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HIMSS Accelerate Health Podcast
9 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Startup Showcase 2021: Payground
On a special edition of the Accelerate Health podcast, we continue our series of spotlights on unique digital health startups that are changing the face of healthcare. Each of these companies will also be featured at the hybrid event for HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas this August.This week, we speak to Adam Younger, Chief Strategy Officer for Payground. Payground is a web-based platform that's revolutionizing the way patients pay their medical bills. It lets users have one login to access multiple profiles and providers for their entire family to make easy payments. No more juggling numerous accounts with various providers, making payments by mail or paying by phone. Adam talks about the deeply personal and passionate story of how this idea originated and how their founder decided to affect change in the midst of his own personal health struggles and how their patient-centric approach reduces burden on both the patients and providers.To learn more about Payground, click here
14 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Startup Showcase 2021: Mediguru
On a special edition of the Accelerate Health podcast, we continue our series of spotlights on unique digital health startups that are changing the face of healthcare. Each of these companies will also be featured at the hybrid event for HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas this August.This week, we speak to Siva Nagalingam, CEO of Mediguru. MediGuru is a telehealth software platform that enables a healthcare system, provider network or payer network to setup a customized & branded telemedicine solution as part of their virtual care practice. Siva talks about how a focus on patient empathy sets it apart from other platforms and how they are addressing the entire continuum of care to address physician burnout and sustainability in telehealth. To learn more about Mediguru, click here
35 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Accelerate Digital Health Investing: Emma Cartmell, Cartmell Ventures
On this week's episode, Kerry Amato speaks with Emma Cartmell, Founding Partner of Cartmell Ventures on the current landscape of digital health investing. They discuss how COVID has impacted not only digital health but investing in it as well. Emma talks about what she looks for in a startup when she is ready to invest and the value in investing in underrepresented geographies, specifically non-coastal companies. She also gives her unique perspecive on women in leadership roles within the investment space.
14 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Startup Showcase 2021: Strive MedTech
On a special edition of the Accelerate Health podcast, we continue our series of spotlights on unique digital health startups that are changing the face of healthcare. Each of these companies will also be featured at the hybrid event for HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas this August.This week, we speak to the Founder of Strive Medtech, Dr. Padraic Obma. Strive is a total care platform redefining the delivery of musculoskeletal care by empowering the patients through mobile software and wearable technology. An end-to-end solution from initial assessment and conservative care through surgery, and postop care. Dr. Obma talks about what sets Strive apart from other platforms with their patient-focused approach and how they are addressing health equity with their initiative to provide proper hardware to underserved communities. To learn more about Strive MedTech, click here
37 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
The Patient Voice: Gwen Darien, Executive Vice President, National Patient Advocate Foundation
On this week's episode, Kerry Amato speaks with Gwen Darien, executive vice president for patient advocacy and engagement for the National Patient Advocacy Foundation (NPAF). They discuss what it means to amplify the patient voice to reform healthcare delivery system and make it more patient-centered. Gwen expands upon the important role tech plays in addressing cost concerns for patients; specifically in addressing healthcare inequities. She also speaks to where the trust premium between patients and providers comes into play with SDOH and how do we get patients to be more part of the conversation.
22 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Pharma Startups Moving the Needle: Naomi Fried, Founder of PharmStars
This week, Kerry Amato speaks with Naomi Fried, the founder and CEO of PharmStars , the first and only pharma-focused accelerator for digital health startups, dedicated to driving digital health adoption to improve patient outcomes. PharmStars understands and addresses the challenges that pharma and startups face when seeking to collaborate. Their PharmaU program supports the digital health startups and pharma members seeking to “bridge the gap,” leading to greater success and faster adoption of “beyond the molecule” solutions for patients. Kerry and Naomi discuss the importance of a pharma-specific accelerator in the digital health space while highlighting the groundbreaking work PharmStars is doing to advance the field. Applications for participation in the first cohort are due July 21, 2021.
