THCB Reader - Issue #16





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August 1 · Issue #16 · View online

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

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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Mike Magee argues that in the 2020 election, doctors along with their patients, will vote in favor of a universal health care system; Inga Shugalo comments on the vulnerabilities in the pacemaker software & how it has left people feeling hesitant of adopting health care IoT in cardiology; and Bob Hertz calls for an end to the absurdly high treatment costs & price gouging of the system. On Episode 89 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I discuss the recent IPOs, Oscar Health getting into Medicare Advantage, and Fitbit’s accuracy in people of color. Jess also speaks to Piotr Orzechowski, the CEO of Infermedica, which is a Polish company that helps patients figure out the best place to go to get care. - Matthew Holt

July 30, Mike Magee 
Recently, a long-time health advocate from California told Mike Magee she did not believe that the majority of doctors would support a universal health care system, in some form, due to their conservative bend. But instead, Magee believes the 2020 election is an opportunity to reclaim self-governance, to plan, to work, to build together—doctors alongside patients. 
July 29, Inga Shugalo 
The recent pacemaker crisis revealed the vulnerabilities in pacemaker software across several major vendors, putting lives at risk. These preexisting security concerns have fed into the hesitant adoption of health care IoT in cardiology. But practically, next-gen pacemakers are IoT devices. Accordingly, the industry can either stigmatize the security concerns or choose to adopt a new perspective: seeing the pacemaker crisis as an opportunity to create a solid platform for unbiased adoption of upcoming connected cardiac devices.
July 24, Bob Hertz 
When a patient is hospitalized, or diagnosed with a deadly disease, they often have no choice about the cost of their treatment. They are legally helpless, and vulnerable to price gouging. ‘Charging what the market will bear’ is inadequate, even childish, when ‘the market’ consists of desperate patients. The government can and should step in. This three-part series describes the new laws that we need to protect our citizens.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit for more details.
Health in 2 Point 00 Episode 89 | IPOs, Oscar and Fitbit
Health in 2 Point 00 Episode 89 | IPOs, Oscar and Fitbit
“Alexa, Open Symptom Checker” Gets You This Health Startup’s App | Piotr Orzechowski Infermedica
"Alexa, Open Symptom Checker" Gets You This Health Startup's App | Piotr Orzechowski Infermedica
In this new series, Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw write about health data privacy & policy, and the legislation that impacts it
In this new series, Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw write about health data privacy & policy, and the legislation that impacts it
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