One family ’s disastrous experience with a growth-driven long-term care company
by “E-PATIENT” DAVE DEBRONKART Continuing THCB’s occasional series on actual experiences with the health care system. This is the first in a short series about a patient and family experience from one of America’s leading ePatients. I’ve been blogging recently about what happens in American healthcare when predatory investor-driven companies start moving into care industries because the money’s good and enforcement is lax. The first two posts were about recent articles in The New Yorker on companies that are more interested in sales and growth than caring. I now have permission ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 10, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: The Business of Health Care ePatient Dave Patient Experience Respite care Source Type: blogs

80 Boundaries Quotes to Help You Live the Life You Truly Want
Setting boundaries is sometimes hard but it's also necessary to live a healthy, happy and self-loving life. Because saying no a bit more often will reduce your stress and free up time for what matters the most to you. And letting people know where your boundaries are will help you to foster healthy relationships and not let them become unbalanced or a place where resentment or other negative feelings start to creep in. Plus, setting boundaries for yourself and for what you accept of yourself at work, in your relationships and in how you treat yourself can make a huge difference for your self-esteem and your  quality o...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - January 9, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Inspirational Quotes Personal Development Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: Ashish Shah, CEO, Dina
Dina is a tech company that helps coordinates care in the home. CEO Ashish Shah explains that their platform is used by care coordinators, social workers and others to make sure the DME, the skilled nursing, meals and everything else actually arrives at the home. At the moment they support Medicare Advantage plans, large provider systems and also aggregators that manage care at home. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech THCB Quickbites Dina home care Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: Zak Holdsworth, CEO, Hint Health
Zak Holdsworth has been delivering tech and services support for the growing Direct Primary Care (DPC) movement for 8 years. His company Hint Health supplies all the back office and now an EMR for those primary care doctors who are opting out of the insurance system and charging $1,000 a year (give or take) to manage all the care for their patients. It’s a niche but an interesting niche that is growing at 30-40% a year, and Zak’s company is helping their customers as they both start in DPC and move that care management downstream, including building out a care services cash market for their patients.–Matt...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 5, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech THCB Quickbites direct primary care Hint Connect Hint Health Matthew Holt Zak Holdsworth Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: Rami Karjian CEO & Pippa Shulman CMO, Medically Home
Another quickbite from the end of last year. I caught up with Rami Karjian CEO & Pippa Shulman CMO, Medically Home. The company has grown a lot since its early days growing out of Atrius Medical Group in Boston. Now they are delivering hospital at home tools and services in 19 states and have had huge investments from Mayo, Kaiser and others. Covid, as you can imagine, helped a bit! Costs are down, outcomes are up, and 20-30% of hospital care could be heading to the home. This one looks real–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 4, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech THCB Quickbites Matthew Holt Medically Home Pippa Shulman Rami Karjian Source Type: blogs

Healthcare, Meet Southwest
BY KIM BELLARD Customers experiencing long, often inexplicable delays, their experiences turning from hopeful to angry to afraid they’ll never get back home.  Staff overworked and overwhelmed.  IT systems failing at the times they’re most needed.  To most people, that all probably sounds like Southwest Airline’s debacle last week, but, to me, it just sounds like every day in our healthcare system. Southwest had a bad week.  All the airlines were hit by a huge swath of bad weather the weekend before Christmas, but most airlines recovered relatively quickly.  Southwest passengers were not...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 3, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Bob Jordan Casey Murray Kim Bellard Southwest Airlines Source Type: blogs

14 Common Misconceptions About Goal Setting 
In conclusion,  Myths and misconceptions in goal-setting only obstruct your possibilities to explore and achieve in life. When you have a plan, it is worth writing this down and setting tasks, time slots, and notes. It serves as a reference to streamline your efforts towards a better future.  Hauwa’s outside-the-box approach to planning and time management has helped her clients throw out their long overwhelming to-do lists, and still get more done in a day. She designs digital planners that enable clients create systems that actually work. You have more time than you think you do. The post 14 Common Miscon...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 2, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hauwa Sami Tags: featured motivation productivity tips self improvement goal setting Source Type: blogs

