Still into telemedicine startups


I’ve written a few pieces over on Medium about how I’m getting into telemedicine. For example, this one is about how I hoped telemedicine would adapt to help out during the COVID crisis. I wrote about how I liked the fact that the new telemedicine startup players have the infrastructure for diagnosis and care delivery, could provide access to anyone with a data plan (even in rural areas), were driving adoption of telemedicine, would make it safer to see a doctor (since you didn’t have to go to a crowded doctor’s office), could help with triage and treat other conditions during the crisis.

So far, I’d say that this is panning out, with players like Hims offering a large number of doctor visits for a huge number of conditions that go beyond their hair loss treatments and get into primary care, skin care and more. Pretty exciting stuff for the future of telemedicine and treatment delivery! I hope Hims and Roman and the like continue to innovate.

Instant Pot Chicken Rice Recipe


I’m getting really into my instant pot, and the family likes this simple chicken and rice mix. It’s pretty salty when I make it, which is probably why it’s so good.

Note that you do have to use brown rice. White rice cooks too fast.

  • olive oil
  • 3 cups broth
  • 2 cups brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bell pepper diced into large pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced finely
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • .5 to 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 2 cups frozen peas or veggies
  1. lightly cover the bottom of the instant pot with olive oil, turn on saute
  2. once the oil is warm, cook the onion for 4 to 6 minutes, until it starts to turn transparent
  3. add chopped garlic, chopped bell pepper, cook for 2 more minute
  4. turn off saute
  5. add rice and spices. stir to coat the rice with the oil
  6. add the broth, stir to cover rice
  7. place chicken in pot on top of the rice (you may want to add some salt or garlic powder to the top of the chicken if it’s really sticking out of the top of the broth
  8. add lid to instant pot, set to pressure to high and for 15 minutes
  9. defrost the frozen veggies while the Instant pot is going
  10. when the instant pot is done, let it sit with the pressure valve still closed for 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. Release pressure
  12. take out chicken, set aside
  13. add defrosted veggies, stir, close lid and let it warm up the veggies

That’s it – a simple instant pot chicken rice recipe.