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Category: Kim Bellard

  • DAOs May Rescue Healthcare

    By KIM BELLARD You may have seen the news that Kaiser Permanente has signed on to be an organizing member of Graphite Health, joining SSM Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and Intermountain Healthcare.  Graphite Health, in case you missed its October launch announcement, is “a member-led company intent on transforming digital health care to improve patient […]

  • What a Waste of a Healthcare System

    By KIM BELLARD An essay in Aeon had me at the title: The Waste Age.  The title was so evocative of the world we live in that I almost didn’t need to read further, but I’m glad I did, and I encourage you to do the same.  Because if we don’t learn to deal with […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 77, Jan 6 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    After our Christmas break THCB Gang is back! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang at 1pm PT 4pm ET Thursday for an hour of topical and sometime combative conversation on what’s happening in health care and beyond will be THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard);  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve) & […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 76, Dec 23 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    This is the last THCB Gang of what has been a long, grueling, but enthralling year. And every week (well almost every week) we have had a group from across the health care luminescence to discuss it. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang at 1pm PT 4pm ET Thursday for an hour of topical and […]

  • Not Just Token Tokens

    By KIM BELLARD I recently watched some of the recent Congressional hearings on cryptocurrency, and, boy, if there’s anything funnier than watching experts try to educate most members of Congress on anything crypto-related, it’s probably me trying to explain it.  I don’t own any digital assets, still don’t see the point of NFTs, and am […]

  • The Eisenhower Principle

    By KIM BELLARD I’ve finally come to understand why the U.S. healthcare system continues to be such a mess, and I have President Dwight Eisenhower to thank. I’ve been paying close attention to our healthcare system for, I hate to admit, over forty years now. It has been a source of constant frustration and amazement […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 74, Dec 9 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang at 1pm PT 4pm ET Thursday for an hour of topical and sometime combative conversation on what’s happening in health care and beyond will be Queen of all employer benefits Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard);  futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve) and two investor guests — Super smart […]

  • DNA Storage in a Yottabyte Era

    By KIM BELLARD Did you know we are living in the Zettabyte Era? Honestly, did you even know what a zettabyte is? Kilobytes, gigabytes, maybe even terabytes, sure, but zettabytes? Well, if you ran data centers you’d know, and you’d care because demand for data storage is skyrocketing (all those TikTok videos and Netflix shows […]

  • The Kids Aren’t Alright

    By KIM BELLARD America, like most cultures, claims to love and value children, but, gosh, the reality sure seems very different. Three recent reports help illustrate this: The Pew Research Center’s report on the expectation of having children, Claire Suddath’s searing look at the childcare industry on Bloomberg, and a UNICEF survey about how young […]

  • Breaking Up is Good to Do

    By KIM BELLARD Last week General Electric announced it was breaking itself up. GE is an American icon, part of America’s industrial landscape for the last 129 years, but the 21st century has not been kind to it. The breakup didn’t come as a complete surprise. Then later in the week Johnson and Johnson, another […]

  • Tech Can’t Fix the Problems in Healthcare

    By KIM BELLARD Shira Ovide, who writes the On Tech newsletter for The New York Times, had a thoughtful column last week: Tech Can’t Fix the Problem of Cars.  It was, she said, inspired by Peter Norton’s Autonorama: The Illusionary Promise of High Tech Driving.  The premise of both, in case the titles didn’t already […]

  • Quantum Computing’s Sputnik Moment

    By KIM BELLARD General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently expressed grave concern about China’s reported test of a hypersonic missile: “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. It has all of our attention.”  Maybe it should be, but General […]

  • Medicine May Be an Art, but AI May Be Artists

    By KIM BELLARD Six hundred years ago, Swiss physician/scientist/philosopher Paracelsus disclaimed: “Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art.”  Medicine, most people in healthcare still believe, takes not just intelligence and fact-based decision-making, but also intuition, creativity, and empathy.  This duality is often cited as a reason artificial intelligence (A.I.) will never […]

  • You Need a Cyber Team

    By KIM BELLARD Maybe you, like me, are an Olympics fan (in my case: Summer Games, track & field).  Most Americans look forward eagerly to the Super Bowl, while the rest of the world (and, increasingly, many in the U.S.) are waiting for the World Cup.  But too few of us are aware that next […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 67 – Thurs October 14 1pm PT-4 ET

    Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on THCBGang today will be THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); and privacy expert and entrepreneur Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available […]

