Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

San Francisco-Based Company Bungled Ebola Response, AP Finds

A U.S. company assigned a crucial role in the efforts to battle Ebola in Sierra Leone made a series of costly mistakes during the 2014 outbreak, an Associated Press investigation has found. Staffers with the San Francisco-based company Metabiota Inc. not only misread the epidemic, they contributed to botched lab results, Read More … Source:: … Continue reading San Francisco-Based Company Bungled Ebola Response, AP Finds →

What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor?

Imagine if instead of schlepping across town to your physician’s office, spending a half-hour in the waiting room leafing through a year-old National Geographic, and spending just long enough with the doc to get a prescription, you could instead request a personal house call in the form of a hologram. Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor? →

Despite Uncertainties, Insurer to Cover Genetic Test For Some Cancer Patients

Pennsylvania-based Independence Blue Cross’ announcement that it will cover a complex type of genetic testing for some cancer patients thrusts the insurer into an ongoing debate about how to handle an increasing array of these expensive tests. Independence — with its approximately 3 million members — became the largest insurer to Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Despite Uncertainties, Insurer to Cover Genetic Test For Some Cancer Patients →