We live in a headline/hyperlinked world.  A couple of years back, I learned through happenstance that my most popular blog posts all had catchy titles.  I’m pretty confident that people who read my blog do more than scan the titles, but there is so much information coming at us these days, it’s often difficult to get much beyond the headline.  Another phenomenon of information overload is that we naturally apply heuristics or ...

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In his State of the Union address in 2016, President Obama pledged a new national effort to find a cure for cancer. This is the cancer "moonshot." Last year, he announced the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative -- a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. These two strategies together hold the promise of curing cancer or, at least, transforming it ...

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I was a bit nervous as I had never done this before.  I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do once I saw him.  The only certainty in my mind at that time was that this was not the Norman Rockwell image of the physician-patient encounter that I proudly displayed in my office.  He was my age, 40 years old, living on Nantucket with his wife and two ...

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Despite high interest and hopes, the clinical adoption of new mobile technologies such as smartphone apps and wearables for health care has been modest.  While some clinicians and clinics are of course using the newest connected devices and apps, most would report they don’t regularly use mobile health technology yet. But they actually do. The vast majority of clinicians have been using mobile health technology for decades without even realizing ...

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Will there be an Uber for health care? Articles are split. The truth is there will be an Uber for health care. It just isn’t here yet. Expect it to be widely available in the next decade and as a result, people will get expert medical care that is more convenient, less expensive, and accessible. What issues must an Uber for health care solve? Media articles that have prematurely proclaimed that Uber ...

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tumblr_nyus9zAfV01qz72ywo1_1280 Back in September 2007, I created a new kind of doctor practice as shown in the screenshot up there. The iPhone had come out three months prior (but the App Store hadn’t launched yet) and Google enabled you to embed your Google Calendar in a website just the month before. I saw a perfect storm of technology leading to an opportunity to ...

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Between September 9th and October 6th, 2015, the consumer-level computer world was turned completely on its head. In early-September, Apple hosted its annual iPhone press release that announced the redesigned iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro. A little over one month later, Microsoft announced a bevy of new devices, including a redesigned Windows Surface Pro (they are now up to the Surface Pro 4) and the unanticipated but incredibly intriguing ...

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Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson had a great post a while back titled, "Bootstrap Your Network With A High Value Use Case." He points out that the initial value proposition for Waze (the community-based traffic and navigation app acquired by Google) was simply to help drivers that like to drive too fast identify speed traps. But it of course quickly expanded way beyond that and now provides a lot more value ...

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The health care industry has traditionally moved at a snail’s pace when adopting innovation, but there is growing evidence that Silicon Valley’s ways are rubbing off on the sector. Recently, we have seen coders, scientists, and doctors team up to convene medical hackathons, the NIH has begun classes on lean start-up methods, and health care start-up incubators like Rock Health are flourishing. Even ...

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Health care remains one of the few services that require people to have a face-to-face interaction to obtain access. But more and more consumers are questioning that reality, and change is on the way. In January 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new provider reimbursement code for non–face-to-face health care services for patients who have chronic medical conditions. A new CMS code may ...

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