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The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago - The New York Times
By Marc Tracy
March 30, 2020
“We’re not seeing stories first because we’re smarter, faster or more savvy,” ...“It’s just because this is the world we’ve been plugged into the whole time. We were built for this.”.........Stat was started by the financier John W. Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club. Before determining that Boston should have a site to cover the industries of its many hospitals, research labs and biotech start-ups, Mr. Henry bought The Boston Globe from The New York Times Company for $70 million in 2013.........“This realization John had was that we need to tell the story of what’s happening in life sciences, and that story needs to come from Boston,”....  belief was that there was a demand for a news outlet dedicated to health and medicine.....With articles written in a straightforward style, Stat is meant for a general audience. But it wants to win over specialists, too — readers like William Hanage, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, who praised the site’s coverage as “accessible” yet “still rigorous.”
“There is no single place on the internet that I would go to better update myself on the diversity of views that are out and circulating,”.......Ms. Branswell’s reporting on the coronavirus had made her “a godlike figure to people who are infectious-disease epidemiologists.”.......In October, Helen Branswell profiled the World Health Organization’s head of health emergencies, Mike Ryan. “We’re not ready,” Dr. Ryan told her. “If we can’t stop Ebola, what hope do we have of stopping … Disease X?”....She also spends time on Twitter, where she serves up reliable information from experts in the field.
“Helen used Twitter the exact same way with Ebola, with Zika, with SARS,” Mr. Ukman said. “She’s really, really good at communicating information about an infectious disease.”
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Disease X, incidentally, is the holding name for a “black swan” — an unknown pathogen that could glide in from nowhere to trigger panic. Preparedness is not all about facing down familiar foes. It is also about being ready for adversaries that have not yet shown their hand. [JCK: expand our imaginations. The next catastrophe may take an unprecedented form----Simon Kuper]
ahead_of_the_curve  biotech  Boston  COVID-19  digital_media  healthcare  hospitals  industry_expertise  investigative_journalism  journalism  life_sciences  medical  medical_communication  news  newsletters  newspapers  niches  paywalls  science  Sharon_Begley  specialization  start_ups  storytelling  subscriptions  viruses  websites 
7 days ago by jerryking
(1) Find ways to make better use of idle resources to fight virus | Financial Times
Tim Harford A DAY AGO
The economic problem that the coronavirus pandemic has caused, even in its early stages. For everyone who is overworked, someone else has little to do but wait. The supermarkets have struggled to meet a rush of demand for some goods, but that should pass. “We are not going to run out of food, so chill,” Yossi Sheffi tells me. He’s an MIT professor and an authority on supply chains. While the pressure on the supermarkets may ease, the strain on the healthcare system will not. It is already intense and will get much worse. Yet while clinicians are overstretched, others wonder when the next job is coming from......From the falafel seller to the celebrity chef, the hotel porter to the millionaire motivational speaker, many tens of millions of people around the world are fit and eager to work, yet unable to. This is a test of flexibility and imagination. Gourmet restaurants are shifting to takeaway service; conference speakers are building portable studios.....we're finding ways to turn idle resources into weapons in the fight against the virus. It is hard not to cheer when reading tales of distillers turning their stills to the task of producing hand sanitiser, or hoteliers offering their empty rooms to doctors and nurses.
COVID-19  crisis  flexibility  healthcare  idle_resources  imagination  overstretching  pandemics  positive_thinking  radical_ideas  redeployments  resource_allocation  silver_linings  slack_resources  supply_chains  Tim__Harford  viruses  Yossi_Sheffi  
18 days ago by jerryking
Some VCs Urge Startups to Jump on Opportunities Amid Downturn; While fear grows in the market, some companies become more aggressive
Mar 2020 | Wall Street Journal (Online) | Yuliya Chernova.

Venture investors are taking stock of their portfolios and making projections about how the bear market and the coronavirus pandemic coul...
COVID-19  economic_downturn  healthcare  opportunities  recessions  start_ups  vc  venture_capital 
19 days ago by jerryking
Coronavirus could force difficult choices on health systems
March 11, 2020 | Financial Times | by Anjana Ahuja.

