Health Tech Reads: The Human Company Playbook

This week Health Tech Reads will be discussing human centered companies. A healthy company allows for individual growth and maximizes potential. I spoke with Sara Holoubeck about building a business that is Human friendly. I was really impressed with your work for improving companies and looking at human factors and personal needs. This week we are discussing Human Centered design and work life balance. What has your experience been with work life balance? Have you ever left a company for personal issues? Please discuss with the hashtags #htreads and #humanco as we look at the guided readings and questions this week.

The questions for the discussion are:

1. What are some "Human Centered" policies that you've seen at companies that you've worked for?

2. What are your main values? Do you think they align with the values of business in Healthcare?

3. If you could implement one policy at your company from the readings- what would it be? Should policies be different in a healthcare company?

4. How do companies balance productivity and policy- such as family leave or treatment for addiction? Who should be responsible for corporate costs? Should government programs pay for childcare expenses or corporations or individuals?

5. One of the readings has the quote “I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day..." Have you seen this attitude in your workplace or life? What are the implications of this kind of attitude?

READINGS:

 

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September 19: Improved Community Health Depends on Knowing the Extent of Social Deprivation. Robert Graham Center- link and related articles.

September 26: Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein

 

General Guidelines for Health Tech Reads Twitter Chat:

1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

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4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

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6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

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Health Tech Reads: No More Mr Nice Guy

No More Mr. Nice Guy from Dr. Robert Glover is our book this week.

Suddenly book club got a bit personal for me this week. I was interested in the idea that nice guys are not, in fact, very nice. Lying to someone is a trait of someone trying to be nice. After my husband passed I quickly made a rule. IfI was out with someone and they explained being single as them being "too nice" it was a MAJOR red flag.  When they say they don't do drama. Prepare yourself- because they do, in fact, do drama. Similarly, the men and women I've worked with who self identified as "nice" were often the meanest and least honest about their intentions. I've also found myself resenting people in projects after offering to do more than I thought was my fair share.

Tuesday September 6, 2017 we will be discussing No More Mr. Nice guy online from 9:30 pm EST to 10:30 PM EST. We will post questions and invite everyone to answer and interact.  CLICK HERE to get a copy- it's a great book and comes in ebook format.

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Questions for this week:

1. What was your take away from the book?

2. Have you ever experienced "Nice" behaviors that were not nice? Do you push down who you are to be "nice."

3. How does the philosophy that if you are nice, you should have your needs fulfilled translate in the workplace?

4. What kind of emotions did the book bring up for you?

5. What do you think the ideal you would look like?

6. Bonus: What are the hidden selves that we have?

Brace yourselves- there are some actually really kind men in the HTreads community. We've also had a lot of great discussion about women's roles and misogyny in healthcare. Personally I've wondered if this book was a great choice since Doyenne Connections is a female group. Last week though I heard- the women who are above each other are not doing each other any favors. I also had a friend message- men are like a bus - a new one comes around every 10 minutes. I personally thought to myself- some of the people who like this book are pretty bad at listening. Being aware of how difficult it is to find a safe place for complexity in roles is something I am hoping to see from the discussion Tuesday night. The balance between being a bulldozer and being honest is a hard one. I've been told I'm aggressive in business both as a compliment and criticism.

Oh the stories we could tell... Please share your stories about honesty and the book "No More Mr. Nice Guy."

From his website:

No More Mr. Nice Guy

“I’m a Nice Guy. I’m one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.”

I was proud to make that statement about myself through much of my early adult life. I was a Nice Guy. I wanted to treat people well, and I wanted to be liked. I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t have a similar personal mantra.

While in my early 30’s, in spite of my unwavering faith in this philosophy, my life was in crises. One marriage had ended. A second one wasn’t going so well. My career dreams were stalled. I was frustrated, resentful, and confused. If you talked to the people closest to me, I wasn’t so nice.

I decided to start working on my situation. I joined a men’s group and started working with a therapist. Honestly, my initial goal was to find out why the people around me weren’t responding so well to my Nice Guy philosophy, and I wanted to find out how to get them to change.