40 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Meeting Patients Where They Are: Dr. Melynda Barnes, Ro-The Patient Company
On this week's episode, Rob Havasy will be chatting with Dr. Melynda Barnes, Chief Medical Officer for Ro. Ro is the healthcare technology company building a patient-centric healthcare system. With a nationwide provider network, in-home care API, and proprietary pharmacy distribution centers, Ro seamlessly connects telehealth, diagnostics, and pharmacy services to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare without the need for insurance. Rob and Dr. Barnes discuss the effects COVID-19 had on the telehealth industry, specifically Ro. Dr. Barnes elaborates on how patients' data being accessible for all empowers BOTH the patient and physician. Finally, the future of point-of-care (POC) diagnostics is reimagined while focusing on the successes and patterns seen with Ro users.
27 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The Patient Voice: Empathy Amplifier, Grace Cordovano, CEO, Enlightened Results
On this week's episode, Kerry Amato speaks with empathy amplifier, Grace Cordovano who is the CEO of Enlighted Results. They discuss what it takes to be a patient advocate, why these type of services need to be in every doctor's office and what true empathetic design really means? Grace highlights the importance of distinguishing between patients vs. consumers and how long term use of these labels in healthcare only hurt the advancement of patient empowerment.
31 minutes | May 26, 2021
Future of Telehealth: Waivers & Beyond with Jody Hoffman, PCHAlliance & David Gray, HIMSS
On this week's episode, Rob Havasy speaks with our own Jody Hoffman, Manager for Policy of the Personal Connected Health Alliance and David Gray, Director of Government Relations for HIMSS about the future of telehealth now that the pandemic restrictions are starting to be lifted.
27 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Patient Voice: #MedicineExplained with Amanda d’Almeida & Dan Villavecer
Amongst all of the amazing uses for social media, one area that has not been fully explored is using it to better serve our health. In these changing times post-COVID, meeting patients where they are has become more important than ever before. On this week's episode, Kerry Amato speaks with 4th year doctors, Amanda d’Almeida and Dan Villavecer who decided to take matters into their own hands and create Medicine Explained on TikTok. They explain everyday issues such a “What type of headache do I have? How do menstrual cups work? What does alcohol do to my body? etc. Dan and Amanda started creating content as a way to fight medical misinformation on the internet. Medicine Explained was started to decentralize medical information by making it understandable to everyone, acting as preventative health education to people around the world who may never have access to proper healthcare, but have access to social media. With fake news and misinformation spreading on social media, they wished to create a reliable channel people could turn to for medical knowledge.In less than 6 months, Medicine Explained has amassed over 1.1 million followers and over 100 million views worldwide. The hashtag #MedicineExplained has over 100 Million views on the platform.
21 minutes | May 12, 2021
Moving Beyond Femtech: Sonia Millsom, Maven
Indu Subaiya speaks with Maven's Chief Commercial Officer, Sonia Millsom. Maven is the largest virtual clinic dedicated to women and family health. Indu and Sonia discus what sets Maven apart from other telehealth networks and moving beyond the classification of Femtech as verticals and towards making them core to the health of families and communities.
45 minutes | May 5, 2021
Accelerating Digital Transformation in Healthcare: Brent Lamm, Deputy CIO, UNC Health
On this week's episode, Rob Havasy speaks with Brent Lamm, Deputy Chief Information Officer for UNC Health, recognized as one of America's most connected hospitals. UNC Health is also a Davies Award winning healthcare system and has achieved an astounding Stage 7 for three of HIMSS Analytics models: inpatient, outpatient, and analytics. They discuss what digital transformation means for health systems today, the difference between being 'data-informed vs data-driven" and the importance of flexible governance that allows teams to create innovative technologies for the patient rather than for technology's sake.
28 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
The Digital Human: Alice Rathjen, CEO, DNA Compass
On this week's episode, Indu Subaiya speaks with Alice Rathjen, Founder and CEO of DNA Compass. DNA Compass leverages maps to provide entities their own infrastructure for working with genetic data. Maps are a great way to promote genomic literacy, automate diagnostics, and enable people to meet up at locations on the genome to accelerate treatment and cures. Indu and Alice discuss everything from genomics, tracing COVID-19 variants using the Human Genome map, and the tech platforms needed to defining what a digital human being truly is.