  • Get Ready for Deepfakes

    By KIM BELLARD The Tom Cruise TikTok deepfakes last spring didn’t spur me into writing about deepfakes, not even when Justin Bieber fell so hard for them that he challenged the deepfake to a fight.  When 60 Minutes covered the topic last night though, I figured I’d best get to it before I missed this […]

  • You Want to 3D Print What

    By KIM BELLARD You know we’re living in the 21st century when people are 3D printing chicken and cooking it with lasers.  They had me at “3D printing chicken.”   An article in NPJ Science of Food explains how scientists combined additive manufacturing (a.k.a, 3D printing) of food with “precision laser cooking,” which achieves a […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 67 – Thurs September 30, 1pm PT- 4pm ET

    It has been WAY too long and for too many reasons (conferences, travel, a hurricane flooding out 4 East Coast guests) we haven’t got together but #THCBGang is back. At 1pm PT – 4pm ET tomorrow September 30, joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  THCB regular writer Kim Bellard […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 65 – Thurs September 30, 1pm PT- 4pm ET

    It has been WAY too long and for too many reasons (conferences, travel, a hurricane flooding out 4 East Coast guests) we haven’t got together but #THCBGang is back. At 1pm PT – 4pm ET tomorrow September 30, joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey);  THCB regular writer Kim Bellard […]

  • Never Waste a (Design) Crisis

    By KIM BELLARD The Wall Street Journal reported that the American Dental Association (ADA) opposes expanding Medicare to include dental benefits.  My reaction was, well, of course they do.  They apparently don’t care that at least half, and perhaps as many as two thirds, of seniors lack dental insurance, or that one in five seniors […]

  • Not Your Father’s Job Market

    By KIM BELLARD If you, like me, continue to think that TikTok is mostly about dumb stunts (case in point: vandalizing school property in the devious licks challenge; case in point: risking lives and limbs in the milk crate challenge), or, more charitably, as an unexpected platform for social activism (case in point: spamming the […]

  • More Laughing, More Thinking

    By KIM BELLARD There was a lot going on this week, as there always is, including the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the beginning of the NFL season, so you may have missed a big event: the announcement of the 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Awards (no, those are not typos).   What’s that you […]

  • Selfish Much?

    By KIM BELLARD In a week where we’ve seen the bungled Afghan withdrawal, had Texas show us its contempt for all sorts of rights, watched wildfires ravage the west and Ida wreak havoc on a third of the country, and, of course, witnessed COVID-19 continue its resurgence, I managed to find an article that depressed […]

  • Health Care, Meet Gall’s Law

    By KIM BELLARD I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without knowing about Gall’s Law (thanks to @niquola for tweeting it!).  For those of you similarly unaware, John Gall was a pediatrician who, seemingly in his spare time, wrote Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail in 1975.  His “law,” contained therein, is: […]

  • I am Dr. Groot

    By KIM BELLARD The healthcare world is abuzz with Dr. David Feinberg’s departure from Google Health – another tech giant is shocked to find healthcare was so complicated! – while one of those tech giants (Amazon) not only just surpassed Walmart in consumer spending but also is now planning to build its own department stores.  […]

  • Yes, Shit

    By KIM BELLARD The Conversation had a provocative article by Stanford professor Richard White about how America has a bad pattern of wasting infrastructure spending.  In light of the surprisingly bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by the Senate, this seems like something we should be giving some serious thought to.  I’ll posit that […]

  • Health Care You Do Not See

    By KIM BELLARD Within a mile from my home in one direction, there are two pharmacies and a primary care office.  In another direction, there’s a multi-specialty physician practice, complete with lab and pharmacy.  And in a third direction, an urgent care center.  Widen the circle another mile, and there are more physician offices, a […]

  • Let’s Meet in the Metaverse

    By KIM BELLARD I really wasn’t expecting to write about the Metaverse again so soon, after discussing it in the context of Roblox last March, which itself followed a look at Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s vision for the Metaverse last August.  But darn that Mark Zuckerberg! Not many noticed when Mr. Zuckerberg told Facebook […]

  • The Most Important Thing

    By KIM BELLARD Jack Dorsey has some big hopes for bitcoin.  In a webinar last week, he said: “My hope is that it creates world peace or helps create world peace.”  The previous week Mr. Dorsey announced Square was starting a decentralized financial services (DeFi) business based on bitcoin, joining the previously announced Square bitcoin […]

