Category: Heuristics

Healthcare’s Halo Effect: Lessons from Poland Spring, Maine

This week, after 5 years of happily bubbling in the corner of our kitchen, our five gallon Poland Spring spring water dispenser is headed back to Maine.  We’ve ended our contract, bought a water filter and are going to be happily drinking tap water from now on. What’s funny is that we’ve never really had ...

The “Religion of Big Data” in Medicine: Will Getting More Granular Help Doctors Make Better Decisions?

I’ve been thinking a lot about “big data” and how it is going to affect the practice of medicine.  It’s not really my area of expertise– but here are  a few thoughts on the tricky intersection of data mining and medicine. First, some background: these days it’s rare to find companies that don’t use data-mining and predictive ...