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THCB Reader

August 8 · Issue #17 · 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: Steve Zecola proposes a new approach for fixing the health care industry that includes establishing a non-profit body in Congress to coordinate the care for chronic illnesses; Michael Millenson comments on the Democratic candidates’ ‘sales pitches’ in the recent debates & the pressures that the contenders face; and Gus Malezis argues that health tech is making doctors’ & nurses’ jobs more difficult and the industry needs to step up to help simplify their lives. On Episode 91 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Babylon & MetaMe’s recent raises and CVS rolling out their new CarePass service. On WTF Health, Jess interviews Josep Carbo, Founder of Barcelona Health Hub, which is working to advance digital health solutions in Spain- Matthew Holt

Aug 6, Steve Zecola 
The U.S. healthcare system doesn’t function efficiently or even effectively and, as Steve Zecola sees it, the solutions proposed thus far don’t address the problem. Zecola proposes a new standards-based approach for fixing the inefficiencies plaguing the healthcare industry in the United States. Under this proposal, a non-profit standards body would be established by Congress to bring a coordinated approach to healthcare for each of the top ten chronic diseases.

Aug 5, Michael Millenson 
Last week’s Democratic Debates were filled with candidates spewing calculated sound bites that were more “sales pitch” than anything. But could they be more substantial? Michael Millenson draws from his experience on the stage during the Obama campaign to clue us into the pressures—and the bottom line—that candidates must face during presidential debates. 

Aug 1, Gus Malezis 
Isn’t technology supposed to make things easier? Instead of simplifying work for doctors and nurses, technology is having the opposite effect. In fact, these tools that hinder productivity are a leading cause of physician burnout. We need to commit to raising the bar on technology to provide that value and simplify the lives of providers.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 91| Babylon, MetaMe, & CVS CarePass
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 91| Babylon, MetaMe, & CVS CarePass
Barcelona Health Hub Launches to Advance Digital Health Solutions from Spain | Josep Carbo Founder
Barcelona Health Hub Launches to Advance Digital Health Solutions from Spain | Josep Carbo Founder
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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