Tech Tonics: Zak Kohane On Medicine and Computers

June 5th, 2017 |
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The son of Eastern European immigrants, Zak Kohane was born and raised in Switzerland; he then came to the United States where he’s nurtured a passion for medicine and computers to become one of the nation’s leading thinkers, innovators, and mentors at this important and rapidly evolving interface.

Join us this week as we discuss Zak’s fascinating personal journey, but also learn his perspective on why EHRs are so bad (and what might be done to improve them), why data sharing seems to be so difficult (and how it could be made better), why he championed entrepreneurship at Harvard long before it was viewed as a (somewhat) acceptable pursuit, and why he recently founded the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard (where co-host David serves as an Adjunct Scholar).

Zak also discusses the value of great mentors, such as Joe Majzoub and the late Judah Folkman, both of Children’s Hospital, and explore Folkman’s explanation of the difference between persistence and obstinance.

Zak brings a unique blend of technological sophistication and impassioned humanism to everything he pursues; we are delighted he joins us this episode to share this insight and energy with our listeners!

This episode of Tech Tonics is sponsored by DNAnexus, the secure and compliant cloud platform that enables enterprise users to analyze, collaborate around, and integrate massive amounts of genetic and other health data.

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