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THCB Reader

March 5 · Issue #143 · View online

Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

We had a glitch in the matrix and the last THCB Reader didn’t go out. So there’s a lot to catch up with! Martin Samuels writes about Pithiatism Redux, Hans Duvefelt talks about how to talk to clinicians, Kim Bellard tells us about Raspberry Pi Health Care, and Nirban Singh and Amy Helburn explain how Medicare Advantage poses challenges to health care cost-effectiveness and equity. From a little earlier last month Mike Magee tells us whether microbes will finally force modernization of the American Health Care System, Kim Bellard images a different health care future, and Richard Isaacs tells us what the pandemic taught us about value-based care. Finally Michael Millenson wonders how Newt Gingrich might make value-based care virtuous.
For interviews, I have a demo spotlight with MedStar Health & b.well Connected Health. Jess DaMassa brings us breaking news of MindMaze landing a fresh $105 million for Digital Neurotherapeutics. On THCB Spotlights, I interview Mandy Cohen & Farzad Mostashari on what Aledade has done, what it is going to do, and the general state of play in primary care and risk-taking. Jess interviews Ardy Arianpour, CEO of Seqster.
Jess and I have two episodes of Health Tech Deals for you this week: we cover fundraising from Omada Health, Somatus, Qventus, Story Health, Medibuddy, ModMed, Nayya, Sanofi, Dario Health, Ro, Dadi, and Daybreak Health.
#THCBGang features fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); patient safety expert and all-around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); THCB regular writer and ponderer of odd juxtapositions Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); and policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1). A great discussion on Ukraine, corruption and new initiatives in mental health.
Don’t forget to listen any time—you can subscribe to #THCBGang and #HealthTechDeals podcasts with an easy click on Apple or Spotify.

For my health care tidbits this week, I think we need a new vaccine. We need one that prevents stupidity.
Look I get that some people don’t think the flu vaccine is effective and don’t think the effects are too bad, so they don’t get one every year. Many people don’t get a vaccine for shingles. But as someone who had shingles long before the recommended age for the vaccine, let me tell you, you’ll wish you had the vaccine should you get it. And even sensible liberal Maggie Mahar a long while back was pretty suspicious of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer–although since then it’s been replaced both by a more effective updated version and by Cervarix and the long term results are really good.
But since COVID-19 appeared the cultural and ideological identification among most Republicans has been that only wussy liberals take the COVID vaccine. This is stupid and indefensible. Even Donald Trump thinks so! But when he told his cult members that, they booed him! And so the US is stuck on not enough people vaccinated to repel variants or stop ICUs filling up. There are now hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths among the unvaccinated with no end in sight.
But this isn’t stupid enough. Now we are seeing senior political leaders attacking vaccines for diseases we’ve had under control for ages. We’ve already seen outbreaks of measles in recent years, including one at Disneyland. This week 17 Georgia state senators proposed banning school mandates for all vaccines including MMR, chickenpox, DtAP, Hep B, Polio and more. It’s amazing that these people don’t believe in science, yet they are probably happy to use a smartphone or get in an airplane.
Sadly there appears to be no vaccine for stupidity on the horizon
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The Videos!
From Jess DaMassa & WTF Health...
Seqster: The Salesforce of Health Care
Seqster: The Salesforce of Healthcare?
MindMaze Lands Fresh $105M for Digital Neuro-Therapeutics
BREAKING: MindMaze Lands Fresh $105M for Digital Neuro-Therapeutics
THCB Spotlights
Aledade: Mandy Cohen joins, Farzad speaks
Aledade, Mandy Cohen joins, Farzad speaks
DEMO: Medstar Health’s digital front door – featuring b.well Connected Health
DEMO: Medstar Health's digital front door - starring b.well Connected Health
#HealthTechDeals - Episodes 12 & 13
#HealthTechDeals Episode 12: Omada Health, Somatus, Qventus, Story Health, and Medibuddy
#HealthTechDeals Episode 13: ModMed, Nayya, Sanofi, Dario Health, Ro, Dadi, and Daybreak Health
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