Fuqua Biz School–Week in DC

I teach a health policy survey course in the Duke Fuqua School of Business in the Fall Semester, that culminates with a week in Washington DC (Jan 5-9, 2015) meeting persons who influence health policy, both in and out of government. The schedule is hectic, but the past two years have been great fun. I will blog a bit about who we see, what we hear and whatever bubbles up.

The key theme/message from me to the students from last fall’s class and this week:

  • Look for problems in the system, that is where the business opportunities reside

I have especially been trying to get these students, many of whom are budding entrepreneurs, to look at the long term care/social care side of the equation in their attempts to disrupt things. In particular, business that could keep people out of the hospital and linked with families, who may be nearby or far away, represent under-appreciated business openings I think.

Swinging for the fence on the next medical device is so 1990s…..

I will be tweeting on #HSMinDC this week .

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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