Within a short amount of time, I came to see that the problem was ME. I had an agenda. I had no boundaries. I was indirect. I was passive-aggressive. I wasn’t honest. I wasn’t always so nice.

As I was making these discoveries about myself, I noticed that married men I worked with in my practice as a marriage therapist were making the same kind of statements about their partners that I had been making about mine:

  • “How come I always seem to give so much more than I get?”

  • “All I want is to be appreciated. Is that asking too much?”

  • “I can never do it right.”

  • “She’s always mad.”

  • “When will it be my turn?”

  • “She never wants to have sex anymore.”

I could finish their sentences for them.

Read the rest of the summary HERE

Dr. Robert Glover, author of No More Mr. Nice Guy

ANNOUNCEMENT- OUR SCHEDULE HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO INCLUDE PODCASTS AND SHORTER FREE PIECES. ALL THE BOOKS FROM EARLIER AND ON THE SIGN UP ARE STILL GOING TO BE REVIEWED.

September 12: Human Company Playbook- read the Manifesto and watch the video. They are also on Twitter- we will discuss human centered company design.

September 19: Improved Community Health Depends on Knowing the Extent of Social Deprivation. Robert Graham Center- link and related articles.

September 26: Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein

 


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1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

3) Don't forget to use #HTReads.

4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

5)  Follow the #HTReads twitter account for more information and updates. @healthtechreads.

6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

8) #HTReads meets every Tuesday 9:30PM ET.right after #hcldr- same day- same channel.

9) Please try to stay on topic and participate with the hashtag. #HTReads.

 

 


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Health Tech Reads: Precision Medicine: Genomic Profiles to Individualize Therapy

This week for Health Tech Reads we decided to read an article. Precision Genomics are a topic of interest for Health IT vendors and providers. Prashant Natarajan is sharing his article Precision Medicine: Genomic Profiles to Individualize Therapy. The goal of Health Tech Reads is to promote access to books and increase knowledge for STEM. Every week we chat about interesting things we read and also invite people to select a school and donate books or get involved in their local Health Tech community through mentoring. Want to get involved or sponsor a week? Contact us on Twitter. Please also know that our friends at #HCLDR are promoting raising money for the Red Cross for a hurricane relief efforts. 

The question for discussion are:

  1. "Precision medicine" is evolutionary. How do you define it in practical terms?
  2. What type of data can/should be aggregated from machine learning?
  3. What type of data can/should be collected through smart devices?
  4. Referring to Q2 and 3, how much should we rely on patient-generated data?
  5. Can applying precision medicine techniques alone improve internal/external workflows? If so, how?
  6. Can you keep bias out of precision medicine when integrating SDOH & BDOH into it?
  7. Bonus: How do we apply precision medicine principles to immunotherapies when data ownership is of the essence?

This week the Research Loop is part of the chat today. They have a fantastic way to improve clinical knowledge and care. A little about them:

The Research Loop transforms research  by adding the patient and caregiver voice in a whole new way.  It closes the gap between when a completed study is published and before new research starts. By registering and filling out the Offering Feedback to Researchers form, patients and caregivers can give input on published research to highlight ways future research can improve.  The feedback offered to researchers can help them with their future work by helping them identify issues that matter to patients and caregivers and improve the quality of research.

To start giving feedback you can register at http://www.theresearchloop.com/register

And feel free to take a look at some of our educational resources at http://www.theresearchloop.com/resource

I registered at the site and it was pretty painless. I'm planning to give feedback about this article.

Next week our book is: No More Mr. Nice Guy.

 

I'm hoping to hear a lot of comments from Women in tech about it!

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Health Tech Reads: Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro #HTReads

Welcome to Health Tech Reads! Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. EST we are discussing the book Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro (@danmunro).

 

Below are the questions for discussion.

 

  1. Patient data transparency is a problem in healthcare. What are some reasons healthcare providers don’t want transparency to happen?

  2. Should we expect disruption in the healthcare or is the industry too heavily regulated for it to occur?

  3. With the pharma industry’s history of irrational pricing, what steps can be taken to move to a value-driven system for pricing drugs?