The public should be made aware of the reasoning behind difficult choices, such as who will be given intensive care beds and ventilators in the event of a shortage.

Covid-19, for which there is no vaccine or cure, presents a defining challenge for any government, whose first duty is to protect citizens. Transparency will be critical if health services become overwhelmed....the public should be made aware of the reasoning behind difficult choices, such as who will be given intensive care beds and ventilators in the event of a shortage. “How will resources be allocated when demand hits surge and capacity is limited?” ....The US Centers for Disease Control, for example, prioritises access to limited stocks of pandemic flu vaccine by splitting the population into five tiers. Tier 1 occupants include military personnel deployed overseas, frontline healthcare workers, those in the emergency services and law enforcement, pandemic vaccine manufacturers, pharmacists, pregnant women and children aged 35 months and under. ...Interestingly, priorities can change according to the profile of a disease: over-65s are tier 2 in a low severity pandemic but drop to tier 4 in a high-severity scenario. Once illness strikes, that picture changes. Sick workers are unlikely to recover in time to assist in the first wave of an epidemic. Occupational usefulness becomes secondary to clinical need, but healthcare workers are still prioritised..... who should be prioritised for life-saving treatment? Decisions should be made in a trustworthy, inclusive and fair manner to have legitimacy:
CDC  containment  COVID-19  decision_making  ethics  fairness  hard_choices  healthcare  legitimacy  lotteries  pandemics  priorities  rationing  resource_allocation  surge_capacity  transparency  triage 
26 days ago by jerryking
Why the US economy isn’t as competitive or free as you think
November 14, 2019 | Financial Times | by Martin Wolf.

The Great Reversal: How America Gave up on Free Markets, by Thomas Philippon, Belknap Press RRP$29.95, 368 pages

It began with a simple question: “Why on earth are US cell phone plans so expensive?” In pursuit of the answer, Thomas Philippon embarked on a detailed empirical analysis of how business actually operates in today’s America and finished up by overturning much of what almost everybody takes as read about the world’s biggest economy.

Over the past two decades, competition and competition policy have atrophied, with dire consequences......America is no longer the home of the free-market economy, competition is not more fierce there than in Europe, its regulators are not more proactive and its new crop of superstar companies not radically different from their predecessors.

Philippon's argument:
(1) US markets have become less competitive: concentration is high in many industries, leaders are entrenched, and their profit rates are excessive.
(2) this lack of competition has hurt US consumers and workers: it has led to higher prices, lower investment and lower productivity growth.
(3) contrary to common wisdom, the main explanation is political, not technological: Philippon traces the decrease in competition to increasing barriers to entry and weak antitrust enforcement, sustained by heavy lobbying and campaign contributions.”....... the US economy has seen a significant reduction in competition and a corresponding rise in monopoly and oligopoly.

What should the US want? The answers, suggests Philippon, are: free entry; regulators prepared to make mistakes when acting against monopoly; and protection of transparency, privacy and data ownership by customers. The great obstacle to action in the US is the pervasive role of money in politics. The results are the twin evils of oligopoly and oligarchy. Donald Trump is in so many ways a product of the defective capitalism described in The Great Reversal. What the US needs, instead, is another Teddy Roosevelt and his energetic trust-busting. Is that still imaginable? All believers in the virtues of competitive capitalism must hope so.
antitrust  barriers_to_entry  books  book_reviews  campaign_contributions  Citizens_United  competitiveness_of_nations  crony_capitalism  dark_money  economics  economists  entrenched_interests  EU  FAANG  free_markets  French  gun_laws  healthcare  lobbying  market_concentration  monopolies  monopsony  oligopolies  oligarchs  regulators  Theodore_Roosevelt  uncompetitive 
november 2019 by jerryking
What will Apple do without Jony Ive?
June 27, 2019 | Financial Times | by Tim Bradshaw, Global Technology Correspondent.

