Barcodes Are Us
BY KIM BELLARD Usually I write about things where I see some unexpected parallel to healthcare, or something just amazed me, or outraged me (there are lots of things about healthcare like the latter).  But sometimes I run across something that just delights me. So when I inexplicably stumbled across DNA Barcoding Technology for High Throughput Cell-Nanoparticle Study, by Andy Tay, PhD, my first thought was, oh, nanoparticles, that’s always interesting, then it hit me: wait, DNA has barcodes?  How delightful. We’re all used to barcodes.  Pretty much every product in pretty much every store has a b...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology DNA Barcodes DNA nanotechnology Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: AJ Loiacono, CEO, CapitalRx
AJ Loiacono, CEO of CapitalRx, in a quickbite interview with The Health Care Blog’s Matthew Holt. CapitalRx is up to 1.5m members serviced both as a PBM and as a tech company administering pharmacy benefits using its tech platform. AJ says they’ve demonstrated to the market that they can service customers of any size, and the employer groups are starting to ask the right questions about pharmacy costs. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Matthew Holt AJ Loicano pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) Source Type: blogs

Adventures in health care — Hinge Health
At the HLTH conference in Vegas the week before Thanksgiving, I decided to embark on another adventure in health care. Somehow I badly hurt my back and was barely able to walk when I found myself at the Hinge Health booth. Could they give me any help? As it turned out they could. I met physical therapist Lori Wolter who showed me (and used me as a guinea pig for) their Enso device and got a quick update on Hinge Health’s progress from its President Jim Pursley. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Technology back pain Hinge Health physical therapy Source Type: blogs

55 Liar Quotes and Lies Sayings to Help You Deal with Dishonesty
We have all lied. Sometimes to save ourselves pain or punishment. Other times to save someone else pain and so we've told a white lie. But when people in your life make lying a habit, when your relationship – romantic, friendship or maybe one at work – becomes infested with lies then the situation is different. Then it may be time to have a frank talk with them. Or if that doesn’t work (or you’re way past that) to spend less time with that person. Or cut them out of your life entirely. In this post I’d like to share the most helpful and powerful liar quotes and lies sayings. To help you deal with dishones...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - November 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Personal Development Source Type: blogs

America, the intolerant
BY ANISH KOKA Historically, the great tension between liberty and authority was between government as embodied by the ruling class and its subjects.  Marauding barbarians and warring city-states meant that society endowed a particular class within society with great powers to protect the weaker members of society.  It was quickly recognized that the ruling class could use these powers for its own benefit on the very people it was meant to protect, and so society moved to preserve individual liberties first by recognizing certain rights that rulers dare not breach lest they risk rebellion.  The natural nex...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health Anish Koka COVID-19 in-hospital death Source Type: blogs

The Power of Thankfulness: 5 Helpful Tips
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson This week many of my readers will celebrate Thanksgiving. So I thought it would be a good time to share a handful of my...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - November 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Happiness Personal Development Source Type: blogs

How to Stay in Touch with the Office During Your Leisure Time and Still Enjoy It 
There are many debates surrounding the idea of working in our leisure time. Most people believe it's purely harmful and ruins our mental health. Seriously, if I get a dollar every time I hear or read about how terrible it is to work on your day off, I'd be rich by now. But a small group timidly suggests that it depends on how we use our free time.  Let's explore this issue and check how to stay in touch with the office during leisure time without harming your work-life balance. Work vs. Leisure, or Work and Leisure? There is one undisputedly true statement - we must find the time and space to take a rest from ou...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michal Jonca Tags: career communication featured internet culture success leisure time Source Type: blogs

One Person ’ s Trash …
BY KIM BELLARD Gosh, so much going on.  Elizabeth Holmes was finally sentenced.   FTX collapsed.  Big Tech is laying off workers at unprecedented rates, except TikTok, which should, indeed, be cautionary.  Elon Musk’s master plan for Twitter remains opaque to most of us. Americans remain contentedly unworried about the looming COVID wave.  With all that to choose from, I want to talk about space debris.  More specifically, finding opportunity in it, and in other “waste.”  As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so one person’s problems ar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health Debris Remediation Elizabeth Holmes Space Source Type: blogs

