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THCB Reader - Issue #30

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November 14 · Issue #30 · 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: Adrian Gropper questions if current methods of consent and exchanging patients’ personal data with caregivers & institutions is being protected by HIPAA; Hans Duvefelt argues that caregivers must listen to their patients’ desires and beliefs otherwise treatment adherence will suffer in the long run; and Lise Alschuler believes that by adding an extra minute to a patient’s visit with a doctor, it will foster a healing relationship between the two and thus, improve care. On our THCB Spotlight, I catch up with Dr. Pascal Zuta, the Co-founder & CEO of Gyant, which is a digital “front door” for hospitals helping patients find the right care they need. And on the WTF Health Show, Jess talks to Carolyn Magil, CEO of Aetion, about how her company is using real world data to figure out how different people will react to the same drug.  Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy! — Matthew Holt

Nov 14, Adrian Gropper
Google’s semi-secret deal with Ascension is testing the limits of HIPAA as society grapples with the future impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence. HIPAA may not be keeping up with our methods of consent by patients and society on the ways personal data is used. Is prior consent, particularly consent from vulnerable patients seeking care, a good way to regulate secret commercial deals with their caregivers? The answer to a question is strongly influenced by how you ask the questions.

Nov 13, Hans Duvefelt 
While some patients truly want every statistical advantage and pharmaceutical intervention possible, others just want to treat what they can see or measure. We have to figure out where each patient falls on the spectrum between those opposites, or we will overwhelm and lose patients and see them give up on everything we might have to offer. Treatment adherence suffers when we prescribe something without listening to the patients’ desires and beliefs. 

Nov 12, Lise Alschuler 
Minutes matter in health care, and how we use those minutes matters even more. Primary care visits last an average of 17 minutes, and with so much that needs to be covered, both patients and doctors feel the crunch. But here’s a proposal: let’s add one minute to each patient visit, but there’s a catch. This one extra minute is devoted to the patient in order to foster a healing relationship. One minute for one human being, a healthcare practitioner, to recognize and celebrate another human being, a patient. 
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THCB Spotlight: Dr. Pascal Zuta, CEO of Gyant
THCB Spotlight: Dr. Pascal Zuta, CEO of Gyant
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