Caregivers Online

A new Pew Internet/California HealthCare Foundation report is out today: Family Caregivers Online. I thought I’d give some background on why we did the study and a few key take-aways. Caregivers are alpha geeks of health care 30% of U.S. adults are currently...

CureTogether acquired by 23andme

Big news today in the health geek world: CureTogether has been acquired by 23andme. For those just tuning in, CureTogether enables people to track and share their personal wellness experiments so that others can benefit from what they learn. 23andme enables anyone who...

Bowling Alone, Healing Together

One year ago, I read a JAMA commentary that was so good I had to stand up while I was reading it: Are Patients Knights, Knaves, or Pawns? I blogged about it here (touching off a heated discussion) and started an email correspondence with one of the authors, Sachin...

Watson: a love story

Before you read this post, think of a time when you had a crush on someone. Think about that swirl of emotions, the highs and the lows. That’s where I was a couple weeks ago, except it wasn’t about a person. I fell hard for Watson, IBM’s hot new outboard brain. I’d...

Unpacking self-tracking

I tweeted a stat this week which garnered some sharp critiques:   1 in 4 U.S. internet users track their own health data online – @pewinternet pewrsr.ch/khtiMB #healthdata — SusannahFox (@SusannahFox) June 5, 2012 Please help me improve how Pew Internet...

A “de-marketing strategy”

J.R. Schmitt tipped me off to a fascinating article published in 1997 (!) about a “de-marketing strategy” for the use of general anesthesia in dentistry in the UK: De-marketing: Putting Kotler and Levy’s Ideas into Practice, by Steven Lawther, Gerard...

The impact of the internet on one man’s life

Nell Minow is a movie critic and corporate governance watchdog (yep, both). She and I were seated together at a luncheon a few weeks ago, part of a weekend-long meeting on leadership. We had just watched the movie, Act of Valor, and began talking about different kinds...

What’s the future for self-tracking?

Stephen Wolfram’s essay, The Personal Analytics of My Life, begins: “One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves.” A Pew Internet survey suggests we have a long way to go: a September 2010 survey found that 27% of internet users...
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