Kim Bellard

We Are the Ever Given

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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… Read More »We Are the Ever Given

Nanoparticles On My Mind

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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… Read More »Nanoparticles On My Mind

Wanna Buy Some Bitcoin

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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… Read More »Wanna Buy Some Bitcoin

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

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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… Read More »THCB Gang Episode 43, Thursday Feb 18, 1pm PT – 4pm ET

Health Care: Don’t Be Evil

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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… Read More »Health Care: Don’t Be Evil

No Names, Please

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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… Read More »No Names, Please

Healthcare on the Edge

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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… Read More »Healthcare on the Edge

What, Us Worry

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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,… Read More »What, Us Worry

Healthcare’s Bridge Fire

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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,… Read More »Healthcare’s Bridge Fire

In Praise of Unsung Heroes

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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… Read More »In Praise of Unsung Heroes

It’s (Cyber)Criminal

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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… Read More »It’s (Cyber)Criminal

Not Just Faxes

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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… Read More »Not Just Faxes

Attention, Walmart Patients

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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… Read More »Attention, Walmart Patients

Trying to Make AI Less Squirrelly

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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… Read More »Trying to Make AI Less Squirrelly

Thriving in COVID Times

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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,… Read More »Thriving in COVID Times

Take Your Mom to Work

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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… Read More »Take Your Mom to Work

Virtually Better

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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. … Read More »Virtually Better