Very well written and insightful post about the use of blood in medicine. Worth a look!
Alternative title: Pitching a VC on Disruption of Blood Testing
You may have seen some recent editorials about the necessary frequency of blood tests for healthy individuals, many of them prompted by a series of tweets from Mark Cuban:
Although there are certainly potential dangers in expecting any and all test results to be immediately informative and/or actionable, there are benefits in disrupting the status quo of how and when we collect information. A potential parallel is the “wearables” market, which has seeped from the “enthusiasts” (so-called quantified self-ers) to being used in trials of new drugs as well as disease research.
Blood Testing: Cost
One significant area of potential benefit to increased attention is cost. Generally when your physician prescribes a drug, you are asked what pharmacy to send the prescription. When told to get blood tests or imaging services, patients (in my experience) are sent to the affiliated…
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