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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Healthcare Costs: Low-Hanging Fruit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 4, 2014.] Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that […]

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February 25 2015
by Todd Hixon

Wearable Devices: Selfies For Health Nuts?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 18, 2014 There’s big excitement about wearable, digital self-measurement devices, gathered under the rubric: “Quantified Self.” Estimated revenues from these devices were $290 million last year, forecast to double in 2014 (1). Pundits are gearing up: the New York Times published a special report last week (2) […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Where The Big Healthcare Bulls Are Running: Notes From The 2015 JP Morgan Conference

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 25, 2015.] The Annual JP Morgan conference is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and venture investors to learn where the big players think U.S. healthcare is going, and how they plan to play. Here’s a summary of the trends I heard at the conference, and what they […]

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January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 19, 2015.] Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing. The shift […]

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January 7 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cliff’s Notes For Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 20, 2013.] JAMA | The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States. Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a remarkable article that lays out the economics and industry structure of the US health care system (linked above). It is comprehensive, concise, […]

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November 13 2014
by Todd Hixon

Glad To Be An East Coast VC

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 14, 2013.] I spent the week in California, most of it at the annual Venture Investing conference in San Francisco. A few observations: The mood was rather positive, but the attendance was half was it was a year ago. That tells a lot about what seems to […]

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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 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 March 14, 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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