Happy Friday – you made it! Sit back and let Scoop envelop you like a warm hug – a hug of healthcare innovation information. Let’s start things off with this morning’s hottest news story, also sent to me by several Scoop readers: France has made it essentially illegal to answer work emails after 6 pm. In addition to making most Americans insanely jealous, this rule will affect the French arms of companies including Google and Facebook. Germany has similar rules.
Hot off the press! HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post; as NY Times reports “ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning, he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.”
A new study found a link between doctors and medication adherence; adherence is greatly – positively – affected among patients whose doctors invest more time in personally connecting with them.
And now for some top innovation of the week. Doctors in Boston are prescribing bikes to fight obesity; if you’ve ever tried to ride a bike through the streets of Boston you know this could also be a way to develop a fear of cars. Caffeine, which is a wonderful, wonderful thing, is proving to be even more wonderful as a potential cure for Alzheimer’s. And in Tokyo, Ikea pulled together an inspired ad campaign by turning an entire subway train into a showroom for their furniture and accessories.
Google has announced it will open sales of Google Glass to anyone for one day only: April 15. This is also tax day, so either way you’re going to shell out a lot of money and not really know what you’re getting for it.
Anti-vacc (boo) news of the day: a mom in Canada posted a now-viral photo of her 5-week-old baby hooked up to hospital tubing in hopes that it would inspire people to get the pertussis/whooping cough vaccine
-Carly Kuper, VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communications
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