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How Doctors' Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

How Doctors’ Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

The cost of health care is contributing to the social unrest we’re seeing all around the world and doctors are utterly failing to respond. Those were the two things I learnt last week at the biennial gathering of people working in the health insurance industry, a meeting that I was lucky enough to speak at.Industrialised nations have a record...
Health 2.0 Seattle: Building For Healthcare and Transformational Marketing

Health 2.0 Seattle: Building For Healthcare and Transformational Marketing

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Health 2.0 Seattle Recap: Health 2.0 Seattle is hosted by digital product studio Substantial. Its mission is to establish Seattle as a leader in healthcare innovation by facilitating dialogue among professionals from the local technology, life sciences, and global health industries. March: How to Build Solutions In Healthcare...
An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

Everything is going electronic these days.   Most hospitals and community clinics are switching over to electronic medical record (EMR) systems for patient charts as well as other administrative management in the health system. Ritika Goel, a family physician working at the Inner City Health Team in Toronto, Canada, has been pouring efforts into developing...
How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

In 2010, eight nerdy college students took a simple card game they created (now known as Cards Against Humanity) to a platform called Kickstarter. They set a goal of raising $4,000 – hoping to make just enough to create professional prints of their game to sell. They surpassed their goal by more than $10,000 and...
Creating A Parallel System To Healthcare

Creating A Parallel System To Healthcare

This week I’ve despaired at how the needs of the few always seem to trump those of the many, especially when it comes to health. It made me feel nervous — if not plain over-awed — about the challenge ahead of us. Luckily, two courageous leaders have restored my hope.My despair arose in the National...
How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

90 percent of respondents from 18-24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. The initial point of proactive research that people are now doing online was christened the Zero Moment of Truth by Google, and it’s absolutely critical in today’s marketing environment. New technology is...
Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Just as we delight in how ancient kung-fu masters took  inspiration from movements of animals such as the praying mantis, the crane (panda?), I was amazed by how an Argentinean car mechanic was inspired from a tool used to pull wine corks out of a bottle to invent something entirely out of his field: a...
Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood.In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical...
The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today... Ain’t a Doctor!

The Most Important Person in Primary Care Today… Ain’t a Doctor!

One of the highlights and first deliverables of the data-driven revolution in the NHS is the five star ratings and feedback system at NHS Choices, which allows patients to rate their experiences with GPs surgeries. In theory it should allow everyone to make informed choices about the care they receive and who they receive it...
An Entrepreneur On The Inside: How A Seattle Doctor Is Redefining Patient-Clinician Communication

An Entrepreneur On The Inside: How A Seattle Doctor Is Redefining Patient-Clinician Communication

A sheet of paper reading “Digital Health” covers Suite 250‘s original office sign at the  Springbrook building of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Inside are two offices and a cubicle for three full-time staff comprising the Digital Health Department. Pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, and author of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Seattle Mama Doc Blog, accepted...
Meet Florian Otto, Sales Vice President at ZocDoc

Meet Florian Otto, Sales Vice President at ZocDoc

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Doctors and Management Consulting Florian Otto is the Sales Vice President at ZocDoc. Florian utilizes his extensive expertise in both healthcare and business to oversee ZocDoc’s local and enterprise sales teams. He is helping the company build and manage its growing sales force. Florian focuses specifically on...
Doctor Goes Entrepreneur - And What Management Consulting Has To Do With It

Doctor Goes Entrepreneur – And What Management Consulting Has To Do With It

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Doctors and Management Consulting In my last posts I laid out why management consulting can be a promising alternative to clinical routine for doctors. However, the question on ‘what happens next?’ remains unresolved. A management-consulting career lasts two to three years on average. And then?...