16 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Startup Showcase 2021: Chooch.AI
On a special edition of the Accelerate Health podcast, we launch the 1st in a series of spotlights on unique digital health startups that are changing the face of healthcare. Each of these companies will also be featured at the hybrid event for HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas this August. Our first startup spotlight focuses on Chooch.AI, a computer visualization company that can rapidly ingest and process visual data from any spectrum, generating AI models in hours that can detect objects, actions, processes, coordinates, states, and more. We speak with CEO, Emrah Gultekin, who discusses that Chooch.AI hopes to copy human visual intelligence in machines by broadening the approach of AI, instead of just focusing on vertical applications. So the same technology that what would work on a construction site or retail setting could translate easily to hospitals in smart ORs. Come listen to how they are evolving in the healthcare industry and changing the face of AI. To learn more about Chooch.AI, click here
32 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Accelerating Pharma Innovation: Jim Parshall, Connected Health External Innovation at Eli Lilly and Company
This past year has been a tremendous shift for the healthcare industry. One of the most important changes that has come out of COVID has been the acceleration of digital health. Not only has this been beneficial for use during the pandemic, but it has also demonstrated viability for people living in remote or rural areas where traditional care is not as easily accessible to them. Pharmaceutical companies were no exception in having to strengthen their use of digital health products and services to reach their clients directly. On this week's episode, Rob Havasy speaks with Jim Parshall, Director of Connected Health External Innovation at Eli Lilly and Company on the ways pharma has shifted focus to digital health in this post-COVID world. He speaks to the important work Eli Lilly and Company is doing to amplify partnerships with pharma and startups and how to improve the patient experience with telehealth. The ever-evolving future of pharma looks bright but what is next?Thank you to Change Healthcare for sponsoring this episode. For more information, visit changehealthcare.com
29 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
The Patient Voice: Brook McCall, United Spinal Association
Today, we launch a 10-month series amplifying the Patient Voice while focusing on designing and using new technology. Each month, we will be interviewing a new patient advocate who personally and professionally knows the importance of developing technology to manage their health but the struggle to find a company who truly innovates for their end-user: the patient. On this week's episode, Kerry Amato will speak to Brook McCall, Director of the Tech Access Initiative, for the United Spinal Association about the importance of involving the patient from the start in designing technology. Brooke will discuss her own personal journey as a patient, beginning with advocating for herself and how that evolved into a professional calling where she advocates for millions more each day. For more information on the United Spinal Association, Tech Access Council, view here.To reach out to Brook McCall directly, email email@example.com
38 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Accelerate Maternal Health: Dr. Ellen Seely, Brigham & Women's and HeartHealth4Moms
Maternal health is a critical issue around the globe facing millions of women every day. According to the CDC, more than 60% of pregnancy-related deaths in America are preventable. And this is not just a women's issue, it's a human issue. On this week’s episode, we'll be speaking with Dr. Ellen Seely, Director of Clinical Research for Brigham and Women's Hospital, and research lead for Heart Health 4 Moms, where she's directing research of women who have experienced pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia, and the important work that they're doing through data and education to change those statistics. If you have any questions, ideas, or comments for Dr. Seely, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to visit www.hh4m.org for more information about the groundbreaking study mentioned in today’s episode.
43 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Accelerating Innovation Out of the Spotlight: Troy Keyser, Carilion Innovation
On this week's episode, Rob Havasy speaks with Troy Keyser, Director of Carilion Innovation for Carilion Health about adapting innovation on a smaller but just as important scale. In the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals across the world were struggling to adapt to the ever-changing protocol, PPE shortages and fear of an unknown virus and its implications on their resources, staff and personally, their families. At Carilion Health, a smaller health system than the larger ones talked about on the nightly news, Troy had to find new and innovative ways to solve the same challenges that faced those health giants but with fewer resources than them. Havasy opens the discussion with a stroll down memory lane for Troy and what led him to Carilion Health and creating their innovation program. While Carilion Innovation had focused on commercializable inventions up until the pandemic, once COVID-19 finally reached their doors, they had to pivot considerably the trajectory and types of innovations they were working on. It greatly accelerated the innovation roadmap Keyser had planned for several years down the line to just a matter of months. Keyser gives an example of N95 mask shortages across their hospitals, but without the means to acquire more they looked to unusual places on the Internet for inspiration and in the community around them to find a way to make the masks they did have reusable but still safe. Although large scale resources were lacking, Keyser speaks to the importance of the local community near Carilion and utilizing the partners they did have in the right ways. Virginia Tech was only a few miles away with eager and willing students and a state-of-the-art DREAMS lab with industrial 3D printers. The Carilion human factors team also played an instrumental part in testing the prototypes with actual staff and making sure the acclimation process was at the forefront of design. Havasy leads this example into a discussion on the status of American manufacturing and is it really dead or just dormant? The conversation ends with a deeper look into the importance of involving lawyers from the start of an innovation project and the big difference between coming up with an idea and bringing it over the finish line vs. one that inspires confidence in its users, and makes people happy to accept it.
