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August 6 · Issue #70 · 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: Julia Hu presents three components our virtual care system needs in order to be sustainable, feasible, and manageable for providers and patients; Sylvie Stacy believes that medical education must involve proficiency and training in non-clinical practices at a system-wide level; and Hans Duvefelt comments on the convenience & improved care systems that virtual care has brought for the entire system. On Episode 141 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about the biggest news in the public digital health world: Teladoc & Livongo’s merger. We discuss the deal and talk about what’s next for digital health after it. On the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to A.J. Loiacono, Founder & CEO of Capital Rx, about partnering with Walmart on their PBM platform to bring the lowest prices to prescription drugs. In addition, THCB Spotlights: Paul Johnson, CEO of Lemonaid, where we discuss their $33M Series B round & about how they are expanding their DTC platform. THCB is also launching “The THCB Book Club” that will be a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month! No THCB Gang this week, we will be back next, BUT look out for our special video report on what the Teladoc-Livongo merger means for the rest of the telehealth and chronic care management category coming early next week. Enjoy!– Matthew Holt

August 4, Julia Hu
As restrictions have begun to lift and hospitals and medical offices are beginning to reopen for non-emergent care, we have seen the use of telemedicine start to taper off. Providing quality, virtual health care won’t be as easy as flipping a switch, but we currently have an unprecedented opportunity to carry forward the best version of virtual care and create a more holistic health care system. As we work toward that goal, Julia presents three components our virtual care system needs in order to be sustainable, feasible, and manageable for both patients and providers. 

July 31, Sylvie Stacy
Physicians are needed now – more than ever – to take on non-clinical roles in a variety of industries, sectors, and organizational types. Domains of patient care that were historically the responsibility of doctors are now in the hands of not just patients themselves, but also corporations, regulators, policymakers, and others whose efforts will ultimately impact patient actions and outcomes. There is little emphasis within medical education on building proficiency on an organizational and system-wide level – and even less on a societal level. Physicians in nonclinical roles ensure that the most appropriate decisions are made from a clinical and scientific perspective, despite that fact that these decisions are being made outside of a traditional patient encounter. 

August 5, Hans Duvefelt
Imagine telemedicine visits continuing even post-COVID, as a perfectly normal event, with a Harvard endocrinologist or geneticist through your laptop or smartphone from your kitchen table in Madawaska, Maine. Imagine only visiting your primary care clinic when specific procedures or physical exam elements are needed for completeness of care. What this pandemic has brought us is a shift in our view of where you have to be in order to get things done. If you can earn your wage remotely and still buy things online when offices and physical stores are shut down, it seemed logical to try to offer healthcare the same way. And most of us have found that it works surprisingly well. 
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
The THCB Book Club! – The Health Care Blog
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 141 | Teladoc Livongo Merger Special
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 141 | Teladoc Livongo Merger Special
PBM Startup Capital Rx Starts Prescription Drug Pricing Shake-Up with Walmart Partnership
PBM Startup Capital Rx Starts Prescription Drug Pricing Shake-Up with Walmart Partnership
THCB Spotlights: Paul Johnson, CEO of Lemonaid
THCB Spotlights: Paul Johnson, CEO of Lemonaid
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