Sir Jonathan prepares to move on from Apple to launch his own new venture, LoveFrom, after more than two decades at the Silicon Valley giant.....As a company worth nearly $1tn, Apple today is financially secure. But Sir Jonathan's looming departure will once again raise questions about its future. 

This is not the first time that Sir Jonathan’s role has evolved. In recent years, his design expertise has extended beyond crafting Apple’s pocketable devices. He helped retail chief Angela Ahrendts overhaul its stores, from fixtures such as its tree-lined “Genius Groves”, down to simplifying product packaging. 

More significantly, he oversaw the company’s long-planned move to its new headquarters, Apple Park, which was first conceived with Jobs back in 2004 and designed in partnership with British architects Foster + Partners.....Speaking at a Wired magazine event in 2018, he appeared to suggest that he was back for the long haul, saying: “There’s an awful lot to do and an awful lot of opportunity.” ....Apple Park...brought Apple’s entire design team together for the first time into one purpose-built studio, with industrial designers sitting side by side with font and interface designers......Perhaps the most important legacy that Jon Ive leaves . . . is the team.”.......By Apple’s outsized standards, the tight-knit group of people who work on product design is small. It runs to just a few dozen people out of an organisation that employs some 132,000 staff.....
Yet the team wields a disproportionate influence inside the Cupertino-based company. With an extensive array of tooling and fabrication equipment that is rarely found outside a manufacturing plant, the studio explores new product categories and the materials that might build them, from unique blends of aluminium to ceramics. 

They define not only a product’s appearance but how its software looks and feels, how it responds to gestures, even how an iPhone or Watch gently vibrates to give a user “haptic feedback”. 

“No group within Apple has more power than the industrial designers,” ......Jonathan Ive has thousands of patents to his name, encompassing the original iPod and iPhone to more obscure innovations, including the iPad’s magnetic cover, the Apple Store’s wooden tables and a lanyard used to attach an iPod to a wrist......Jonathan’s departure is likely to reopen a debate that has been simmering for several years — namely how will Apple come up with a new hit product that can match the unprecedented success of the iPhone, whose record-breaking profits propelled Apple to become the first trillion-dollar company last year........it may be that no single product ever will top the iPhone — for any tech company, not just Apple. It is a question that hangs over Silicon Valley as the industry casts around for a new platform, be it virtual reality or smart speakers, that might become as ubiquitous and essential as the smartphone.........Apple is also putting greater attention on an expanding portfolio of online services, including games, news and video........Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive have both pointed to healthcare as a potential new market for Apple, building on the Watch’s new capabilities for detecting heart irregularities.....Healthcare is just one example of how the battleground has changed for Apple in recent years. Despite pioneering virtual assistants with Siri, Apple found itself outflanked by Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant in both sales of smart speakers and artificial intelligence capabilities.

New blood at Apple

Some analysts believe that new blood could invigorate Apple’s response to these challenges. Alongside the high-profile departures of Ms Ahrendts and Sir Jonathan, Apple poached John Giannandrea from Google to become its head of machine learning and AI strategy, as well as Hollywood veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amberg from Sony Pictures Television to run its push into original video. 

“The apparent acceleration in the pace of change within Apple at the executive level reflects the paradigm shift the company is undergoing from a hardware-driven story to ‘Apple as a service’,....... the most significant concern for investors will be that Sir Jonathan’s departure will take away another arbiter of focus and product direction that Apple had already lost with the death of Jobs.....Jonathan’s focus is growing beyond the steel and glass borders of Apple Park, saying he wants to “solve some complicated problems”. .....“One defining characteristics is almost a fanatical curiosity,” he said. “But if you don’t have the space, if you don’t have the tools and the infrastructure, that curiosity can often not have the opportunity to be pursued.”

LoveFrom itself defies traditional categorisation. “I have no interest in creating yet another design agency,” he said firmly. “What’s important is the values and what motivates that collection of people …Small groups of people, I think as Apple has demonstrated over the years, can do some extraordinary things.”