  4. Given the medical-related breaches mentioned in Casino Healthcare, how vulnerable is the healthcare industry is to cybercrimes?

  5. What are some examples of successful health systems in other countries that the US should model our system after?

  6. Is US healthcare focused on profits/revenue or safety/quality? How does this impact change going forward?

  7. Michael Lewis’s quote about the complexity of trading on Wall St is mentioned as inspiration for the book. How can healthcare be made LESS complicated?

Bonus: What do you think the future of healthcare coverage will look like? If healthcare won’t change healthcare, who or what will?

 

A description of Casino Healthcare from dan-munro.com:

 

On the release of his book “Flash Boys,” author Michael Lewis was interviewed by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes and a quote from that interview was both the inspiration and influence for Casino Healthcare.

 

“If it wasn’t complicated, it wouldn’t be allowed to happen. The complexity disguises what’s happening. If it’s so complicated that you can’t understand it – then you can’t question it.”

 

What Michael was referencing was high-speed trading on Wall Street, but the quote could just as easily be applied to the U.S. healthcare system as well. In fact, it’s tailor-made.

 

Casino Healthcare isn’t a theoretical policy book for the elite, but one that penetrates the blanket of fog surrounding a major – and growing – household expense. Americans have a right to be angry with how the U.S. healthcare system has been hijacked for revenue and profits. One analyst recently categorized it as “legalized extortion on a national scale.” In the same way that Michael Lewis exposed the complexity of high-speed trading on Wall Street, Casino Healthcare will expose the U.S. healthcare system for what it really is – a giant casino of epic proportions where the risks are clinical, financial, deeply personal and nothing less than the health of an entire nation.

 

August 29: Article: Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancer, An Issue of Otolaryngologic Clinics or North America:  authors.elsevier.com/a/1VS4m6~GQtiM1

September 5: No More Mr Nice Guy Dr. Robert A Glover

September 12: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

September 19: Improved Community Health Depends on Knowing the Extent of Social Deprivation. Robert Graham Center- link and related articles.

September 26: Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein

October 3:  The American Healthcare Paradox by Elisabeth K Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor

Want to sponsor a Chat or be featured? Have an awesome charity partner? We always need more help getting support to women in tech and supporting STEM in schools. Please contact us.

 

 

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1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

3) Don't forget to use #HTReads.

4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

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6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

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Health Tech Reads: The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar, MD #HTReads

Welcome to Health Tech Reads! Tuesday August 14, 2017 at 9:30 PM EST We are discussing the book The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar, MD.

We wanted to post the questions for discussion.

  1. The opening IoHT scenario paints an optimistic pic of interop & personal prevention. Are we close to realization or too far?

  2. As it relates to IoHT, how do you define "seeing around corners"?

  3. Attributable to "smart tech" the role consumers play in their own health care is changing. How do providers/payers keep up?

  4. W/ Cos like Google, Apple, & Samsung entering the healthcare space, can independents still make a market impact?

  5. The wearable market once projected to reach a value of 50 bl, has faltered. can it be saved/how?

  6. Do the greatest ops for HC disruption & revenue-producing ideas exists for the "not so fit & fabulous"? Where's the greatest need?

  7. Who will the IoHT losers be/why?

  8. How does the patient voice figure into the IoHT?

We got a description of the book from their online website, which also features details about Dr. Kvedar and his work in healthcare:

