Healthcare and pop culture collide: Jennifer Lawrence to play Elizabeth Holmes

Healthcare just won’t stop colliding with pop culture, will it? In the wake of news about a Martin Shkreli musical, we also learn that athenahealth boss Jonathan Bush has responded to John Oliver.

Jennifer Lawrence Visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on May 23, 2016 in New York City.

Healthcare just won’t stop colliding with pop culture, will it? It seems to be reaching unprecedented levels this week.

Sunday night, on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver bought $14.9 million worth of medical debt for about $60,000, only so he could forgive it. This turned out to be the biggest one-time giveaway in the history of TV, even eclipsing Oprah Winfrey’s “You get a car!” stunt.

Wednesday, we got word that a couple of theater types in New York were staging a musical based on pharma bro Martin Shkreli’s purchase of that exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album. (Just last week, Shkreli got hit with another federal criminal charge, so the timing couldn’t be better.)

Of course, we here at MedCity News couldn’t resist piling on by coming up with five more healthcare stories deserving of the Broadway treatment. Obviously, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes made that list.

Then within an hour of putting up that post on Thursday, life imitated art because Hollywood publication Deadline reported that there’s a Theranos movie in development, and it’s going to star none other than Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes.

Let’s repeat: Jennifer Lawrence is going to play Elizabeth Holmes in a Hollywood movie about Theranos.

We thought we were done with these healthcare-entertainment crossovers for the week, but then health IT’s own master showman, athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, answered Oliver with this video.

Bush noted that it was likely that the debt Oliver forgave didn’t pay for a lot of actual healthcare, because so much money goes to an “administrative technocracy” that plagues this industry. “We’ve got to get at this, John,” he told Oliver. “And you’ve got to be the one to lead us.”

Watch to the end. We don’t want to ruin the punchline here.

And now to make some popcorn …

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