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The Future of the U.S. Healthcare System

With the upcoming elections, U.S. healthcare and necessary reforms to the system remain a hot topic. The debate of whether healthcare should remain in the private sector or be made entirely public continues to stoke passionate opinions. As a clinician, I strongly believe that healthcare, and its access for all, is a human right, but the MBA student in me realizes medical treatment is a limited and expensive resource. At the end of the day, someone has to pay for it.

Healthcare in the United States is currently divided between the public and private sectors. Health insurance is offered privately, either through personal plans or group health insurance through employers.…

New year, New Coronavirus?

The findings of a new strain of an already well-known “common-cold” virus have the world up in arms. This is what you need to know regarding 2019-nCoV, aka 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses are already a well-known family of viruses common in many species of animals, including humans. They cause the common cold and symptoms are usually mild. They can also cause pneumonia and bronchitis in some circumstances, but these cases are typically seen in the elderly or immunocompromised populations. Immunocompromised includes anyone without a fully functioning immune system, sometimes related to a genetic predisposition or cancer. 

So, if forms of coronavirus already exist, why are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies (including the NYU Student Health Center) so concerned about 2019-nCoV?…

Recap on “Medicare for All Debate”

By Aditi Thakur

With the 2020 elections approaching quickly, Medicare for All is once again at the forefront of intense debate. Sharp divisions exist not only along party lines, but also within parties themselves, as the progressive and moderate wings find themselves debating the merits of a complete overhaul or a more gradual transition to single payer healthcare. As with most hot-button topics, the Medicare debate has, unfortunately, devolved into a partisan issue with a lack of substantive debate about its economic and policy nuances. 

The Adam Smith Society, or SmithSoc, is a national chapter-based network of MBA students that facilitates nonpartisan discussion and debate of pressing economic and public policy issues.…

Introducing A Selection of This Year’s $300K Challenge Finalists

Four finalist teams talk about their passion, sharing how the team came together and their favorite moments.


CariedAway is keeping kids cavity-free through preventive care treatments performed conveniently in school settings rather than at dentists’ offices.

Left to right: Richard Niederman and Pratik Sourav (not pictured: Habib Benzian and Anthony Donadia)
Photo credit: Courtesy of W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs

What idea are you bringing to the $300K Challenge?  

CariedAway brings care to kids in schools. Specifically, we bring cavity prevention to kids. Cavities are a preventable bacterial infection, technically called “caries.” Hence the name CariedAway.

Care through our services takes less than 15 minutes twice per year and reduces cavities by almost 80 percent.…

Spotlight on CareHeart from the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

To think we’re already approaching the end of the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge! We’ve seen some great startups and ideas from the community throughout the year. We continue our coverage with semi-finalist CareHeart.

Stern Oppy: Can you tell us about CareHeart?

CareHeart: CareHeart is a heart failure disease management app geared towards keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital. Patient engagement is the cornerstone of our solution as we need patients to use the app on a regular (daily) basis. Our app will delight users (or patients) with its simple design that works with any lifestyle. It also helps our customers (or hospitals) by reducing costs, lowering readmissions, and improving heart failure quality metrics.…

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