haven ‘t been fired yet – so I’m taking over this episode. On Episode 217, there’s been a lot going on in the digital health world, including the biggest IPO in health tech ever with Bright Health’s $14 billion valuation. Speaking of IPOs, 23andMe went public yesterday with a $3.5 billion valuation. Zus Health gets $25 million in a Series A with Jonathan Bush as CEO. Pill Club raises $49 million getting contraceptives to women online, similar to Nurx. Finally Brightline gets $72 million, this is a child mental health company; they take family prep, family couns...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt 23andMe Bright Health brightline Pill Club Zus Health Source Type: blogs

Did Covid and Telemedicine Finally Make the Physical Exam Obsolete?
By HANS DUVEFELT Left to my own devices, I would be selective about when and how much of a physical exam I do: either not at all or very detailed for just those things that can help me make the diagnosis. I have no patience for boilerplate normal exams. Any doctor who uses the term PERRLA (pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation) is probably faking it. First, most of the time this isn’t actually tested completely and, second, even if it’s done correctly, it has no relevance in the majority of chart notes I have found it in. I have actually seen it in office note templates for urinary tract i...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care COVID-19 Hans Duvefelt physical exam physical examination Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

What Is the Difference Between Perseverance and Stubbornness?
In conclusion, here is to have perseverance but not stubbornness: Keep the final destination in mind, keep moving toward it, but be willing to take a new route if necessary. ##### Do you want to get new insights on personal effectiveness? Sign up here. (Source: Life Optimizer)
Source: Life Optimizer - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Purpose Source Type: blogs

Cat-astrophizing: Why Expecting the Worst is Bad For Your Mental Health
How is it that cats somehow know when you are running late? Somehow, they manage to care about you, even less than normal. Has your cat ever played that adorable game of hide and seek with you? Tell me if this sounds familiar. I spill my coffee. This forces me to change clothes. Of course, now I have to get different shoes. While changing, I messed up my ‘do’ so now I have to fix that. In the process of redoing my hair, I realize that I forgot to brush my teeth. I was distracted earlier when I went to pick up my toothbrush. Not this time. I finish up with my pearly whites just in time to remember that...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: K3MOON Tags: featured psychology self-improvement anxiety catastrophizing expecting the worst mental health self improvement Source Type: blogs

Jonathan Bush Launches Zus with $35M & “Build-Your-Own EMR ” Proposition for Health Tech Startups
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Jonathan Bush has “More Disruption Please-d” himself and is back at it with a new company, Zus (get it…like the father of Athena) backed by a $35M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, & Rock Health. “It’s ‘Build-A-Bear’ for EMR, patient relationship management, CRMs…” says Jonathan, and meant to help digital health startups work around incumbent EMR companies by providing a developer kit of components common to the “middle” of a health tech stack — AND a single shared record...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups EMR Jonathan Bush WTF Health Zus Source Type: blogs

Community Health Plans Are Serious: Support Major Federal Action to Reduce Rx Drug Costs
By CECI CONNOLLY Equal treatment under the law. A foundational pillar of American life. Except when it comes to drug makers who benefit from favorable treatment by the federal government. For far too long, prescription drug companies have profited immensely under a system that affords them monopolistic powers to set prices devoid of government or public scrutiny. Even during the pandemic, while much of the economy took a beating, the pharmaceutical industry continued to benefit from the high prices they charge. In fact, 9 of the 10 biggest profit margins recorded last summer belonged to drug companies. As the n...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Ceci Connolly drug prices Drug Pricing Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 58 – Thurs June 17, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
Episode 58 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, June 17th at 1pm PT -4PM ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars futurist Jeff Goldsmith; policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); Consumer advocate & CTO of Carium Health, Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia); and–after way too long an absence–economist & consumer expert Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker) If you’d rather listen, the “audio only” version it is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels a day or s...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Jeff Goldsmith Lygeia Ricciardi Matthew Holt rosemarie day 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! (And yes, this week’s is a tad late!) –Matthew Holt In this week’s health care tidbits, you may be wondering what happened to health policy under Joe Biden. He said no to Medicare for All because instead he was going to create a public option and lower the Medicare age to 60. Yet both those two policies seem to have vanished into the night. Presumably...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Matthew Holt Employer-based insurance Medicare For All Policy/Politics Source Type: blogs

