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August 28 · Issue #131 · View online

Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.


I’m going to continue to link rather than summarize on THCB reader. (Last week had a slightly higher open & click rate, so I am taking that as approval!)
This week on THCB, Kim Bellard is all over Disney’s realistic robotics and wants them in health care. Hans Duvefelt is grumpy about his patients relationship to health insurance. Mike Magee is pushing for a universal health plan and argues that the Delta variant makes it even more urgent. And Steven Zecola argues that the FDA’s culture of safety is in fact dangerous.
Interviews stay further down in the email–just scroll and click! This week Jess DaMassa has 2 huge ones. The Headspace-Ginger merger, and the Calibrate $100m round.
Jess & I had one #HealthinTwoPoint00 this week and after a summer break #THCBGang was back and it got quite feisty–a fascinating discussion you can see here. Don’t forget to listen any time you can subscribe to #THCBGang and #Healthin2Point00 podcasts with an easy click on Apple or Spotify.

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This is a big week. At 2 weeks out, we’ve started pre-recording a few sessions and they’ve been fascinating.
Keynotes include government officials from the 3 most important agencies for digital health –Pauline Lapin (CMS), Micky Tripathi (ONC) & Bakul Patel (FDA). But wait there’s more! Keynotes from techies Glen Tullman (Transcarent), Sean Lane (Olive), Jonathan Bush (Zus Health), Jeff Dachis (One Drop) & Andrew Dudum (Hims & Hers). And we’re not forgetting the VCs sprinkled through the program, with a keynote from Andreesen Horowitz’s Julie Yoo. Please look at the agenda for 20 power-packed panels and over 100 speakers – and then sign up!
Shout out to our sponsors – This week we welcome new Gold sponsor data privacy company Skyflow and new Silver sponsor Amwell. Thanks to both of them for supporting the conference. They join Avaneer Health (our diamond sponsor) &exclusive agency sponsor 120/80. Sliver sponsors are Transcarent & Lark . More sponsors are Aetion. Merck GHIF, Crossover Health, Zus Health, Newtopia, Aetion & Big Health! Many of them will have sessions you can catch on the web site
It’s going to be a great conference–no need to leave your seat as it’s happening virtually September 7-10. Register here!!
For my health care tidbits this week, I am getting very close to home. I live in Marin County, California which is an incredibly wealthy, well-educated, liberal place. My little town voted 90% for Biden and, as you’d expect, county-wide 87% of those eligible (over 12) are fully immunized with most of the rest on the way. But Marin also has a small hard core of anti-vaxxers, and by that I mean those who reject childhood vaccinations. At one Waldorf school nearby only 22% of kids are vaccinated (MMR et al).
This week the CDC released a study about how this past May an unvaccinated elementary school teacher who was sneezing but didn’t wear a mask infected 55% of their class. I know that public schools in Marin have insisted on their teachers and students wearing masks and have highly, highly encouraged vaccinations among teachers and staff. Furthermore that school had only 205 pupils which is well below the average for elementary schools (at least in my school district). So I am prepared to bet that the maskless teacher was at a charter school or other private school.
Clearly we need vaccines for kids ASAP. But I also am starting to wonder that, as COVID-19 becomes endemic and probably never goes away and as studies like this show how rapidly it spreads, will the majority who believe in masking, vaccines et al start to impose more medical and social mandates and bans on those who do not?
Follow me on Twitter @boltyboy and THCB at @thcbstaff for more similar insights/nonsense (and even the occasional sensible idea)! Enjoy! – Matthew Holt
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Matthew Holt
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