  • Health Care Should Go (Micro) Nuclear

    By KIM BELLARD I think of hospitals as the healthcare system’s nuclear power plants.  They’re both big, complex, expensive to build, beset with heavy regulatory burdens, consistently major components of their respective systems (healthcare and electric generation) yet declining in number.  Each is seen to offer benefits to many but also to pose unexpected risk […]

  • Up, Please

    By KIM BELLARD When I think of elevator operators, I think of health care. Now, it’s not likely that many people think about elevator operators very often, if ever.  Many have probably never seen an elevator operator.  The idea of a uniformed person standing all day in an elevator pushing buttons so that people can […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 61 – Thurs July 8 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    On Thursday’s #THCBGang Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars, employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard);  privacy expert and now entrepreneur Deven McGraw  (@HealthPrivacy); and–we are thrilled to have back–fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). If you’d rather listen […]

  • Make Mine Bioresorbable

    By KIM BELLARD I learned a new word this week: bioresorbable.  It means pretty much what you might infer — materials that can be broken down and absorbed into the body, i.e., biodegradable.  It is not, as it turns out, a new concept for health care – physicians have been using bioresorbable stitches and even […]

  • Go Ahead, AI—Surprise Us

    By KIM BELLARD Last week I was on a fun podcast with a bunch of people who were, as usual, smarter than me, and, in particular, more knowledgeable about one of my favorite topics – artificial intelligence (A.I.), particularly for healthcare.  With the WHO releasing its “first global report” on A.I. — Ethics & Governance […]

  • Twins For Everyone!

    By KIM BELLARD I have lived my entire life as a twin, and, while it isn’t an unalloyed blessing, on balance I’d recommend it.  Most of you, though, probably aren’t twins and have missed the experience.  Don’t worry: you may still get a chance – with a digital twin.  It could have profound implications for […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 57 – Thurs June 10

    Episode 57 of “The THCB Gang” will be live on Thursday, June 10, 1pm PT 4pm ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will joined by regulars: medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard) and futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve). And we have a special guest, health care equity analyst at Hedgeye, Emily Evans (@HedgeyeEEvans) You […]

  • Hey, How About Starship Earth?

    By KIM BELLARD I missed the job announcement on the company website.  I missed it again when the company posted the job on Linkedin.  I missed it when Eric Ralph tweeted that the posting was “probably the coolest job posting I’ve read in years.”  Fortunately, though, I follow Isaac Kohne (MD, PhD), and I did […]

  • Make Some Microbe Friends

    By KIM BELLARD It’s the coolest story I’ve seen in the past few days: The New York Times reported how an Italian  museum cleaned its priceless Michelangelo sculptures with an army of bacteria.  As Jason Horowitz wrote, “restorers and scientists quietly unleashed microbes with good taste and an enormous appetite on the marbles, intentionally turning […]

  • Holograms to the Rescue

    By KIM BELLARD Google is getting much (deserved) publicity for its Project Starline, announced at last week’s I/O conference.  Project Starline is a new 3D video chat capability that promises to make your Zoom experience seem even more tedious.  That’s great, but I’m expecting much more from holograms – or even better technologies.  Fortunately, there […]

  • Death, Taxes — and Paperwork

    By KIM BELLARD Tuesday, in case you missed it, was the deadline for filing your 2020 federal taxes (it was postponed  from its usual April 15 date due to “the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic”).  Nothing, Benjamin Franklin famously said, is certain but death and taxes, but if you live in the United States, […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 54, Thursday May 13. 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    Episode 54 of “The THCB Gang” is live on Thursday, May 13 at 1pm PT -4PM ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars: policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard) employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); and WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica […]

  • A Timex Healthcare System

    By KIM BELLARD Those of us of a certain age remember the Timex slogan that bragged about its watches’ durability: “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”  A recent article about our military, of all things, made me wish we had a healthcare system that prized that kind of durability.  I can never resist […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 53, Thursday May 6

    Episode 53 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, May 5 at 1pm PT -4PM ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars: futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve) & Jeff Goldsmith; privacy expert and now entrepreneur Deven McGraw @HealthPrivacy; policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), & THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard) […]

  • We Are All Designers

    By KIM BELLARD Raise your hand if you had to go through the Hunger Games labyrinth to score a COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year – figuring out which phone number(s)/website(s) to try, navigating it, answering all the questions, searching for available appointments within reasonable distances, and, usually, having to try all over again.  Or, raise […]

  • Healthcare’s Million Dollar Blocks

    By KIM BELLARD Since I first heard about them, I have been fascinated, and dismayed, by the concept of “million dollar blocks.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it doesn’t refer to, say, Beverly Hills,  Chicago’s Gold Coast, or Manhattan’s Hudson Yards — areas where the wealthy congregate.  No, it refers to city […]

  • Let’s Build Some LTC Infrastructure!

