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Wolters Kluwer Health CTO Jean-Claude Saghbini’s post-pandemic predictions

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Jean-Claude Saghbini, Wolters Kluwer Health CTO

Wolters Kluwer Health Chief Technology Officer, Jean-Claude Sagbhini has been thinking a lot about how the pandemic will change healthcare. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, we discuss his predictions  about scaling telehealth, accelerating evidence, predicting and preventing with AI, the changing roles of healthcare workers, and moving beyond interoperability to supra-operability.

I’ve been following Wolters Kluwer Health, and in particular its UpToDate offering for over 20 years and it’s exciting to see how the company is taking the original vision forward.

In his spare time Jean-Claude reads children’s books (to his kids) and is also reading a decidedly non-tech book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Aledade CMO Dr. Emily Maxson on Primary Care Participation in ACOs

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Dr. Emily Maxson

As the daughter of an infertility specialist, Emily Maxson grew up with a strong understanding of medicine and an appreciation for the role of specialists. But she also learned about the challenge of access and the importance of primary care. As a primary care physician and Chief Medical Officer of Aledade, Emily helps independent primary care physicians participate in accountable care organizations, preserve their independence and financial viability, and boost quality and access for patients.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Emily and I discuss the role of primary care, how physicians have fared during the pandemic, the interaction of technology adoption and reimbursement, and Emily’s predictions –or hopes– for the future.

She recommends two books: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

ChartWise CEO Steven Mason on Clinical Documentation Improvement

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Steven Mason, ChartWise Medical CEO

In this episode of the HealthBiz Podcast, ChartWise Medical Systems CEO, Steven Mason shares his journey from New Orleans to Nashville, explains how his background in organizational development and consulting prepared him for corporate leadership, and opines on the impact of President Joe Biden’s Administration on healthcare.

We discuss CDI: clinical documentation improvement/integrity, and how it’s shifting as payment models get more complex and COVID-19 upends traditional care patterns.

Steven has been reading Countdown 1945, The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

COVID-19 vaccinations are going poorly in MA. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe

For months we’ve been focused on the shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses. That’s still a problem, but for now the bottlenecks are further downstream. Massachusetts is struggling to get the doses distributed and administered. More than half sit unused. Even if we have 10 million (or a billion) doses we’d still be stuck.

In today’s Boston Globe (State’s hope of vaccinating almost everyone by the end of summer depends on a lot going right) I encourage the state to assume there will be enough vaccines and just get them out to people.

“We’re only using half of what we’ve been given,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “It’s not an excuse to say because supplies are slow, we can just sit back. We should assume there’ll be more supply, and we owe it to the citizens of Massachusetts to be ready when it comes.”


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Social Determinants of Health with Unite Us Leaders Taylor Justice and Christina Mainelli

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Taylor Justice
Christina Mainelli
Christina Mainelli

After Taylor Justice was medically discharged from the Army, he learned firsthand about social determinants of health through working with other veterans. It led him to co-found Unite Us to digitally connect community services like housing, education and substance abuse counseling to meet the holistic needs of individuals.

As Chief Operating Officer, Christina Mainelli brings her healthcare industry knowledge to link physical and behavioral healthcare with community based services to support a whole-person approach. And she brings her savvy in scaling up healthcare businesses.

In this episode of the HealthBiz Podcast, Taylor and Christina share their vision and progress for connecting health and social care, provide insights on the pandemic and vaccine rollout, and tout their favorite books:

Taylor loves non-fiction, and recommends The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Christina is listening to A Promised Land by President Barack Obama and is learning Italian. (She also got me to admit I’m learning how to juggle.)

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.