 

 

 
Alexa  Apple  Apple_IDs  Apple_Park  artificial_intelligence  breakthroughs  curiosity  design  departures  exits  Google_Assistant  haptics  healthcare  Jonathan_Ive  LoveFrom  new_categories  new_products  patents  services  Silicon_Valley  Siri  smart_speakers  subscriptions  teams  Tim_Cook  virtual_assistants 
june 2019 by jerryking
The GE-free Dow is the index our age deserves | Financial Times
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson 8 HOURS AGO

The avatar of American agglomeration is now slimming down to its aviation, healthcare and power businesses. Yet if you ask anyone who grew up around American kitchens or hardware stores what GE makes, they will probably mention fridges and lightbulbs. As its new chief, John Flannery, struggles to reverse the third steep slide in GE’s shares since the start of the century, one challenge he faces is that its brand is freighted with misconceptions. 
...The Dow tracks a mere 30 stocks, compared to the S&P’s 500; the points moves get increasingly meaningless as markets rise, and with no Facebook, Amazon, Netflix or Google it is missing most of the market-moving Faangs.
.......What earned GE its special place in the American imagination is that, in its conglomerate prime, it provided a similar guide to the US’s industrial evolution as it diversified from jet engines to television shows to finance. Even now, the company is as much a bet on healthcare.... as Walgreens,
........the Dow is as much a branding triumph as a GE fridge, and the story it tells best about the US economy is how it has come to be driven by brands........The market-movers of 1896 had solid, descriptive and quietly flag-waving names like Standard Rope & Twine, Pacific Mail Steamship and the North American Company. Today’s biggest businesses, like Apple, Alphabet and Amazon, are not defined by history, geography or even what they do. Instead, they stand as testaments to the rise of intangible assets at the expense of tangible goods — as does the survival of a well-marketed industrial average in a country where services are 80 per cent of GDP. 

The Dow no longer tells us much about American industry. But it still tells us plenty about America.
benchmarks  brands  conglomerates  DJIA  exits  FAANG  GE  indignities  intangibles  misconceptions  symbolism  indices  healthcare 
june 2018 by jerryking
Don’t blame the flu for ER congestion - The Globe and Mail
ANDRÉ PICARD
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 06 2015,

Our emergency rooms are overflowing because of bad planning and misplaced priorities....Influenza is one of the most common and predictable infectious diseases on Earth. In Canada, it spreads from west to east and peaks at roughly the same time each year, near the end of December or early January.

Just as predictably, hospital ERs are besieged, most notably during the Christmas to New Year’s period.

There is more illness in the winter – not just flu, but gastroenteritis, colds and other pathogens spread by coughing and sneezing in close quarters....The larger issue is that our health system does nothing to anticipate and adjust to these problems. On the contrary, it is irresponsibly inflexible.

During the holiday season, retail outlets extend their hours, add additional staff, stock more supplies, and so on. All sensible stuff – Planning 101, if you will – designed to make life easier for the consumer.

Hospitals, and the health system more generally, do the opposite: During the holiday season, they reduce or close a range of services, from hospital beds to primary care clinics, and funnel patients to jam-packed emergency rooms.
adjustments  André_Picard  anticipating  community_care  congestion  emergency_rooms  flu_outbreaks  pathogens  planning  primary-care  healthcare  home_care  hospitals  inflexibility  influenza  overcapacity  overflow 
january 2015 by jerryking
Finns Pitch Frightful Weather as a Competitive Advantage - NYTimes.com
November 15, 2013, 9:02 am 8 Comments
Finns Pitch Frightful Weather as a Competitive Advantage
By MARK SCOTT

In Europe’s crowded technology scene, cities are eager to differentiate themselves from local rivals.

London has its connections with global finance. Berlin has a thriving local arts and music community. And Helsinki has its wintry weather....“Weather is a competitive advantage for us,” said Christian Lindholm, a local entrepreneur, who – like many in Finland’s tech community – spent several years working at Nokia. “Too much good weather would be bad for us.”

