Translating 'fortress medicine' into plain english. A digital town square for ideas & new perspectives. Open-source Thoughtware. Accessible. Important. Exciting. Trying hard to remember the future.

Jordan L. Shlain MD

Purveyor of subtleties in the science of medicine. Inspired by phenomena. Ideas are fuel.

Naveen Rao

Writer, Creator, Thinker. Pursuing a vision of better healthcare.

John Battelle

A Founder of NewCo, Federated Media, sovrn Holdings, Web 2 Summit, Wired, Industry Standard; writer on Media, Technology, Culture, Business

Kim Bellard

Editor at Tincture. Always curious, always ready to challenge the status quo, in health care & elsewhere, especially via innovation & technology.

Latest Posts

Asynchrony and the Art of Caregiving

Our economy cannot recover without addressing the needs of caregivers

Dispatch #8 | The Great Pause

Let’s get to it.

Dispatch #7: Time For Offense, Not Defense.

American exceptionalism is being challenged. Right now. We’ll figure out how to optimize physical distancing and we’ll eventually get the…

Dispatch # 6 | What’s around the bend? Science, I hope.

Here we are, 73 days since the first case of Covid-19 reached the United States — barely 2 months. This virus is now in all 50 states and…

Dispatch #5: From the Front Lines

A New Reality: The Stillness of Action

An Expert COVID-19 Panel from UCSF

by Jordan Shlain, MD

Dispatch #3: Dr. Shlain reporting from the front lines

We have 160,000 ventilators in the country. 1,000,000 coronavirus victims will need ventilators. Half of the people on ventilators die in…

What If We Had a Pandemic and No One Came?

I wasn’t going to write about COVID-19/coronavirus; too many other, more knowledgeable people are already doing that. It is a rapidly…


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