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Monday, March 18, 2019

Clinical venture capital catnip

Yep. I have certainly covered the stew outa this story.


I have a new book to review. Generously been accorded a review comp by Dr. Jackson's publisher. Stay tuned.

"Inequality, social immobility, and political polarization are only a few crucial phenomena driven by the inevitability of social structures. Social structures determine who has power and influence, account for why people fail to assimilate basic facts, and enlarge our understanding of patterns of contagion—from the spread of disease to financial crises. Despite their primary role in shaping our lives, human networks are often overlooked when we try to account for our most important political and economic practices. Matthew O. Jackson brilliantly illuminates the complexity of the social networks in which we are—often unwittingly—positioned and aims to facilitate a deeper appreciation of why we are who we are..."
Sound familiar?

UPDATE: Just in from STATnews:
Medical schools must prepare students to work in a world altered by climate change
As a medical student fumbling with the fundamentals of interviewing patients and taking medical histories, the realities of being a doctor seem like a far-off dream. My colleagues and I work hard to prepare ourselves to be equipped to address the increasingly complex health care issues that will affect the lives of our future patients, from inequities in access to quality care to multidrug resistance.

The most pressing of these issues is climate change, a growing environmental emergency that will have devastating health impacts. Food shortages induced by climate change are alone expected to account for more than 500,000 additional deaths globally by 2050. Regardless of their personal interest in climate change or their belief that advocacy about it is within the scope of medical practice, physicians will be on the front lines of confronting its effects.

Action on climate change has been paralyzed by denial, misunderstanding of its urgency, and a sense of powerlessness in the face of an existential threat. This is why it is especially important for medical schools to integrate climate change into their curricula so future physicians understand the challenges and are prepared to use their positions as care providers, educators, and advocates to tackle this threat… 
Yeah. Recall my series of "Anthropocene Denial" posts. Incrementally improving Health IT workflow UX is not gonna matter materially should we continue to fail to address climate change.


As noted in my recent "Health care for the homeless" post, Cheryl and I are moving to Baltimore shortly. Consequently, KHIT will likely be mostly "dark" for a couple of transition / cross-country travel weeks early-mid April. I-40, two cars, two dogs, two cats--yeah, ought be great fun.


Naked Capitalism's Uber takedown

More to come...

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