We just launched a handy new tool for companies to see how much Sherpaa typically saves companies like theirs. So, if you’re interested in how Sherpaa saves money for your company, head over there and find out. It’s an interesting little tool. This particular example is based on a company of 30 people.

Healthcare is so inefficient and so confusing and so expensive, that it’s actually quite easy for us to analyze a company’s spend and prescribe a better, more beneficial, and less expensive strategy for your company. You just have to deeply know the space and have plenty of experience. And that’s what we do at Sherpaa.

And in the end, it’s nice to know that by doing so we’re decreasing the amount of money in the Health System’s pot. Healthcare is too expensive and inefficient already. And we’re off to a good start making healthcare affordable, accessible, and appropriate. Exciting times indeed.

THE POGUES – The Story Of “Fairytale Of New York” from Videodrome Discothèque on Vimeo.


THE POGUES (With Kirsty MacColl) – The Story Of “Fairytale Of New York”

Richard E. Grant narrates this terrific documentary on the origin and legacy of The Pogues and their Christmas classic “Fairytale Of New York”. Featuring interviews with most of the band (including Shane), Steve Lillywhite, Nick Cave, Jools Holland, and many more. Enjoy – and Merry Christmas From Videodrome Discothèque!!!

My favorite Christmas song of all time. Watch the whole thing. It’s amazing. Greatness is always a process, a bit messy, with a good dose of serendipity thrown in. Merry Christmas everyone.

Sheer Malice: A Doctor’s Take on Home Alone


More fun Christmasy stuff, this time it’s from The Week and comes in the form of a doctor examining the true extent of the injuries to the burglars in Home Alone. I’m partial to his explanation of the effect of the burning-hot doorknob:

If this doorknob is glowing visibly red in the dark, it has been heated to about 751 degrees Fahrenheit, and Harry gives it a nice, strong, one- to two-second grip. By comparison, one second of contact with 155 degree water is enough to cause third degree burns. The temperature of that doorknob is not quite hot enough to cause Harry’s hand to burst into flames, but it is not that far off… Assuming Harry doesn’t lose the hand completely, he will almost certainly have other serious complications, including a high risk for infection and ‘contracture’ in which resulting scar tissue seriously limits the flexibility and movement of the hand, rendering it less than 100 percent useful. Kevin has moved from ‘defending his house’ into sheer malice, in my opinion.

[Via Consumerist]

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Sheer Malice: A Doctor’s Take on Home Alone

It’s possible that preventing people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses from getting guns might decrease the risk of mass killings. Even the Supreme Court, which in 2008 strongly affirmed a broad right to bear arms, at the same time endorsed prohibitions on gun ownership “by felons and the mentally ill.”

But mass killings are very rare events, and because people with mental illness contribute so little to overall violence, these measures would have little impact on everyday firearm-related killings. Consider that between 2001 and 2010, there were nearly 120,000 gun-related homicides, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Few were perpetrated by people with mental illness.

A Misguided Focus on Mental Illness in Gun Control Debate – NYTimes.com (via spytap)

I think they’re presuming that murderers are not mentally ill? Hmmm. That doesn’t jive with my definition of mental health.

As with guns, some auto deaths are caused by people who break laws or behave irresponsibly. But we don’t shrug and say, “Cars don’t kill people, drunks do.” Instead, we have required seat belts, air bags, child seats and crash safety standards. We have introduced limited licenses for young drivers and tried to curb the use of mobile phones while driving. All this has reduced America’s traffic fatality rate per mile driven by nearly 90 percent since the 1950s. Some of you are alive today because of those auto safety regulations. And if we don’t treat guns in the same serious way, some of you and some of your children will die because of our failure.


Meet Dr. Ida Santana. Ida is an integral part of the Sherpaa clinical team and answers many of the calls and emails we get from clients. She is triple boarded in Pediatrics, Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine. Ida is a special person to me. She was my chief resident during my pediatric residency. And it’s such an honor to work with her again. She’s not only one of my favorite people in the world, she’s one of the finest doctors you will ever meet. We asked her a few questions so you all can get to know her better.

What’s your favorite thing about being a doctor?

Being a physician is an incredible honor. Witnessing and helping people tap into their own internal ability to heal themselves is sacred and tremendously fulfilling.

What makes NYC special to you?

The skyline takes my breath away. I love the bustling crowds, the artistic eccentrics, and the magical sense that anything could happen here, and you don’t have to apologize for being who you are.

Besides being a doctor, how do you spend your time?

My favorite time is brunch with my husband on the weekends, planting flowers in our backyard garden, and walking along the Hudson River together. I’m a devotee of Jivamukti yoga, and I also love to bake, read the New Yorker, and make quilts.

Tell us about your decision to become a doctor.

My mother is one of the Farm midwives, and I started going to births with my mother when I was 12 years-old. I knew from an early age that I had the capacity to help people heal, and I remember saying I wanted to be a doctor when I was 10 years-old.

We all know health care is broken. What is it about Sherpaa that makes you feel like you’re part of the solution?

The business side of medicine and healing art of medicine are very often incompatible. Many physicians are incentivized to practice medicine in a way that maximizes profits. Sherpaa turns this business model on its head. Care is centered around the patient’s needs, and the incentive is not to line the physician’s pockets by providing expensive medical care which the patient may not need. With Sherpaa our goal is discern the most effective, efficient, and intelligent way for the patient to heal and to save the patient as much time, money, and aggravation as possible. Sherpaa is a invaluable resource that combines medical expertise with an indiviual’s unique medical concerns.

Our doctors are simply amazing. Good, mission driven, smart, and experienced. So proud.