Author Archives: OMAR SHAKER

About OMAR SHAKER

Omar is a physician, writer and data analyst. After realizing the potential of exponential technologies to reshape the inefficiencies of healthcare, he left medicine and moved to San Francisco to immerse himself within the network of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, while working on technology projects of his own. Omar frequently writes for Health 2.0 News while consulting major organizations with the Healthcare Practice of Clarity Solution Group.

Shopping for Insurance? We’ve Got You Covered

Is my prescription covered? What’s my copay? Choosing a health insurance plan that gets you the most bang for your buck is daunting. For many, medication price and coverage is a crucial decision factor. Meanwhile, drug prices vary under different … Continue reading

Epigenetics and the Black Box of Male Infertility

Human beings have always regarded bearing children as one of the most meaningful and fulfilling acts of life, particularly in the last few thousand years. The genuine joy, fear and excitement parents feel for their children make even a cynic … Continue reading

Our Unusual Future

There has never been a greater need to think outside the tiny box we call healthcare than there is now. The biggest idea is that we can leverage the technologies other industries have already mastered and dramatically improve health. This … Continue reading

Building Fortune-Teller Bots for Healthcare

Since the dawn of time, people have sought and claimed to be able to predict the future by looking at the stars, a magic ball, or in the palms of our hands. We tend to believe those who do because … Continue reading

The Scandal of Healthcare Metrics

We have all gladly put Volkswagen to shame for tweaking technology to say that its cars are environmentally friendly, rather than actually lower the the nitrogen oxide emission. I think the whole healthcare industry has been just as guilty for doing … Continue reading

The Kind of Selfie That Saves Lives

I am not a fan of selfies. I view them as the epitome of our age’s selfish abomination. That is unless I’m taking one of myself or my friends on a personal occasion of course; Then it is extremely cool and … Continue reading

3 Insights from Health 2.0 Fall Conference 2015

Being a digital health enthusiast, the Fall Health 2.0 Conference is like a sacred pilgrimage I take every year into the minds of the heroes of healthcare, who are trying to rid the healthcare system of its sicknesses. The sheer … Continue reading

What Makes Healthcare Providers Buy? A Conversation with Michael Millenson

Michael Millenson started off his Health 2.0 Keynote by explaining how Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Ernest Amory Codman had the bold idea of giving individual hospital outcomes information to consumers back in 1913. Unfortunately, he was quickly ostracized from the community, … Continue reading

Empathy-based technology, the Cleveland Clinic way

“Is this seat taken?” I asked as I fumbled to find a seat with my ‘signature healthy lunch’ in hand and with the breakout session just about to start. “No, I saved it for you” said a particularly fit and … Continue reading

Machine Based Learning – Part III of A Brave New Health Care

This is a mini-series about technologies that are radically changing healthcare. In each part I preview how a technology came about, how it is being used and how it will evolve, illustrated by my conversations with some of the health … Continue reading

BioPrinting – Part II of A Brave New Health Care

This is a mini-series about technologies that are radically changing healthcare. In each part I preview how a technology came about, how it is being used and how it will evolve, illustrated by my conversations with some of the health … Continue reading

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