Although, unlike most other nations, the U.S. has only two parties worth the name, their professed doctrines compared with their actions strikes me as more confusing than the well-known Slutsky Decomposition which, as everyone knows, can be derived simply from a straightforward application of Kramer’s rule to a matrix of second partial derivatives of a multivariable demand function.
The leaders of the drug industry, for example, probably are now breaking out the champagne in the soothing belief that their aggressive pricing policies for even old drugs are safe for at least the next eight years from the allegedly fearsome, regulation-prone, price-controlling Democrats. My advice to them is: Cool it! Follow me through a brief history of Republican health policy, to learn what Republicans will do to the health-care sector when it ticks them off.
Republicans like to tar Democrats over allegedly socialist policy instruments such as price controls, global budgets and deficit-financed government spending. Democrats usually roll over to take that abuse, almost like hanging onto their posteriors signs that says “Kick me.” I say “abuse,” because Republicans have never shied away from using the Democrats’ allegedly left-wing tactics when health care chews up their budgets or turns voters against them.
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton economist and one of the best known and best loved personalities in the health policy world died today. I join the rest of the health policy community in mourning the passing of the master explainer and wit that Uwe was.
But I also remember a small act of his kindness. The first time I met him I was a little late joining a crowd trying to get his attention after a keynote. He had talked to many, and had to go. But as he was being hustled off by his handlers, he realized he hadn’t talked to me, and he walked back to do an introduction and share a few words. He was already the biggest celebrity in our little world, and he was clearly running late for his next appointment. He didn’t know me, yet was prepared to spend the extra moment to make me feel included. And in all our future interactions over the next 2 decades, he was the same way.
It’s clear that it was the same for everyone he knew and it’s why the grief and shock in our community is so heartfelt.
John & I are very proud that in recent years Uwe offered to write some original pieces for our little blog, and we will be running a few of them in the next few days.
RIP and thank you Uwe, and we send our condolences to his wife Mae and their daughter and son–Matthew Holt
Innovation in healthcare tech has seen a major influx in recent years given the continued growth in wearables and the potential for the use of data analytics to improve health. Kenzen is making a difference by creating a wearable smart device enabled to monitor a person’s health by utilizing non-invasive sweat analysis. Kenzen’s mission is to impact personal health technology with continuous monitoring of the body through key biomarkers.
In Healthcare, Kenzen has developed the ECHO Smart Patch, a device aimed at “at risk” populations such as the elderly or employees who work in challenging environments, such as miners and firefighters, it is also for high impact athletes, and is being tested by the San Francisco 49ers and University of Kansas athletics department. The Kenzen smart patch provides analysis and monitoring of a person’s hydration levels, vital signs, and other types of bio data in real time. And, the data is sent to smartphones and the Kenzen cloud so that data can be analyzed and learned from.
Reducing costs: Kenzen sees the potential for decreased costs in healthcare. Smart wearable patches can help prevent conditions such as dehydration and hyponatremia. This is possible by obtaining a wealth of data through a real-time assessment of hydration state and electrolyte levels. Using smart patches, people can proactively take control of their health. Doctors can shift their roles to becoming health coaches.
Hear more about Kenzen’s ECHO Smart Patch and see a Live Demo during the New Diagnostic and Screening Tools/Predictive Analytics panel session at the Technology for Precision Health Summit.
The Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference has harnessed the creativity and passion of health care’s brightest professionals to tackle the industry’s most intractable problems and leverage technology-enabled solutions to drive more compassionate, more accessible patient-centered care.
Check out the full agenda of our eleventh show, Oct. 1-4, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Our killer line up of speakers covers the full spectrum of healthcare, and includes:
Innovative leaders, including Jason Pyle, CEO of Base Health; Simon Kos, CMO of Microsoft; Aashima Gupta, Global Head, Healthcare Solutions, Google; Brian Otis, CTO of Verily Life Sciences; Daniel Kraft, Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine; and Jeff Margolis, CEO of Welltok.
Policymakers, such as HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein; ONC National Coordinator Don Rucker; former ONC Director David Brailer; and former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra.
Patient advocates, including Dave DeBronkart (e-Patient Dave) and Patient Power President Andrew Schorr.
Representatives from more than two dozen major health systems, including UPMC, Mount Sinai, Dignity Health, UCSF, and more!
Major healthcare investors, including Providence Ventures, Merck Ventures, GE Ventures, and more!
