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October 30 2014
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Needs Stronger Market Forces

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 17, 2012.] The U.S. Health Care industry is a huge industry that exhibits a remarkable lack of competition. There is huge concentration of market power on both the buy and the sell side. Health care is a regional market, mostly because service providers need to be close […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Is Telemedicine Suddenly Hot?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2014.] Google’s recent announcement that it will provide telemedicine services was the crescendo to a swelling volume of recent interest: e.g., articles in VentureBeat, U.S. News, and The Economist. Telemedicine has been around for a generation. Why is this happening now? Rising use of telemedicine takes […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 12, 2012.] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of […]

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October 16 2014
by Todd Hixon

Rebutting The Premise That Doctors Help Drive High Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 24, 2012.] Two of my recent posts* have addressed the drivers of high health care costs in the U.S. I’ve received a lot of comments, for which I’m grateful, as this is meant to be a conversation. Many of the comments have come from the medical community: […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

How Venture Capital Helps Drive Up Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on May 30, 2012.] The venture capital industry gets a lot of good press, especially for job creation. [Bear in mind, however, that entrepreneurs do the heavy lifting.] But, from a health care cost perspective, I think venture capital is part of the problem. I’ve criticized doctors in recent […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

What To Do When Hope Is The Enemy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 8, 2014.] A wise and experienced VC colleage, talking about a mutual portfolio company, remarked: “I feel sorry for Bob [the CEO]; he’s trapped trying to make AnyCo successful, but it’s going nowhere.” That was three years ago. AnyCo struggles on. Entrepreneurs and investors alike get committed […]

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October 7 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will You Buy Your Healthcare At Walmart?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 10, 2014.] Healthcare is becoming a retail business. The exchanges created by the ACA (1) and other forces are making consumers responsible for choosing health plans and providers. Major retailers see this, and they are deepening their health care value add, becoming healthcare providers and more. Someday soon, when you launch […]

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October 2 2014
by Todd Hixon

The New, New Digital-Health-Wearable Products

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 30, 2014.] Health 2.0, which took place last week in Silicon Valley, offered a runway display of digital health wearables (“DHWs”). Models strutted while entrepreneurs pitched their products, giving an overview of what the new, new DHW things are in the Valley. My take: health wearables are […]

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October 1 2014
by Todd Hixon

If It Looks Like A Bubble, And Quacks Like A Bubble …

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 26, 2014.] Then it’s best not to build your house on it. Silicon Valley sure looks like a bubble to me, and many others think so too. While these are heady times, it’s actually very difficult to start new investments. Some back-to-basics thinking is the best way […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

The Rise Of The Spoon-Fed Internet

I wasa long-time iGoogle user, and iGoogle went away November 1, 2013. iGoogle was Google’s personal homepage: one page on which my favorite news feeds and current information like weather and stock indexes appeared. Why did something that is so useful to me disappear? The answer, of course, is: relatively few people use it.  The official Google blog explains: “We originally […]

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