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THCB Reader

January 30 · Issue #39 · 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 discusses the three major topics from the HHS Office of National Coordinator meeting, including patient matching & unique patient identifiers, reactions to Judy Faulkner’s threats, and consumer app access & safety; Tina Park argues health care needs more designers to extract the unspoken details of patients’ experiences and stresses the need to center of our thinking around patients to make care delivery more efficient and empathetic; and Saurabh Jha gives us an insight into the long nights that Qure.ai’s, an AI medical imaging startup, team spent puzzling over their algorithms for tuberculosis detection. On Health in 2 Point 00, it seems like $20M is falling from the sky and into the hands of health tech startups! Jess & I discuss Buoy & Clew closing $20M, Oviva raising $21M, Google & Cerner catfighting amongst themselves, and more! On The WTF Health Show, Jess speaks with Saeju Jeong, CEO & Co-founder of Noom, a popular weight management app stepping into the world of digital health and digital therapeutics. Enjoy! – Matthew Holt 

Jan 29, Adrian Gropper
The HHS Office of National Coordinator (ONC) hosted a well-attended Annual Meeting this week. It’s a critical time for HHS because regulations authorized under the almost unanimous bi-partisan 21st Century Cures Act, three and a half years in the making, are now facing intense political pressure for further delay or outright nullification. In this post, Adrian discusses three major topics from the meeting: Patient Matching and Unique Patient Identifiers (UPI), Reactions to Judy Faulkner’s Threats, and Consumer App Access and Safety.

Jan 28, Tina Park 
When was the last time you thought about something that was well-designed? Turns out healthcare needs good designers to observe and extract the complicated and often unspoken details of a patient’s experiences, and turn them into tangible and addressable problems. Leveraging designers’ methods and approaches, including placing the user at the center of our thinking, can help make healthcare delivery more efficient, understanding, and empathetic. 

Jan 24, Saurabh Jha
We’ve heard a lot of buzz about AI and machine learning in radiology, especially with Google’s recent paper on breast cancer detection—but what does it take to build a successful AI/ML system? And maybe more importantly, once the algorithms get made, how do you handle deployment within a culture of doubt? In this captivating exposé, Saurabh gives us a look into the long nights that the Qure.ai team spent puzzling over their algorithms for tuberculosis detection. The mystery of an AUC of 1, explained.
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