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Michael Burke

A serial entrepreneur and investor in the healthcare technology space, Mike has over 20 years of experience founding and growing healthcare technology companies. He is currently a co-founder of Copient Health, a startup in the Operating Room optimization space. He serves as a mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and at the Atlanta Tech Village. Mike and his wife Tracy have three daughters and are both avid cyclists.

ASCs and the Prisoner's Dilemma

You may have heard of the Prisoner's Dilemma before.  In case you haven't, here's a brief summary:  It describes a scenario where individual decision-makers have an incentive to make decisions that aren't in the best interest of the group.  The typical example involves two criminal partners recently arrested and interrogated separately.  The interrogator is trying to get each prisoner to testify against the other, with the prospect of going free for the testimony.  If both criminals remain silent, the police have no evidence and can't prosecute them - both go free.  If one testifies, they go free while the other goes to jail. If both agree to testify, they both go to jail.

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