If ever there was a celebrity in health care, it was Dr. Atul Gawande. He frequented the biggest stages in media and medicine. He gave TED talks, interviews with top journalists, and moderated a discussion on health innovation with President Obama. His books and essays for the New Yorker made him not just a sought-after speaker, but the unofficial leader of medicine’s less-is-more movement.
At least, until six months ago, when he became a CEO. Since drawing tremendous attention when he was dispatched by the leaders of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway to create a venture with the long-term goal of transforming health care, Gawande has virtually disappeared from the public eye. He isn’t giving interviews or releasing information about the direction of the new company.
I bet the good doctor is still scrubbing, trying to get the stench of those vultures off of himself. They attempted to use his good name and crediblity to market their new data collection products, and misinform the public. In Post Fact America, every media outlet covered this story, in an attempt to make this weoponized data collection, more benign. The “news” won’t be covering his actual response to being used, manipulated, and tricked into becoming a mascot for a slow genocide.
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