About the Book

The Internet of Healthy Things not only marks the twentieth anniversary of Partners HealthCare Connected Health, but the invention of a radically new way to deliver healthcare and inspire wellness. Through these past two decades, we have learned, grown, succeeded and failed. We have technologies available that were never even dreamed of just 10 years ago. And, importantly, we have a convergence of market dynamics that make connected health solutions a prime driver in changing healthcare delivery. Connected health is mainstreaming in a rapid way, but as I talk to investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders, they are at a loss for what to do with this exploding opportunity. The space feels chaotic and they worry about healthcare—the complex, long sales cycles, the liability concerns, overregulation and the like. This book takes the lessons we’ve learned over the past 20 years and brings them all into focus, providing guidance on what investments, business strategies and technology considerations are necessary to achieve order (and profit) from the chaos. Having been fortunate enough to enter this field from the ground floor, I’m proud to be among some of the earliest pioneers who helped invent it. Since then, we’ve come a very long way. When I started two decades ago, I often felt like a lone wolf howling in the wilderness. What is remarkable to me is that the vision was so clear then and, despite many setbacks over the ensuing years, my team and I never wavered from the path forward to achieve it. On top of that, the business of healthcare is changing dramatically, with providers taking on risk for population-level care and consumers buying insurance on exchanges and paying a much larger part of their bills. And all of this medical information is available to patients on the Internet. The disease burden is changing, too, as we’ve largely conquered acute illnesses, such as infections, and must now deal with the ever-growing specter of lifestyle-related, chronic silent killers such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. I may have been a bit ahead of my time when I started, but lucky for me I did not know it and did not let it deter me. Many of you in the field may have had similar experiences as well. In terms of connected health, the world is indeed catching up. There are so many innovations in this vibrant field, I would never be able to cover everything in one book. Rather I have chosen a number of examples of companies doing work that I find innovative and inspiring. The flip side to this cauldron of innovation is enough chaos to make many companies tentative about dipping a toe in the water. This book is also meant to help them find a path. We need all of you to work furiously at the challenge at hand. Healthcare delivery needs to change, becoming more efficient, more patient-centric. As I discuss in The Internet of Healthy Things, this is a multifaceted challenge with many opportunities for success. My wish is that each of you takes something from this book that will enable you to take a risk, but do so with greater confidence.

 

It is an honor to have Dr. Kvedar involved with our chat.

 


Our sponsor this week is Mymee -

Glad to join the Health Tech Reads community as a chat sponsor! Please connect with us on twitter here. Mymee identifies patient-specific triggers and reverses the symptoms of chronic autoimmune diseases. The alternative is suppressing them with drugs which are expensive and have side effects like organ failure and death. Through a 12-week teletherapy program our health coaches create behavioral change to remove triggering behaviors and reverse symptoms. This will save the US healthcare system billions of dollars by reducing the incidences of hospitalizations and drug use. Mymee is working to validate the intervention as a cost saving tool so that insurers will be happy to enter into shared savings contracts and provide it to the patients for free. Mymee promotes learning and books for underserved youth and education as a tool for empowering young and adult readers alike.

 


Upcoming Books:

 

August 22: Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro

August 29: When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

September 5: No More Mr Nice Guy Dr. Robert A Glover

September 12: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

September 19: The Originals by Adam Grant

September 26: Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein

October 3: The American Healthcare Paradox by Elisabeth K Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor

Want to sponsor a Chat or be featured? Have an awesome charity partner? We always need more help getting support to women in tech and supporting STEM in schools. Please contact us.

 

 

General Guidelines for Health Tech Reads Twitter Chat:

1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

3) Don't forget to use #HTReads.

4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

5)  Follow the #HTReads twitter account for more information and updates. @healthtechreads.

6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

8) #HTReads meets every Tuesday 9:30PM ET.right after #hcldr- same day- same channel.

9) Please try to stay on topic and participate with the hashtag. #HTReads.

 

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Geek Girl Rising - Health Tech Reads Book Club

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech


Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens wrote a great book about Women in Tech working together for women in tech. Geek Girl Rising is being made into a TV series as well. They highlight some of the history of women who pointed out and did something about gender inequality.  We will be answering questions about their book August 8, 2017 at 9:30 PM EST on twitter. Stellicare, a company owned by Melissa McCool, a female founder, is sponsoring the chat, along with the Health Tech Reads team.

Don't have time to read the entire book? Janae Sharp shared some of the first chapter so check it out on twitter and pick up a copy of the book. 

 

Our Partner to help with our mission to get more access to high quality books and promote STEM is Amelia Earhart Elementary in Provo Utah. Check out their teacher projects from Donors Choose here.