    By KIM BELLARD Quick now: what’s the biggest single component of President Biden’s infrastructure plan (a.k.a The American Jobs Plan)?   Fixing roads and bridges?  Upgrading the power grid?  Preparing the nation for electric vehicles?  Giving all Americans access to broadband?  Wrong.  If you guessed home and community services, you’ve been paying attention.  President Biden is […]

  • To Add is Expected, To Subtract is Design

    By KIM BELLARD A couple years ago I wrote about how healthcare should take customer experience guru Dan Gingiss’s advice: do simple better.  Now new research illustrates why this is so hard: when it comes to trying to make improvements, people would rather add than subtract.  That, in a nutshell, may help explain why our […]

  • Some Discord Could Be Good for Health Care

    By KIM BELLARD By the time you read this, Microsoft may have already struck a deal with the messaging service Discord.  VentureBeat reported two weeks ago that Discord was in an “exclusive acquisition discussion” with an interested party, for a deal that could reach at least $10b.  Bloomberg and  The Wall Street Journal each quickly […]

  • We Are the Ever Given

    By KIM BELLARD The Ever Given is free!  Admit it: you’ve been following the story about the huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal.  It’s about the size of the Empire State building laid flat, and somehow ended up blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world.  As serious as this was for […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 48, Friday March 26, 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    This week (for one week only) #THCB Gang will be on Friday March 26. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee),  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos, THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz). It’s been […]

  • Nanoparticles On My Mind

    By KIM BELLARD Nanoparticles are everywhere!  By that I mean, of course, that there seems to be a lot of news about them lately, particularly in regard to health and healthcare.   But, of course, literally they could be anywhere and everywhere, which helps account for their potential, and their potential danger. Let’s start with one […]

  • Roblox and Healthcare’s Metaverse

    By KIM BELLARD As neither a gamer nor the parent of a gamer, I’ve been proud that I’ve stayed even mildly in touch with the cultural phenomenon that gaming is.  I’ve written about, for example, the Metaverse, Fortnight, and e-sports.  Still, I somehow managed to be completely oblivious to the existence of Roblox, until they […]

  • Your Health Data May Be a NFT

    By KIM BELLARD I must admit, after I wrote about digital currency last week, I did not expect to be writing about crypto anytime soon. Then I heard about “non-fungible tokens” (NFTs) and got a sense of the hype they were causing — how I could I resist? There may even be a connection to […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 45, Thursday March 4, 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    Joining me, Matthew Holt (@boltyboy), on this week’s THCB Gang will be THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee),  policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis),  patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson), and consumer expert and current President of the Medical Board of California, Denise Pines. Vaccines at […]

  • Wanna Buy Some Bitcoin

    By KIM BELLARD To healthcare organizations, digital currency is the thing you’re forced to deal with when your systems are held for ransomware.  To the rest of the world, it’s increasingly starting to look like the future. Tesla caused somewhat of a stir last month when it disclosed that it had bought $1.5b of bitcoin.  […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 43, Thursday Feb 18, 1pm PT – 4pm ET

    THCB Gang was broadcast live on Thurs Feb 18 Joining me, Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) were THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), patient advocates Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano) and Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3), newly-minted VC Marcus Whitney @marcuswhitney, and medical historian Mike Magee @drmikemagee. We touched on the impact of the extremes of global warming on health! And in a […]

  • Health Care Needs Its Mary Barra

    By KIM BELLARD With all that has been going on, I’ve been remiss in reflecting on General Motor’s big announcement a couple weeks ago: it is going to have an all electric, zero emissions fleet of “light duty” vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickups) by 2035, and be carbon neutral by 2040.  One of the largest manufacturers […]

  • Health Care: Don’t Be Evil

    By KIM BELLARD Google’s corporate motto – written in its original Code of Conduct — was once “Don’t be evil.”  That softened over time; Alphabet changed it to “Do the right thing” in 2015, although Google itself retained the slogan until early 2018.  Some Alphabet employees think Google/Alphabet has drifted too far away from its […]