Twins For Everyone!
By KIM BELLARD I have lived my entire life as a twin, and, while it isn’t an unalloyed blessing, on balance I’d recommend it.  Most of you, though, probably aren’t twins and have missed the experience.  Don’t worry: you may still get a chance – with a digital twin.  It could have profound implications for your health and for healthcare generally. A digital twin, in case you are not familiar with the concept, is a virtual representation of a physical object.  It is created from data about that physical object, and is fed ongoing data (e.g., via IoT) about it to keep...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech digital twins Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

HIMSS Media has acquired MobiHealthNews
For seven years, MobiHealthNews has been a go-to site for news, commentary, online events and research. Now it is the newest member of the HIMSS Media family -- the leading source of digital health news. (Source: Healthcare IT News Blog)
Source: Healthcare IT News Blog - June 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Tags: Core Technologies, Telehealth, Mergers and acquisitions, Operations, Population and Public Health, Care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 216 | Datavant acquires Ciox, plus deals for AllyAlign, Cerebral & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess is trying to replace me with the other Matthew Holt. But on Episode 216, I am still around to talk about some deals. First, Datavant acquires Ciox Health in a $7 billion deal, aiming to create the nation’s largest health data ecosystem. Next, Avenue Health is a new company that has just been launched, working on seamless, end-to-end data integration and blockchain, and AllyAlign Health raises $300 million as a new Medicare advantage plan. Finally, Cerebral raises $127 million – this is like a Ro or Hims but specifically for mental health. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AllyAlign Health Avenue Helth Cerebral ciox health datavant Source Type: blogs

5 Out Of The Ordinary Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit
Yoga does feel good; there’s no doubt about it. But the best thing is, it doesn’t only feel good but has tons of health benefits. From building stamina to dealing with stress and depression, yoga can be the best friend to save your day. If you haven’t tried yoga yet, you’re missing out on something really interesting. The article contains 5 out of the ordinary ways yoga keeps you fit. Let’s get off the ground: 1.  Yoga Releases Stress Not many people know about it, but yoga can release stress by promoting relaxation. As far as scientific studies are concerned, yoga de...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heather Clinton Tags: featured health and fitness self-improvement mental health yoga Source Type: blogs

Why “Radiopharmaceutical” Should be Part of your Healthcare Vocabulary
By JAY T. RIPTON Not to sound too alarmist, but the radiopharmaceutical industry is on the verge of an explosion. But don’t worry; it’s not the type of explosion one often associates with nuclear materials… I love those movies too! It’s the beginning of a new wave of innovation for the diagnosis and treatment of certain cancers and other diseases. This new radiopharmaceutical boom quite literally has the life sciences industry in a nuclear arms race of sorts, as companies like Y-mAbs, Novartis and others are pushing through clinical trials for the next blockbuster for the treatment and detect...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice jay t ripton nuclear medicine radiation oncology radiopharmaceuticals Source Type: blogs

101 Courage Quotes That Will Motivate and Inspire You (2021 Update)
Today I’d like to share 101 of the best and most powerful courage quotes that I’ve found. Timeless thoughts that will inspire and help you to take that big – or sometimes small – leap that you need to take to move forward towards a dream or goal. These thought-provoking quotes will help you to build your own courage in life no matter if you need it in your love life or relationships, to go after what you want at work or in your business or to make positive change in your life. And to not give up even when things are tough and you may feel like giving in and going home. NOTE: The original version of...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - June 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Source Type: blogs

When You Love Your Job, Success Will Follow
How often do you hear stories about people who've accepted positions at companies they didn't care about and for roles they despised, only to make a lucrative career out of it? You don't. Because this kind of thing doesn't happen. The truth is, one of the keys to success is to actually love what you do. This doesn't mean that you have to love every aspect of your job all the time, of course. There will be days when you'll dread getting out of bed in the morning. There will be projects that will test your patience and aptitude. There will be difficult situations that arise with employees, other executives, and even clien...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Pradelli Tags: career creativity featured happiness philosophy psychology self-improvement success career advice job motivation passion Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 215 | Monogram, LetsGetChecked, Transcarent, Lenus, and Ada
Amazon Cares already has customers, Clover has become a meme stock, Transcarent has got a Series B that they closed already, and OneDrop has hit 25 billion biometric data points – what the hell is going on in digital health? Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we still have lots of deals to cover. Monogram, an end-stage kidney disease company, raises $160 million. LetsGetChecked raises $150 million in a Series D – all of these at-home testing companies are getting a push because of COVID. Next, Lenus raises €50M in a Series A, making it the biggest ever single A round in Denmark. Transcarent gets $58 million in...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Ada Health Lenus LetsGetChecked Monogram transcarent Source Type: blogs

