Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA Healthcare Guru

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.


Is Digital Health Snake Oil?

Some think digital health is snake oil, i.e. a product that is deceptively advertised or promoted to do something that it has not been proven to do. After all, mobile medical apps don't come with package inserts and that cotton stuffed in the bottle.


You Can Run from the Business of Medicine, But You Can't Hide

Not too long ago, I was asked to talk to a group of 4th year medical students about physician innovation and entrepreneurship and the business of biomedicine and care delivery. I asked the roughly 50 people in the audience how many intended to go into private practice or work for a private group. One lone hand sheepishly pierced the air. When asked why, student loans and not wanting to "mess with all that practice management and business stuff" topped the list.


Sickcare: Think Big, Start Small, Stay Small

Sickcare is a mess and needs help badly. Many sickcare and non-sickcare entrepreneurs think they have the solutions. Few, in fact, will get across the finish line. There are many reasons why:


Why is Innovation Execution So Hard?

If innovation starts with mindset and practicing entrepreneurial habits, it will end without proper execution. By now you have probably heard these quotes about execution or have an aspirational poster of one in your employee lounge posted next to your company mission statement.


The Importance of Digital Health Package Inserts

Package insert is a document included in the package of a medication that provides information about that drug and its use. For prescription medications, the insert is technical, and provides information for medical professionals about how to prescribe the drug. Package inserts for prescription drugs often include a separate document called a "patient package insert" with information written in plain language intended for the end-user -- the person who will take the drug or give the drug to another person, for example a minor. Inserts for over-the-counter medications are also written plainly.