Consumers want choice … and an unimpeded view. In healthcare and everywhere else, they want High Convenience / Low Friction / Full Transparency.
The excellent Healthcare Dive talked about NS-LIJ’s bold move that occurred last week —
North Shore-LIJ is making the move to exceed patients’ growing expectations for transparency, the group says.
The group’s new “Find a Doctor” page will include feedback from patients about physicians primarily in the health system’s outpatient offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. It will not include specialists and hospitalists who only provide care in inpatient settings in the health system’s 19 hospitals.
By Mike Gillam, MD, FACEP, 2015
A growing body of clinical case studies of autistic savants along with acquired savantism is showing the dramatic possibilities unlockable from our own minds.
Savants have been shown to possess virtually superhuman mental capabilities such as Stephen Wiltshire who can draw entire cities virtually perfectly from memory. It took him three days to draw and entirely recreate this drawing of Rome from a single 45 minute helicopter ride.
Twenty five years ago, one of the most comprehensive books surveying the breadth of talents of autistic savants was
Practical Precision Medicine is about striving for better medicine.
But it means different things to different people.
For patients, it promises fewer “trial and error” therapies and fewer side effects, especially fatal ones.
The New England Journal reported the tragic case of a 2-year old boy with obstructive sleep apnea who underwent a routine, outpatient adenotonsillectomy. After an uncomplicated surgery, the parents were sent home with a prescription for acetaminophen with codeine. Unknown to the physicians, he had a functional duplication of the CYP2D6 allele, the enzyme that turns codeine into morphine. Practically, this resulted in a lethal dose of morphine in his blood.
If a genetic test for this were available in the right place, at the right time, could it have prevented this tragedy? More
By Edwin Zhao, 2015
There is a form of segregation so quiet that most of us are entirely unaware. If you are under 30, how many 50+ adults (who aren’t relatives) would you consider friends? Vice versa?
Aging 2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. The DC chapter convened July 1st at the downtown offices of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund located just blocks away from the White House. An astounding group of experts, including Ryan Frederick of Smart Living 360 and Mark Dunham of Generations of Hope Development Corporation, assembled to discuss Intergenerational Innovation for Age-Friendly Cities. Here are some of the highlights: More
By Mike Gillam, MD, FACEP 2015
At Microsoft’s recent Build Conference, they revealed an experiment in machine learning – a web site that can guess the age and gender of faces in a photograph.
In a paper in Cell Research last month, Chinese researchers showed that facial analytics can indicate how quickly a person is aging better than other biological markers. They found that noses and mouths widen as people get older. The upper lip to nose distance increases and the distance between the eyes shrinks. The face ages of one group of forty-year-olds varied by as much as six years. By correlating their predictions with blood biochemical profiles, the researchers were able to show that their estimates provided a better guide of over-all health than age alone.
The New Yorker described that proxies to gauge a person’s biological age have been proposed – level of growth hormone, inflammatory markers, and bone density measurements – but none have been entirely reliable.
In the movie Gattaca, a future was envisioned where More
Many Americans live in food deserts and/or have such frenetic schedules that they cannot find the time/energy/forethought to eat right. But you can count on at least one thing nowadays – packages delivered to your front door. Everybody has a doorstep, whether they live in an apartment, townhouse, condo or single-family home.
Thus, after reading this article from Fast Money, we thought we’d share our personal experiences with startup company, Blue Apron.
We found that not only does it offer healthy food choices, there are some unexpected benefits and negatives:
Unexpected benefits More
We are watching several shifts in America, including a demographic transition whereby the Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and a nutritional/diet shift whereby consumers are requesting more natural products and farm-to-table options.
There are also five tectonic shifts happening in US Healthcare right now:
- Consolidation: Many big healthcare systems are becoming Payers. This transition means capitated models a la Kaiser Permanente and UPMC.
- Cloud Platforms that tie into the EMR: The legacy patient records system used to be More
By Sarah Ingersoll, June 2015
Everyone seems to be talking about “innovation” these days, but what exactly does innovation mean for you and your health care?
On May 13, I spent an inspirational day hearing from healthcare thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe at the 1776 Challenge Festival Health Conference sponsored by MedStar Health; a week later I spent two vibrant days organized by BluePrint Healthcare Innovation Exchange with representatives from 26 health innovation centers from across the country and England — and my head is spinning with ideas and opportunities for innovating in the healthcare arena.
