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Crowd funding comes to cancer care

Brooklyn, NY — If you’ve ever supported a friend or family member fighting cancer or another acute, life-changing disease, you probably know about CarePages and CaringBridge. The immensely popular sites offer free blogs to connect friends and family members during…

"Formality impedes communication"

Cambridge, MA — We were talking this weekend about what it would be like if every product had to list its risk information the way pharmaceuticals do. Pringles and Oreos would warn of everything from acne to obesity; tooth decay…

Zappos and ZDogg reimagine primary care in Vegas

Las Vegas, NV — Tony Hsieh makes no small plans. When he founded Zappos, he fought back the expected drudgery of call-center work with a quirky, first-of-its-kind corporate culture that earned enthusiastic employees. Then he caught the eye of the…

HxP Picks: Trends, TEDMED, and personal stories

Columbus, OH — A few of the favorites to hit our inboxes this week: Three Trends Driving Healthcare Experiences Henning Fischer – the man with the gnome over at Adaptive Path – uncovered three big trends driving change in healthcare experience: “There…

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TEDMED: Speak the language of people, not medicine

Washington, D.C. — If you work in healthcare, you’ve probably had your fair share of conversations so mired in TLAs (three letter acronyms) and exclusionary insider lingo (did you know that “idiopathic” is really just a very fancy way of…

How ad hoc experimentation is changing the system

Irvington, New York — A few weeks ago, Seth Godin wrote a fairly-hilarious post about what organizations can learn from airports. “I realized that I don’t dislike flying,” he said. “I dislike airports. There are so many things we can learn…

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Enough with the gardening grandma pictures already

Dearborn, MI — When the futurists at Ford started work on their first-ever trends report, they were looking for insights into what may influence consumers’ values, attitudes and behaviors in the coming year. They uncovered 13 shifts that are meaningful to…

Maybe we need more terrible experiences in health

Cambridge, MA — Some of the boldest innovators in health found inspiration in their own horrible experiences inside the system.  What’s more, the echos of their own challenges keep driving them to build more and more. Here are two stories…

Veterans, iPads and the future of medicine

Washington, D.C. — Telehealth was once the topic of futuristic videos. A handsome, charismatic doctor would beam into the living room of some fairly-fit family on a very-expensive-looking big screen and take their vitals with flashes of light, all while…

White wine with your colonoscopy prep?

Raleigh, NC — People ask Google things they wouldn’t ask their doctor, their partner or even their priest. And, when it comes to medical procedures that involve, well, as Dave Barry once put it, “sticking a 17,000 foot tube up…