The 7 Decade History of ChatGPT
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by matthew holt
3d ago
By MIKE MAGEE Over the past year, the general popularization of AI orArtificial Intelligence has captured the world’s imagination. Of course, academicians often emphasize historical context. But entrepreneurs tend to agree with Thomas Jefferson who said, “I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” This particular dream however is all about language, its standing and significance in human society. Throughout history, language has been a species accelerant, a secret power that has allowed us to dominate and rise quickly (for better or worse) to the position of “m ..read more
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Why Not, Indeed?
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by matthew holt
1w ago
By KIM BELLARD Recently in The Washington Post, author Daniel Pink initiated a series of columns he and WaPo are calling “Why Not?” He believes “American imagination needs an imagination shot.” As he describes the plan for the columns: “In each installment, I’ll offer a single idea — bold, surprising, maybe a bit jarring — for improving our country, our organizations or our lives.” I love it. I’m all in. I’m a “why not?” guy from way back, particularly when it comes to health care. Mr. Pink describes three core values (in the interest of space, I’m excerpting his descriptions): Curiosity ove ..read more
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Supporting innovations in cancer treatment and prevention for our nation’s most vulnerable
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by matthew holt
1w ago
By KAT MCDAVITT and LESLIE KIRK Innsena has made a $100,000 contribution to CancerX, making Innsena the public-private partnership’s first Impact Supporter. Why? There are few conditions in which the disparity in innovations benefiting underserved communities is more apparent than in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Patients without insurance are more likely to present with more advanced cancers, and the cancer death rate for people of color is significantly higher than for white patients. More people die from cancer in rural communities than in urban settings.  In CancerX, we fou ..read more
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The 2024 Word of the Year: Missense
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by matthew holt
1w ago
By MIKE MAGEE Not surprisingly, my nominee for “word of the year” involves AI, and specifically “the language of human biology.” As Eliezer Yudkowski, the founder of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and coiner of the term “friendly AI” stated in Forbes: “Anything that could give rise to smarter-than-human intelligence—in the form of Artificial Intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, or neuroscience-based human intelligence enhancement – wins hands down beyond contest as doing the most to change the world. Nothing else is even in the same league.”  Perhaps the s ..read more
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Who to Blame for Health Costs: The Poisoned Chalice of “Moral Hazard”
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by matthew holt
1w ago
By JEFF GOLDSMITH How the Search for Perfect Markets has Damaged Health Policy Sometimes ideas in healthcare are so powerful that they haunt us for generations even though their link to the real world we all live in is tenuous. The idea of “moral hazard” is one of these ideas. In 1963, future Nobel Laureate economist Kenneth Arrow wrote an influential essay about the applicability of market principles to medicine entitled “Uncertainty and the Welfare Economics of Medical Care”.     One problem Arrow mentioned in this essay was “moral hazard”- the enhancement of d ..read more
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A New Day for Parkinson’s Disease Research Is Near
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by matthew holt
2w ago
By STEVEN ZECOLA The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (“HHS”) is responsible for a wide range of activities relating to medical and public health. It has 60,000 employees and a $1.7 trillion annual budget with approximately $140 billion for discretionary spending. For the past 13 years, HHS has been spearheading a National Plan for addressing Alzheimer’s disease – with some notable successes. Given its resources, expertise and charter, HHS should launch a National Plan to cure Parkinson’s disease patterned after its approach on Alzheimer’s disease. Legislation, or Not The U.S. Hous ..read more
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The Money’s in the Wrong Place. How to Fund Primary Care
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by matthew holt
2w ago
By MATTHEW HOLT I was invited on the Health Tech Talk Show by Kat McDavitt and Lisa Bari and I kinda ranted (go to 37.16 here) about why we don’t have primary care, and where we should find the money to fix it. I finally got around to writing it up. It’s a rant but a rant with a point! We’re spending way too much money on stuff that is the wrong thing. 30 years ago, I was taught that we were going to have universal health care reform. And then we were going to have capitated at-risk entities. then below that, you have all these tech enabled services, which are going to make all this stuff wor ..read more
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Too much fawning over Len Schaeffer?
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by matthew holt
2w ago
By MATTHEW HOLT There’s a lot of strum & dangst about the uptick in system utilization that has boosted hospital profits and hit Humana and United’s bottom line (But not so much Elevance’s). Kevin O’ Leary over at Health Tech Nerds brought this up today and I was reminded of this piece I wrote in 2006. And a big issue was, how much understanding and control do insurers have over the utilization in (and out of) their networks. So take a look at this piece and particularly, given the issues at the BUCAHs and at smaller players like Agilon, consider how much insurers actually know about spend ..read more
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Can Generative AI Improve Health Care Relationships?
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by matthew holt
3w ago
By MIKE MAGEE “What exactly does it mean to augment clinical judgement…?” That’s the question that Stanford Law professor, Michelle Mello, asked in the second paragraph of a May, 2023 article in JAMA exploring the medical legal boundaries of large language model (LLM) generative AI. This cogent question triggered unease among the nation’s academic and clinical medical leaders who live in constant fear of being financially (and more important, psychically) assaulted for harming patients who have entrusted themselves to their care. That prescient article came out just one month before news leak ..read more
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Raj Singh, Accolade
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by matthew holt
3w ago
Earlier this month I caught up with Raj Singh, the CEO of Accolade. The “navigation” company is publicly traded and now offering its own telehealth, primary care & second opinions as well as helping patients access both digital health services and brick & mortar health systems. How is Accolade dealing by both offering primary care and helping patients manage through complex care situations? And why isn’t this available to everyone, yet? Raj told me how it works and what the likely future will be, including work with health plans, and how Accolade is on a path to a $1b in revenue in 5 y ..read more
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