"Patent reform" legislation pending before Congress, described as a curb on patent trolls, will make it much harder for any small company to defend its patent rights. Here is a real example of how that works.
Healthcare and government leaders talk a lot about value-based payment changing the way U.S. healthcare works. But, a closer look shows that “value” is often measured on the basis of procedures. And, value as experienced by medical customers* is still not a big factor in the provider incentive equation.
A large-scale survey of U.S. doctors tells us that doctors are using digital tools and willing to receive data feeds from their customers, but they are quite frustrated by poor usability of digital healthcare tools and difficulty getting measurable results.
How much money to raise is the most difficult discussion between entrepreneurs and investors. The perspectives are different, interests can be misaligned, and the stakes are huge. Here is how the two groups think about the problem.
Primary care in the U.S. is now in the throes of revolution. Many agree that stronger primary care is central to a better performing healthcare system. But dramatically different business, delivery, and clinical models are emerging and competing.
We constantly need to juggle optimism and deceit. Optimism breeds success, but the price of deceit is high for all concerned, and the line between them can be fine. How can you tell when optimism has gone too far?
Some health insurers are proposing big premium hikes in 2016, up to 51%. These increases would be painful for consumers who don't shop for best value. Consumers need to acquire resources and knowledge that makes them effective shoppers.
President Obama said recently that high earners are just the winners in life's economic lottery. This rhetoric is dangerous because it disrespects and demotivates people who make an enormous difference to the success of our economy.
Traveling in South Africa this month, I saw a country where the need and potential for entrepreneur-driven job creation are great, but the social enablers are lacking, and the consequence is a costly and painful vicious cycle.