Brexit: What Does It Mean for Life Sciences?

Approximately two weeks ago, citizens of the UK voted to leave the EU, so-called “Brexit,” by a vote of 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent. If you are like me, you are fascinated by the outcome of the Brexit vote. I have consumed news stories, podcasts, and social media all reporting on the implications of this vote – financial meltdown, voter regret, political fallout, concerns about overly strong currencies, cheap trips to England, the dissolution of the UK, and intergenerational family rifts…I have been reading it all. What has been a smaller part of the story, however, is what the Brexit means for the life sciences industry. Below...

@FKHealth Reporting Live From #HDPalooza

Digital health is a topic that brings together experts from often seemingly divergent groups: entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, journalists, academics, researchers and government leaders. These different perspectives shed light on the complexities and interconnectedness involved in the delivery of quality healthcare. At Health Datapalooza 2014, the premier national conference focused on unleashing the power of open health data, we experienced what happens when you get these people in the same room. Over the course of three days in Washington, D.C., attendees participated in workshops and challenges, listened to industry thought...

Patient Safety Innovation Simplified

Hospitals are a place where patients go to heal, to seek treatment and to find a cure. They are not expected to be the source of harm or infection due to medical error, but all too often, this is the case. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 Americans have experienced a medical error in their own or a family member’s care at some point in their life. Patient safety was not a widely discussed topic until 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the landmark report To Err Is Human.This report revealed that between 44,000 and 98,000 people died each year in United States hospitals due to medical errors. At the time, that was more...

Sweet Enough

By now, you’ve probably heard of a new movie in theaters called “Fed Up”. It’s a documentary-style expose of the “SAD” – the Standard American Diet – and covers a wide range of issues behind why America currently leads the world in both adult and child obesity rates. Included in the long list of culprits behind our ballooning waistlines is SUGAR. A master of disguise, sugar often appears in our food and drink labelled as one of 40+ pseudonyms—including sucrose, maltose, dextrose,  fructose,  glucose, galactose, lactose, high fructose corn syrup, and glucose solids—which makes its detection confusing to...