33mail is a newsletter that explores technology medicine and society. It was founded in 2017 by me.
Thousands of health professionals, executives, journalists and independent thinkers trust 33m to keep them informed of off-beat developments in healthcare and technology – issues that reflect obvious, or sometimes not-so-obvious, change.
The core 33mail ships on Friday or Saturday AM as a curated collection of short-format, high impact summaries of the best stuff I’ve found in health and technology. Usually these are news pieces that reflect the turbulent undercurrent of health care. Here’s an example of a recent one.
I have begun to occasionally ship a mid-week, longer-form letter that covers a timely topic in depth. Here’s an example of the a recent edition on the 21st Century Cures Act and one on the issues with a Genius Bar for healthcare.
My focus of the letter will change over time and I will update this list at least quarterly. Here’s what I’m obsessed with right now:
- What new products and services are technology companies making, and what consequences will these tools have?
- How are doctors and patients changing with the explosive changes in health care technology?
- What will be the future role of the doctor and what will their work look like?
- How is transparency and information flow changing medicine?
- How is information overload creating a crisis of knowledge and attention? And how will we work around this as a profession?
- What makes us uniquely human? This question gets to our future work.
- How do social networks affect doctors and patients?
How do you see the world of medicine?
I see this as the most exciting time to be in medicine. Despite some cynicism over changes in the healthcare environment, we are witnessing the most radical disruption of healthcare delivery and technology in generations. So I see myself as helping to narrate that experience through personal encounters and analysis of current events. I try to offer context to what’s happening.
What are the sections of the letter?
- Update. A very short update of any posts that may have appeared on 33 charts or my podcast, The Exam Room.
- Links. This is the body of the letter. Usually 5-7 with some discussion.
- Overheard. Quotes and provocative observations from Twitter, the web and beyond.
- Digital exhaust. Odd finds that are just fun or weird.
My mid-week long-form letter usually unpacks a timely issue with a discussion and analysis.
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Why a newsletter like this?
We are facing a new world where medicine is changing faster than we can keep up. You need a source to help you decide what’s important. 33mail curates the good stuff and puts a new angle on the changes happening in medicine.
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Updated October 2020