What to Read When V V is on Hiatus


My partner in crime and podcasting, David Shaywitz, suggested that I offer up a summer reading list while the blog is on a two week hiatus while I go, Chevy Chase style, on a summer vacation. I am an avid reader and am especially enamored of non-fiction that reads like a thriller and fiction classics […]

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Bob Wachter, the Digital Doctor

Bob channeling Elton John at Society of Hospital Medicine meeting, 2014

UCSF professor Bob Wachter has had a front row view of the collision of irresistible emerging technology with an immovable healthcare system, and has managed to navigate this interface with unusual nuance, grace and a healthy sense of humor, a story he shares in the wonderful, recently published book “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and […]

Oh, The Medtechs and the Payers Can Be Friends!

Medtech and Payers: Unlikely Friends, but possible!

The farmer and the cowman should be friends. Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends. One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow, But that’s no reason why they cain’t be friends. Territory folks should stick together, Territory folks should all be pals. …

New Tech Tonics Podcast: David Goodman Roars Into Town

Dr. David Goodman, Bad to the Bone

After his second series of medical school rejections, biomedical engineer David Goodman found his way to a nascent medical device company seeking to develop an easy way to measure oxygen levels in the blood.  The result – the Nellcor pulse oximeter – transformed medical care.  It also earned David a coveted spot in the Health […]

This Independence Day — Free the Data!


This coming weekend is Independence Day, the formal name for what we know of as July 4th. While this day has come to mean barbecue and fireworks and a day off work for most Americans, it’s original meaning, of course, was the statement that America was its own independent country, free of control of others; […]

People Magazine: Your Best Source for Pharmaceutical Info


I fly a lot and while I like to work on planes when I am not depositing sleep-induced drool on my seatmates, I also like to read trashy magazines. It’s my opportunity to engage in this guilty pleasure when no one is paying attention. My go-to threesome of magazines is pretty much always the same: […]

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Sean Duffy, Always Building


Sean Duffy was one of those kids building monumental Lego edifices when his friends were playing outside.  He continued to progress on the building front until he broke ground on his latest endeavor, the establishment of Omada Health, a company that helps people reduce their risk of progression to Type 2 diabetes by employing a […]

Jobs of the Future: Not Only for Robots


There is always talk, sometimes tongue-in-cheek but mostly sort of serious, that a lot of jobs will be replaced by robots or computers. Maybe that new iPhone I just bought will replace me by year end. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla thinks that the most doctors’ current functions will be replaced by algorithms; many believe that […]

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Elli Kaplan Tackling the Big Issues


I first met Elli Kaplan, CEO of Neurotrack, when she won the SXSW best new start-up competition a few years back. She wowed the audience for the scope and creativity of what she is trying to do: create a non-invasive test that predicts patients’ risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease years before […]

I’d Trade This Life for Fortune and Fame…


I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along Somewhere I belong. – from Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park Linkin Park, in case you don’t know them, is one of the most popular and successful rock/rap/metal bands of all time. They have won all kinds of Billboard and Grammy and American Music awards among others. […]