The March 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes a letter from Brad Hesse, Richard Moser, and Lila Rutten, three National Cancer Institute researchers whose work is a continual inspiration to me. Their analysis of data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) shows that the vast majority of Americans, “despite […]
Eric Schmidt wants to solve health care’s “platform database problem” and one critic has countered that “computers cannot practice medicine.” One of Google’s initiatives is to guide consumers to safe, trusted health websites. Is that such a bad thing? Search result placement can make or break a site or a business model, which is where […]
Listen in at 9pm Eastern on Monday, 12/14, to The Stupid Cancer Show. Host Matthew Zachary will interview Edward Shin, MD, founder of Healogica, Inc., Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist and blogger, and… me!
A big part of my job, and one I love, is answering questions, mostly from reporters. Sometimes I have just the data or insight someone needs, often I recommend someone else. Here is a sample of frequently-asked questions and my current answers. Please add your questions and answers in the comments: What are you curious […]
I scan menus for keywords (fig, parsnips, salmon…) and it turns out I scan Twitter the same way, looking for anyone who is talking about my favorite topics (data, consumers, information quality…) So when I saw Jonathan Richman‘s tweet the other night, I couldn’t resist it: Anyone ever seen data on the overall accuracy of […]
The Pew Internet/California HealthCare Foundation report, The Social Life of Health Information, is packed with new findings from a survey of 2,253 adults, including 502 cell-phone interviews, conducted in either English or Spanish. We spent a bundle of money on making this a random sample of the U.S. population, but guess who got a call […]