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34 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Battling Steroid Excess with Sparrow Pharmaceuticals’ David Katz
Michael chats with David Katz, chief scientific officer and founder of Sparrow Pharmaceuticals. Prior to founding Sparrow, David was a pharmaceutical R&D leader at Abbott and AbbVie, where he led clinical development and drug discovery teams and was a personalized medicine pioneer. He is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Oregon Health & Science University. David held post-doctoral fellowships in immunology at the Universities of Chicago and Michigan and earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. In this episode, David discusses the creation of Sparrow, the company’s work in developing new medicines for patients who have experienced the effects of excess steroids, and how, in his view, developing drugs is just as much of an art as it is a science. This episode is sponsored by Sparrow Pharmaceuticals, sparrowpharma.com.
29 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
A Better Way to Realize Efficiencies with QGenda’s Rich Miller
Michael chats with Rich Miller, chief strategy officer at QGenda, leading innovator in provider operations and healthcare workforce management. Rich, who is a career entrepreneur in the health care and software arenas, founded OpenTempo in 2006, which joined QGenda in 2019 to form one of the most comprehensive companies in health care workforce optimization. As CSO, he helps health care companies through effective executive management, workforce analytics, and strategy. Rich discusses QGenda’s ProviderCloud, the first provider operations platform which brings traditionally disparate systems together to serve as the central source of truth for provider operations information. This solution drives greater efficiencies and allows organizations to focus on delivering greater care without the administrative headaches while reducing provider burnout. This episode is sponsored by QGenda, qgenda.com.
24 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Advancements in Hyper-Personalization and In-Home Health Care with Sweetch’s Yoni Nevo
Michael chats with Yoni Nevo, CEO of Sweetch, a digital therapeutics innovator and creator of a clinically validated, personalized, and adaptive AI platform and companion app for chronic health conditions. Yoni is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years of experience in international business development, marketing, strategy, and software engineering management, and he was the CEO and co-founder of Cimagine, a pioneering AR platform for retailers and brands that was bought by Snap Inc. in 2016, among many other impressive ventures. Yoni talks with Michael about how new technologies, such as hyper-personalization and other advancements in remote health, are fostering improved in-home health care, bettering the lives of patients with chronic conditions, and benefiting health care providers and other industry organizations as they move quickly into a new health care landscape. This episode is sponsored by Sweetch, sweetch.com.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
The Latest Innovations in Telehealth with Krish Ramakrishnan of BlueJeans by Verizon
Michael chats with Krish Ramakrishnan, co-founder, executive chairman, and chief innovator at BlueJeans by Verizon, a video collaboration platform that empowers fast and easy face-to-face communications using high-quality audio and video conferencing technology. Krish, who is considered a video visionary and is widely regarded as the founder of the new class of cloud-based video interoperability, speaks to how innovations in video conferencing are leading to a telehealth revolution and, thus, transforming ideas such as the concept of hospital-at-home quickly into reality. This episode is sponsored by BlueJeans by Verizon, www.bluejeans.com.
30 minutes | Apr 2, 2022
The Future of Identity Management in Healthcare with Saviynt’s Ivan Childress
Michael chats with Ivan Childress, Director of Healthcare Identity Cloud at Saviynt, a provider of intelligent, cloud-first identity governance solutions. Ivan has spent 20 years in healthcare technology and security roles, including stints at Mass General Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he leads the development of Saviynt's industry-optimized identity and governance solutions that address healthcare providers’ unique security challenges and business needs. In this episode, Ivan discusses the evolving cybersecurity landscape and identity's role in securing healthcare's people, applications, and infrastructure. Saviynt sponsors this episode. To learn more, visit saviynt.com.
19 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
Why the Zero-Agent, Zero-Trust Approach Is the Way to Go with Airgap Networks’ Jeff McDaniel
Michael chats with Jeff McDaniel, principal security engineer at Airgap Networks. Airgap’s zero-agent, zero-trust approach to universal network segmentation, preventing lateral threat movement, stopping ransomware propagation by ringfencing every endpoint, and protecting high-value assets and mission-critical infrastructure. Jeff is a customer-focused, results-driven technologist with more than 25 years of experience in security and SAN architecture. His leadership and expertise have helped countless clients discover technology solutions in several areas, including health care. Jeff is a leader in solving issues in these environments and has spearheaded numerous successful full system rollouts—from planning all the way through post-production. This episode is sponsored by Airgap Networks, airgap.io.
