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Could Reading Our Website Have Saved UPMC $17-Million?

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Today’s Lesson: Anything you are even thinking about doing something that might possibly be stupid, read this website first. It could save you a lot of money.


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) just led a $17-million investment round in Vivify. Did they just make a $17-million error because they overlooked some stuff that was in plain view, right here on They Said What?

We don’t want to be judgmental here because it is quite possible we, not UPMC, are the ones overlooking something.  It’s possible that UPMC did indeed read They Said What? but nonetheless decided:

“Who cares if their own numbers contradict each other? Who cares if their numbers also violate every rule of fifth-grade arithmetic? Who cares if this study result doesn’t make any sense on multiple levels? And who cares if the principal investigator can’t spell ‘principal investigator’? Heck, anyone can misspell their occupation. Vivify has other attributes.”

Here is that Vivify study, parsed in all its glory.  You make the call. Worth $17-million or not?

And here are the results of UPMC’s wellness program. The good news is, UPMC can’t do any worse with Vivify than they did with their own wellness program.



Usually our updates are “the vendor took the material in question off their website, and didn’t even have the courtesy to thank us for pointing out the errors.” Today’s update is more like the dog-not-barking-in-the-nighttime.  These people haven’t even fixed their spelling error yet.



  1. Sam L. says:

    I hadn’t seen the original until now. Some of your best work. Amazing that this is still on their website.


    • whynobodybelievesthenumbers says:

      Usually vendors take these things off after we make points this obvious. They never even corrected their spelling. And remember — we sent them a an email offering them $1000 simply to answer a few questions about these figures.


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