Family physician, author, blogger, speaker, physician leader.

Recent Articles

ICYMI – In Case You Missed It – January 2016 – for Physicians and Physician Leaders

“It seemed like the medical industry was one that could be disrupted. I went to work on a business plan and the sales and marketing side of it later, but it didn’t fly. We didn’t love it.” – Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk’s brother on a digital health startup they almost founded  Health Care Health care needs to innovate! A Surgery Center That Doubles as an Idea Lab -  Two-dozen of the best health care stories (and journalists) from 2015. All pretty amazing. Did you miss this one? The ugly civil war in American Medicine. Doctors are increasingly furious about “maintenance of certification” rules, and in a controversial Newsweek story, Kurt Eichenwald explains why. The American Medical Association (AMA) is investing $15 million in a San Francisco start-up called Health2047 to disrupt health care because out of the “tens of thousands of initial apps that have emerged, we have a lot of noise but not […] Read More »

Labels

0

What and Who is the Uber for healthcare?

Will there be an Uber for healthcare? Articles are split. The truth is there will be an Uber for healthcare. It just isn’t here yet. Expect it to be widely available in the next decade and as a result people will get expert medical care which is more convenient, less expensive, and accessible. What Issues Must an Uber for Healthcare Solve? Media articles that have prematurely proclaimed that Uber for healthcare models currently exist. What they have missed are the fundamental issues of why the transportation service Uber has been able to thrive. Why now? To understand this, these questions need to be answered. What is the problem Uber is trying to solve? What other enabling technologies allowed it to happen? What would an Uber for healthcare look like? The Problem Uber is Trying to Solve Uber is simply helping people get from point A to B. This is a […] Read More »

Labels

0

ICYMI – In Case You Missed It – December 2015 – for Physicians and Physician Leaders

Women can get online prescriptions for birth control and antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections from board-certified US doctors as easily as they can reserve time at a restaurant via OpenTable, purchase books via Amazon, or hail a car via Uber. That is what we aim to do with our Lemonaid app (Apple iOS and Android) and website. This kind of hassle-free, worry-free, convenience that we’ve come to expect in travel, banking, and other aspects of our busy lives has finally come to health care. — Davis Liu, MD Read more why I think this is true.  Health Care Is there a disconnect? Is health care really affordable as the leading cause of personal bankruptcy? Health care in Mass. is ‘very affordable,’ Partners CEO says Trouble for Kaiser? From Forbes columnist Dave Chase, who notes the rise of a new company, Zoom +, “I’ve Seen The Future Of […] Read More »

Labels

0

Online prescriptions for birth control and UTI, bladder infections. Glimpse into future health care.

Women can get online prescriptions for birth control and antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections from board-certified US doctors as easily as they can reserve time at a restaurant via OpenTable, purchase books via Amazon, or hail a car via Uber. That is what we aim to do with our Lemonaid app (Apple iOS and Android) and website. This kind of hassle-free, worry-free, convenience that we’ve come to expect in travel, banking, and other aspects of our busy lives has finally come to health care. If we build it, will they come? That was the question I had when I left my primary care practice at Kaiser Permanente. I had a great time as a practicing primary care doctor building long-term relationships with my patients and working alongside doctors and staff all focused on ensuring that patients get the right care at the right time. During my fifteen years, we witnessed how an […] Read More »

Labels

0

How a vegan lifestyle plant based diet can solve health care costs and environmental issues

Can Individuals and Families Fix Health Care and the Planet? by Andy Klonecke, MD It is always fascinating to watch the political ads at election time, getting to hear what the different candidates plan to do for us, the American people, and what problems they plan to solve. The high cost of healthcare is always a huge topic for discussion which has now shifted focus from “let’s fix healthcare” to “let’s get rid of Obamacare.” Everyone has a solution for the water shortage, most of which revolves around figuring out how to get your neighbor to use less. Then there is the ever present issue of energy – energy independence, fracking and pipelines. And somewhere lost in all these discussions, but still lurking in the background, is global warming. The interesting thing about these somewhat diverse major problems is that they are very likely connected both as to cause and […] Read More »

Labels

0