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Time’s come to make pay equity for bio-health marketers a platform for change

February 2nd 2020

A recent survey shows women leaders in bio-health marketing make less than half as much as men; the difference is staggering. Rather than debating causes, its time to gather facts and be more open about this challenge.

The week a gun rally in Virginia became a Trumpy version of MLK’s dream

January 21st 2020

This year MLK Day mixed with a gun-rights rally, the American culture war, and real mass shootings. I’ve said that America’s greatest export is non-intentional irony, but nothing this week seemed to lack intent.

Trust and relationship come from the humanity of pause

January 2nd 2020

I took this week away from social media, so I could travel to San Francisco anbd care for a friend who is nearing the end of his life. These thoughts on the humanity of pause build on earlier ideas I’ve shared fro Erazim Kohak, and were inspired by the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman.

The week raising the smoking age, extending family leave, and funding research on gun violence was obscured by history

December 22nd 2019

Along with the healthcare-related news in the headline, there’s also a description of research showing the psychiatric impact of school shootings on classmates.

Santa’s privilege check: Kringle rethinks the ‘Naughty or Nice?’ list in a remarkable mental health ad

December 20th 2019

Our most meaningful work will almost never arrive wrapped in RFPs. Take a look at this beautiful ad by Weiden + Kennedy for the National Alliance On Mental Illness. Its a gift.

Five years in the future: voice Interfaces will work as your “Other Brain”

December 17th 2019

200 million smart speakers will have been sold globally by the end of this year. We are living in a voice-controlled world right now; we just haven’t made the most of it yet.

The week Congress cut a deal for family leave – and I taught in snowy New Jersey

December 14th 2019

This week’s healthcare news: Pete Frates, Dr. John Halamka, federal leave, and drug pricing, CVS helping Aetna members with oncology, and my take on the benefits of teaching what you do as part of doing it.

Do you agree that hospitals keeping pricing agreements with payers secret is really protected speech?

December 9th 2019

Last week the American Hospital Association filed a lawsuit to help hospitals avoid disclosing often secret agreements with insurers — their novel argument is that revealing pricing arrangements would violate hospitals’ free speech rights.

The week healthcare needed to flip its humanity to tech ratio, and I was in Denver

December 7th 2019

This week’s news includes lots of technology related snarls, and a reminder that when we talk about trends in healthcare – we’re talking about lots of human lives.

Young Americans are dying at high rates and MGH may spend $100M to change its name

November 30th 2019

There’s more research showing American’s under stress, and dying younger — and MGH/Partners announced it may spend $100 million on changing its name. Get a quick perspective on these latest fixations right here.