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May 7 · Issue #58 · 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: Anish Koka argues the only way to reassure the public about COVID-19’s impact is to put doctors back in charge; Stephanie Kuku & Hugh Harvey claim that the industry needs to get better at acting on prediction and diagnostic insights to improve the future of care; and Dave deBronkart states that a herd immunity policy in the US without vaccines is mass murder. On Episode 122 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I discuss LetsGetChecked raising $71M, Vida Health raising $25M, Medable securing $25M, and Livongo publishing their Q1 earnings report. Jess, on the WTF Health Show, speaks to Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst, who discusses how the public health crisis has created an inflection point in the interoperability argument. Also, remember to tune in LIVE today for THCB Gang Episode 8 at 1PM/4PM ET! Joining me today are our regulars Grace Cordovano, Deven McGraw, Saurabh Jha, Vince Kuraitis, and Kim Bellard Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

May 2, Anish Koka
A number of politically tinged narratives have divided physicians during the pandemic. It would be unfortunate if politics obscured the major problem brought into stark relief by the pandemic: a system that marginalizes physicians and strips them of agency. In the time of COVID, physicians more than ever find themselves as pretty baubles on display to reassure the public. The lesson is clear: put physicians back in charge. 

May 4, Stephanie Kuku and Hugh Harvey
The ability to predict in health care is the utopia promised by every artificial intelligence for health care built, funded, and tested in the last decade. Yet, very few doctors, technologists, or investors would have imagined they would live to witness a pandemic of the scale we are currently experiencing. It is a good time to reflect on what the future of health will look like after we recover. In a booming health-tech market saturated with promises of predictions and diagnostic insights, we need to get better at acting on the predictions that truly matter. 

May 5, e-Patient Dave deBronkart 
Herd immunity is not an approach the U.S. should take in solving the complex problems we’ve gotten ourselves into with COVID-19. Why? A herd immunity policy without vaccines is mass murder. And worse, it’s not just mass murder; it’s a whole lot of very sick people. This isn’t a prediction, mind you; this article is a tutorial about the concept of herd immunity with the key takeaway that our only way out is to avoid contact, wear masks and wash our damn hands. 
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
THCB Gang: Episode 8 LIVE 1PM PT/4PM ET, 5/7
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 122 | Livongo Q1 Earnings, LetsGetChecked, Vida Health, and Medable
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 122 | Livongo Q1 Earnings, LetsGetChecked, Vida Health, and Medable
Is Covid-19 the Argument Health Data Interoperability Needed? | WTF Health
Is Covid-19 the Argument Health Data Interoperability Needed? | WTF Health
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The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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