22 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Why Healthcare Digitization Is Undeniably Essential with Fujitsu's Scott Francis
Michael chats with Scott Francis, technology evangelist at Fujistu Imaging, about how AI, digitization, and document-imaging technologies are helping to advance health care. Fujitsu recently unveiled a new line of scanners, the fi-8000 series, for health care that offer high-quality, straight-to-cloud document-imaging systems. Francis is a leading expert in digitization’s role in health care, and he shares his insights into how leveraging AI and data is essential in helping to push the field further into a more efficient future. This episode is sponsored by Fujitsu, fujitsuscanners.com.
21 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
How AI Is Transforming Health Care with Andrew Feldman of Cerebras Systems
Michael chats with Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, about the role of AI in transforming health care. The team at Cerebras includes computer architects, system engineers, software engineers, and ML researchers who design and build systems to accelerate AI in multiple industries, including health care. Feldman is an entrepreneur dedicated to pushing boundaries in the compute space, and his experience in bringing innovative AI solutions to health care is reflected in his work with industry leaders such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and Argonne National Laboratories. The role of AI in health care and life sciences is becoming more prominent than ever, he asserts, by leading to efficiencies that just years ago would have been unheard of—and thrusting health care into a new age of possibilities. This episode is sponsored by Cerebras Systems, www.cerebras.net.
40 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
The Rise of AI in Health Care with Roger Lam of MBX Systems
Aneel chats with Roger Lam, Director of Engineering, at MBX Systems about how AI is transforming the health care industry. MBX Systems is an OEM/ODM of embedded, edge and data center hardware for medical ISVs and OEMs. Lam leads a team of engineers who develop next-gen hardware platforms for medical devices and AI/machine learning applications, to reduce the time and complexity of bringing inferencing-based solutions to market. AI is revolutionizing the health care industry by both pushing cutting-edge boundaries in various specialties, such as radiology and by augmenting productivity through reduction of staffing costs, for example, by enabling nurses to monitor more patients. This episode was sponsored by MBX Systems, www.mbx.com.
59 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Transforming Lives of Patients with Rheumatic Disease with United Rheuma-tology’s Andrew Concoff, MD
Did you know that rheumatic diseases cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $128 billion annually? That fact forms the basis of a riveting conversation between Aneel and Dr. Andrew Concoff,. Executive Vice President and Chief Value Medical Officer at United Rheumatology. Concoff describes the unique challenges faced by rheumatologists in private practice, compared to those working for health systems, and details resources that have been helpful in overcoming these challenges. Concoff notes how the infusion suite has produced substantial revenue for rheumatologists but how those revenue now are being targeted and shrinking. For patients to succeed they need to be provided with robust care, he explains, but we also need ensure that private practices succeed as well. The transformation to value-based care, through evidence-based data and outcomes, can produce innovative treat-to-target strategies, he notes. Concoff also discusses how healthcare systems, payors, and rheumatologists can work together to drive quality care and reduce the cost of treating patients with rheumatologic disease.
34 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Cloud-Based EHR with AdvancedMD’s Jim Elliot
Aneel talks with Jim Elliot, Chief Marketing Officer at AdvancedMD, about why his company was uniquely positioned to assist independent practitioners with virtual patient care during the pandemic, especially in the mental health space. Since joining AdvancedMD in 2008, he has played a key role in growing the company 10-fold by promoting a customer-driven culture. Elliot describes examples of how the company’s recent innovations, which include harnessing the power of the EHRs alongside patients engagement, under the umbrella of integrated workflow, benefits both the provider and patient. Elliott also talks about why there has been a resurgence in independent practitioners even as consolidation is going on in health care generally. He describes how practitioners using AdvancedMD are reporting that the integrated system has reduced their overhead by 40 percent or more through utilization of centralized billing and virtual care visits. Technology is a game-changer for independent practitioners, he concludes.
