Author Archives: 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

Telemedicine – Part 1 of Brave New Health Care

Part I – Telemedicine Guest: Dr. Alexander Börve – Founder of iDoc24 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 … Continue reading

Wellness is Dead — Part II

US Employers have historically provided health care insurance for one main reason: It is a tax-free benefit that is powerful in retaining employees. This is expected to change as the Affordable Care Act supplies cheaper and more personalized options. The … Continue reading

Wellness is Dead – Part I

“Wellness is dead, and it doesn’t matter if I believe that or not, but the pervasive perception is that wellness is not effective. Many companies have put in lots of money into programs for which they haven’t been able to … Continue reading

Bringing Health Data to a Doctor’s Heart: An Interview with Open mHealth

In our brave new world of health data, two things are keeping Watson from becoming our ipso-facto doctor: The human touch and gut instincts. Would it not be a Singular Utopia to arm doctors with enough data to make them … Continue reading

The Assumption About Doctors, with Sean Mehra from HealthTap

With the fifth anniversary of the ACA fast approaching, the legislation has managed to get more Americans covered, force insurance companies to cut costs, and drive hospitals to provide better quality. However, this has come at a cost with potentially … Continue reading

5 Ways to Engage Patients in Digital Health: Part II

On a cold January afternoon, we stood shoulder to shoulder in the square like interlocking pieces of a puzzle, leaving no space for attacking police forces to infiltrate between us, as we chanted for the ousting of Egypt’s standing President … Continue reading

5 Ways to Engage Patients in Digital Health: Part I

I packed my bags leaving my family, a medical career and a health startup behind in Egypt and headed out to San Francisco to learn more about health innovation. As the plane took off, a flurry of questions raced through … Continue reading

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