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November 7 · Issue #29 · 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, Taylor Christensen encourages people to look at price transparency in a more constructive way and actually understand what’s interfering with people’s decision when they shop for care; Hans Duvefelt argues that only experience and in-depth knowledge can empower you with an appreciation for the nuances and exceptions to the rules in medicine; and Chaun Powell and Soumi Saha believe that medical device shortages will have a greater impact than drug shortages, and the industry must work together to find an effective means to mitigate the problem. On the WTF Health Show, Jess talks to our very own Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw about their series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma” (featured on THCB) which focuses on understanding how much data sharing or protection is just right to protect patient’s privacy. And, in our THCB Spotlight, I have a bit of fun with Ryan Tarzy, as we reminisce about the glory days of ‘digital health’ and Health 2.0 and talk about his new gig at Prealize. Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy!- Matthew Holt

Nov 7, Taylor Christensen 
Getting people the information and incentives necessary to choose higher-value providers and insurers is the solution to improving value in healthcare. But, people say we’ve tried that and it doesn’t work, and current efforts are a waste of time! The thing is, while studies of price comparison tools ostensibly show little impact, if you look closer at the data it seems they ARE making an impact. Instead of making the jump from “price transparency doesn’t work right now” to “price transparency will never work,” let’s take a more constructive approach and actually understand what’s interfering with people shopping for care so we can fix it.

Nov 6, Hans Duvefelt 
Guidelines, checklists and protocols only go so far when you are treating real people with diverse constitutions for multiple problems under a variety of circumstances. The power of knowing exceptions to the common rules in enough detail to naturally be able to reference them is what makes a doctor a “docere”, a true learned professional. Only experience and in-depth knowledge empower you with an appreciation for nuances. Not just that, but patients also trust you more if you show that you know a lot about why you’re recommending a certain intervention. And that is not a trivial consideration.

Nov 5, Chaun Powell and Soumi Saha 
Say the word “shortage” to a healthcare professional and chances are the first thing that will come to mind is drug shortages. With good reason, too – but as device shortage impacts become more prevalent and more profound, we must work together between the public and private sector to find more effective means of disruption prediction, prevention and mitigation. This week, the FDA is hosting a panel to hear from stakeholders on the risks associated with facility shutdowns and potential action steps. Navigating these shortages will require a sustainable, multifaceted and proactive approach.
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The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma | Vince Kuraitis & Deven McGraw
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma | Vince Kuraitis & Deven McGraw
THCB Spotlight: Two old men reminisce about the glory days with Ryan Tarzy
THCB Spotlight: Two old men reminisce about the glory days!
The Health Care Blog The Health Care Blog
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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