Health care is dramatically changing. As Mark Smith, Chief Innovation Officer at MedStar and Director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation noted in his recent blog, there are three key trends to note:#1 The patient will be in charge.#2 Clinical incentives will align with financial incentives. #3 Health systems will provide ongoing caring for health (not episodic treatment of illness) in multiple settings and platforms — and very diverse data sources will provide deep insight into individual diagnoses and treatment.
About one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older by the year 2030, and a major goal of older adults is aging safely and comfortably in place, while still being connected socially, especially if they’re living alone.
We’re in unprecedented times of healthcare invention, regarding wireless peripherals to measure vitals, cloud platforms that can highlight exception data in real-time, and ready Providers who can intervene to avoid “healthcare spikes.”
Better, historically healthcare in America has been all about just face-to-face encounters, and we’re in now an era of Virtual Visits, too, whereby a Patient can see a doctor or nurse via two-way audio/two-way video, 24/7. More
By Pete Celano, June 2015
These are times of great invention in Cancer, largely around the notion of “fingerprinting” an individual tumor.
Personalized Medicine (or the newer term Precision Medicine) promises to revolutionize healthcare. The rush of innovation enabled by big data has made possible precision medicine, or the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. Near daily discoveries of biomarkers, molecular profiling techniques, and the other tools of precision medicine have stimulated innovative research and inform regulatory decision-making about genetic diagnostic tests or specific treatments for patients with cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders and other conditions.
By Dan Lucey, MD, MPH May 2015
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a 12th patient in Korea has been confirmed to be infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. All 12 have been linked to the hospital where the Korean traveler infected with the MERS coronavirus in the Middle East returned May 4th to Incheon International airport and was hospitalized for the first time on May 15. The name and location of the hospital(s) has not been made public.
One of the 12 cases in Korea, even though in quarantine and with febrile symptoms, flew to Hong Kong and then took a bus to Shenzhen and then onward to Huizhou in Guangdong province, SE China. He thus was potentially contagious and may have exposed many people in the Hong Kong airport, bus station, and in his bus trips to and from Shenzhen.
Although this pattern of infected travelers to nations outside the Middle East has occurred in over a dozen nations since MERS was discovered in 2012, this outbreak in Korea is unique for two reasons:
By Dan Lucey, MD, MPH, May 2015
On May 20 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Guinea had reported a sharp increase to 27 new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from 9 cases the previous week.
The current longest-ever Ebola epidemic is thought to have started in early December 2013 in the forest regions of Guinea, near the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Why is it still persisting now, 18 months later?
The most recent weekly WHO update reports at least three explanations i.e., inadequate “key response performance indicators” for Guinea. More
By Brittany Singhas, May 2015
They’re still in the headlines, trending on social media, and even reaching into the fields of Research and Medicine: Wearables.
Everywhere you turn, there is news about the next awesome wearable.
But with so many choices in an industry that moves at lightning speed, how do you know which wearable is right for you? I had no idea where to start and before now, there was no option to “rent” a Wearable. The only option was to purchase it and hope that the company would accept a return if you didn’t like it.
Needless to say, it’s difficult to decide on a wearable, but now there is an innovative company that will help you in that process.
I recently learned about Lumoid (thanks to Kevin Maloy of MI2), a company that gives consumers the chance to test-drive five wearables for several days at a minimal cost before deciding to purchase it or not.
We (MI2’ers) ordered five wearables to “rent” for a week: More
By Dan Lucey, May 2015
The largest number of persons infected with the H5N1 avian influenza (“bird flu”) virus in any country in the world over any 12-month period since the discovery of this virus in 1997 occurred in Egypt over the 5-month period of November 2014 until April 30, 2015.
On May 15 the explanation was posted by a World Health Organization (WHO) team headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda from WHO-Geneva. The official WHO report was posted on the both the main website of the WHO (www.who.int) and that of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO). The two most important findings
By Dr. Mike Gillam, May 2015
Today, personal quadrotor drones range from micro
…to the macro…
…with flight capabilities that exceed human’s ability to pilot them.
The latest entrant into this steady march of drone capability is Lily More
By Dr. Mark S. Smith, May 2015
It is 7 p.m. Saturday evening and I just finished watching “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt (Peter Alexander substituting). There was a story that made me very angry and very sad—in much the same way as preventable adverse events do in medical institutions, where patients, who put their trust in the men and women of hospitals and clinics, die or suffer irreparable harm because of medical error.
The story was about Logan Stiner, a graduating high school senior in Ohio, who died of a caffeine overdose. He had ingested pure powdered caffeine, which is available over the counter and as a mail order item. The caffeine powder he ingested, at least according to newspaper reports I read, was sold under the brand name “Hard Rhino” and had been obtained through Amazon.com More
Dr. Mike Gillam May, 2015
Self-driving cars seem to be on a tear. Tesla has announced they will have self-driving cars as early as this summer. Google, whose self driving car has logged over 1.7 million miles, crashed once (when a human took the wheel) and in 11 accidents all the fault of humans, believes their self-driving cars will be available by 2017. Volvo announced their self driving cars will be available by 2017.
Though it is unclear who will win the race to the road, there appears to be rampant optimism the race will be won in just a few years.
How will life change with self-driving cars?
IDEO recently joined the conceptualizing of how self-driving cars will change the world and presented the concept of “WorkOnWheels.” Instead of you driving to the office, you will “ride the office” to “work.”
By Dr. Mike Gillam, May 2015
Apple, IBM and Japan recently announced a collaboration to target the booming aging population by pre-installing iPads with apps for the elderly, communication tools, and health tracking technologies. The goal is to have four to five million customers using the iPad service by 2020. The service will be offered as an extension to Japan Post’s “Watch Over” service which has postal workers regularly visit elderly customers.
Today, we have PCs and tablets that target the “pro-sumer”, the “media buff”, or the “gamer” – isn’t it time for a “Silver Line” for the “Golden Years?”
Devices have been shown to positively impact health ranging from weight scales for CHF patients, glucometers for diabetics, to blood pressure cuffs for hypertensives.
By Dan Lucey, May 2015
Three-hundred people participated in the “Ebola Innovation Summit” (April 2015) hosted by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Foundation, and US Agency for International Development (USAID). They focused on four challenge areas: (1) Data strengthening and coordination; (2) Diagnostics; (3) Social Mobilization; and (4) Emergency Infrastructure and Logistics. Among other things, this event provided insight for the Foundation which, in early August 2014, pledged $100 million to a multi-pronged emergency response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, with more than 20 recipient organizations.
Following the Summit, Paul Allen posted four of the “most important lessons” he took away from the day:
(1) “Innovation comes in all forms”. More
By Dr. Ed Tori, April 2015
Have you ever asked yourself why we do something a certain way? Most likely your answer will be, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Or maybe, “Because my parents always did it this way.” Perhaps you’ve said, “ If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
There are a myriad of excuses why we’re seemingly satisfied with the so-called status quo. But they’re just that: excuses. It takes a truly innovative person to go against the flow and create a new way, a better way, of doing things. More
By Dr. Mike Gillam April, 2015
Microsoft unveiled their next concept video demo for Hololens, their augmented reality hardware device in development.
From ambient virtual pets to television screens that follow you around from room to room in your house, Microsoft is calling this next generation interaction as the “holographic interface.”
Hololens holds all the promise of augmented reality in healthcare we outlined previously and more.
Hallways become ambient “To Do” lists.
By Dr. Hank Rappaport, April, 2015
Part 1 – Definitions
I gave a talk recently designed to help non-techies understand what a database is, what it can do for them, and simple techniques for getting started doing database style manipulations of their information. In this and subsequent blog posts I will share those thoughts with a larger audience.
This blog assumes you are familiar with the basics of using Microsoft Excel. You are comfortable entering data into a spreadsheet and doing simple operations like getting column totals, doing sorting and filtering.
So what is a database, and how does it differ from what you can do in Excel?
I like to think of databases as once you get stuck in Excel or you have a challenge doing something in Excel, databases are probably what you need to jump to next.
So what could a database be? More
By Dr. Mike Gillam, April 2015
For years, if your doctor wore a tie, you may have had reason to be concerned – but could new technology bring ties back to medicine?
The British Medical Association issued guidance almost a decade ago for clinicians to avoid wearing ties. In one study in Queens New York, nearly 50% of ties were found to contain pathogens including MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Aspergillus. Since then, bowties made a comeback for some – but some have been unable to escape the lure of the traditional tie.
By Dr. Mike Gillam, April 2015
Crowdsourcing has enabled companies to assemble vast assets and capabilities faster than ever before. Waze, the GPS travel navigation app acquired by Google for $1.1B, crowdsources to determine real-time traffic conditions, the locations of police officers, hazards on the road, and relies on the crowd to continually update their map using their online map editor. Map errors in your own neighborhood can be fixed by you if Waze doesn’t know a new or missing road.
1 billion people are coming online via their phones and this is opening up vast new opportunities. One area is near zero cost, crowd-sourced computation.
So hHow is crowdsourcing changing healthcare? More
By Dr. Kevin Maloy, April 2015
Answer: A ten hour clinical shift in the Emergency Department.
Recently I ran across 4000 Clicks: a Productivity Analysis of Electronic Medical Records in a Community Hospital ED. There are some fascinating stats in this paper about EMR use in the Emergency Department:
1. 44% of clinical time in this Emergency Department was spent on data entry into an EHR, nearly double the amount of time spent on patient contact.
2. It takes 6 mouse clicks to order a 325-mg aspirin.
3. It take 227 mouse clicks to complete an ED encounter for right upper quadrant abdominal pain.
Makes me wonder, how many mouse clicks did it take you to read this blog post? Or pay your bills online?
In the movie AI: Artificial Intelligence, Stanley Kubrick outlined a future with Super Toys – children’s toys enhanced with digital cognition.
Given the exponential trends in miniaturization, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and micro-sensors, it is easy to imagine a future where Super Toys are tools for the home.
A “Super Toy” in the home equipped with the proper array of sensors and actuators could be certain to never miss capturing a baby’s first words, never miss recording a child’s first steps. It would never let a child drink anything from beneath a kitchen sink, wander near an unsecured pool, or succumb silently to SIDS. More
By Dr. Mike Gillam, April 2015
At the foundation of Peter’s premise is the observation that our minds are very good at linear thinking and very poor at exponential thinking. As an example, take 30 steps linearly – and most people can guess you will be across the room. Take 30 steps exponentially, each step doubling the distance of the step before, and most people have trouble guessing that takes you 10 times around the earth.
What is most remarkable about exponential trends is how long the “stasis” period is where it appears nothing is happening and how fast the “detonation” occurs at the end. For example, imagine sitting in a baseball stadium filling with one drop of water every second and doubling with every drop. How long would it be until you drown? Many people have trouble guessing that the water would barely cover the pitch at 45 minutes. Most people also miss guessing that they would drown just 4 minutes after that.
Anvita Health instantiated over 20,000 evidence based rules from 60 industry guidelines into a system that can analyze 4.2 million lives per hour. This is far beyond the work capacity of any clinician.
1,500+ rules can be run simultaneously in less than 100 msecs. The system runs on 12 servers.
Back in 2012, More
What thinking approach does one of the most prolific inventors of our generation attribute to his success?
By Dr. Mike Gillam, April 2015
Ray Kurzweil is credited with inventing the first flatbed scanner, the first optical character recognition system, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first speech-to-text translator, and the first piano synthesizer whose sound was indistinguishable to musician’s ears from a real piano. Kurzweil is an author, scientist, inventor and futurist who has been described by the Wall Street Journal as a “restless genius” and by Forbes as the “ultimate thinking machine.” Inc. magazine called him “Edison’s rightful heir.”
How has the inventor been the first in so many different areas?
Kurzweil attributes a major factor to his success: exponential thinking.
Kurzweil attributes exponential thinking to his success.
Kurzweil shares how exponential thinking helped him More
By Taylr Jesinger, April 2015
Think you need Silicon Valley to be an innovative genius? Think again. This innovator isn’t even old enough to drive. Confronted with an age-old problem, Richard Turere, a young Maasai boy of the Kenyan savanna, found a way to resolve the problem with lions that preyed on his village’s livestock and threatened safety. His keen observation and ingenuity led to his groundbreaking invention that protected his village’s livestock without harming endangered lions. More
By Dr. Kevin Maloy, April 2015
A kiosk that streamlines patients with uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in an Emergency Department (ED); that seems like a no-brainer. Just develop an algorithm, install the kiosk, get nurses to direct patients to it, and let the magic happen.
Every healthcare entrepreneurs should ask themselves two questions after reading this article:
#1 Am I assuming that all patient populations are the same? The kiosks Ackerman studied were somewhat successfully deployed in an urgent care setting prior to deployment in the ED. Most people would think that More
By Dr. Mike Gillam, April 2015
Recent media has been filled with evidence that wearables seem to be coming down off a hype-cycle.
- Nike laid off 50 employees in its FuelBand hardware division.
- A German healthcare research team gave 2,000 different wearable devices to patients and within 2 months, 80% were lost, broken, or no longer worn.
- Zeo, a $150 wearable device for tracking sleep, shut its doors. while SleepCycle a $0.99 App in the App store, which uses your cell phone motion to deliver almost the same sleep data, continues into the millions of downloads.
- FaceBook didn’t buy FitBit – rather, they bought Moves – a “dematerialized” version of FiBit which delivers almost the same movement tracking data via an app that runs on your phone.
- Even Steven Colbert has piled on poking fun at wearables.
In 2013, Maastrich University researchers announced that they had created a hamburger made completely out of beef grown in a lab. Mark Post, one of those Dutch professors, recently estimated on an interview with ABC news that the cost to make a lab grown burger has dropped to $11 a patty, or about $80 per kilogram. (Wagyu beef costs $33/ounce. Kobe beef costs $200 a pound.) The burger is made by incubating calf muscle stem cells in a nutrient of fetal calf serum.
So how does lab meat taste?
Associate professor of Stanford and Tufts, Dr. John Ioanaddis, shared his controversial research with The Atlantic in 2010 showing mistakes in traditional healthcare teaching. In his original research he looked at the top 50 most cited, presumably most respected, articles in healthcare and found that 40% of them had their findings changed or overturned completely.
When projecting the error rate to the rest of medical literature, Dr. Ioanaddis estimated that 90% of what was known in healthcare was wrong.
To many, his 2010 announcement seemed bold, yet in the short five years since his article, look at how medicine has changed. More
Until recently, voice recognition was a function we manually invoked. A stream of new hardware is entering the market that listens for voice commands continuously.
Google’s Moto X phone has a specifically engineered low-power microchip that processes voice allowing voice commands to be given anytime. Amazon recently released the Echo – a cylindrical speaker and microphone combination that listens continuously to ambient audio. Apple’s latest operating system supports “always on” Siri while the phone is connected to power.
The functionality of these audio systems is typically limited: pulling weather information, playing music, setting alarms, or asking questions with short answers.
What new functions could lie ahead? More
In 1996, Kodak has a $28 billion dollar valuation and 140,000 employees.
Less than two decades later in 2012, Kodak’s lost more than 90% of their value in four years.
In April of 2012, Instagram with 13 employees sold to FaceBook for $1 billion while Kodak’s market cap was $100 million.
What happened? How was Kodak, a company whose foundation was in images, become completely disrupted as a company?
Peter Diamandis has made the claim that humans are evolutionary conditioned to think linearly. When primitive man saw deer run across the plains, the deer moved linearly. There were few experiences that moved exponentially that affected our survival. As a result, humans have trouble conceptualizing the impact of exponential trends.
Augmented and Virtual reality are heating up in the consumer space. On the heels of the announcement that the Google Glass would no longer be sold, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, recently admitted that Google Glass isn’t dead. Google could be leveraging their $542M investment in the augmented reality company Magic Leap for the next version. FaceBook has just announced their first VR product in partnership with Samsung, the Gear VR, following their $2B investment in Oculus Rift.
This leads to the question, how can augmented and virtual reality change healthcare? More
Tablet shipments slipped dropping 16% last quarter. Already some are predicting the death of the tablet. But is that really the predictable fate of the tablet?
Documents have been with humanity for over 5,000 years. The oldest known medical text in history is the Kahun medical papyrus from 1800 BCE which covers pregnancy, fertility, contraception and veterinary medicine.
The Kahun medical papyrus as the oldest medical text is almost 4,000 years old.
Steve Jobs famously lampooned the use of a stylus while debuting the iPhone. More
Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar with John Lasseter, and inventor of an astonishing variety of GPU technologies used by every programmer today on virtually every movie and video game, recently released his book Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.
This fantastically insightful book into Pixar’s story and the management approaches that have helped lead them to success had some key take aways. More
One afternoon in the emergency department, I saw a middle aged woman with an unsual complaint. “I have pain right here behind my right elbow and behind my left ankle.” She grimaced as I touched each area but they looked completely normal. It was odd that the pain would be so specific – so widely different – and so excruciating it would bring her to the hospital. Her only recent medical history was bronchitis. I suddenly felt that familiar rising “clinical itch” in the back of my head that there was an answer.
