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November 21 · Issue #31 · 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, Robin Cogan argues America’s students will continue to suffer at the hands of gun violence due to the lack of research and an evidence-based framework for prevention around the public health epidemic; Robert Herzog challenges the Medicare for All debate stating that it centers discussions around care delivery, administration, and cost, but does not address the central issue on how to provide better care for people from different backgrounds; and Sandra Lupanova comments on the challenges US hospitals face when trying to convince patients the value of patient portals, with the core issue stemming from patients’ concerns around training, the learning curve to manage, and anxiety regarding data security on the platform. This week on Health in 2 Point 00, we celebrate our 100th episode! Jess & I report from Frontiers Health talking about Google & Ascension’s deal being investigated by HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, Apple reaching 400,000 people for a clinical study, and Noom announcing it will do $235M in revenue this year. On our THCB Spotlight, I catch up with Kuldeep Rajput, founder & CEO of Biofourmis, which uses biomarkers and sensors to manage health in pursuit of predicting disease before it shows in patients. Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy!- Matthew Holt

Nov 18, Robin Cogan
Forced absence from gun violence has created a literal and metaphorical void in schools across our country that may impact students and staff for decades to come. The numbers are astounding, as 26,000 children and teens have been killed in gun violence between 1999 and 2016. There are 26,000 desks that sit empty in schools across this country from deaths due to gun violence and forced absences. The dearth of research in all aspects of gun violence and the lack of an evidence-based framework for prevention has added to the intensity of the public health epidemic in which we find ourselves, and until this supportive science is in place, America’s students will continue to suffer.

Nov 20, Robert Herzog 
The Cure for healthcare isn’t Medicare for All, it’s establishing organizations with complete responsibility for the total care, costs, quality and outcomes for a person. Discussions of Medicare for All engenders a debate about the trappings of care delivery, administration, and cost, but don’t address the fundamental issue, which is how to provide genuinely better care for people of all ages and economic circumstances. Whether there are one or many, whether they are public or private, is not as important as that one organization and its people become responsible for the total health and care of an individual and the costs associated with that care. 

Nov 21, Sandra Lupanova 
Even though patient self-service solutions have become ubiquitous in medical facilities nation-wide, over 62% of US hospitals report that their patient portal systems are used by less than a quarter of all patients. Patients still don’t see enough value in patient portals, voicing concerns over the steep learning curve, lack of training, anxiety regarding data security and confidentiality, and other issues. Addressing these challenges is critical to encouraging patient buy-in and getting more patients involved in their health.
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 100 | Frontiers Health, Google & Ascension, Apple & More!
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 100 | Frontiers Health, Google & Ascension, Apple & More!
THCB Spotlights: Kuldeep Rajput, CEO of Biofourmis
THCB Spotlights: Kuldeep Rajput, CEO of Biofourmis
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The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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