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October 31 · Issue #28 · 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 SPOOKTACULAR edition of the THCB Reader: Hans Duvefelt suggests that primary care physicians should work with patients to identify & improve smaller manageable problems instead of touching on every complex issue a patient may have; Phuoc Le & Sam Aptekar argue that climate change is a public health emergency and all health care professionals should continuously stress the magnitude of the situation; and Adrian Gropper discusses the new bipartisan Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS), arguing that it is a breakthrough for extending our right to choose a delegate to the digital institution in our lives. On Episode 99 of Health in 2 Point 00, it’s a reverse takeover! Matthew speaks to Sophie Park and Priyanka Kashyap at Bayer’s office in Berlin, giving us a rundown of what Bayer is doing with startups in the space. On the WTF Health Show, Jess talks to Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Associate Professor for Digital Health at the University of Tasmania, about leading the endeavors of counting the Health Information Workforce Census occurring in the US, UK, Canada, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy!- Matthew Holt

Oct 25, Hans Duvefelt 
So many primary care patients have several multifaceted problems these days, and the more or less unspoken expectation is that we must touch on everything in every visit. Hans proposes that primary care physicians should do the opposite and work with patients to identify and improve a smaller, more manageable problem just to create some positive momentum. That may seem like an inefficient use of time, but it can be a way of creating leverage for greater change in the next visit.

Oct 28, Phuoc Le and Sam Aptekar
In the last fifteen years, we have witnessed dozens of natural disasters affecting our most vulnerable patients, from post-hurricane victims in Haiti to drought and famine refugees in Malawi. The vast majority of these patients suffered from acute on chronic disasters, culminating in life-threatening medical illnesses. Yet, during the course of providing clinical care and comfort, we rarely, if ever, pointed to climate change as the root cause of their conditions. Climate change is a public health emergency, and as guardians of the public’s health, it is our role as healthcare professionals to continuously stress the magnitude of the situation. 

Oct 31, Adrian Gropper
The problem with HIPAA, and with Europe’s GDPR, is a lack of agency for the individual data subject. These regulatory approaches presume that all of the technology is controlled by our service providers and none of the technology is controlled by the us as data subjects. However, the new bipartisan Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act is a breakthrough, extending our right to choose a delegate to the digital institutions that are now deeply embedded in our lives.
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 99 | (Reverse) Takeover Edition with Bayer G4A
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 99 | (Reverse) Takeover Edition with Bayer G4A
The Healthcare Information Workforce Census | Kerryn Butler-Henderson University of Tasmania
The Healthcare Information Workforce Census | Kerryn Butler-Henderson University of Tasmania
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In this series, Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw write about health data privacy & policy, and the legislation that impacts it
In this series, Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw write about health data privacy & policy, and the legislation that impacts it
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