Venture capitalists would love to find the "Facebook of healthcare" with hockey stick engagement rates that would validate consumer internet unicorn valuations, but this is where digital health companies will run into problems, because healthcare is different. Find out why in this video blog by Charlie.
In this blog post, Charlie discusses the new cell therapy cancer treatments called CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor – T), and shares why a patient-focused, mobile-based platform like CancerLife is so needed in the Cancer Industry today.
Payers and Pharma are desperate to understand the impact for cancer treatment on their members and customers. Now with the 21 Century Cures Act this data will help reduce the cost of running clinical trials by billions of dollars. Cancerlife is launching at a time that is absolutely perfect…
There is a complete disconnect between oncologists and their patients. As I have said before, most oncologists spend a total of 12 minutes per month with their patients, when what needs to happen is a real conversation about the burden of disease and how the treatment itself is impacting the patient.
Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals may be a lot of things, but he certainly isn’t stupid. In this blog post, Charlie calls out Shkreli for his unethical behavior, and breaks down the dangers of monopolies, especially in the healthcare industry.
My mother walked out of her doctors office and was headed to the parking lot when out of the corner of her eye read a sign “Taking Mammography Appointments Today!”
In my original design of CancerLife, a patient or caregiver had to “email an invitation” to each of of their loved ones. As a private social network dealing with healthcare data, having a search capability was not an option. Over the last 3 years as we tested and got feedback from our users, the engagement data was okay, but just okay. Also, we got some feedback from users who consistently said “the system doesn’t work” when we asked them why they stopped using it. This was one of the main reasons why we have waited so long to launch Cancerlife to the masses. Deep down I knew there was something wrong. either with the code itself or design. I had to keep digging.
It's been a long 4 years since I began this journey. I have been rejected a thousand times by doctors, hospitals, administrators, and non-profit executives but as we prepared for our third revamp of Cancerlife which we are calling the “WhatsApp for cancer families”, I could not be more excited. The market is hot for what we have to offer and as they say, the secret to life as an entrepreneur is “good timing." Here are three reasons why I feel this is the right time:
It is estimated that 40% of the cost of delivering cancer care is spent on unnecessary hospitalizations.
Think about that.
40 billion dollars and growing.
Why is that?
Pebble, the first smart watch company which raised over 20M in a crowd-funding campaign, announced last week it was focusing its efforts towards fitness and healthcare last week. Wearables have moved beyond extensions of a smartphone with reminders and text message alerts, to sensor-based medical tools ( I’m not saying devices yet). Sensor data accuracy has improved the last couple years, which has opened the world up to a lot more than counting steps.
Dan Goldman was a great friend. These passages are taken from our conversation every Wednesday in 2014 in which I would sit with him from 2–3 pm. He was one of the first users of Cancerlife and I am blessed to have known him.
But Hope has a diminishing return for some patients. Every brain scan, test, MRI and PET scan can be emotionally devastating. The uncertainty of it all is its own form of cancer, eating at the mind. After 30 years dealing with my own cancer, the hardest thing is the lack of certainty that doctors provide.
Like all consumer technology companies, which tend to add features and functions over time, it became apparent that we needed to start over and redesign from the ground up. Over the last year, we felt we need to ask ourselves again, what is Cancerlife and what is its primary purpose for existing? The answer that we heard over and over again: Communication