Ask the Readers: What Lessons Did You Learn in 2022?
Here we are near the end of 2022. Soon we will enter the year 2023. I think it’s a good time to reflect on what we have learned this year so that we can start the new year strong. For me, a lesson I learned is the importance of taking risks to make progress in life. I already learned about this years ago, but this year I have a heightened awareness of its importance. What about you? What lessons did you learn in 2022? Please share your answer in the comments so that everyone can read it. Thanks! (Source: Life Optimizer)
Source: Life Optimizer - December 30, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Learning Source Type: blogs

Accepting your Future Avatar: Leveraging Digital Twins for Transforming Healthcare
by  SMRITI KIRUBANANDAN A possibility to do better and be better by observing yourself (your twin) reacting to various feeds and gaining the ability to gain better care and improve research, seems like a super power. The concept of a Digital Twin is the ability to replicate a person, an object or a process derived from extracting various data points from internet of things (IOT) that are attached to the original object. One can view how the digital twin responds to various feeds and give us a deeper understanding on the possibilities and impact for the real person or object. Shifting this concept into healthcare, I am ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Burnout Consumer Digital Twin SMRITI KIRUBANANDAN Source Type: blogs

Searching For The Next Search
By KIM BELLARD I didn’t write about ChatGPT when it was first introduced a month ago because, well, it seemed like everyone else was. I didn’t play with it to see what it could do.  I didn’t want it to write any poems. I didn’t have any AP tests I wanted it to pass. And, for all you know, I’m not using it to write this. But when The New York Times reports that Google sees ChatGPT as a “Code Red” for its search business, that got my attention. A few months ago I wrote about how Google saw TikTok as an existential threat to its business, estimating that 40% of young people used it for searches. It wa...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech AI ChatGPT Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

On cognitive-physical training, brain biomarkers, dementia, ketamine, brain teasers, riddles and more
Welcome to the last 2022 edition of SharpBrains e‑newsletter, featuring a few selected brain health news and fun teasers to challenge your brain and help us all think outside the box. #1. “Everyone agrees that Google Glass failed when it came to market, but to me, it’s a symbol of hope … It inspired people to think beyond traditional ways of moving about our environment. Instead of looking down at a device, we could look out at the world and have an overlay of digital information. It was one of the first steps in physical–digital convergence that we are seeing today throughout many industries. And as someone who ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 27, 2022 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Alto Neuroscience antidepressants brain biomarkers brain health brain health news Brain Teasers cognitive-physical training Cognitive-Training dementia FDA Gratitude ketamine precision psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The Constitution, Health, and Culture in America
By MIKE MAGEE “The Right to Health Care and the U.S. Constitution.” On the surface, it sounds like a straightforward topic – a simple presentation. But a gentle scratch at the surface reveals a controversy that literally dates back 250 years and more. Is it a “right”, a “privilege”, or simply a “necessity?” I’m not a lawyer or Constitutional scholar. But I do know health care, its history, and its many strengths and weaknesses. What does our Constitution have to do with health care? The answer: That depends on how broadly you define “health.” Before we were ever a nation, there existed...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy George Washington Health care for all Marshall Mike Magee US Constitution Source Type: blogs

“All Men Would Be Tyrants.” History Reverberates!
By MIKE MAGEE “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This striking and sweeping statement of values, the Preamble to our Constitution, was anything but reassuring to the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of the Founding Fathers. Abigail Adams well represented many of them in her letter to John Adams in March, 1776, when she...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy AMA Contraception Dobbs v. Jackson Mike Magee Women's Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 111, Thursday December 22, 1pm PT 4pm ET
It’s the Christmas special THCB Gang where we review the year! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday December 22 will be privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); and medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee). And then in our end of year tradition a few other gang members will drop in towards the end. 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 - December 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Deven McGraw jennifer benz Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 111, Thursday December 22
It’s the Christmas special THCB Gang where we reviewed the year! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday December 22 were privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); and medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee). And then in our end of year tradition a few other gang members dropped in towards the end. 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 - December 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Deven McGraw jennifer benz Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs