Tech Tonics: Dr. Jason Langheier and the Power of Personalization

If Amazon can personalize book recommendations, if we can get digital prescriptions of drugs nailed down with Walgreens, why can’t the two come together so that physicians can give personalized prescriptions for healthy eating?” wonders Dr. Jason Langheier, the CEO of Zipongo, a San Francisco start-up that personalizes actionable daily food and diet recommendations for […]

You Down Wit’ IOT?


About a year ago I was in a meeting when someone casually threw out the acronym IOT. I was too unhip to know what it meant at the time (probably still) and I asked for clarification, which brought me exceptional scorn while I was told it stood for “Internet of Things.” Well I had heard […]

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Valerie as played by Carol Kane, who actually looks pretty damn good”

Who wants to live forever If we can’t love forever Forever is our today Who lives forever anyway? –Queen, from “Who Wants to Live Forever” About 10 years back I read a fascinating and creepy novel called Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, the same author who wrote the wonderful Remains of the Day. […]

Tech Tonics Podcast: Erik Douglas and the Move to Mobile Digital Diagnostics

Erik Douglas and his ear

Many people who work in the medical industry come to it for personal reasons. For scientist and hardware hacker Erik Douglas, his stint helping diagnose patients in the remotest parts of Africa and Asia was a pivotal moment. It led him to realize that he could use what he learned about healthcare in the field to make […]

If You Gots the Poison, I Gots the Remedy: A Lesson for Digital Health


“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”—Sherlock Holmes via Arthur Conan Doyle It’s been a while since I sat and read a book cover to cover in one day, but yesterday was that day. I was […]

Apple’s ResearchKit: What Would Elvis Do?

Stanford MyHeart app for ResearchKit

I’m completely fascinated by ResearchKit, Apple’s new program for encouraging people to contribute their data to clinical trials. This program was announced at the same time as the Apple Watch and, it seems to me, was a total scene-stealer. An expensive watch that allows you to track your steps and use your watch like a […]

Tech Tonics Podcast: Bob Kocher on Fixing Hospitals and Healthcare

Bob Kocher and protege

This week, David Shaywitz and I are delighted to feature an interview with Venrock partner Dr. Bob Kocher, who probably knows more about the business of healthcare delivery than almost anyone in the world. Kocher grew up in Seattle, and was the fourth generation of his family to attend the University of Washington.  After medical […]

Healthcare of the People, By the People, For the People

Gettysburg Address

In his 1863 Gettysburg Address, Lincoln reiterated his commitment to equality for all people as originally defined in the Declaration of Independence. In the speech, Lincoln also paid tribute to the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and told the country his vision of how to ensure the survival of America’s struggling […]

A Gentlewomen’s Guide to Making it in the Tech World

Jane, Alex, Susannah

Maybe it’s something in the water (or on Newsweek magazine covers), but I have been getting asked a lot lately for advice from young women about how to succeed in business and overcome the significant anti-female bias that still exists in many quarters, but especially in Silicon Valley and finance. The question often sounds like […]

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Featuring Geoff Clapp, CEO of Better

Geoff Clapp in his natural habitat

Announcing our 4th edition of Tech Tonics, the Podcast, available now by clicking HERE, watching the player below or on iTunes. Today’s Tech Tonics Podcast features Geoff Clapp, CEO of Better, Inc. From the apple growing community of central Massachusetts to the Apple Computer community of Silicon Valley, Geoff has been a lifelong high technology […]