The Finnish tech industry is going through a reboot as focus shifts from struggling Nokia, which is selling its cellphone division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion, to some of the country’s smaller companies.

The most recent success is Supercell, the local online gaming company...tech firms are also benefiting from the investment flowing into companies based in and around Helsinki. With a lack of Finnish early-stage investors to back start-ups, much of the funding still comes through government support, including from Tekes, the country’s technology and innovation agency, and other state-backed venture funds.

The government money varies from one-off grants for research and development at universities to six-figure investments aimed at boosting start-ups efforts to market their products in international markets.
cities  competitive_advantage  differentiation  Europe  EU  Finland  Finnish  games  healthcare  Helsinki  mobile_applications  Nokia  start_ups  state-as-facilitator  weather  winter 
november 2013 by jerryking
Pros and Cons of Concierge Medicine
Nov. 10, 2013 | WSJ | By Jen Wieczner.

A new and growing generation of concierge doctors who, in this era of health reform, see more opportunity in the middle class than they do in the jet set. The trend has bifurcated the retainer medicine industry: On one end, patients pay thousands of dollars a month for lavish celebrity-type treatment at traditional concierge practices. On the other, pared-down clinics charge roughly $50 to $100 a month for basic primary-care medicine, more accessible doctors, and yes, money savings for those looking to reduce their health spending.

Of the estimated 5,500 concierge practices nationwide, about two-thirds charge less than $135 a month on average, up from 49% three years ago, according to Concierge Medicine Today, a trade publication that also runs a research collective for the industry. Inexpensive practices are driving growth in concierge medicine, which is adding offices at a rate of about 25% a year, says the American Academy of Private Physicians.
concierge_services  healthcare  medicine  doctors  middle_class  concierge_medicine  physicians 
november 2013 by jerryking
Obamacare’s Other Surprise
May 25, 2013 | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

The combination of Obamacare regulations, incentives in the recovery act for doctors and hospitals to shift to electronic records and the releasing of mountains of data held by the Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation — a health care Silicon Valley — that has the potential to create better outcomes at lower costs by changing how health data are stored, shared and mined. It’s a new industry....Obamacare is based on the notion that a main reason we pay so much more than any other industrial nation for health care, without better results, is because the incentive structure in our system is wrong. Doctors and hospitals are paid primarily for procedures and tests, not health outcomes. The goal of the health care law is to flip this fee-for-services system (which some insurance companies are emulating) to one where the government pays doctors and hospitals to keep Medicare patients healthy and the services they do render are reimbursed more for their value than volume....doctors and hospitals need instant access to data about patients — diagnoses, medications, test results, procedures and potential gaps in care that need to be addressed. As long as this information was stuffed into manila folders in doctors’ offices and hospitals, and not turned into electronic records, it was difficult to execute these kinds of analyses. That is changing.
massive_data_sets  healthcare  start_ups  Obamacare  Tom_Friedman  unstructured_data 
may 2013 by jerryking
Healthcare brought into the digital realm
January 9, 2013 | | World Finance | by Rueben Devlin and Mike Marasco
PPP  hospitals  Toronto  healthcare 
april 2013 by jerryking
All Fired Up in Massachusetts: The State’s New Wave of Big Data Companies
February 23, 2012 | MIT Sloan Management Review |Stephen O’Leary (Aeris Partners LLC), interviewed by David Kiron
Massachusetts  massive_data_sets  interviews  MIT  data_driven  analytics  healthcare 
january 2013 by jerryking
TAKE TWO APPS... AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING
November 30, 2012
Despite grand plans from Ottawa and concerted pushes by IT giants like Telus and CGI, our creaking health care system is still mired in paper records. Prescription: Apply creative disruption

PAUL CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER
e-health  Telus  healthcare 
december 2012 by jerryking
Newt Gingrich wants you to make him run for president
February 5, 2007 | Fortune | Nina Easton.

