Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

By Renee Petrie | @reneepetrie

Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

Here in Seattle, summer is quite a treat. Skies are clear, days are pleasantly warm and the nights are cool. It’s a great time to pick up a book – and these are a few of our favorites:

  1. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future
    Steve Case, predicts we are at the dawn of the next technological revolution. We are entering the ‘third wave’, where technology will fully integrate into our lives and transform big complex industries such as healthcare, education, energy, and more.
  2. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
    What makes us engage with products out of sheer habit? Nir Eyal explains the Hook Model, which I believe is essential as we consider how to design for behavioral change and encourage patients to engage with digital health tools.
  3. The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands
    Eric Topol has a clear vision and framework to assess the role of emerging technology in reshaping healthcare — resulting in a better, cheaper and more humanistic system.
  4. Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology
    Mobile has become an integral part of how we live. For many people, losing a cell phone is like losing a limb. SC Moatti guides us through the shift from the web to mobile and explains the reasons we love our mobile devices.
  5. Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care
    Jonathan Bush calls for a revolution in healthcare to give customers more choices, freedom, power, and information, and at far lower prices. This book is full of innovative ideas that challenge the status quo.

These 5 books provide a good dose of technology, behavioral science, and aspirations for the future of healthcare. I believe they challenge us to think in new ways and influence our work in digital health. I hope you find at least one book here that inspires you. If you have a favorite that I missed, comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

Renee helps customers apply DatStat technology solutions across health research and patient-centered population health management.  Before joining DatStat, she spent 17 years in working at nationally recognized research centers. While at University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group (SDRG), she set the standard for maximizing engagement and retention in landmark longitudinal studies. Renee now combines her practical research experience and a fascination with technology to help customers understand how to leverage technology in patient interactions to create ‘sticky’ relationships – ultimately achieving better engagement and outcomes.

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