40 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Digital Therapeutics with Chronwell’s Joe Rubinsztein
Aneel talks about digital therapeutics with Dr. Joe Rubinsztain CEO and co-founder of ChronWell, Inc., a digital therapeutics company that creates efficiencies and extends patient care beyond the walls of the physician’s office. By the time Chronwell launched in 2017, Rubinsztein, a seasoned entrepreneur and leader in healthcare information technology, was already shaking things up. In this episode, he shares how innovative technology drives early patient intervention, ultimately resulting in better clinical outcomes and a lower cost of care for both patients and payors. One of the key elements in the success of digital therapeutics and continuous care, according to Rubinsztein, is establishing compatible reimbursement schemes and competition among payors. ChronWell has worked with physician practices to develop multi-modality programs in the fatty liver space, including very innovative digital therapeutics, pathways, protocols, and algorithms.
31 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Developing a World-Class Communications Program with Rachel Ford Hut-man
Aneel talks with Rachel Ford Hutman, CEO and Founder of Ford Hutman Media, a boutique communications firm that provides media relations, thought leadership, and executive visibility to life science companies. Ford Hutman was named a San Diego Business Journal Women of Influence and selected the PR Professional of the Year by PRSA. In health care and in most businesses, relationships are everything, says Ford Hutman, and it’s how you treat people that really matters. Her clients range from start-ups to large cap public companies. How does a founder know when they are ready to launch a business? How can a thoughtful communications program be a difference maker? This episode was sponsored by Ford Hutman Media, fordhutmanmedia.com.
35 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) Com-munication with Control Bionics’ James Schorey
Aneel chats with James Schorey, Chief Technology Officer at Control Bionics, an assistive technology device company that enables people with communication challenges to participate more fully in daily life. The company’s augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) offerings helps people with a range of conditions to find their “voice.” Inspired by Stephen Hawking, Control Bionics' Trilogy product line is the only AAC product to harnesses three modalities — touch, eye, and NeuroNode control — giving users the ultimate, personalized opportunity to express themselves. Hawking was instrumental in the eventual downsizing a key component of the technology —making it more user friendly, notes Schorey. Control Bionics helps a wide variety of clients, including veterans with ALS, quadriplegics, and those with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The technology is approved by FDA and is often reimbursable. The technology involves interactions between the client’s body and a computer and is of enormous assistance to caregivers, adds Schorey..
48 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Cancer Care with Dr. Gregory Vidal and Aubrey Kelly
Aneel chats with Dr. Gregory Vidal, a medical oncologist and clinical research leader for breast oncology at West Cancer Center & Research Institute and Aubrey Kelly, CEO of Rabble Health, a digital patient engagement company in Thousand Oaks, California. The guests discuss their Cancer Care Pathways Initiative, which recently conducted the first analysis of breast cancer care involving data from the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center (MWCBC). Rabble Health collected data and performed an assessment of 81 patients of varying race, age, zip codes and gender receiving care at the Breast Center. The key findings were: MWCBC offers a rare full-service breast health center that addresses the entire spectrum of patient needs, from preventative measures to diagnosis, cancer treatment and survivorship. Over 70% of patients needing a biopsy received the procedure within 5 days of their initial mammogram. The national average is 14 days (cited here). Over 92% of women needing surgery received the procedure within 40 days of their initial mammogram. The national average is between 39 – 42 days (cited here). The key recommendations were:: Increase screening focus into high incidence and mortality zip codes Strengthen partnerships with surrounding entities to further promote breast screenings and coordination of access, literacy, and funding Implementation of community-based activities and mobile units Continue this same analysis moving forward to assess operational success (i.e. outcomes patient experience, cost/risk, and patient education) This episode is sponsored by the West Cancer Center & Research Institute, the MidSouth’s leader in adult oncology care. As they say at West Cancer Center, “we can and we care.” For more information, visit westcancercenter.org
29 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Data Security & Kinetic Protection with Protegrity’s Rick Farnell
Aneel chats with Rick Farnell, the President and CEO of Protegrity, who brings a successful track record as an entrepreneur, executive, and operator of multiple global technology companies. At the helm of Protegrity, Rick is spearheading the company’s efforts to scale its industry-leading data-security solutions into the future as companies rapidly invest in data innovation. Kinetic data occurs when data is in motion and protecting that kind of data in next-level protection, explains Farnell. Protegrity is committed to protecting data even when it’s being shared — which is occurring more than ever — says Farnell. For example, Farnell says, Protegrity can help research centers demonstrates that their patient data is being protected. Protegrity also specializes in protecting data while proving users with flexibility to blend in that information to enable data-driven innovation and performance. This episode is sponsored by Protegrity, www.protegrity.com
