Bottom line of Elizabeth Holmes Saga, a clueless inventor

Elizabeth Holmes Theranos Saga is top news with the HBO documentary release.

The best scene I liked was at the 26:45 mark when Dr. Phyllis Gardner, MD professor of Medicine, Stanford University comments on meeting with Elizabeth Holmes in the early days.

in that scene Dr Gardner explains that “it’s impossible, physically”

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Eiizabeth continues her pitch to others and she makes it seem like she is the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.

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I worked at Apple when Steve was there. I worked at Microsoft when Bill Gates was there. From watching Elizabeth Holmes her thinking that she can do something physically impossible is clueless to what Steve and Bill were able to do. They were phenomenally good at identifying where there was business opportunity and to get a team of people together to build to solve the technical issues to get to market.

Elizabeth raised lots of money. Sold her vision of changing the world. Then expected the believers at her company to do the impossible. To recreate physics to achieve her vision of how science works.

It’s like Elizabeth thinks she discovered the alchemy of blood science to take a few drops of blood and change medicine.

It’s been proven that Elizabeth was a clueless inventor. She had no scientific background for her invention. Her patents were part of the con game. Watch the HBO documentary it has good lessons. I used the time watching the video to be in yin yang mode. Elizabeth was telling lies. I was focusing on telling the truth.

I wonder how much time you could say Elizabeth told the truth. She believed she was telling the truth, but when you are clueless how do you know what is true?

If you want an inner view of the whistleblowers highlighted in the documentary check out this video with Tyler Shultz and Erika Cheung at Stanford on Feb 19, 2019. It is nice to see the whistlerblowers are in good spirits surviving Theranos.

Work Life Balance, BS make your Health #1

Work Life balance is standard HR language to minimize the litigation exposure.  Here is an article that says the USA’s life work balance is amongst the lowest.

To many tired American workers, this won't come as a surprise. The United States has a pretty abysmal ranking on the list of developed countries for creating a balance between work and life away from work.

Americans work longer hours, have fewer vacation days and leisure hours, and spend as much or more time cooking, cleaning and caring for family as their international counterparts.

This is according to the 2013 Better Life Index, compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a nongovernmental organization in France that tracks economic and social data from its economically developed member countries.

Here are two dlibert cartoons that poke fun at the concept.



Just went to a funeral service for a friend who had a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 47.  She didn’t make her health #1, and most likely increased the risk of her cardiac arrest.

If any of my data center friends look like they are losing the health vs. work battle, I try to persuade them that making your health #1 is best for you overall.  

(Note: I tried to embed the Dilbert Cartoons, but the html code didn’t work.  

Pssst, Aspirin may be good for health beyond heart disease, reduce your cancer risk

I am an old guy, turning 54 this year.  My Dad died from Colon Cancer when he was 64, only 10 years older than I will be shortly.  I have had three colonscopy tests to make sure I am OK.  My cholesterol is managed with a statin.  I don’t smoke, get an annual physical, and work out 4-5 times a week.

What else can I do?  Taking a daily dose of aspirin is recommended with some risks.

Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks

Is an aspirin a day the right thing for you? It's not as easy a decision as it sounds. Know the benefits and risks before considering daily aspirin therapy.

One of the studies that got attention is from my friends at RMS who have a study on the financial risk to pension funds if adults take daily aspirin, creating a $100 billion increased cost to support adults who live longer.

Rise in Aspirin Use Likely to Increase Pensioner Life Expectancy

  • NEWARK, Calif. – April 02, 2013 –
  • Recent medical reports have confirmed the growing body of evidence that taking a daily low-dose of aspirin reduces cancer mortality, in addition to its known benefits for cardiovascular health. Experts believe around 15% of current cancer deaths could be prevented by daily aspirin use with benefits beginning as early as three years into treatment. Conventional cancer treatments are expensive and new treatments typically require a lengthy approval process. By contrast, aspirin is inexpensive and readily available and has the potential for rapid uptake.

Based on these new findings, RMS modeled several potential scenarios of daily aspirin uptake which revealed that a typical 65 year-old male could see a 12-month increase in life expectancy and a 40% increase in the chance of living to 100, depending on a variety of lifestyle factors.*

Women’s risk of heart disease is significant and there is evidence aspirin helps with cancer’s that impact women.

Previous research has suggested that aspirin may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer and melanoma. Now, new research from the National Institutes of Health suggests that women who take low-dose aspirin every day may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20%.

The findings were recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Big Data Changing Healthcare, AI is better and cheaper than your DR

GigaOm's Derrick Harris has a post on how some Dr's using AI were able to come up with cheaper and better treatment than your Dr.  This could increase the data center's used in healthcare.


Credit: Indiana University

Credit: Indiana University

Specifically, Bennett and Hauser found via a simulation of 500 random cases that their model decreased the cost per unit of outcome change to $189 from the $497 without it, an improvement of 58.5 percent. They found their original model improved patient outcomes by nearly 35 percent, but that tweaking a few parameters could bring that number to 41.9 percent.

I've been spending a fair amount of time at Hospitals, not because I am sick, but because of the potential projects to be more efficient.

Even though there are some people who would see this as bad, there are also many who see the potential.

The idea behind the research, carried out by Casey Bennett and Kris Hauser, is simple and gets to the core of why so many people care so much about data in the first place: If doctors can consider what’s actually happening and likely to happen instead of relying on intuition, they should be able to make better decisions.