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Why Foreign Companies Should Take Chinese Social Media Seriously

Over the New Year break, I took a vacation trip to Japan with my parents before we headed back to Chengdu, my hometown in China. One day, while we were riding a train in downtown Tokyo, my mom, who just finished replying to a Weixin comment on her Samsung Galaxy 3 that she bought a […]

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FDA Warning Letter Highlights Disconnect Between Regulator & Biotech Industry

A surprise at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was that a majority of my friends (who do not work in biopharma) at the dinner table heard about the FDA warning letter issued to 23 & Me, a biotechnology company that offers a direct-to-consumer genome test kit. Almost all of them have used the kit and find […]

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Reducing Health Care Costs: It’s About Time to Try What has Worked

Over the weekend, a New York Times article, once again, highlights the soaring health care costs in the United States. The article reveals that asthma medications that tens of million people in this country rely on to control their conditions can be 35 times more expensive than in Europe—a $250 branded prescription of nasal spray […]

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Trust is What Makes Health Care Work–A Success Story from Belgium

When speaking about Belgium, Dr. Florence Hut, physician-in-chief at CHU Brugmann (Brugmann University Hospital) is full of pride.  Only a few days ago, Francois Englert, a Belgian theoretical physicist won this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics, bringing the total number of the country’s Nobel Prize laureates to 11. But to Dr. Hut, what made her […]

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Physician Communication and Patient-centered Care: What Healthcare Provider Organizations Can Do to Improve Internal Communication

In a recent article published on the blog of Harvard Business Review, economist Michael Porter emphasizes that the only solution to improve the health care system in this country is to increase the value of health care, which according to Porter is measured by outcomes achieved for patients relative to the dollar amount spent. While […]

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