  • No Names, Please

    By KIM BELLARD Feeling good about your holiday spending?  You’ve made it through most of this mostly horrible 2020, maybe lost a job or even a loved one, but still probably found a way to buy presents for your loved ones and maybe even to give some money to charity.  Indeed, charitable giving was up […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 34 Live Dec 10, 1pm PT/4pm ET

    Episode 35 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed TODAY Thursday, Dec 10, 1pm PT/4pm ET. You can watch it below. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by not one but two of America’s leading health futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve) and Jeff Goldsmith; Patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano); health writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); employer health […]

  • This is Your Brain on Microwaves

    By KIM BELLARD Those of us of a certain age well remember the 1987 ad campaign from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. It equated frying an egg to what drugs did to our brains. The ad certainly impacted awareness, but it is less clear that it impacted drug use or, for that matter, that […]

  • Healthcare on the Edge

    By KIM BELLARD Perhaps you read about, or were directly impacted by, the massive, multi-hour Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage last week.  Ironically, AWS’s effort to add capacity triggered the outage, although apparently was not the root cause.  It’s no surprise that AWS sought to add capacity; it, like most cloud service vendors these days, […]

  • What, Us Worry

    By KIM BELLARD 2020 has been an awful year.  Hurricanes, wildfires, murder hornets, unjustified shootings, a divisive Presidential election, and, of course, a pandemic.  Most of us are spending unprecedented amounts of time sheltering in place, millions have lost their jobs, the economy is sputtering, and over a quarter million of us didn’t survive to […]

  • Healthcare’s Bridge Fire

    By KIM BELLARD We had a bridge fire here in Cincinnati last week.  Two semis collided in the overnight hours.  The collision ignited a blaze that burned at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit and took hours to quell.  Fortunately, no one was killed or injured, but the bridge remains closed while investigators determine how much […]

  • In Praise of Unsung Heroes

    By KIM BELLARD Even in this extraordinary year, this has been an extraordinary week.  Last Tuesday we had what many believe to have been the most important Presidential election in recent times, maybe ever.  The week also found the coronavirus pandemic reaching new heights.  That was the week that was. What struck me, though, is […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 31 11/5 1PM PT/4PM ET

    Episode 30 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, November 5th. Tune in below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by our regulars: CEO of Day Health Strategies Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1), medical historian & health economist Mike Magee MD (@drmikemagee), fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and patient & entrepreneur […]

  • It’s (Cyber)Criminal

    By KIM BELLARD One of the redeeming aspects of crises is that, amidst all the confusion, suffering, and loss, there are usually moments of grace, of humans showing their best nature.  With COVID-19, we’ve seen health care workers working long hours in dangerous conditions.  We’ve seen other essential workers — including not just first responders […]

  • THCB “SPOOKY” Gang: Episode 30 10/29 LIVE 1PM/4PM ET

    Episode 30 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, October 28th! Tune in below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by some of our regulars and this episode will be a COSTUME PARTY! Come join some of our gang and see the crazy costumes we have in store! Joining us tomorrow are data privacy […]

  • Can You Say “Chemputer”?

    By KIM BELLARD I learned a new word this week: “chemputer.”   It’s not a new word – it’s been around since at least 2012 — but chances are, unless you are a chemist or maybe a synthetic biologist, it’s not a word you knew it either.   Even if you don’t care about chemistry, biology, or, […]

  • Not Just Faxes

    By KIM BELLARD I missed it when it was first announced in Japan, but fortunately the U.S. mainstream media has finally picked up on the story, with articles in both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal: Japan’s new Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono has “declared war” on fax machines, among other paper-based traditions.  […]

  • A War on Science is a War on Us

    By KIM BELLARD We’re in the midst of a major U.S. election, as well as hearings on a Supreme Court vacancy, so people are thinking about litmus tests and single issue voters – the most typical of which is whether someone is “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”  Well, I’m a single issue person too; my litmus test […]

  • A War on Science is a War on Us

    By KIM BELLARD We’re in the midst of a major U.S. election, as well as hearings on a Supreme Court vacancy, so people are thinking about litmus tests and single issue voters – the most typical of which is whether someone is “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”  Well, I’m a single issue person too; my litmus test […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 27, 10/8 1PM PT/4PM ET

