Combining behavioral & data sciences to optimize chronic disease management

Digital tools have become an essential part of our lives. Online calendars guide our daily routine; Waze and Google Maps plan our routes – warning us of traffic or an accident ahead; websites and apps recommend restaurants nearby; and this is just to name a few. These technologies direct and redirect us, offering optimal guidance … Read more

INVEST Pitch Perfect winner: Vincere Health offers underserved patients a holistic solution to quit smoking

From left: Shalen De Silva, CEO and co-founder of Vincere Health, and Jake Keteyian, the company’s president and co-founder. Smoking rates have declined over the decades by two-thirds since the Surgeon General warned of the consequences of lighting up more than 50 years ago. But today about 1 in 7, or nearly 13%, of adults … Read more

Why Glen Tullman is backing virtual diabetes clinic 9am.health

Diabetes management can be time-consuming, cumbersome and expensive. Particularly for those who are uninsured or underinsured, it can also be unaffordable and inaccessible, according to the leaders of startup 9am.health. So instead of offering to help navigate the existing health system, the San Diego-based virtual diabetes clinic is setting out to create a completely new … Read more

The Historical Roots of Racial Disparities in American Health Care | Science

To many people, Henrietta Lacks, painted by Kadir Nelson in 2017, symbolizes inequity in medicine. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but her tumor cells— used in research without her permission — would enable medical advances, including the polio vaccine. Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson 2017, Oil on linen | Collection of the Smithsonian … Read more

Sutter Health faces racial discrimination lawsuits

There are serious allegations against one of the largest health care providers in California – Sutter Health is under fire. KCRA 3 spoke to several doctors from across the state who claim the health care system has engaged in discrimination. Two pending lawsuits detail claims of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.One filed in August 2021 … Read more

IBM dumping Watson Health is an opportunity to reevaluate artificial intelligence

Scientists marked the 1970s and 1990s as two distinct “AI winters,” when sunny forecasts for artificial intelligence yielded to gloomy pessimism as projects failed to live up to the hype. IBM sold its AI-based Watson Health to a private equity firm earlier this year for what analysts describe as salvage value. Could this transaction signal … Read more

Two years into the pandemic and our health care workforce is still suffering

As emergency medicine physicians in Washington, DC, we have been called health care heroes. However, at the start of the pandemic, many of us were terrified of this virus. We are worried about our patients, our colleagues and about transmitting the virus to family and friends. Before there were vaccines, before there were antibodies, all … Read more