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 […]

Medical Comedy Relief: John Oliver on Prescription Drug Marketing


A recent Altarum Institute report says that healthcare spending is again on the rise. Among the contributors: drug prices, which are up 6.4% from December 2013 to December 2014. In contrast, hospital prices grew just 0.9% in 2014, according to the report. The arbiter of all things health related, comedian John Oliver, recently did a […]

Becoming a Consumer: My Brush with Patient Experience


Let me start this story by telling you the end: I am just fine. For those of you who like me, there is nothing to worry about and all is well. For those of you who don’t like me, sorry to disappoint you, but you’re stuck with me for a while. I’m telling you these […]

TechTonics, the Podcast: New Show with Michelle Snyder


Announcing our 3rd edition of Tech Tonics, the Podcast, available now by clicking HERE, watching the player below or on iTunes. Today’s show features an interview with long-time digital health entrepreneur Michelle Snyder.    Michelle is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Welltok, a company that works with  health plans and other population health managers to guide […]

The Princess Bride Guide to Entrepreneurship

Inigo Montoya, Vizzini and Fezzik

Last night I went to what might have been the most fun show I have ever attended: the 27th anniversary showing of the movie The Princess Bride. The event was done as a “quote along” where the audience shouts out the lines along with the movie. While I should probably pretend that I am impressed […]