UpHealth Hits the NYSE: CEO & President on SPAC Merger Completion, Virtual Care Competition & More
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Another virtual care company hits the New York Stock Exchange as UpHealth ($UPH) emerges from the combined merger of UpHealth Holdings and Cloudbreak Health with the GigCapital2 SPAC. We’ve got UpHealth’s CEO Ramesh Balakrishnan and President Jamey Edwards here on “Listing Day” to catch us up on the strategic developments and integrations that have occurred since UpHealth’s SPAC IPO was first announced at the end of 2020. You might remember this deal as the one that brought together six different companies across four of the fastest growing areas of digital...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health SPAC IPO UpHealth Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 57 – Thurs June 10
Episode 57 of “The THCB Gang” will be live on Thursday, June 10, 1pm PT 4pm ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will joined by regulars: medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard) and futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve). And we have a special guest, health care equity analyst at Hedgeye, Emily Evans (@HedgeyeEEvans) You might guess that the latest meme stock Clover Health (CLOV) might make an appearance! But that won’t be all! The video is below. If you’d rather listen, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on Fridays on our iTun...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Emily Evans Hedgeye Ian Morrison Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Hey, How About Starship Earth?
By KIM BELLARD I missed the job announcement on the company website.  I missed it again when the company posted the job on Linkedin.  I missed it when Eric Ralph tweeted that the posting was “probably the coolest job posting I’ve read in years.”  Fortunately, though, I follow Isaac Kohne (MD, PhD), and I did see his tweet: Yes, I’m talking about SpaceX.  Yes, the job is for a “Starship Medical Engineer.”  Yes, it’s to help SpaceX’s mission to Mars, whenever that might be.  Who knows, the job might even entail going to Mars, although tha...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard space medicine SpaceX Source Type: blogs

Wednesday Motivation: 10 Tips to Help You Through The Midweek Slump
When Wednesday rolls around your motivation to keep getting things done may have lessened considerably. I know that is sometimes the case for me at least. So in this week’s post I’d like to share the top 10 tips and habits that help me to refuel my motivation to get past that midweek hump and keep working in a focused way until Friday afternoon is here and the weekend awaits. I hope you'll find something here to help to make your Wednesday even better. 1. Start small (or tiny). If a project, a task or the next step at work or in school today seems tough or daunting and you wind up procrastinating then break it...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

Beating Social Comparison: How I Found “Enough” In 4 Ways
Conclusion Social comparison makes you rely on external metrics to evaluate the quality of your life. That is not only inaccurate but mentally taxing. Fortunately, there are good habits that you can form to eradicate unhealthy social comparisons. I hope you found my journey relatable and the tips useful!  Let me know in the comments below what you named your inner critic (point #3)!  Author Bio Rochi is a staff writer at Elite Content Marketer who relishes fresh poetry. When she’s not writing on her website, you can find her nose buried under a stack of good books. If you want more art & sti...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rochizalani Tags: career communication confidence featured happiness psychology self-improvement comparison FOMO self improvement Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 214 | One Medical acquires Iora, plus funding for HumanFirst & many more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess pokes fun at me because my primary care provider has acquired a Medicare provider – One Medical buys Iora Health for $2.1 billion in stock. This deal is curious because these are two very different organizations. Next, HumanFirst (formerly Elektra Labs) raises $12 million in a Series A, bringing their total to $15 million, working on distributed clinical trials. Medallion raises $20 million in a Series A to address barriers for digital health providers around state licensing rules, and Aunt Bertha raises $27 million working on the social determinants of health and getting social ca...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Aunt Bertha Doctor On Demand Elektra Labs Grand Rounds HumanFirst Included Health Iora Health Medallion One medical Source Type: blogs

