The App is Now Your Doctor
The App Is Now Your Doctor 2021.12.14

Healthcare innovators assume patients trust healthcare technology. But trust in technology wanes when patients lose autonomy. So instead of trust, innovators should focus on autonomy when developing new healthcare technologies.

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Art of the Startup

The perceptions of healthcare entrepreneurship differ from its realities. This is why many healthcare startups fail.

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What is Data, Really?

The FDA recently approved a drug touted to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. A decision decried by policy experts as data supporting the drug focused less on symptoms of the disease, and more on imaging studies of patients with the disease.

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Healthcare is Irrational

One Medical acquired Iora Health, a surprising integration of two vastly different companies that does not make sense at first glance, until we identify the driver of value creation in healthcare.

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Medical Devices & Patient Advocacy

If perception is reality, then the changing perception of post-pandemic healthcare has ushered in a new reality for the medical device industry. One in which patient advocacy is as essential as therapeutic efficiency.

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The Pace of Healthcare

All things move at their own pace. A statement more likely to be made by a philosopher than by a healthcare policy expert. But healthcare works best when it works at a specific pace, with the optimal cadence maximizing progress while minimizing risk, both real and perceived, expected and unforeseen.

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A Vaccine Mandate By Any Other Name

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. And a vaccine mandate by any other name would be just as resisted. As we come closer to a publicly available vaccine, we come closer to the inevitable collision between the public perception of the vaccine, and the government efforts to increase participation in taking the vaccine. While the government has promised not to impose mandates in the traditional sense, there are signs that the government will try to influence public participation by offering financial incentives. We caution against this, and hope the government works to increase participation by building confidence instead – starting by surveying the public and quantifying confidence across different communities through a vaccine confidence index.

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What we can learn from the 1918 Flu Pandemic as the Omicron variant spreads
What we can learn from the 1918 Flu Pandemic as the Omicron variant spreads

Historically, most pandemics end within 2 to 3 years as the virus mutates into a less virulent pathogen and the population builds up immunity. This is what happened to the influenza strain behind the 1918 flu pandemic.

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