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December 19 · Issue #34 · 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: Amy Krambeck discusses the new technology that is making out-patient surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia a reality for patients; The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? series adds another piece, with Adrian Gropper questioning how patients negotiate the difference between patient-directed uses of data and the big tech vendor’s (think Google, Apple, or Facebook) platforms for the use of those data sets; and Chadi Nabhan reviews Dr. David Fajgenbaum’s book Chasing My Cure. Jess interviews Bryony Winn, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, about what it takes for digital health and digital therapeutics startups to gain partnership agreements, reimbursement, and possible investment from health plans. I talk to Toddy Clardy, EVP of Marketing at Accolade, about its advocacy model that focuses on creating an outstanding member experience and supporting patients through their whole journey. We also have a special holiday song written by our very own Michael Millenson titled “Angels Have Our Health Data” Hopefully you enjoy it and bask in the holiday spirit! - Matthew Holt

Dec 19, Amy Krambeck 
Surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate, is traditionally an in-patient procedure which is financially taxing on both the hospital and patient. Recently, due to the access of new technology, Dr. Krambeck has been able to shift BPH surgery from in-patient to out-patient, sending the patient home the same day with no readmission needed. Find out how this hospital made the switch and what the effect has been. 

Dec 18, Adrian Gropper
Digital health is our future, but will it be controlled by proprietary and often opaque Google or Apple or Facebook app store policies? Hospitals and big tech vendors are preparing for artificial intelligence and machine learning “platforms”—and patient consent and transparency of business deals between hospitals and tech stand in their way. How do we negotiate the difference between patient-directed uses of data and platforms for the uses of patient data?

Dec 16, Chadi Nabhan
Have you thought about your own mortality? Who hasn’t, given the frequency of seeing death and grief depicted in the media or through real life encounters with friends, relatives, neighbors, or patients? In his book “Chasing my Cure”, Dr. David Fajgenbaum takes us back to the time when he first got ill. Fajgenbaum artfully brings us into his home and his hospital room as he traces his journey with a rare disease through this memoir.
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How Health Plans Pick Startups for Partnerships & Investment | Bryony Winn, BCBS North Carolina
How Health Plans Pick Startups for Partnerships & Investment | Bryony Winn, BCBS North Carolina
THCB Spotlights: Todd Clardy, EVP Marketing at Accolade
THCB Spotlights: Todd Clardy, EVP Marketing at Accolade
Angels we’ve heard from the Cloud on high
Or maybe it was Spotify.
Our health data’s floating hither and yon
Monetized by Google and Amazon.
Gloria, in excessive profits
Gloria, in excessive profits     
Investors, why this jubilee?
’cause you’ve made us healthy and absent pain?
Is care improved and costs controlled?
Or our data just fuels your capital gains?
Gloria, in excessive profits
Gloria, in excessive profits
Come to Silicon Valley and see
Start-ups whose birth the VC’s sing.
Come adore on bended knee
Promises of health care transforming.
Gloria, in excessive profits
Gloria, in excessive profits
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The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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