Losing weight sucks, and it doesn’t get easier the older that I get. However, using foursquare checkins, regular weight data, and a few data mining methods, I’m able to learn what places I should avoid if I don’t want to gain any more weight.
I met with some health care think tank members a few weeks ago. I was describing some of the projects that I’ve been working on, and one of them stopped me and asked: “is there anything you’re working on that doesn’t involve mental health?” This caught me off-guard. I never really set out to solve [...]
Anyone who has interacted with our healthcare system knows that, at best, it’s broken. But, with the right combination of policy and technology, we can make a few giant leaps towards creating a patient-friendly system.
I was given the opportunity to testify before the Health IT Standards and Policy Committees regarding measurement development. While this is a very important issue, there’s a bigger picture that we’re missing in Meaningful Use.
The average 24 year old will spend more time on Facebook in the next week than they will with a physician in the next 20 years. The health care industry would be well-advised to figure out how to harness the power of Facebook (and other social media) in assisting with providing primary care. And, I have a few ideas about how this can be accomplished.
I’ve been using Foursquare for almost two years now, and have amassed nearly 2000 checkins, 40 badges, and (at my peak) nearly 20 mayorships. As a result, Foursquare knows where I’ve been, how often I go out to bars, my favorite restaurants, where I work, and what I do for fun. It knows more about [...]
Well, it’s kinda like porn: I know it when I see it. And, also like porn, not everything is going to work. And again, like porn, things work differently for different people. So, in a way, health innovation is porn. Porn analogies aside, I’ve spent the past two months in San Francisco working for a health [...]
I’ve sat on a fair amount of boards and committees over the past decade. I’m often the youngest, most technologically savvy, and probably the only one who actually enjoys Robert’s Rules of Order. Out of this, I have come to strongly believe that government transparency is essential to address most public health issues. I could argue [...]
I have spent the last decade preparing to go to medical school and become a physician. Four years ago, after finishing graduate school, I was rejected across the board from the 12 medical schools I applied to. I was told (actual quotes): “you have too much public health experience and not enough clinical medicine experience” [...]
There’s a definite and urgent need to adapt our HIV prevention strategy to reflect the needs and styles of adolescents and young adults. This is clear from the 9 year history of increasing newly diagnosed HIV cases among young men who have sex with men (YMSM), including the 83% increase in the last year. I [...]