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Christina Farr
Health and tech reporter at . Brit in SF. Amateur historian. Owned by two cats. Reach me: Christina.farr@nbcuni.com
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Mo Elshazly MD 3h
Any meaningful health product presentation should have: - the problem/status quo - technical details of the solution - evidence to back up claims - development stage - regulatory strategy/ethics - business opportunity - Product to market timeline - team In 2 mins? Nope 🙄
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Christina Farr 12h
NEW: There’s been a series of departures from Apple’s Health team. I spoke with eight people over months to figure out who’s leaving and why, and what’s behind the discontent:
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Christina Farr 4h
sure
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @rachelmetz @peterpham
That was a different time for sure
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @quharrison
This is usually how that goes: "What's your revenue?" We don't disclose. "Do you have any clinical studies to backup your claims?" We don't need them." "Well how do we know it's working?" "It grew 50 percent month over month." "50 percent from what?" "Can't say." & so on...
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @rachelmetz @peterpham
I can see how that's a goal but how can we get a meaningful story from a really short puffy pitch?
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @quharrison
how is it relevant to readers to hear about an idea that was explained to a reporter in less than 4 minutes?
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @DatingRev
Totally irrelevant for my purposes. I like to go deep.
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @peterpham
don't get why reporters are invited
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Christina Farr 4h
Replying to @quharrison
how is it relevant to readers to hear about an idea that was explained to a reporter in less than 4 minutes?
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Christina Farr 4h
Crazy that start-up demo days are still a thing.
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Jacob Ward 4h
Replying to @chrissyfarr
Ebola was the first time I bumped into this. What do you do during an outbreak when the control group has a 70% chance of death?
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Paul Knoepfler 4h
Replying to @chrissyfarr
I’ve heard the same kind of thing from stem cell clinics. Basically “we owe it to our customers to charge them” for unproven stuff so they get access
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Matthew Amsden 5h
While RCTs get all the press, they aren't the only prospective research technique used to build evidence. They are not used at all in some sectors due to ethical considerations. Sometimes they aren't logistically feasible. Neither is a good reason not to do a study at all.
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Mo Elshazly MD 5h
Replying to @chrissyfarr
RCTs usually have data safety monitoring boards that monitor trial data/safety periodically and can stop the trial early either for demonstrated benefit or futility. So, I tell them, please don't feel bad, it's the best proof that your product actually works.
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Christina Farr 5h
Had a thought about randomized control trials. Recently I've been chatting to start-up folks who want to prove their interventions work, but they believe in it so much that they feel weird/bad about the control group that doesn't get access. Is that a broader issue?
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Christina Farr Aug 19
Have you ever brought in data from a smartwatch, like Fitbit or Apple Watch, to a medical provider to discuss it with them?
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Caroline Chen Aug 16
Is there anyone who's ever managed to find a therapist who is (1) in network (2) has availability (3) is a good match because I have so many friends who have tried & tried & ended up going out of network, or didn't have $$ for that so gave up.
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Christina Farr 7h
Replying to @CarolineYLChen @erbrod
No
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Christina Farr 7h
So much fun chatting with and about Apple, health and the broader ambitious of tech companies attempting to move into the sector
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