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Monday, August 18th 2008

Concierge Medicine 2.0

Concierge medicine will never be mainstream in my lifetime. Neither will functional patient-physician encounters online. The fact is that health care consumption is too concentrated in an older generation. It is concentrated in those of lower socioeconomic means. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a future or a place in the delivery of health care for certain savvy, affluent, generally healthy populations.

Such appears to be the case with the very new practice, getting lots of attention online, Hello Health. This is the partial brainchild of Dr. Jay Parkinson, already an internet ‘hipster’.

An Introduction to Hello Health

This is an incredible idea and practice model which I am terribly envious of. If I lived in the Williamsburg area (and actually made use of medical care with any frequency) I would be all over this.

Those Darn, Creative Vandals

The only blip in the launch of the new practice is that their subway ads had to be pulled because the empty dialogue and thought bubbles were too enticing for vandals.

Photo via Barbarian Blog