Health

  • Communication is the Most Important Medical Instrument

    Communication is the Most Important Medical Instrument

    “A good scalpel makes a better surgeon. Good communication makes a better doctor.” The future of medicine in the U.S. is clear. The days of the “do more, bill more” model of reimbursement are numbered as it has produced one of the most inefficient healthcare systems in the world. While there are many unknowns regarding the future model, one thing is crystal clear… Read More

  • WWJD? The CEO Every Healthcare Leader Should Learn From

    WWJD? The CEO Every Healthcare Leader Should Learn From

    As healthcare goes through massive changes, health system CEOs would be well advised to study what newspaper industry leaders did (or perhaps more appropriately, didn’t do) when faced with a similar situation. In the late 90’s, the following dynamics were present: Owning printing presses was a de facto barrier to entry allowing newspapers unfettered dominance.
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  • Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad

    Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad

    I know of no industry where technology is as despised as it is in healthcare. It’s telling that it took government money to incentivize healthcare providers to finally do what virtually every other industry has done — apply information technology to streamline processes. “Established technology is being given a federally funded new lease on life,” athenahealth CEO… Read More

  • The Rise of Nimble Medicine

    The Rise of Nimble Medicine

    In the New Yorker, Dr. Atul Gawande outlined how, at the turn of the 20th century, more than forty per cent of household income went to paying for food and food production consumed nearly half the workforce. Starting in Texas, a wide array of new methods of food production were tested. Long story short, food now accounts for 8% of household budgets and 2% of the workforce. As a wide array of… Read More

  • NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, is announcing its inaugural class of startups today. The Winter program, which begins on January 9th, will be taking place in a 12,000 square foot loft in SoHo that will be shared with the NYC-based members of Health 2.0 starting later this month. Part of the loft may also be turned into a co-working space for… Read More

  • Report Highlights Huge Gender Disparity in Healthcare Leadership

    Report Highlights Huge Gender Disparity in Healthcare Leadership

    Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.com, a patient portal & relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. Previously he was a management consultant for Accenture’s healthcare practice and founder of Microsoft’s Health business. You can follow him on Twitter@chasedave. I can’t think of a product… Read More

  • 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    “In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps.” Singularity University’s executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we’ll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Read More

  • DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    In several of my past pieces, I have written about the importance of a disruptive model of care and payment called Direct Primary Care (DPC) such as The Most Important Organization In Silicon Valley That No One Has Heard About. As the DPC models scale, they become a great option for individuals and small business. However, larger organizations have another option at their disposal that… Read More

  • 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Watches To Help Burn Off The Turkey

    2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Watches To Help Burn Off The Turkey

    If you’re planning a marathon next year or just full of delicious stuffing and turkey, you may want to look into getting a sports watch. These wrist computers offer GPS, heart-rate, and pace measurements for runners, bikers, and, most recently, swimmers and they can help motivate you to get off your duff and, what’s more, help you shave some seconds off your time. I’ve used… Read More

  • Docphin Launches A “Bloomberg For Doctors”

    Docphin Launches A “Bloomberg For Doctors”

    Today, Docphin is launching a new Web service the company likens to a “Bloomberg for Doctors.” The site aims to help physicians organize, bookmark, read and track medical news and research from a number of sources, all within a single dashboard interface. Included with the service are simple tools to view and filter through hundreds of medical journals, something which has been… Read More

  • The Fitbit Ultra: More Fitbit Goodness, Same Fitbit Package

    The Fitbit Ultra: More Fitbit Goodness, Same Fitbit Package

    I had the opportunity to use a Fitbit Ultra, the successor to a glorified pedometer that has become oddly popular and addictive to a certain subset of non-torpid technophiles. To be clear, the desire to measure your days in terms of steps taken is an old one (there is heard tell of an old Chinese tradition of walking 10,000 steps a day to reach health and prosperity), but the Fitbit does this in… Read More

  • Fly Or Die: The Compex Sport Elite

    Fly Or Die: The Compex Sport Elite

    With Halloween around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to watch us animate my desiccated, lifeless limbs with jolts of fiery electricity? In this episode of Fly or Die, Erick and I look at the Compex Sport Elite. It zaps muscles to improve fitness, recovery, and general strength and it can, in a pinch, stand in for a massage. It also looks wildly freaky when turned on. Read More

  • Social Q&A Site Sharecare And Healthline Announce Partnership On Health Search Services

    Social Q&A Site Sharecare And Healthline Announce Partnership On Health Search Services

    Exclusive – Social Q&A site Sharecare.com, created by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz, is partnering with Healthline Networks, a provider of intelligent health information services. Healthline currently powers the health platforms at Yahoo Health, AARP, Aetna, United Health Group and others. Going forward, it will power Sharecare’s search services too. Read More

  • Hotwire For Surgery

    The hotel bed that is empty tonight can never be sold again. That insight led Hotwire to create a disruptive model that has given travelers great deals on hotel rooms. It turns out there are “beds” and “suites” of a different variety – Surgical Suites/Beds – that have a similar phenomena. Just as top hotels rarely are 100% booked and can earn… Read More

  • Why Google Health Really Failed—It's About The Money

    Why Google Health Really Failed—It's About The Money

    As reported on TechCrunch, Google shut down its medical records and health data platform. Since then, there’s been a lot of bits spilled offering explanations, but they all missed the most critical item. Money. Or in the language of healthcare – Reimbursement. I explain more below regarding why Google Health was doomed to fail in light of the legacy reimbursement model. First… Read More

  • Adam Bosworth Unveils Keas, The Game That Keeps You Healthy

    Adam Bosworth Unveils Keas, The Game That Keeps You Healthy

    After two years in stealth, Adam Bosworth is finally ready to start talking about his health startup Keas. Keas is not a Mint for health, although it began that way. Bosworth, who previously launched Google Health at Google and before that was known as the father of XML at Microsoft, founded Keas two years ago with $10 million from Ignition Partners and Atlas Venture. He thought he would… Read More

  • Avoid Wrist Pain With Some Exercise

    I’ve been suffering with a major wrist issue for the past few weeks and I’m slowly trying to figure out what triggers/prevents the onset. To that end, I’d like to share this nice post on unpluggd that features four separate wrist exercises for sedentary knowledge workers like me. Read More

  • 3DS Could Help With Early Diagnosis Of Vision Problems

    One of the objections often raised against 3D, and with justice, is that people with certain common vision problems can’t see the 3D effect. It just has to do with 3D technology assuming a certain level of intact functionality in the visual system, and the fact is that a significant portion of the population, for one reason or the other, doesn’t meet that level. Our own Matt… Read More

  • Robotic Power Knee Now Available In US And Europe

    Here you see the world’s first and only motorized prosthetic knee. The California-based company that makes the knee, Ossur, has just made the Power Knee available to above-knee amputees in Europe and the United States. Read More

  • Shock Study: People Need To Put Down The Diet Coke Before They Get A Stroke

    I’ve never understood why people on diets exclusively drink “diet” sodas — does advertising work that well? For starters, diet soda tastes like crap, offers absolutely no dietary benefits, and are full of aspartame. Whether or not aspartame converts to formaldehyde, there’s nothing natural about the stuff. So it comes as no surprise that a recent study found… Read More