The Art of Medicine is Not an Algorithm
By HANS DUVEFELT The Art of Medicine is such a common phrase because, for many centuries, medicine has not been a cookie cutter activity. It has been a personalized craft, based on the science of the day, practiced by individual clinicians for diverse patients, one at a time. Unlike industrial mass production, where everything from raw materials to tools to manufacturing processes are standardized and even automated or performed by robots, physicians work with raw materials of different age, shape and quality in what is more like restoration of damaged paintings or antique automobiles. The Art of Medicine involves...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care art of medicine Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 07 June, 2021.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. General Comment ----- All sort of bits and pieces this week with cyber-security being a bit of a theme. Does anyone know more about what went / goes on at NSW Health? ----- https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/hacking/personal-information-accessed-after-cyber-attack-on-nsw-health/news-story/fb6fd41d6ec351030d81abf8ffdb439f Personal information ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’ s health care tidbits, week ending Jun 5
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 In this week’s health care tidbits, I can’t quite leave the $3.5bn Babylon Health SPAC investor document alone. Yes, it’s crazy but not as crazy as you might think. Essentially it’s saying that it’s going to be a better tech enabled version of Oak Street or Agilon. Babylon has put less effort into the medical group manag...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Matthew Holt THCB Babylon Health Source Type: blogs

3 Ways To Add To Your Mental Health Toolbox
Mental Health is a hot topic right now, as it should be.  Celebrities coming out and openly talking about struggles, depression, and anxiety are getting more vocalized by the masses. But what happens after these brave steps?  Unfortunately, you don't suddenly become healed, and the world is all rainbows and unicorns. I am not a therapist, nor have I gone to school for any mental health training, but I am a regular person like you who has struggled with PTSD symptoms after an extremely tough breakup. Also, severe depression and anxiety after watching my father wither away from Parkinson's and then sudd...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Marlow Tags: featured happiness health and fitness psychology self-improvement anxiety depression empowerment mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

U.S. Science Embrace of Wuhan “Gain-Of-Function” Viral Research Proved A Slippery Slope
By MIKE MAGEE The truth hurts. Eighteen months into a disaster that has claimed 3.5 million lives around the globe, the truth is seeping out. Human error likely caused the Covid pandemic, and America’s Medical-Industrial Complex was right in the middle of it. Signs of a “great awakening” have emerged from various corners in the month of May. On May 14, UNC’s top virologist, Ralph Baric, who worked closely with Wuhan chief virologist and batwoman extraordinare, Shi Zhengli, signed on with 17 other scientists to a Science editorial that demanded a reexamination of Covid&rsqu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Mike Magee Wuhan Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 213 | Babylon ’ s SPAC IPO, plus big raises for Thirty Madison & Intrinsic
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re talking about our new conference in September: Policies, Techies, & VCs: What’s Next for Health Care. On Episode 213, Jess ask me about some massive deals. Thirty Madison gets $140 million – they are now a unicorn. Babylon Health is going public via a SPAC – $575 million expected to be raised during this with a $3.6 billion valuation. Coming out of stealth, Intrinsic raises $113 million in the eCommerce space — and Dr. Oz is in this one. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Babylon Health intrinsic thirty madison Source Type: blogs

The Two Key Components of Making Good Decisions
How do you make good decisions? What are the key components? The answer to these questions, of course, is important. After all, the quality of your decisions can make or break your life. That’s why we should strive to improve the quality of our decisions. I’ve written about some aspects of decision making before, such as probabilistic thinking and risk management. This time, I’d like to share my thoughts on what I believe are the two key components of making good decisions: clarity and information. You see, a good decision has two characteristics: It takes you to the place you want, and It gets you there...
Source: Life Optimizer - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Purpose Thinking Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 56 – Thurs June 3
Episode 56 of “The THCB Gang” was recorded live on Thursday, June 3. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard) and health futurist Jeff Goldsmith; WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa) snuck in later after she finished up at the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Conference across the virtual street. We really got into it on two issues — the Wuhan lab “leak” issue and Babylon Health’s IPO — lots of fun and no little disagreement! Then video is be...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 212 | DayTwo, Hello Heart, Pack4U, and Curebase
Today at Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are presenting at the Going Digital: Behavioral Health conference today — tune in later for that. On Episode 212, our buddies at DayTwo get $37 million for the gut microbiome. Hello Heart raises $45 million, bringing their total to $68.2 million – this is for high blood pressure management. Pack4U, which is like the knockoff version of Pill Pack, raises $20 million. Swedish telemedicine company Doktor.se raises $50 million, and Curebase raises $15 million for decentralized clinical trials. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Curebase DayTwo Doktor.se Hello Heart Pack4U Source Type: blogs