Has anyone revitalized or created a bright spot in a flat or declining industry?
At the Tempe conference, Gingrich politely listens to such proposals as applying Toyota-style production-control techniques to the health system - and then slices through them with an alternative mantra of competition, deregulation, modernized information systems, and personal responsibility. ...In other words, in Gingrich's world consumer health care should look more like Travelocity...Instead, the Center for Health Transformation offers policy ideas to companies that want to get health-care costs off their backs but oppose government-imposed, universal-health-insurance plans as costly and burdensome. The center's roster of 75 clients is impressive, including insurers Blue Cross & Blue Shield and GE Healthcare, providers like the American Hospital Association, and employers like GM (Charts) and Ford (Charts). Clients pay fees ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 a year....Gingrich's own epiphany about a presidential run dates back three years, when he picked up Harold Holzer's "Lincoln at Cooper Union." The book tells the story of how Lincoln's lengthy 1860 speech in New York City - an intellectually rigorous rebuttal of slavery's legal grounding - wowed the Eastern establishment and transformed a gawky, badly dressed Western politician into a leading presidential candidate. Gingrich saw himself in this story of the underestimated outsider making good, despite the seeming hubris of comparing himself to Lincoln, and it now underpins his unorthodox quest for the presidency...Gingrich also says things like "If you want to shape history, it's useful to actually know history" without a hint of self-consciousness...Of the other Republican contenders for President he says, "We're not in the same business. They are running for the White House. I am trying to change the country."..."My planning horizons are 17 years. I want to give you a sense of scale," he explains, as if helping me focus on his long view of things. "I also do what I think the country needs. I don't operate under personal ambition." ...."There are 3,300 counties, 17,000 elected school boards, 60,000 cities and towns, 14,000 state legislators, 50 governors, and 535 elected federal legislators," he says.
profile  historians  healthcare  lean  books  Six_Sigma  innovation  best_practices  change_agents  long-term  unorthodox  decline  competition  deregulation  information_systems  personal_responsibility  underestimation  outsiders  Abraham_Lincoln  personal_ambition  intellectually_rigorous 
may 2012 by jerryking
In Praise of Organized Labor
June 1, 2005 | Business 2.0 |By Jeffrey Pfeffer.

Pferrer's position is that his job is to provide managers with the information they need to make better, more profitable decisions. And I'm here to tell you that the evidence on the role unions play in the workplace belies many common preconceptions....Studies in a variety of industries from retail to airlines have shown that unionization leads to higher pay, which in turn attracts higher-quality employees and reduces costly turnover. Collective bargaining also institutionalizes communication between bosses and workers, while employee involvement in establishing working conditions provides more workplace control for frontline staff.
unions  healthcare  organized_labour 
may 2012 by jerryking
What Business Would You Start?
Mar 1, 2002 | Inc. Magazine |By Thea Singer.

The simple answer to the question 'How do you do this?' is, you find a really large market -- or one that's going to be large -- that's inefficient, and you come up with a breakthrough way of delivering value to customers that nobody has ever done before.
start_ups  advice  entrepreneur  opportunities  Dell  demographic_changes  financial_services  healthcare  education  travel  large_markets  inefficiencies 
may 2012 by jerryking
A hacker's fix for a health-care glitch
Feb. 20, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | by LES PERREAUX
hacks  healthcare  hackathons  Montreal 
april 2012 by jerryking
A new organ transplantation location-allocation policy: a case study of Italy - ProQuest
Health Care Manage Sci (2006) 9: 125–142
Maria Elena Bruni & Domenico Conforti &
Nicola Sicilia & Sandro Trotta
Octothorpe_Software  healthcare  Italy  decision_making 
november 2011 by jerryking
Priority Systems in the Allocation of Organs for Transplant: Should We Reward Those Who Have Previously Agreed to Donate? - ProQuest
Priority Systems in the Allocation of Organs for Transplant: Should We Reward Those Who Have Previously Agreed to Donate?
Chandler, Jennifer AView Profile. Health Law Journal13 (2005): 99-138.
decision_making  Octothorpe_Software  business_development  transplants_&_implants  wait_lists  healthcare  ethics  rewards 
october 2011 by jerryking
Business Braces for Belt Tightening - WSJ.com
AUGUST 9, 2011 By JONATHAN D. ROCKOFF

