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Gift Guide: Books for data, privacy, and healthcare nerds and disrupters

Got someone who is hard to shop for but loves data, healthcare, and disruption? Here’s a round-up of our top picks from our blog archives.

Get Well Soon: A History of the Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them

This funny and frustrating look at plagues is an excellent gift. It’s fast-paced and you’ll learn the real story behind the ‘headlines’. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. (ahem, measles). Get this for the medical history buff on your list.

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

This true story reads like a medical suspense thriller, and guides readers to the power of empathy, and the indisputable value of seeing things from someone else’s viewpoint.in shock book cover

The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

For the privacy and data nerds, this history of privacy also shows that the roots of decisions today are often shaped by forces from previous generations. Why can’t we have a universal medical identifier? It’s probably related to why your social security card is a piece of paper. Get this for your security and privacy officer.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

If you make data-driven decisions, how do you know if you actually have all the data? This book dives into how a lack of data leads to poor decisions that impact the health, safety, and income of women worldwide. If you need to convince anyone about the need for data-driven decisions, this will give you the back-up you need.

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back 

What’s most interesting in this guide from a former physician and current editor of Kaiser Health News is that if you want to point fingers in healthcare, you need to point them at everyone. This review of how we got in this mess in the US, is key for anyone wanting to affect change. As a bonus, there’s a handy guide for dealing with your own escalating healthcare costs at the end.

And a few oldies but goodies from the very early days of digital health and healthcare disruption.

Posted in: Behavior Change, big data, Healthcare costs, Healthcare Disruption, Healthcare Legislation, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Research, Healthcare transformation, machine learning

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