6 Ways Our Bodies Try to Tell Us Something is Wrong
Your body is a pretty incredible specimen, if you think about it. So many different systems work in tandem to keep you alive and well. Still, things can go wrong — and a machine as finely tuned as the human body has its ways of telling you that it needs your attention. Some are quite obvious, and you’ve probably experienced them. But sometimes, the message is much more subtle. Here are six of the more unexpected ways your body might be telling you that something’s up — and what each sign means for you and your health. 1. Your Eyes Have Gone Dry Normally, your eyes would stay lu...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: featured health and fitness self-improvement mental health rest Source Type: blogs

Voicemail, Repeat Requests and Multitasking: Inefficiencies in Today ’s Healthcare
By HANS DUVEFELT My nurse regularly gets at least 50 voicemails every day, many saying “please call me back”. I have one patient who frequently tests the patience of our clinic staff by calling multiple times for the same thing. He is the most dramatic example of what seems to be a widely held belief that physicians, nurses and medical assistants sit at their desks and answer phone calls all or most of their time. But when we do, we are often hampered by busy signals, phone tag or “voice mail not set up”. Electronic messaging isn’t a panacea, because patients don’t necessarily know...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Inefficiency Source Type: blogs

Bias, Before First Breath
How structural racism and implicit bias impact America’s babies, even prior to birth By ELLIE STANG Becoming a new mother in America is more dangerous for some mothers than it should be. Each year, 700 women die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes in the United States, the highest number of any developed nation.  Health inequities in America mean that overwhelmingly, Black women and their infants are the ones impacted: Black mothers are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy than white ones. These discrepancies are wide ranging: American Indian and Alaska Native women are also 2x more lik...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Public Health Ellie Stang health equity ProgenyHealth structural racism Source Type: blogs

How to Keep a Conversation Going: 8 Simple Tips
Do you have problems with keeping a conversation going? Do you sometimes run out of things to say? Then you’re in the right place. Because in this post I’d like to share 8 of my own favorite tips and habits that have helped me to greatly reduce this issue in my own life. Here is what has worked the best for me to not get stuck in awkward silences or in not being able to keep a conversation going. 1. Get into the right frame of mind before the conversation even begins. This is one of the most important things in this post. Perhaps the most important one. Because if you are overly nervous, wound up and you feel ...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

How To Build Your Digital Brain To Learn More
Our brains are a fascinating part of ourselves. It allows us to experience all kinds of information and is stronger than any supercomputer. But despite how strong our brains are, there are many people who struggle with retaining information and using it. That much is clear as you can probably think of one person or many who are able to retain even the most mundane of information. The thing is, it’s not really a secret. It’s just that most people don’t recognize that these individuals have developed a digital brain. Think of it as a second brain that has a wealth of information you can tap into. I...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: leonho Tags: career communication featured internet culture motivation productivity tips self-improvement success digital brain learning hacks pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Make Some Microbe Friends
By KIM BELLARD It’s the coolest story I’ve seen in the past few days: The New York Times reported how an Italian  museum cleaned its priceless Michelangelo sculptures with an army of bacteria.  As Jason Horowitz wrote, “restorers and scientists quietly unleashed microbes with good taste and an enormous appetite on the marbles, intentionally turning the chapel into a bacterial smorgasbord.” And you just want to kill them all with your hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps.  The Medici Chapel in Florence had the good fortune to be blessed with an abundance of works by Michel...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Public Health bacteria Kim Bellard microbes Microbiome 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 In this week’s health care tidbits, we’re discussing hedge funds. Not those small private equity funds that are defunding small safety net hospitals and being exposed by Propublica & PBS Frontline. (Did you catch #TCHBGangster Jeff Goldsmith on the latter?). No, I’m talking about big non-profit hedge funds that also provide...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Public Health Nurses Once Again Asking, “What Are They Thinking?”
Whitney Thurman Karen Johnson By KAREN JOHNSON and WHITNEY THURMAN One recent Friday night, we huddled with our colleagues in the pouring rain at a movie theater parking lot– our cars packed with supplies for our mobile vaccine clinic— trying to find someone who wanted an extra dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before it expired. Five months ago, we would have been inundated with people desperate for that extra dose. But that has changed now that the most willing and able segments of the population have largely been vaccinated. Amidst this backdrop of slowing vaccination rates in the U.S. and ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Karen Johnson Nurses Nursing public health Whitney Thurman Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 211 | Noom, Akili, Unmind, Eleanor Health & Clearing
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess gives us a little tour of Chicago before we dive into some deals. Noom raises $540 million, bringing their total to $657 million with a $4 billion valuation. What are they going to do now with all this money? Digital therapeutics company Akili raises $160 million – maybe this will bring them out of ADHD. Unmind, a mental health company out of the UK, raises $47 million, Eleanor Health raises $20 million for their addiction-focused mental health clinic, and finally Clearing raises $20 million in a Series A tackling chronic pain. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

