The USA apparently has poor well-being

Start here with the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, then read this summary post on NPR. It’s all based on 146K interviews around five core areas: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. This is a little bit — not a ton… Continue Reading

1992-2006, mortality rates for women rose in 42.8% of U.S. counties. For men? 3.4% of counties.

White Women Mortality Rates Opioids

Think about this: for the most part, people are living longer — except, perhaps, African-American men in Mississippi — but yet, U.S. women aged 15 to 54 are dying at a very high rate. This Washington Post article, where I first came… Continue Reading

Demographic shifts: The population pyramid is over. What does that mean?

Population Pyramid

This is the first blog post I’ve written in about a week, because I was in Paris and London with my wife for the better part of the last seven days. (I’ll do a recap post on that a little… Continue Reading

The core of the Baby Boomer vs. Millennial divide will occur in health care

Baby Boomers Millennials Health Care

The health care industry is a pretty massive (and massively important) economic concept. In 2012, it was worth about $3 trillion in the United States alone; home health care (just home) is approaching $300 billion industry value. It’s also a huge… Continue Reading

Here’s why artificial intelligence should probably terrify you

I was talking to a friend on Sunday, just about the state of the world — as one is wanton to do on a Sunday — and we started talking about the generally sci-fi idea that evolution won’t end with… Continue Reading

On health care, patient engagement, and social physics

Last summer, I worked for a pretty large health care organization in between my two years of graduate school. My primary focus/assignment was on fixing the Intranet for one business unit of this organization — made sense, because my background… Continue Reading

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Here comes Google Fit — and maybe because Google AdWords isn’t as healthy as we all think

Next week at Google I/O, it looks like we’ll see some iteration of Google Fit, which is essentially a health data aggregation service. This is relevant to a lot of people because Google doesn’t fail very often — not on… Continue Reading

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Bristol-Meyers Squibb is apparently the best health care company at research and development

The cost of creating a new drug for a pharma company is somewhere around $5 billion right now, and often takes 10 years or more. If someone approached your company and told you, “We want to take 5 billion dollars… Continue Reading