Category: Informative
Atul Gawande and the Challenge of Digital Checklists

Somehow, someway, Atul Gawande had time to take another job. He’s a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he’s the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, he’s a Professor of Surgery at Harvard and he writes constantly. Now he’s been tapped by Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett to run their new healthcare […]

Colloquy: A Conversation with Osteoid Creator Deniz Karasahin

In 2014, Deniz Karasahin won the prestigious Golden A’ Design Award in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design with the Osteoid, a 3D printed cast that combined orthopedics and therapeutics through ultrasound technology that encourages bone healing. We ask him about his experiences designing in an industry completely foreign to him.

Bringing the Battlefield Home: How VR is Shaping the Future of PTSD Care

It’s more than just a video game; it’s a matter of life or death. Or so it would appear to patients using Brave Mind. Brave Mind, a virtual reality(VR) depicting scenes of Afghanistan and Iraq, allows veterans to become fully immersed in virtual foot patrols and convoys to directly face their fears and learn to cope with them. It was created by Virtually Better Inc.(VBI), an organization comprised of clinicians and technicians that develops tools to assist patients with a variety of anxiety and behavior disorders.

Inside the Clinic for Special Children

We were all fascinated by an impeccably researched dive into health care in the “Plain” (Amish and Mennonite people) community by Sara Talpos in Mosaic Science, so we followed up in a conversation with the immensely impressive Clinic for Special Children.

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

I’m a pastry chef.

I’ve got a mariage élégant tomorrow, and I’m crushed. Panicked, I hire you as a temporary assistant. You’re just starting, and as far as you know XXX powdered sugar is something smutty, but desperate times call for desperate (dry) measures.

On the Front Lines of the Battle Against Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease. In our back yard, Four Diamonds is on a mission to change this reality and conquer childhood cancer.

Reflections on Connected Health

Last month the Benjamin & Bond team attended the 2015 HIMSS Connected Health Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel outside of Washington D.C. We all learned a lot, and all came away with varying degrees of excitement and frustration. Here’s a rundown of what we found.

Why is the Uber of Healthcare such a trainwreck?

The Uber of Healthcare. The concept is Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth—discussed in mythical terms and chased by vain idiots. But I’ll be damned if Elizabeth Holmes hasn’t gone and done it.

Why Martin Shkreli Thought He Could Get Away With It

It’s not so hard to take advantage—even hurt—those we can’t see. The famous Milgram experiments at Yale were a study in obedience, but they wouldn’t have been ethically possible if the “teacher” and “learner” were in the same room. The ruse would have been up, because abstracting our behavior towards others changes the way we feel about it. That’s why most of us still eat cheeseburgers.

The Business of Health: Advancement is not Innovation

Healthcare is ripe with advancement. Typical cycles start with researchers working tirelessly to find new ways to treat disease more effectively. Then, front-line providers deploy those new therapies, drugs, protocols, etc. to treat patients. The way we treat disease continuously improves through this process of medical advancement.