When Push Comes to Shove: The AMA v. Dobbs. Part 2.
BY MIKE MAGEE On November 8, 2022, five days after the 2022 Midterm elections, the AMA raised its voice in opposition to Republican efforts to promote second class citizenship for women by exerting public control over them and their doctors intensely private reproductive decisions. At the same time they sprinkled candidates on both sides of the aisle with AMA PAC money, raising questions whether their love of women includes active engagement or just passive advocacy. Trump and his now MAGAGA (“Make America Great and Glorious Again”) movement has now returned to center stage. With the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Supreme Court AMA Clarence Thomas Dobbs v. Jackso MAGAGA Mike Magee Roe v. Wade Source Type: blogs

When Push Comes to Shove: The AMA v. Dobbs. Part 1.
BY MIKE MAGEE Should anyone present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.”     Book of Common Prayer, Church of England, 1549 Last evening Trump rose from the ashes and declared it was time to “Make America Great and Glorious Again” (MAGAGA). This past week, five days after the Midterm elections, AMA President, Jack Resnick, Jr., MD, raised his voice from the podium at the AMA Interim Meeting in Hawaii with the AMA’s own version of a call to action: “But make no mistake, when politicians insert themselves in our exam room...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Supreme Court AMA AMA v. Dobbs Dobbs v. Jackson Mike Magee Trump Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 107, Thursday November 17, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday November 17 are futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve). delivery & platforms expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis); and fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). 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 - November 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Ian Morrison Matthew Holt Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Is Care Navigation Healthcare ’s Next ‘Gold Mine’? Quantum Health’s Move to Win Over Larger Employers
BY JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH One-to-watch as a potential health tech IPO this year is care navigator Quantum Health, and I’m talking to CEO Zane Burke about both their breaking new product launch AND the key differences between Quantum and the increasingly competitive field of other employer benefits advocacy-based businesses like Accolade, Rightway, and Transcarent. Private equity backed, two-decades old, and EBITA positive, Zane says Quantum Health is delivering an ROI of “over two-and-a-half to one” to its client roster of 450 top large, self-insured employers and saving more than 14% on all healthcare co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech WTF Health Care Navigation Healthcare Jessica DaMassa Quantum Health Source Type: blogs

Our Plants Should Be Plants
BY KIM BELLARD It seems like most of my healthcare Twitter buddies are enjoying themselves at HLTH2022, so I don’t suppose it much matters what I write about, because they’ll all be too busy to read it anyway.  That’s too bad, because I was sparked by an article on one of my favorite topics: synthetic biology.   Elliot Hershberg, a Ph.D. geneticist who describes his mission as “to accelerate the Century of Biology,” has a great article on his Substack: Atoms are local.  The key insight for me was his point that, while we’ve been recognizing the power of biology, we’ve been going about it ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health HLTH2022 Industrialization Kim Bellard synthetic biology Source Type: blogs

The Dangers of EMR-Defaulted Prescription Stop  Dates
By HANS DUVEFELT It happens in eClinicalworks, I saw it in Intergy, and I now have to maneuver around it in Epic. Those EMRs, and I suspect many others, insert a stop date on what their programmers think (or have been told) are scary drugs. In my current system all opioid drug prescriptions fall into this category. For a short term prescription that might perhaps be a good idea but for a longer-term or occasionally needed prescription it creates the risk of medical errors. In Epic there is a box for duration, which is very practical for a ten day course of antibiotics. If I fill in the number 10 in the duration bo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Physicians EMR Hans Duvefelt Medical Practice prescriptions Source Type: blogs

79 Unappreciated Quotes You Can Relate To But Also Be Motivated By
One of the bigger disappointments in everyday life is when we don’t get the appreciation we think we have worked for, that we have loved for or we simply and honestly deserve. It’s disheartening. It makes you feel undervalued and can bring on a funk of sadness and cut into your self-esteem. In this post I'd like to share something that I think could help out during such times. The 79 best and most powerful unappreciated quotes. I hope these timeless and relatable words of wisdom will give you some comfort if you’re feeling unappreciated and undervalued. And give you the motivation to make a change in your life if you...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - November 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Personal Development Source Type: blogs