Business Braces for Belt Tightening
Lower Government Spending Could Ripple Across Industries; Create
Opportunities for Some; Say Goodbye to 'Uncle Sugar'. The Wall Street
Journal took a deeper look at what companies are most exposed to
rollbacks in government spending. The findings are below:
austerity  business_development  creating_opportunities  cutbacks  defense  education  diversification  healthcare  technology 
august 2011 by jerryking
Can Todd Park Revolutionize the Health Care Industry? - Technology
June 2011 - The Atlantic By Simon Owens.

The potential benefits of open government initiatives are immense. .. In
the 1970s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began
releasing its daily weather data to the public, and today that data is
used by hundreds of companies, from Weather.com to a variety of
smartphone apps. The govt. also opened up its GPS data in the '80s, a
move that gave birth to an entire industry of companies that use the
data across millions of devices. A recent report from the McKinsey
Global Institute found that, as the NYT put it, "the value [of open
data] to the health care system in the United States could be $300
billion a year, and that American retailers could increase their
operating profit margins by 60 %." Given that U.S. health care costs
billions of dollars a year and makes up 17 % of GDP, companies have more
than enough incentive to create applications and tools that can cut
costs and drive economic activity within this sector.
data  open_government  healthcare  health_informatics  government_2.0  CTO  HHS  pattern_recognition  patterns  open_data  open_source 
june 2011 by jerryking
GE's Immelt Targets Elderly Japan - WSJ.com
JUNE 1, 2010 |WSJ| By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI. Targeting Japan's
growing elderly population, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt pushed the country
Monday to invest in health-care IT systems & devices that make home
treatment easier. Immelt, who was in Tokyo speaking at GE's
"Healthymagination" conference, said health care is a growing business
in both developed & emerging markets but the Japanese could play a
leading role in several trends taking place in the industry. "So if I
were to write a business plan for you, it would be to dominate
health-care IT and home health-care devices," ... "Those are places in
health care you can actually lead." Fielding a question about how to
re-energize a Japan beset with deflation, an aging population & the
rise of Asian neighbors, Immelt said the high rate of Internet
connectivity makes the country fertile ground to develop Web-based
information technology systems that combine electronics medical records
with the tools for clinical decision making.
GE  Jeffrey_Immelt  Japan  elderly  healthcare  health_informatics 
november 2010 by jerryking
We are stone heads on medicare
Feb 28, 2005 | G &M Page A13 | By WILLIAM THORSELL. In
his bestseller, Collapse, Jared Diamond asks: "Why do societies make
disastrous decisions?" He is referring primarily to the environment, but
the answers apply to other things as well. Societies make disastrous
decisions because: We fail to anticipate big problems. It's hard to see
them in advance. But you can't say that about Canada's debt crisis, or
the rising crush of medicare. They were predicted for yrs., and yet we
barged on into them. We fail to perceive problems when they do arrive
because they are too small to see, or because they arrive slowly and we
get used to them....But the most potent of Mr. Diamond's reasons is "core values" -- the insistence on holding to certain defining values in the face of even mortal threats.

He cites the cult on Easter Island (cutting down trees to erect giant stone heads) as an example of bovine loyalty to core values in the face of compelling problems (deforestation).

Isn't that the case with medicare in Canada? We have raised the monopoly-pay/provider model to the status of a defining icon -- a core value of Canada itself. No matter how self-destructive and ineffective this approach may be, we are too invested in its symbolism to change it. It's a classic case of dumb loyalty to dysfunction, with deserved consequences.
William_Thorsell  Medicare  Jared_Diamond  incrementalism  anticipating  Canada  healthcare  creeping_normality  complacency  selfishness  values  self-destructive  slowly_moving  core_values  imperceptible_threats  societal_collapse 
october 2010 by jerryking
Fugu Talk :: The IGDA Health Plan
2009 11 18 | Fugu Talk | Philip Chu. references the freelance ecosystem
freelancing  ecosystems  healthcare  videogames  gig_economy 
october 2010 by jerryking
Hospice medical care for dying patients
August 2, 2010 | The New Yorker | Atul Gawande

