Blog Archives

Get rich quick? NFTs build a business on bragging rights for COVID-euphoric investors

March 24th 2021

If you’re scratching your head about the digital tokens (NFTs) that are being used to buy $33,000 tennis shoes and 60 million dollar digital art pieces you’re not alone. Here is a quick take on what they are, where they can go wrong, and what this says about life on the road to pandemic recovery.

Why This Week’s Roblox IPO Should Be of Interest, Even to Non-Gamers

March 8th 2021

Roblox should be on your radar as a force in culture, creativity, and consumerism. Its direct listing IPO, scheduled for Wednesday, shows how highly relevant companies don’t need a flood of promotional dollars to position themselves as valuable brands.

Fauci may have quietly averted a 9/11 scale disaster – only experts can say

February 26th 2021

The informed voice of uncertainty is easy to miss. But in a world of complexity, it must be celebrated. New research suggests Dr. Fauci’s reluctance to reach beyond research to guess his way to policy may have saved us from catastrophe; only experts and the perspective of time will tell.

Deception creates its own harm: Facebook shouldn’t know if you’re ovulating; voting shouldn’t be rooted in lies

January 14th 2021

Facebook gained the ability to see if users were ovulating, but the FTC put an end to this practice….because deception causes marketplace harm. Perhaps it’s time for voters to have consumer protections similar to what they enjoy in commerce from the FTC.

Telehealth is becoming a built-in part of healthcare’s service design: presentations and lawsuits show its growth path

November 4th 2020

Telehealth may have grown in response to the COVID pandemic, but large health systems, payers, and service providers are building virtual health capabilities as a permanent change to healthcare. Hear a dozen telehealth leaders, read research, and catch my interpretation of a recent lawsuit – which together suggest the direction of change in virtual care.

OHSU Invent-a-thon gathers medical innovators from 19 countries to hack medicine

October 26th 2020

Congratulations to the organizers and 600 volunteers who came together last weekend for OHSU’s Hacking Medicine Inventathon. This is the second time I’ve mentored for MIT’s Hacking Medicine, and the ingenuity of the groups they gathered was energizing and inspiring.

Its on! The Healthcare Management Mini-MBA is filling fast for October

September 15th 2020

Teaching has changed. My Fall course was recorded in-studio and produced by the team at Rutgers Business School. I teach the healthcare marketing part of their 14 week mini-mba program, and am joined by experts in economics, finance, operations, and regulatory issues. It’s a rare digital-first program. Registration is open now for Fall and Spring cohorts.

In praise of conservatives, specifically Carolyn Roth, my Mom

August 29th 2020

Personal post: I’m depositing my first daughter to college this week, as my Mom did me. After watching four nights of the Republican convention, I can’t help but think how out of place my Mom, a life-long Republican would be with Trumpublicans, and how proud I am of her and my daughter’s political impulses.

Investors and innovators: AmWell and Google rise to challenge dominant Teladoc

August 26th 2020

Teladoc’s year over year revenue has tripled, which is big news in an economy that has lost 15% of GDP. The growth of telehealth is a narcotically appealing to investors and competitors, which soon will include an IPO-fueled AmWell with Google as a key stakeholder.

Hospital content teams innovate as COVID-19 continues to change everything

July 30th 2020

As COVID-19 enters its sixth month, health systems are building out richer sets of content. PK’s Director of Content Strategy and I share innovations we’re seeing at four leading hospital systems, in another of our monthly video fly-overs.