34 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Accelerating the Digital Doctor: Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Health
In this episode, host Indu Subaiya discusses the evolution of modern technology challenges and successes over the past 5 years with Dr. Bob Wachter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF and Author of New York Times Bestseller, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.The conversation begins with a look back for Dr. Wachter during the time that became his inspiration for writing, The Digital Doctor. A time where advances in technology for other industries were thriving yet the rollout of new technologies within healthcare was frustrating and slow. He speaks to the level of difficulty in the transition from analog to digital medicine; that although originally gave him a negative point of view, his outlook shifted. After over 100 interviews with healthcare stakeholders over the course of a year, that it wasn’t a matter of IF technology would help advance healthcare, it was only a matter of WHEN and BY WHOM. Dr. Wachter talks about how the healthcare industry should demand the same expectations and level of ease/service of big EHR providers and tech companies that they would of Netflix or Fidelity. Doctors and nurses are just beginning to reap the benefits of machines as they begin to finally display their value.Wachter emphasizes that the first wave of healthcare digitization was getting electronic health records and cohesive systems into doctor offices and hospitals to create a digital scaffolding for all of healthcare. However, the next wave is going to be far more interesting, far more diverse. It will focus on the weaving together of those electronic health records, with all sorts of tools that are developed by third party vendors or digital giant. The need to qualify this technology will be instrumental to engaging the patient. He reflects on the effectiveness of public health systems in relation to the current COVID-19 crisis and the importance of cross-collecting data from multiple sources The conversation closes with a look at the difference in responses to the COVID crisis through the lens of different geographic areas (San Francisco vs. Los Angeles) and occupations (i.e. athletes) and how they navigated success and challenges differently.
17 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Accelerate Digital Health Policy - Interview with Jody Hoffman
In this episode, host John Sharp is joined by Jody Hoffman, Senior Partner at Republic Consulting, LLC and Connected Health Policy Advisor for the Personal Connected Health Alliance. Jody is an expert in health policy and has advised Personal Connected Health Alliance members for a decade through her role in our US Policy Workgroup. Jody addresses many questions about the future of telehealth policy, remote patient monitoring, and other healthcare topics under the new administration.The discussion begins with a consideration of the waivers passed by Congress allowing for expanded telehealth use during the National Health Emergency. These waivers allowed Medicare beneficiaries to access telehealth services in ways that were formerly restricted by CMS rules, as well as allowing hospitals to expand telehealth use with reduced privacy and security requirements. This expansion proved to be a lifeline for many hospitals and healthcare practices early in the pandemic. The question on everyone’s mind is what happens as the COVID emergency winds down? John and Jody explore the future of the telehealth waivers and some of the changes that also enabled remote monitoring for Medicare patients.The discussion moves to broader health IT priorities and some insight into the potential priorities of the incoming administration and new congress. There remains broad agreement that public health infrastructure will take center stage in the coming years and the focus of HIT modernization will begin to shift from EHRs and patient record access to more public health-focused data sharing.Looking towards other regulatory agencies, the conversation ranges from the FDA Digital Health Center of Excellence to other recent rules including interoperability and privacy rules issued by ONC and CMS. John and Jody also take a quick look ahead at a possible introduction of Cures 2.0, an update to the 21st Century Cures Act.
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