Over half of Americans want to compare healthcare prices, yet don’t know how to find the information they need, according to a March 2015 report from Public Agenda.
- 56% of Americans have tried to find out how much they would have to pay out of pocket—not including a copay—or how much their insurer would have to pay a doctor or hospital, prior to getting care.
- People with higher deductibles are more likely to have hunted for price information: 67% of those with deductibles of $500 to $3,000 and 74% of those with deductibles higher than $3,000 have sought price information before getting care.
- A clear majority of respondents– 71% — indicated that higher prices do not necessarily indicate better care quality.
During today’s JAM Session we began to integrate the Internet of Things into our physical lives.
Using IFTTT we created recipes to help people be more mindful, use the treadmill desks in our office, and ultimately change ourselves.
Some of our favorite recipes from the JAM were:
The people you are interacting with are the most important people in the world – at that moment. Treat them as such. More
The resolution of implanted retinas has been progressively improving. 1,000 pixels is considered the threshold to reliably see a human face. The Argus I provided 16 pixels of resolution. The Argus II implanted allows the man to see roughly 60 gray-scale pixels (10×6). Other efforts promise even greater improvements. The Retina Implant AG has 1,500 pixels and has been placed in 26 patients. A Stanford University efforts is aiming for 5,000 pixels.
For over a decade, screening in Mental Health has been all about the PHQ-9. It’s a nine item depression scale of the Patient Health Questionnaire, which was adapted from PRIME MD TODAY®, developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke, and colleagues with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. in 2002.
The PHQ-9 can be a powerful tool to assist clinicians with diagnosing depression and monitoring treatment response. The nine items of the PHQ-9 are based directly on the nine diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition). This can help track a patient’s overall depression severity as well as the specific symptoms that are improving or not with treatment. More
Each new generation of hardware brings a new class of opportunities to meet and match needs in niches never before reached.
How does one identify “killer apps” for watches? What does a watch offer that a mobile phone cannot?
The answer may lie in situations where your hands need to be completely free and alternative displays cannot be placed around you.
Here are several scenarios where digital watches may thrive in healthcare. More
Imagine it. FaceBook is building massive infrastructure leveraging thousands of employees to allow you to share seamlessly, but privately and securely, exactly what you may wish to share or not share.
FaceBook’s core value proposition allows it to invest vastly more into its privacy controls than most companies on the planet. The very lifeblood of the company depends upon customers trusting what and to whom content is shared. More
Peter Thiel, the controversial cofounder of PayPal, and creator of the Thiel Fellows (twenty students each year are paid to leave college and create startups), created the Founder’s Fund, which has had a string of investment successes including being the first outside investor in FaceBook, along with early-stage investments in LinkedIn, Yammer, Yelp, Practice Fusion, Palantir, Quora and more. Founder’s Fund has grown to manage over $2B in assets and Peter has reached #4 on the Forbes Midas List in 2014 with $2.2B in personal assets.
Some have questioned how Peter chooses companies in which to predict potential future success.
Applying this principle to Peter’s investments – one can begin to see how it can sunshine opportunity that might otherwise be ignored. More
Complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a physician.
It’s worth noting that NIH has a Center formally called: The National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health.
Here are two systems that have stepped out on Complementary/Integrative Health:
Also, about a third of Americans seek help for their health in a place that is outside their doctor’s office, according to two new studies from the National Institutes of Health.
Fish oil, probiotics, melatonin, deep breathing, acupuncture, chiropractors and yoga are among some of the alternatives Americans use to feel better. Some call the targeted market “the Worried Well.”
Only about 5% of Americans use alternative medicine solely; most use it to complement traditional medical care.
The data comes from the National Health Statistics Report, a survey the U.S. government does to look at the health habits of a representative sample of the United States. The survey was given to over 89,000 American adults and over 17,000 children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old.
Proof of the Complementary Health trend line– Massage Envy Spa, founded in 2009, now has over 1,000 US retail locations.
Given how ubiquitous fitness trackers have become (even before fitness watches appear in droves in 2015 and beyond), think hydration tracking next.
About 3.3 million fitness bands and activity trackers were sold between April 2013 and March 2014 in the U.S. through bricks-and-mortar retailers or large-scale e-commerce sites, according to the NPD Group.
But no one ends up in the Emergency Room for being too sedentary…
Consider the Annals of Epidemiology, Volume 17, Issue 9 , Page 736, September 2007, and this article by S. Kim More