    Episode 27 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, October 7th! Tune in below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) are some of our regulars: health futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve), WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), MD-turned entrepreneur Jean-Luc Neptune (@jeanlucneptune), and patient & entrepreneur Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3). The conversation will cover the […]

  • Attention, Walmart Patients

    By KIM BELLARD When Walmart announced earlier this summer that it was opening an insurance agency to sell Medicare-related products and services plans, I thought, “that’s it?”  When Walmart announced later in the summer that it was partnering (first with Microsoft, then with Oracle) in the bid to buy TikTok, I thought, “well, isn’t that […]

  • Trying to Make AI Less Squirrelly

    By KIM BELLARD You may have missed it, but the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) just announced its first annual Squirrel AI award winner: Regina Barzilay, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).   In fact, if you’re like me, you may have missed that there was a Squirrel […]

  • Thriving in COVID Times

    By KIM BELLARD These are, no question, hard times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the U.S., we’re closing in on 180,000 deaths in the U.S.  Some 40 million workers lost their jobs, and over 30 million are still receiving unemployment benefits.  Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of small businesses are believed to have […]

  • THCB Gang Episode 22 LIVE 8/20 From 1PM PT/4PM ET

    Episode 22 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, August 20th! Watch it below. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) today are some of our regulars: writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), patient safety expert Michael Millenson (MLMillenson), MD & hospital system exec Rajesh Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and a few others. The […]

  • An Epic Fight for the Metaverse

    By KIM BELLARD  You might have missed it amongst all the headlines about the U.S.P.S., the 2020 elections, and, of course, that little thing we call the pandemic, but Fortnite got kicked off Apple’s App Store (and subsequently Google Play). I’m not a gamer, but I am fascinated by gaming, because, as Steven Johnson put […]

  • Take Your Mom to Work

    By KIM BELLARD If you are a working mom, or married to one, or simply know one, you know that it is tough to balance a job and raising a child even under ideal circumstances.  Even if she has a supportive spouse, chances are that it is the mom who ends up providing the most […]

  • Health Insurance Needs to Grow Up

    By KIM BELLARD I’ve been covered by private insurance my entire life.  Even more telling, I worked in the health insurance industry for — gasp! — some thirty years.  It’s not just paid for my healthcare, it’s financed my life. Today, though, for the first time in my life, I’m covered by public insurance — […]

  • LIVE: THCB GANG, Episode 20, July 30, 2020 From 1PM PT/4PM ET

    Episode 20 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, July 30th! Tune in below. Joining Matthew Holt are some of our regulars: writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), MD & hospital system exec Rajesh Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), radiologist Saurabh Jha (@RougeRad), and guest Jennifer Benz, communications leader at Segal Benz (@jenbenz). A few more might pop […]

  • Too Many Small Steps, Not Enough Leaps

    By KIM BELLARD I was driving home the other day, noticed all the above-ground telephone/power lines, and thought to myself: this is not the 21st century I thought I’d be living in.   When I was growing up, the 21st century was the distant future, the stuff of science fiction.  We’d have flying cars, personal robots, […]

  • Healthcare Should Get Into Some #GoodTrouble

    By KIM BELLARD As hopefully most of you know, Rep. John Lewis, civil right icon and longtime member of Congress, died this past Friday.  Rep. Lewis was often described the “conscience of Congress”  – perhaps a low bar in today’s Congress but important nonetheless — for his unwavering commitment to social justice.  I have always been […]

  • THCB Gang, Episode 18 LIVE 7/16 from 1PM PT/4PM ET

    Episode 18 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, July 16th from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Join us below! Joining Matthew Holt are some of our regulars: writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), MD turned leadership coach Maggi Cary (@MargaretCaryMD), and guest Suneel Ratan, GM of Collective Medical Technologies (@CollectiveMed)! We […]

  • Virtually Better

    By KIM BELLARD The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t have come at a better time for virtual reality.  It has caused many workers to work remotely, introducing many workers to collaborative tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams and even more to video platforms like Zoom or Skype.  But we’re just beginning to understand what collaboration could look […]

  • Goodbye Glasses, Hello Smartglasses

    By KIM BELLARD It’s been a few months since I last wrote about augmented reality (AR), and, if anything, AR activity has only picked up since then — particularly in regard to smartglasses.  I pointed out then how Apple’s Tim Cook and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg were extremely bullish on the field. and Alphabet (Google Glasses) and Snap […]