Questions for Geek Girl Rising

  1. What was your initial reaction to the book given all of the recent news coming out of SV regarding sexual harassment?

  2. If you could start a business, what would it be? What problem would you like to solve? 

  3. How has the definition of “geek” changed over the years, in your view? Has the connotation become more positive? 

  4. What advice would you offer your daughters or the next generation of women for succeeding at work (in tech or other industries)? 

  5. The "Work Life Warriors" chapter looks at how the workplace is changing to better meet the needs of a new, millennial workforce. What benefits and policies do you think are needed to accommodate younger workers today? Do you see these benefits being implemented? 

  6. Which celebrities would you want to see play different roles now that the book is being developed into a TV show?



Upcoming Books:

August 15: The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar, MD

 

August 22: Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro

 

August 29: When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

September 5: No More Mr Nice Guy Dr. Robert A Glover

Want to sponsor a Chat or be featured? Have an awesome charity partner? We always need more help getting support to women in tech and supporting STEM in schools. Please contact us.

 

 

General Guidelines for Health Tech Reads Twitter Chat:

1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

3) Don't forget to use #HTReads.

4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

5)  Follow the #HTReads twitter account for more information and updates. @healthtechreads.

6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

8) #HTReads meets every Tuesday 9:30PM ET.right after #hcldr- same day- same channel.

9) Please try to stay on topic and participate with the hashtag. #HTReads.

Health Tech Reads Book Club Giveaway August 2nd 2017

Health Tech Reads Book Giveaway August 2nd, 2017


August 2nd we will giveaway a copy of each of the first four books for Health Tech Reads #HTReads. Please participate in our chat 9:30 PM EST.  Entries are for:

  1. Follow @healthtechreads on twitter.

  2. Share about this giveaway and other content with #HTreads on twitter.

  3. Sign up for email news from Health Tech Reads HERE *emails will be a summary of questions from authors and reviews of happenings and chats not random spam. We promise the best email list experience of your life.


Chat Questions for August 2nd:

  1. What is your best book club experience? What are some of the worst?

  2. What book would your recommend for a book club?

  3. What do you think Health Tech organizations should do to promote reading?

  4. Who would you give a book to and which book?

  5. What are you looking forward to with Health Tech Reads?


Hello, World!

August 8: Geek Girl Rising

Meet the Authors and chat about Geek Girl Rising!

Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech (St. Martin's Press, May 2017) by @cabotventures & @samwalravens

What have other women done to help you in Health Tech?

August 15: The Internet of Healthy Things by Dr. Joseph Kvedar

Follow Dr. Kvedar on Twitter and learn more about the Internet of Healthy Things. He will also be joining our chat.

 

 

 

August 22: Casino Healthcare with Dan Munro

August 29: When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

 

 


 

General Guidelines for Health Tech Reads Twitter Chat:

1) Please read the book before the chat begins.

2)  There will be 4-6 questions, please identify your response to question by identifying which question you respond to.

3) Don't forget to use #HTReads.

4) We assume all tweets during #HTReads are your own.

5)  Follow the #HTReads twitter account for more information and updates. @healthtechreads.

6) #HTReads last one hour.

7) Through the eyes of celebrated authors and their works, #HTReads hopes to widen the conversation. 

8) #HTReads meets every Tuesday 9:30PM ET.right after #hcldr- same day- same channel.

9) Please try to stay on topic and participate with the hashtag. #HTReads.

 


Health Tech Book Club

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Welcome to the Health Tech Book Club!

We will be reading books and chatting about them online each week Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST. Our first chat will be August 2nd, 2017 at 9:30 PMWe will read GEEK GIRL RISING please get a copy and join us. Each week we will post questions and chat on twitter with the hashtag #HTReads https://twitter.com/HealthTechReads

Want to get involved? Sign up to help host the twitter chat here: Health Tech Chat Sign Up


Week One
Chat August 2nd
Geek Girl Rising

  • Week Two: The Internet of Healthy Things by Joseph Kvedar
  • August 15, 2017 9:30 PM EST

Week Three: Casino Healthcare by Dan Munro

August 22, 2017 9:30 PM EST