58 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Value-Based Care with PointClickCare’s Chris Klomp
Aneel chats with Chris Klomp, Executive Vice President, Acute & Payer, at PointClickCare. The company recently acquired Collective Medical, which is utilized by one-third of the hospitals in the United States. Basically, value-based care reward providers for outcomes, rather than volume of care, explains Klomp. But valued-based care is really about aligning incentives for coordinated patient care, he explains. Patients need be better educated about the benefits of value-based care, especially vulnerable populations, Klomp adds. Both employers and providers can play a valuable role in this effort, he says. The health care industry also needs to better educate patients on the privacy protections they’re entitled to, he asserts. Klomp also provides riveting examples of how his company uses technology and data to prove a single, streamlined care continuum. This episode is sponsored by PointClickCare, www.poinclickcare.com. This episode is also sponsored by KNB Communications, www.knbcomm.com
37 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Ambient Clinical Intelligence with Nuance’s Peter Durlach
Aneel chats with Peter Durlach, Chief Strategy Officer at Nuance Communications about Ambient Clinical Intelligence (ACI). As the head of corporate strategy, Durlach is responsible for advancing Nuance’s overall strategic direction and portfolio in line with emerging trends across key vertical markets. Nuance has established a platform, Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX), that is distinctly disrupting the traditional physician-patient experience through the use of ACI. Nuance began working on this technology five years ago and release it last year. Specifically, Durlach explains, the technology securely and compliantly records and transcribes the physician-patient clinical encounter and produces structured notes, eliminating the need for the providers to remember and write out the salient points of the patient encounter. While there is currently human review of the notes produced under the platform, the “holy grail” is to eventually eliminate the need for human review, says Durlach. While the system is not perfect, he adds, DAX does capture the patient story securely and accurately to automatically document at the point of care for increased efficiency and patient throughput. This technology is reducing physician burnout by 70 percent and is clearly reducing costs and time, according to Durlach. The discussion concludes with a look at a future in which ACI helps in clinical decision-making in various areas, such as depression. This episode is sponsored by Nuance. Visit nuance.com/DAX to sign up for a livestream demo and explore how DAX, Nuance’s ACI solution, can transform your organization.
35 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Synthetic Data with MDClone’s Dr. Jon Morrow
Aneel chats with Jon D. Morrow, M.D., M.B.A. about the relatively new concept of synthetic data, which involves using information from real patients who in the aggregate mimic the original population. Morrow is Senior VP and Physician Executive at MDClone, where he leads medical affairs activities for the North American market. A medical informaticist and board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Morrow has more than 25 years’ experience in academic medicine and healthcare technology. With the information gleaned from synthetic patients, you can draw conclusions that would you would not be able to reach within HIPPA constrictions, notes Morrow. These synthetics patients and data, which can be shared with other providers without violating patient privacy, can help facilitate research discover patterns relating to health conditions and assist clinicians to better treat patients, according to Morrow. This episode is sponsored by MDClone. https://www.mdclone.com/ This episode is also sponsored by KNB Communications, www.knbcomm.com
26 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Data Management with Harmony Health IT’s Shannon Larkin
Aneel chats with Shannon Larkin Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Harmony Healthcare IT, a data management firm that migrates and archives patient, employee, and business records for healthcare organizations. Larkin notes that a single patient generates close to 80 megabytes in imaging electronic medical record data, which is increasing exponentially. Most hospitals have about 10 electronic medical record systems in place. Hospitals need to figure out how to integrate their legacy data with this burgeoning additional data, and this involves more than just cold storage, according to Larkin. Health information management teams that are fulfilling release of information requests and need to access that information every day. Clinicians often need to access historical information to treat the patients in real time, adds Larkin She notes that financial information is now being increasingly integrated into a single archival system. It’s very important for hospitals to put a legacy data management strategy system in place to achieve top-level interoperability, Larkin notes. This episode is sponsored by Harmony Healthcare IT, harmonyhit.com .
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