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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Susannah Fox argues that the current health care system needs
 

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September 19 · Issue #23 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Susannah Fox argues that the current health care system needs to work towards building more interoperable solutions to free data for patients so they can better manage their care; Stuart Smith states that the government sits on a simple tool to help prevent the massive public health crisis of Opioid-Dependent Babies occuring in the US, but hasn’t done so; and Hans Duvefelt parallels the structure of banking with primary care, arguing that primary care’s old-fashioned systems of “face-to-face” interaction to generate revenue falls short of how payers & patients want to access these services. In this week’s episode of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I discuss Healthy.io’s $60 million raise, the Smile Direct Club’s $9 billion valuation, and some scandals with Maya & MIA Fem apps sharing sensitive data with Facebook. On the WTF Health Show, Jess interviews Fred Trotter about Facebook group’s privacy violations, and his & other activist’s call for Facebook to correct the health data privacy violations for users on the platform. Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy! -Matthew Holt

Sept 19, Susannah Fox 
Health data interoperability may ostensibly sound very technical and boring, but it is actually very human: it can help people care for themselves and their families by streamlining simple things (like tracking medication lists and vaccination records) and more complicated things (like pulling all your records into one place when seeking a second opinion or coordinating care for a chronic condition). We should all be working toward freeing the data and letting people decide whether they want to engage with it or not.

Sept 18, Stuart Smith
Imagine a massive public health crisis in the United States that affects tens of thousands of people. Now imagine that the government had a simple tool at its disposal that could prevent this kind of physical and psychological trauma. You might think that Stuart is writing about America’s deadly outbreak of gun violence, but he is actually referring to the Opioid-Dependent Babies crisis that affects even more people & children. This crisis could be sharply reduced with one simple step that lacks the bitter political animus of the gun debate. 

Sept 17, Hans Duvefelt
Imagine if your bank handled all your online transactions for free but charged you only when you visited your local branch – and then kept pestering you to come in, pay money and chat with them every three months. Of course that’s not how banks operate, but compare that with primary care. The bulk of our income is “patient revenue”, what patients and their insurance companies pay doctors for services they provide “face to face”. At the end of the day, most medical offices are quaintly or hopelessly old fashioned in our approach to the changing demands and desires of our payers and our patients.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 94 | Healthy.io, Smile Direct Club, and Period Tracking?
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 94 | Healthy.io, Smile Direct Club, and Period Tracking?
Taking on Facebook for Health Data Privacy: Fred Trotter, CareSet Systems
Taking on Facebook for Health Data Privacy: Fred Trotter, CareSet Systems
The Help@Hand Project is searching for the best tech solutions that address a county-shared need of increasing access to mental health services. A series of unique digital tools will be tested during a multi-year innovation project that will assess and pilot virtual mental health care services. Apply now to be part of an exciting pilot program hosted by The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). Applications close on October 7th, 2019.
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In this series, Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw write about health data privacy & policy, and the legislation that impacts it
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