Off Our Chests: No Secrets Left Behind
By CHADI NABHAN She was a successful corporate lawyer turned professional volunteer and a housewife. He was a charismatic, successful, and world-renowned researcher in gastrointestinal oncology. He was jealous of all breast cancer research funding and had declared that disease his nemesis. They were married; life was becoming a routine, and borderline predictable. Both appeared to have lost some appreciation of each other and their sacrifices. Then, she saw a lump, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not any breast cancer, but triple negative breast cancer. The kind that is aggressive and potentially lethal. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Book Review Breast cancer Chadi Nabhan illness narratives John Marshall Liza Marshall Off Our Chests triple negative breast cancer Source Type: blogs

Will Google Health Platformize the Electronic Health Record Market?
Conclusion The era of ossified EHRs is likely coming to an end.  EHRs originated as software to be installed on client’s servers. While they’ve mostly made the transition to the cloud – there’s one huge step yet to be completed — the pipe to platform transition. We see signs that EHRs are finally being reimagined as platforms.  As a result, we would expect to see ripples if not outright disruption throughout the industry as firms jockey to maintain or gain access to users in order to bring their solutions to market, thereby significantly increasing the rate of innovation. Vince...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Edward G. Anderson EHR Geoffrey Parker Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Stamina, Not Just Competence: A Key to Winning in Life
A while back, I found a quote that got me thinking: “Amateurs think about tactics. But professionals think about logistics.” I first heard it in an episode of Hardcore History podcast. It talks about how logistics is often the determining factor in wars. You might have superior troops and tactics, but without good logistics, you wouldn’t be able to achieve your objectives. This, for instance, is what happened in Operation Barbarossa when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia: Four weeks into the campaign, the Germans realized they had grossly underestimated Soviet streng...
Source: Life Optimizer - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Productivity Source Type: blogs

Teladoc Health ’s Mental Health Move: Unite Best of Livongo, Virtual Care in myStrength Complete
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The Teladoc Health-Livongo merger continues to expand Teladoc Health’s virtual care capabilities — this time in mental health. Dr. Julia Hoffman, Head of Mental Health Strategy for Teladoc Health, gives us the inside story on the launch of myStrength Complete, the souped-up, next-gen version of the digital mental health app that Livongo acquired in 2019 and integrated into its “AI-plus-AI whole person health” platform. So, what’s new now that all this is part of Teladoc? Think full-service mental health care, akin to what you might find in a digital mental hea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital mental health Livongo MyStrength Teladoc Source Type: blogs

Holograms to the Rescue
By KIM BELLARD Google is getting much (deserved) publicity for its Project Starline, announced at last week’s I/O conference.  Project Starline is a new 3D video chat capability that promises to make your Zoom experience seem even more tedious.  That’s great, but I’m expecting much more from holograms – or even better technologies.  Fortunately, there are several such candidates. For anyone who has been excited about advances in telehealth, you haven’t seen anything yet. If you missed Google’s announcement, Project Starline was described thusly: Imagine looking...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Google Kim Bellard Project Starline Source Type: blogs