Category Archives: Health Care

Sharing Knowledge in Times of Crisis – and Beyond

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) In March 2020, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy1 released an open dataset of scientific information on the novel coronavirus responsible for the ongoing worldwide pandemic. Titled COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Predictions

There is a popular joke (attributed to Niels Bohr): “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” I remembered it when I picked up the March-April 2020 issue of the MIT Technology Review. Subtitled “The prediction issue,” it … Continue reading

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Detecting cancer in a-intelligent way

Good news from the front lines of the War on Cancer. The American Cancer Society reported the sharpest drop in cancer death rates in the United States between 2016 and 2017. The 2.2% drop, the biggest single-year drop on record, … Continue reading

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Broken bone, anyone? “Crowdsourcing in reverse” on accidental injuries extends deadline!

This is a guest post written by Dr. Benjamin Missbach (, Project Manager at the Open Innovation in Science Center (Vienna, Austria) and a driving force behind the “Tell Us!” project. People suffer accidents, right? In fact, many people around … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing “in reverse”: asking crowds to ask questions

It’s important to understand that crowdsourcing is first and foremost a question, a question that you ask a large and, ideally, diversified crowd of people. And for as long as it’s well-thought-out, properly defined, and clearly articulated, it doesn’t really matter … Continue reading

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Do you know the age of your child? (Toward the biomarkers of childhood)

How often, when taking an over-the-counter drug, did you read the following note on the label: “adults and children 12 years of age and over: one tablet; children under 12 years of age: ask a doctor”? Pretty often, I guess. And … Continue reading

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All Innovation Is Local

I like this phrase: all politics is local. Ascribed to the late Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill this phrase means that all political decisions, regardless of their purpose and scale, must take into account the interests … Continue reading

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A silver bullet that was not

There are lies, damned lies and statistics Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a horrible illness. A progressive neurodegenerative disorder that destroys memory, abstract thinking and cognitive function, it’s the most common cause of dementia in humans, affecting as many as five … Continue reading

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Customer Service

(This post originally appeared on Forward Metrics) A new buzzword is coming into vogue in the media: the consumerization of healthcare. Pundits define this term as a shift in the way the healthcare industry operates: from the traditional B2B mode to … Continue reading

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