The June Issue

by GRACE MOEN

The June Issue — ‘What We’re Reading’ at Health 2.0 is an ongoing series that features a round up of newsworthy articles, thinkers, and opinions from across the community. This post includes exciting reads from May and early June 2018. We hope you enjoy and follow along. Happy reading!

Trying to Put a Value on the Doctor-Patient Relationship
By Kim Tingley in The New York Times

We look to our past to understand our present and indeed our future, so READ THIS ARTICLE! I can’t sing it from the rooftops loudly enough. And don’t read the first two paragraphs and assume you got the gist — read until the end. As someone who cringes at claims that the future of healthcare will be delivered solely by AI and bots, I’m thrilled to see a case being made for the human touch.

The Drawbacks of AI in Healthcare
LinkedIn discussion forum

Like the comments section? This is a good one! A refreshing dual-perspective to the idea that AI will save us all.

A Major Medical Crisis: Doctor Burnout
By Rena Xu in The Atlantic

Indu this is for you for your The Unacceptables session this Fall — the frightening correlation between administrative burden / “desktop medicine” and physician burnout, including an enlightening comparison to the burnout that Chefs experience.

Theranos Could Have Been Stopped
By Jean-Louis Gassee on MondayNote

Another day, another chapter in the Elizabeth Holmes Saga and I’m partial to cautionary tales like this one. I hear she’s even started raising money again…

The Gatekeeper: If You Want To Make It Big In Healthcare, It’ll Help To Get Past Lisa Suennen First
By Rebecca Robbins on Stat News

A friend of mine recently said she finds herself often thinking WWLSD…

Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use of Opioids
By Patti Neighmond on NPR

Imagine that! A case to be made for a pharma-free approach. It’s worth noting that many patients who would benefit from physical therapy never get it because the costs are too high and insurance doesn’t cover it. The fact that insurance covers pharma more than it covers natural treatments as a first approach is a big problem. Oh but reduced number of prescriptions and surgeries would throw off the power structure…. Good.

Why Don’t People Use Digital health Services?
By Jay Parkinson

Where he p much bashes insurance. “Insurance doesn’t cover shiny new things” Indeed. And yet that’s a lot of what we put on stage at Health 2.0. It’s also what many of us who consider ourselves health care woke want to and do use.

Having Health Insurance Is A Social Determinant of Health: the Implications of Growing Uninsured in the US
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on Health Populi

The rates of uninsured is rising, even despite added coverage through Medicaid programs. Turns out that the higher costs of private insurance — meant to cover the cost of insuring those of lower income — are increasingly cost prohibitive. There’s a gap here we need to figure out how to close.

It Saves Lives. It Can Save Money. So Why Aren’t We Spending More on Public Health?

By Aaron E Carroll & Austin Frakt in The New York Times

Speaking of social determinants….! “Even if we’re generous, and call all of that public health spending (referring to some aforementioned math totalling $123 billion), it’s dwarfed by what Americans spend on health care directly.”

Bill Of The Month: Audience Reacts To Big Bill for Tiny Screws
By Terry Byrne on NPR

I recently dodged a very hefty medical bill by having the wherewithal to call ahead to check the cost. After five phone calls over three days and hours of waiting on hold, I learned that the referral my PCP had made was in fact the most expensive option. SMH…. Luckily I wasn’t looking down the barrel at $15,076 but unfortunately, we all have to do our own research these days! As a patient you can treat your healthcare like a retail experience, shopping around for the best price — it’s just a PITA.

What’s In This?: Mountain Dew
By Ian Lecklitner on Mel Magazine

Gross. Which is why you’ll never see soda — esp Mountain Dew — at any of our events!

Diagnose This: A Healthcare Revolution In The Making
By Jennie Dusheck on StanMed

This article does such a good job painting a picture of a Smart Future that it may make you tear up from the sheer hope of it all. Or maybe that’s just me… Comprehensive integration of technologies into our homes and our lives is a beautiful thing!

Grace Moen