Apparently I’m not the only one dubious about Facebook’s excitement in jumping into the healthcare industry. What we do is hard work, folks! And as brilliant as Facebookers are, let’s face it, privacy in health doesn’t exactly jive with the way they do business. Still, I think they’ll pull it off – especially if they follow the case studies of those who’ve come (and failed) before them. I predict this will be one of the most interesting things to watch in 2015.
Rumor alert! Apple may release the new iPad on Oct. 16. It may be bigger, have a better processor, and come in gold.
New term of the day: invisibles. No longer is it just wearables that are hot – the term invisibles refers to the implantable devices, sensors and trackers that could be included in the future of all patients.
Pro-vaccine manifesto of the week – maybe of the year: a child of 60s hippies describes why her exceptionally healthy childhood is a prime example of the importance of vaccines – her diet, exercise and overall lifestyle was perfection, but because she was never vaccinated she’s experienced health issues her entire life, including, as she explains, “I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.”
Sunday’s NY Times had a lovely essay adapted from Atul Gawande’s latest book, “Being Mortal,” about the conversations doctors do (or should) have with terminal patients.
– Carly Kuper, VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communications