New Edition of Tech Tonics, the Podcast: Aenor Sawyer’s 360 Degree View of Health Care

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Announcing our second Tech Tonics, the Podcast show, available now by clicking HERE, watching the player below or on iTunes. This time we are lucky to feature Aenor Sawyer, MD to the show.  Aenor has had an unusual journey to and through the healthcare world. She has held the roles of physical therapist, physician, patient, […]

It’s All In Your Head


“Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” That quote is from the great philosopher and clinician, oh wait I mean 80’s post-punk rocker Adam Ant. Seriously. But he is so right on. Back in 1998 I was part of the management […]

Announcing Tech Tonics: The Podcast

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You’ve read our book – now experience our podcast! David Shaywitz and I are excited to announce the launch of  Tech Tonics, the Podcast, building on the success of Tech Tonics, the book.  Tech Tonics, the Podcast will be a twice monthly program focused on the people and passion at the intersection of technology and […]

CES 2015 Round-Up: In Search of Technology in Search of a Problem

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It was my second year attending the wild and crazy Computer Electronics Show and, particularly the Digital Health Summit. If you’re looking for outrageous innovation that makes you hit your head with the heel of your hand and say “WTF?” CES is the place for you. As if Vegas isn’t surreal enough without 150,000 nerd […]

Health Literacy in a Consumer-Centric Healthcare System: A Case for Mickey Mouse


One of the biggest problems in healthcare is the gap in understanding between what physicians and insurers say and what consumers understand. The healthcare field, like most, is so full of jargon as to be incomprehensible much of the time. However unlike most fields, it matters a lot that the layperson actually understands what’s being […]

My Absolute Favorite Ridiculous Health-Related Story of the Year


It’s the end of the year and I feel obliged to surrender to the compulsion to make lists of notable, best, worst, most memorable things like everyone else with a byline. After thinking about what I felt to be the most important and life altering healthcare news of 2014, I immediately cast those ideas aside […]

Music as Medicine


It happens every time. I hear “Bad to the Bone” on the radio and suddenly all is right with the world. I love music and I have learned that if I choose the correct genre and tempo  I can improve a depressed state or calm a hyper one. I have song lists on my iPod […]

Medical Comedy Relief: To Health in a Handbasket


Ok, not everyone likes Stephen Colbert and not everyone likes President Obama, but this segment that they did together about Obamacare was absolutely hilarious.  Playing off Colbert’s standing segment called “The Word”, Obama takes on Obamacare and it is pretty funny, particularly when he suggests that the alternative to Obamacare from the other side of […]

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Hey Waldo, I found you!”

I’m just an average man, with an average life. I work from nine to five; hey hell, I pay the price. All I want is to be left alone in my average home; But why do I always feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone, and I always feel like somebody’s watching me. And I […]

The Medical Profession, Brought to You by Fisher Price

The Fisher Price Medical Kit

I woke up Friday morning, so-called Black Friday, to check my various electronic methods of communicating with the outside world. One of the first things I saw was this ad on Twitter for Toys ‘R Us, hawking the Fisher Price Medical Kit.   If you think that the healthcare system is 100 years behind the […]