The first thing you notice when you step into the exam room at Kaiser Permanente’s new health center in Manhattan Beach, California, is the roomy leather exam chair. Instead of forcing patients to perch awkwardly—as a standard, paper-covered table does—it allows them to sit eye-to-eye with their doctor, who can summon X-rays, lab results, and even real-time specialist consultations on a wall-mounted touch screen, or send prescriptions to an on-site pharmacy via a tablet.
Everyone knows that more venture capital and angel investing mean more start-ups, right? Not necessarily. The number of start-ups has remained stubbornly constant over the years, despite fluctuations in investment capital. That's a problem for policymakers, because start-ups account for the majority of gross new jobs in the economy.