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Has Gawande Found the Right Man for the Job?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Paul Darling co-authored this blog post with Pratap Khedkar.

What kind of skills will it take to run the day-to-day operations for a potentially paradigm-shifting undertaking in U.S. healthcare delivery? It turns out that it's hands-on experience helping patients navigate the complexities of healthcare options and helping employers control healthcare costs, powered by an undercurrent of digital health expertise.

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Topics: Pratap Khedkar, digital health, data and analytics, BerkshAmazMorgan, healthcare costs, employer-driven healthcare, patient data

Bezos, Buffet and Dimon Bring in Part-Time CEO Gawande: Who Will Be the Muscle?

Posted by Paul Darling on Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Pratap Khedkar co-wrote this blog post with Paul Darling.

Boston-based Atul Gawande needs a new name plate as he adds CEO to an already long list of titles including surgeon, professor, writer and executive director. Gawande is a crusader who’s focused on improving healthcare delivery and accessibility, so company leaders Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon are confident that Gawande’s background and passion make him the ideal ambassador to advocate for and deliver a revamped healthcare experience for their collective employees in their joint healthcare entity, which we like to call “BerkshAmazMorgan.” For Gawande, this chief executive post likely is an appealing opportunity to experiment with an entirely new care delivery paradigm that one day could be applied outside these corporations’ walls.

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Topics: Pratap Khedkar, healthcare ecosystem, Paul Darling, healthcare delivery, BerkshAmazMorgan, health management, employer-driven healthcare

Is ‘BerkshAmazMorgan’ Testing a Cure for What Ails US Healthcare?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Paul Darling co-wrote this blog post with Pratap Khedkar.

This is the second post in a two-part series on the recently announced Berkshire Hathaway/Amazon/JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture. 

The U.S. healthcare system is broken. Most healthcare stakeholders now are willing to admit that, and many are actively trying to fix it—or at least starting to talk about what it would take to do so. Many of the recent consolidations and vertical integrations are the involved parties’ attempts at solving for links in the healthcare chain that they previously had no access to, or influence over. Now three giants from corporate America are looking to wade deeper into healthcare delivery to see if they can make some fixes for their employees—and for themselves.

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Topics: Pratap Khedkar, healthcare, vertical integration, healthcare ecosystem, Paul Darling, Amazon, pharmaceutical ads, data and analytics, data strategy, BerkshAmazMorgan, behavior modification, preventive care, healthcare model, employee health and wellness

What’s ‘BerkshAmazMorgan’ Really Capable Of?

Posted by Howard Deutsch on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Bill Coyle, Paul Darling and Pratap Khedkar co-authored this post with Howard Deutsch.

This is the first post in a two-part series on the recently announced Berkshire Hathaway/Amazon/JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture. 

Look! Out in the distance! What’s that creature that’s destroying everything in its path? Why, it’s the scariest three-headed monster this side of Cerberus! It’s… it’s… it’s BerkshAmazMorgan! Will any of us be safe from this dreaded, rampaging beast?

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Topics: Bill Coyle, Pratap Khedkar, Health Outcomes, healthcare, vertical integration, healthcare ecosystem, Paul Darling, Howard Deutsch, Amazon, collaboration, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, corporatization, BerkshAmazMorgan, employees, healthcare costs

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