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Google Starts Stop Loss Company Called Coefficient

Coefficient Will be a Part of the Verily Healthcare Subsidiary Within Google. Coefficient Will Also Be in Partnership and Partly Owned by the Giant, International Reinsurance Company Swiss Re.

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UPDATE: The Markets and Energy

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Markets: The NASDAQ stayed flat at its lowest level this year. Spotify shares sank to a record low. Facebook is having a rough go, but it’s not the only one. Netflix stock plunged nearly 70% this year after hitting a ceiling on subscriber growth. At one point, it was worth more than Disney; now, it’s not even half as valuable. Even Google is googling “ways to make more money.” Its parent company, Alphabet, reported a slowdown in growth last quarter because, like Facebook, YouTube’s also being been dinged by TikTok and Apple’s privacy changes: The video platform’s revenue came in more than $500 million below expectations.

Energy: Russia’s halted oil shipments to Poland and Bulgaria yesterday.

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ALPHABET GOOGLE: Stock Splitting!

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DEFINITION: A stock split or stock divide increases the number of shares in a company. For example, after a 2-for-1 split, each investor will own double the number of shares, and each share will be worth half as much. A stock split causes a decrease of market price of individual shares, but does not change the total market capitalization of the company: stock dilution does not occur.

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Google parent company Alphabet said it would split its stock 20–1. That means in July 2022, Alphabet shareholders will receive 19 more shares for every one that they own. It doesn’t mean they’ll be 20x richer—the price of the stock they hold will drop a proportional amount. If the stock split were to happen now, Alphabet’s share price would fall from $2,865 to $143.

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Why does it matter?

In many ways, it doesn’t. A stock split does not change the value of the company. It’s simply a way to increase the number of shares outstanding.

Think of it like slicing a pizza. At a share price of almost $3,000, Alphabet’s slices were a wide a monstrosity. With the stock split, it’s cutting company ownership into smaller portions. But, in the end, the pizza isn’t growing—there are just more slices to be shared.

So why do it? By making the slices of its company smaller, it hopes that more people will look at them and say, “Well I guess one couldn’t hurt.” Alphabet said the goal of the stock split is to attract more small-time investors who might have been intimidated by buying in at such a steep share price.

  • Only 27 other stocks in the S&P 500 have share prices above $500 besides Alphabet.

And, there’s evidence this bit of corporate inception can be effective. To see why, let’s look at what happened when two other tech giants, Tesla and Apple, split their stock recently.

  • When Apple split its stock 4–1 in July 2020, retail investors upped their purchases from $150 million per week to nearly $1 billion, according to Vanda Research.
  • When Tesla split its stock 5–1 in August 2020, retail investing jumped from $30–$40 million/week to $700 million.

There may be another play for Alphabet here—and that is to pad its resume for inclusion in the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Average. Because the Dow is weighted by share price (an antiquated system, to be sure), Alphabet at its current price would overwhelm all of the companies. It would become the Alphabet Industrial Average. At $247, it becomes a much more attractive candidate for the Dow.

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PODCASTS: The “Long Fix” for America’s Healthcare Crisis

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GOOGLE Health is Hiring!

Personal and Professional Data Included

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Why Aren’t Google and Apple Saving Healthcare?

Why Aren’t Google and Apple Saving Healthcare?

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The introduction of artificial intelligence, robotics, social media, various sensors and wearables in medicine could save millions of lives and reduce costs at the same time.

There is one question, however, which needs to be answered. Who can and should provide these new technologies for the advancement of humanity?

Tech companies could change healthcare with their knowledge about disruption and could lead the way to medical innovation.

Why isn’t that happening already?

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Top Ten Most Innovative Healthcare Companies of 2015

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THE LIST

  1. APRICOT FOREST: For seeking a cure to what ails Chinese health care
  2. PERFINT HEALTHCARE: For attacking cancer with robotics
  3. OMADA HEALTH: For improving health through coaching
  4. ELMINDA: For changing the way we see our brains
  5. CARDIOMEMS: For reducing heart failure hospitalizations
  6. ORGANOVO: For getting one step closer to human drug trials—without harming actual humans
  7. THERANOS: For introducing a better blood test
  8. GOOGLE: For developing the next generation of health monitors
  9. ZENEFITS: For helping small businesses provide health insurance
  10. COHEALO: For bringing the sharing economy to the surgery room

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On Googling Myself [Oh My]

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Dr. MarcinkoI am a doctor, financial advisor, editor, publisher, health economist, teacher, runner and a few other things, as well. A real diletant!

