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August 1, 2019
  Volume X  |  Issue 31  
Why health companies are branding themselves as tech companies
Samyukta Mullangi and Medha Vyavahare
STAT First Opinion

From digital health startups to primary care groups, companies are increasingly branding themselves as tech companies first, health care companies second. Shunning ties to the mission-driven health care sector may seem counterintuitive at best and sacrilegious at worst.
Yet for many new entrants, such an approach - which we call avoidant positioning - is becoming the norm. We unpack three weaknesses of the health care label that may be fueling a broader identity crisis for these firms, and suggest that this trend represents a wake-up call for health care.
University of Miami to Embark on National Study of Aging with HIV
The University of Miami is leading a national study of aging people with HIV. Researchers will explore the impacts of non-infectious conditions, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, on both women and men with HIV.

"It's still an open field," said Deborah Jones Weiss, a psychologist at UM's Miller School of Medicine and one of the leaders of the study. "We're really discovering more about the impact of HIV over time today - even this long as we've been following the virus."


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Value Based Pricing in Medicine - A 'Stinging' Issue!
M D Whistleblower

Some professionals and businesses get paid regardless of their outcome. They are paid for their time and expertise. For example, if you hire an attorney, unless you have a contingency fee arrangement, you will be billed regardless of the outcome. If you sue a business because you allege a product you purchased is defective, but the business counters that you damaged it by using the wrong tools to assemble it, there is no guarantee that you will enjoy a legal victory. However, if your lawyer has invested 20 hours of labor as your advocate, he or she will certainly enjoy a financial victory if an hourly rate is in place. Similarly, if your financial advisor, who is paid on commission, advises that you invest in a certain product, and the investment declines 10%, only one of you will take a major hit. Guess who? If you treat yourself to expensive theater tickets, but you find that the performance was dull and uninspiring, do you expect to be given vouchers for another show as you exit? See my point?  In these instances, and so many others, we pay regardless of the outcome. The concept of paying for results, which is much more attractive to the consumer, has yet to gain a solid footing in the commercial world.
5 steps to fix our EMR disaster
Shabbir Hossain, MD | KevinMD
The EMR has become a focal point in the physician burnout discussion. Although I believe EMRs are a necessary evil, current iterations of them are just not good. Each click on a mouse is a prick on the many good souls that figuratively bleed until they are physically and mentally burned out. Scribes are not a solution either. That is just a workaround. EMRs are one of many things that need to change in our health care system. But I also believe our concept of clinical documentation needs to fundamentally change. I'd like to present a roadmap for this change. Although it may seem farfetched and perhaps science fiction, we need to start thinking along these lines to move our clinical documentation to a new era where we aren't slaves to pointing and clicking.