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THCB Reader -- Goldsmith on the Digital Health Crash; Bellard on Rogan, Interviews, News & More

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THCB Reader

February 9 · Issue #141 · View online

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


On the Reader this week: Kim Bellard talks about Spotify, Joe Rogan, and Health Care, Jeff Goldsmith talks about what it takes for an innovative healthcare company to survive and thrive, and Mike Magee explores the COVID-19 pandemic from an ecological perspective.
On the interview front, Jessica DaMassa thrills us with two WTF Health interviews. She speaks with the co-founders of the teen mental health app BeMe Health on their “TikTok” type approach to behavioral health. She also talks with Bobby Green, President and Chief Medical Officer of Thyme Care, on its $22M Series A and how they stand apart in the cancer navigation platform space. Jess and I have two episodes of Health Tech Deals, where we chat about Alto Pharmacy, Athelas, Reimagine Care, Physician Partners, and several others in health tech.
#THCBGang this week featured Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune; the double trouble of vaunted futurists Ian Morrison and Jeff Goldsmith; and WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa, and special guest returning to #THCBGang Bill Taranto from Merck GHIF. You can bet that we discussed a bit about digital health valuations!
Don’t forget to listen any time—you can subscribe to #THCBGang and #HealthTechDeals podcasts with an easy click on Apple or Spotify.

For my health care tidbits this week, I think we need a new vaccine. We need one that prevents stupidity.
Look I get that some people don’t think the flu vaccine is effective and don’t think the effects are too bad, so they don’t get one every year. Many people don’t get a vaccine for shingles. But as someone who had shingles long before the recommended age for the vaccine, let me tell you, you’ll wish you had the vaccine should you get it. And even sensible liberal Maggie Mahar a long while back was pretty suspicious of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer–although since then it’s been replaced both by a more effective updated version and by Cervarix and the long term results are really good.
But since COVID-19 appeared the cultural and ideological identification among most Republicans has been that only wussy liberals take the COVID vaccine. This is stupid and indefensible. Even Donald Trump thinks so! But when he told his cult members that, they booed him! And so the US is stuck on not enough people vaccinated to repel variants or stop ICUs filling up. There are now hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths among the unvaccinated with no end in sight.
But this isn’t stupid enough. Now we are seeing senior political leaders attacking vaccines for diseases we’ve had under control for ages. We’ve already seen outbreaks of measles in recent years, including one at Disneyland. This week 17 Georgia state senators proposed banning school mandates for all vaccines including MMR, chickenpox, DtAP, Hep B, Polio and more. It’s amazing that these people don’t believe in science, yet they are probably happy to use a smartphone or get in an airplane.
Sadly there appears to be no vaccine for stupidity on the horizon
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The Videos!
From Jess DaMassa & WTF Health...
New Cancer Care Navigator Thyme Care Starts Out with $22M Series A & Big Name Backing
Meet Teen Mental Health App BeMe Health & Their “TikTok” Type Approach to Behavioral Health Care
#HealthTechDeals - Episodes 6 & 7
Episode 6: Alto Pharmacy, Althelas, A Place for Mom, And Summus Global
Episode 7: League, Reimagine Care, Resilience, Mantra Health, Physician Partners
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