But, there is something else I must admit to you. It is sinister. Something I often do at night, in the dark, when no one else is around. Not even my wife.

What is It? …. Why Googling my self, of course! Also known as “ego surfing.”

Ego Surfing

Have you ever Googled yourself or your financial advisory, management or medical practice? Did you know that you have an ever growing online reputation? Whether you know it or not, Financial Advisors and Doctors have an online presence. When you type your name in a search engine you may be surprised by what you find.

Digital Footprints

Everything you do professionally, or socially, creates a digital footprint. If you are involved in social media then you are contributing to your online reputation. If not, your online reputation is being written for you. There is a conversation taking place about you online, but unfortunately you may not be included in it.

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So Much Information

A simple Google search of your name will likely show your practice website. Your name will also appear in numerous third party review sites. Take the time to read a few. You may be surprised. You will find your name and your practice appearing on people’s Facebook and Twitter pages too.

And, you may see comments from clients and patients [both satisfied, and not so much], too. So, keep abreast of your digital bona fides. Google yourself regularily …. Just, dont go blind.

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While at first this may be disturbing, I view it as an opportunity to get the [positive] word out. How about you? Sinister, or no?

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Blurring Personal and Professional Lives

Social media is becoming increasingly more prevalent within the healthcare industry.

But, with more hospitals and doctors joining social-media platforms on a consistent basis, it begs the question of “helpful or harmful”?

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One thing is certain: clear parameters must be established, so professional and personal lines don’t become blurred.

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About NoMoreClipboard.com

Another New PHR Company

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Even though Google Inc. has given up on the business of electronic personal health records [PHRs], Fort Wayne-based NoMoreClipboard.com is launching a new service it thinks will crack open the market.

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The company’s latest service, called cc:Me, gives patients a free and secure web-based account that can receive their electronic medical records from any other system and also can receive new records from any electronic medical record system their doctor or hospital happens to use.

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We all know about the demise of Google Health, as well as the new Google+ initiative. So, this post is by no means a prediction about Google+.

In fact, if the initial reviews (which are mixed but with some heavy hitters buying in pretty big) then maybe, just maybe, this list won’t include the latest social effort from the search giant.

For now though, it is interesting to see just how much experimentation the Goog has done and they haven’t been afraid to fail – even entering the healthcare arena!

And, to show the continued pace of product flameouts, just this past weekend Realtime Search was shelved (it is supposed to be back we just don’t know when) and now Wonder Wheel meeting a more permanent fate.

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Introducing the Body Browser

A New Offering by Google

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No this is not a porno club or whole body airport security scanner.

Rather, it is a new offering from Google. The just released Body Browser is a 3-dimensional multi-layered anatomical model of the human body that you can rotate, zoom in on, and search.

One can also peel back anatomical layers, click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. You can also share the exact scene you are viewing by copying and pasting the URL

Some pundits have even called it the equivalent of Google Earth for the human body?

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To use it, you’ll need a beta version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari that supports WebGL.

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According to its’ website, and mission statement, Google Health aims to put patients in charge of their digital health information. It’s safe, secure, and free.

Triple Play of Benefits

Google Health purports to:

  • Organize health information all in one place.
  • Gather medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies.
  • Share information securely with family members doctors and caregivers, etc.

Google says members are always in control of how data is used. It will not sell information. Members decide what to share, and what to keep private.

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Google health was launched in the spring of 2008. Since then, it even maintains its own blog-site, which stated on 3/4/09.

 “We continue to learn a tremendous amount since launching Google Health in the spring of 2008. We’re listening to feedback from users every day about their needs, and one issue we hear regularly is that people want help coordinating their care and the care of loved ones. They want the ability to share their medical records and personal health information with trusted family members, friends, and doctors in their care network”

Link: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/google-health-helping-you-better.html

Good thing too!

A Cautionary Tale

However, privacy advocates worry about the vast amount of data that Google is redacting. Growing consumer market clout means the early-adopter patient who cares about digital records, and eHRs, may have fewer choices in the future. And, for medical professionals, what does this say about CCHIT, Allscripts and the Military, etc; or, the emerging Wal-Mart eMR initiative for doctors?

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For example, when one now [in]famous patient named Dave deBronkart – a tech-savvy kidney cancer survivor – tried to transfer his medical records from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Google Health, he was stunned at what he found.

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