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THCB Reader

May 16 · Issue #7 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

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In today’s THCB Reader, David Shaywitz challenges the role data plays in improving health care performance, as we are constantly measuring in service of data rather than in service of people. Hayward Zwerling argues in order to build a low cost & high quality health care system, policy experts, independent health care providers, and people of the general public will have to stand against the CHIPHIT Complex. And last, but not least, Talal Hilal comments on his experience as an oncologist, watching patients suffer from receiving delayed treatment because of administrative barriers.
NEW! The first episode of our HardCore Health podcast was released, which you can access below. In this week’s Health in 2 Point 00 (which I am not in *sniff*) Jess runs a takeover episode with Eugene Borukhovich from Bayer and our THCB Spotlight is on Deven McGraw from Ciitizen speaking about the importance of health data privacy & protection —Matthew Holt

May 13, David Shaywitz
Today’s world is dominated by a religious faith in managerialism: the idea that the right way to improve performance is to measure more, capture more data, and use this data to manage in an increasingly granular fashion. We continuously seem to be measuring in service of data rather than in service of people. While data sciences and technology play a vital role in improving areas like drug development and health care delivery, they haven’t earned the right to be considered an end themselves.

May 8, Hayward Zwerling
Our healthcare system is now controlled by the CHIPHIT Complex: consolidated health care institutions, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and health information technology companies. Ominously missing from this list are independent health care policy experts, independent health care providers and members of the general public. If we hope to build a low cost, high quality, egalitarian healthcare system, physicians and their professional organizations must take an emphatic stand against the CHIPHIT complex.

May 6, Talal Hilal
I’ve aspired to become an oncologist for as long as I can remember. In oncology, despite my inability to cure, I can always try to heal. But I have seen many patients whose treatments are delayed because of administrative barriers, countless people who have suffered because of a system that does not care about the individual. Neither patients nor physicians are at the center of the equation. In order to really care for patients, the system has to adjust to patient and physician needs—not the other way around.
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NEW: HardCore Health Podcast, Episode 1 – The Health Care Blog
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 80 | Takeover Edition!
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 80 | Takeover Edition!
THCB Spotlights: Deven McGraw, Chief Regulatory Officer, Ciitizen
THCB Spotlights: Deven McGraw, Chief Regulatory Officer, Ciitizen
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