In 2008, the national Coping with Cancer project published a study showing that terminally ill cancer patients who were put on a mechanical ventilator, given electrical defibrillation or chest compressions, or admitted, near death, to intensive care had a substantially worse quality of life in their last week than those who received no such interventions. ...And, six months after their death, their caregivers were three times as likely to suffer major depression. Spending one’s final days in an I.C.U. because of terminal illness is for most people a kind of failure. You lie on a ventilator, your every organ shutting down, your mind teetering on delirium and permanently beyond realizing that you will never leave this borrowed, fluorescent place. The end comes with no chance for you to have said goodbye or “It’s O.K.” or “I’m sorry” or “I love you.”

People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives. Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others.
Atul_Gawande  cancers  caregivers  dying  end-of-life  healthcare  hospice  medical  palliative_care  quality_of_life 
august 2010 by jerryking
ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY How To Forge A High-Tech Marriage Between Primary Care And Population Health
no. 5 (2010) | Health Affairs | David M. Lawrence.
"...innovations that deliver primary and population health care directly
to consumers are the seeds of a solution that promise far greater
benefit. These innovations include in-store clinics, in-home and on- and
in-body monitoring devices with wireless communication linkages, and
emerging diagnostic tools that promise greater precision in recognizing
preclinical disease states. They can help the United States and other
nations address the significant challenges ahead: major demographic
shifts, increased global competition, the growing burden of chronic
illness, and the costs of training and employing sufficient numbers of
primary care physicians to meet future demands...."
health_informatics  healthcare  innovation  in-store  public_health 
may 2010 by jerryking
The Wellness Industry as an Echo of the Internet in the 1990s - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
May 23, 2010 | New York Times | By STEVE LOHR. "...He
estimates that more than 95 percent of the financial resources in
America are spent in the “sick-care system” in hospitals, clinics and
doctors’ offices, where patients turn up ill, often with chronic
conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Lawrence, who attended the conference, figures that half the money
in the sick-care system is misspent, and that much of health spending
needs to move to wellness — to keep people out of costly hospitals and
clinics...."
wellness  healthcare  Steve_Lohr  health_informatics  innovation  medical_devices  sleep_apnea  internet 
may 2010 by jerryking
Canada stockpiles ventilators for flu fight
Jul. 07, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | Gloria Galloway. As
the H1N1 pandemic spreads globally, Canadian public health findings show
– for unknown reasons – that victims here have been younger and sicker,
and have required more ventilators than most other countries, including
the United States.
ventilators  flu_outbreaks  healthcare  Canadian_Healthcare_System  pandemics  H1N1  public_health  stockpiles 
july 2009 by jerryking
Finding an Advocate - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 28, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by MELINDA BECK.

"If we could make only one change in health care, it should be to change
the notion that families are visitors. Families are allies and partners
for safety and quality," says Beverly Johnson, president of the
nonprofit Institute for Family-Centered Care, which is leading a
movement to involve families more.
advocacy  health  healthcare  family 
may 2009 by jerryking
Social Networking Comes to Health Care
DECEMBER 27, 2006 WSJ by By LAURA LANDRO. Online Tools Give Patients Better Access to Information And Help Build Communities.
tools  social_networking  healthcare  Laura_Landro 
march 2009 by jerryking
Taking Care of Business - WSJ.com
March 17, 2008 WSJ article by Simona Covel on the opportunities
opening up within in-home health care and their appeal to franchising.
franchising  healthcare  home_based  in-home  Simona_Covel 
february 2009 by jerryking
The Touch That Doesn't Heal - WSJ.com
Dec. 26, 2008 WSJ op-ed by Steve Salerno deriding complementary and alternative health.
healthcare  alternative_medicine  health 
january 2009 by jerryking

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