Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

Io(M)T Challenges

Each day, more and more things get connected, creating an event bigger and bigger smart world creating more and more data that makes us more and more vulnerable to cyberattacks and intrusions. Apple has unveiled the Watch Series 4 at its annual event at the Apple Park in San Francisco. The new Apple watch – cleared by the Food and ...

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The Visionary Leader’s 3 Areas of Core Development

Physician burnout is pervasive and appears to be worsening. In fact, in some specialties, residents are burned out even before they have spent their first day in practice. But, they are not alone since burnout happens in many industries other than medicine. Burnout is considered to have a range of symptoms. There is no agreement which of those are part of ...

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Digital Biopharma: Is it safe, effective and cost-effective?

Digital health has converged with biopharma. It has happened because digital health technologies are making it easier for biopharmaceutical companies to discover, develop and launch new drugs faster and cheaper and improve the patient and doctor experience, in what is being labeled “after the pill”, U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients ...

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How to Destroy Your Innovation Silos

Sick care badly needs innovation if it is to become healthcare . Yet, it’s questionable whether it can be fixed from inside. Despite the popularity of open innovation and community based, participatory innovation networks, healthcare organizations and doctors seem to shun outside ideas and collaboration and are perceived as arrogant know-it-alls, stuck in the ivory tower or healthcare city , ...

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How to Create Cluster Clutter

Digital health ecosystems have spread around the world. Like all clusters, they have a life cycle that starts with koombaya and the enthusiasm of creating something new and exciting but, unfortunately, at some point , devolve into conflicting interests who seem more interested in WIIFM with consequent confusion or blurring of the original vision, mission, values, value proposition, business model ...

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Lead Innovators, Don’t Manage Innovation

Sound Like a Leader

Chief Innovation Officers are growing like weeds. Some think their job is to manage innovation. Some even go so far as to define their desirable traits. They might as well quit since managing innovation will take them in the wrong direction. Instead, they should be leading innovators. Here’s why: 1. Everyone seems to have a different definition of innovation. Be sure ...

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Separate Healthcare From Sick Care

We have a sick care system that masquerades as a healthcare system. Yet, taking care of patients with acute disease is a lot different than disease prevention, chronic care and complex chronic care disease management and population health. We need to unbundle the two and create systems, manpower and education programs designed to address the unique challenges of each. We ...

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The Medical Matriarchy?

The highest paying jobs in the US are in tech, medicine and law. For the first time, there are more women in medical school than men, but only 30% of the physician workforce are women. 60% of pharmacists are women. However, women hold only 20% of tech jobs. Over one in three lawyers are women. Several social cross currents are destroying patriarchies in the ...

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The 5 P’s of Product or Non-Profit Success

You’ve heard about the 4 P’s of Marketing: Product, Price, Promotion and Place (distribution channels) Whether you are an intrapreneur, a technopreneur, a service provider, own and run a private practice, an edupreneur or a social entrepreneur, the success of your product, service or non-profit will depend on your answering the 5Ps: What is the problem you are trying to solve? Start by ...

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Rookie Entrepreneur Mindset Mistakes

Innovation starts with the right mindset. Doctors who are considering a side gig or an alternative non-clinical career, have a hard time getting their heads around the entrepreneurial mindset. There is a difference between the clinical mindset and the entrepreneurial mindset. In my view, only about 1% of doctors have an entrepreneurial mindset because premeds don’t get selected for that trait. They get selected ...

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