New Tech Tonics Podcast: Linda Avey – Always Curious


When 23andMe veteran Linda Avey pitched her new start-up, We Are Curious, which focuses on integrating patient-reported symptoms and experiences, she thought she’d emphasize a condition that seemed like an easy win: menopause-associated symptoms.  VCs, she reasoned, would be immediately grasp the size (and associated economics) of this market, the need to better understand the […]

Wear This and Cure Healthcare!

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I’m not trying to make a political statement, but last week Jeb Bush actually told the world that Obamacare could be “fixed” by the AppleWatch.  His specific quote was: “On this device in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my health care in ways that five years ago were not […]

New Tech Tonics Podcast: John DeSouza, Meant for Medicine

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As a child growing up in Ethiopia, John De Souza witnessed the grim reality of poverty–families wishing for rapid death for their sick children because a cure was out of reach socially and financially. Later he was able to emigrate to the U.S. and was accepted to Harvard Medical School. But he could not fulfill […]

Talking Taboos and Tacos

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It’s always so interesting when people are forced to discuss taboo subjects, or are willing to do so, in public settings. It is also particularly interesting to me that different settings seem to define what is taboo and what is totally acceptable discourse. No where is this more true than in healthcare vs. popular culture […]

Due Diligence: A 12 Step Program


Sometimes you have to get back to basics and today is one of those times.  I was speaking at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference last week (a really high class event).  Chris Seper, Editor in Chief of MedCity News and VP of Healthcare for Breaking Media, asked the venture capitalists on our panel […]

New Episode of Tech Tonics: Kelly Brezoczky and the Butterfly Effect

Kelly Brezoczky, CEO, Butterfly Health

  Innovator and entrepreneur Kelly Brezoczky, Founder and CEO of Butterfly Health, has always had a keen interest in where the consumer and health merge. And in Kelly’s case, that merger occurs in very intimate places, as she has pioneered multiple new products in personal healthcare areas often considered “unmentionable,” but which affect between 20% […]

HIMSS15: The Patient Takes Center Stage

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Back in 2012 I wrote a blog post called SXSW: Woodstock for Geeks, which became the opening chapter of Tech Tonics, the book I wrote with David Shaywitz. In this piece, I pointed out the marked differences between SXSW vs. HIMSS, both of which I had recently experienced.   I said that HIMSS was best described […]

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?

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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. […]