Check out our full line up of speakers.
Limited amount of tickets are available. Register Today to secure your place at the Fall Conference-event starts this Sunday.
Dr. Simon Kos had big shoes to fill when he took over the role of Microsoft Chief Medical Officer from Dr. Bill Crounse last year. Dr. Kos said himself that they were some “big scrubs to fill”. However, at the time he had already been with Microsoft for six years and in Health IT for more than a decade before that, so he was no doubt up to the challenge.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kos is responsible for providing clinical guidance, worldwide thought leadership, vision and strategy for Microsoft technologies and solutions in the healthcare industries. He made the move to Health IT after working a few years as a Medical Officer in Sydney, Australia. It was then that Kos decided to go back to school to study software engineering, and later his MBA. He then worked with InterSystems and Cerner and helped them to implement e-Health initiatives in Australia. In 2010 he joined Microsoft as a Health Industry Manager “with the appreciation that improving health and healthcare was about more than just putting in EMRs.” Even back then Dr. Kos had the vision to know that the future of healthcare would be in the data analytics and the AI applications that Microsoft would eventually release.
In a recent conversation, with the team here at Health 2.0, Dr. Kos talked about Microsoft’s current framework of digital transformation and highlighted their four pillars; Patient Engagement, Clinician Empowerment, Advanced Analytics, and New Models of Care. As a once practicing doc, he knows that technology needs to help not hinder the healthcare workforce and that AI will be able to improve diagnosis speed and accuracy without replacing or interfering with the clinician. He is a fervent believer that it is important to be constantly evaluating the tech models that may not be viable today but will be in the future. He is excited about Microsoft’s work on patient chatbots and VR/Mixed reality physician education platforms and will be demoing that technology on the Health 2.0 Stage on Monday, October 2nd.
Humans are aspirational by nature.
We dream big and invest tools that help us dream bigger. But we forget—sometimes willfully—that many of us are being left behind—because of racial, cultural or gender biases; poor access to connected technologies; or social stigmas associated with loneliness and sexual assault.
But if working in healthcare over the past 10 years have demonstrated anything, it’s that we are ready and willing to do something about the problems that keep all of us from looking to brighter futures.
It’s why I am proud to introduce a special session at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Technology Conference—The Unacceptables. Healthcare has too many innovators, too many dreamers, to empathizers to tolerate forgotten populations.
Leveling the Playing Field
As our society grows increasingly diverse and gaps in health among different populations increase, there is an urgency to develop solutions for underserved communities and diversify the population of innovators who are creating these solutions.
Diversity in Healthcare. As part of its mission to improve health for all, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has placed special emphasis on creating diversity in healthcare leadership. Last year, RWJF launched four new leadership development programs to engage people working across a variety of sectors to build a Culture of Health. Hear Michael Painter, Senior Program Officer, discuss how RWJF engages professionals, community advocates and organizers, doctoral scholars, clinicians, and researchers across multiple fields, represented by participants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and specialties.
Women in Health IT. The numbers are startling. Women make up 80% of the workforce, but only 4% of CEOs. Women in health IT earn 20% less than their male counterparts, according to HIMSS. Progress has been made, but more could be done (hello, booth ‘girls’, for a start) to address gender roles in our industry. Lisa Suennen, Senior Managing Director Healthcare Investing, GE Ventures, lead Venture Valkyrie LLC, a publishing, and business advisory firm and is a founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit company focused on matching women in and nearing the healthcare C-Suite with mentors who have been there and wish to give back, and which she writes about here.
Read my full article here
The Health 2.0 Fall Conference is the perfect place for new and young companies to get a foot in the door – to generate industry buzz, obtain critical funding and pitch new partners.
Our exclusive Launch! event – 10 companies will debut their solutions and have them voted on by the audience.
Henk Jan Scholten, a co-founder of last year’s winner – Siren Care – said, “Launch! was the ideal platform for our product because it’s not only laser-focused on digital health but also has a stellar industry reputation and strong following of innovators and thought leaders. Showcasing our product with a live patient demo on stage gave us instant credibility that is hard to achieve.”
We do things differently at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. We’ve deliberately curated a wide-ranging, hands-on, attendee-driven experience that focuses on achieving the possible. Check it out:
Check out the latest from such companies as Headspace, Google Play, Welltok, and Microsoft. Want to see what’s really brand new? Check out Launch!
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