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

When HIMSS and SXSW merge

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?

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 Captain […]

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 […]