Category: e-health

Pharma jumps into digital health: Podcast interview with Medullan CEO Ahmed Albaiti

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October 20th, 2020 by

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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the last to be transformed by the digital revolution. But companies like Roche and Novartis have been experimenting for a long while, and the fruits are finally ripening.

Medullan CEO Ahmed Albaiti is a digital health pioneer. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, he takes us on a trip down the memory lane of digital health, sharing pharma’s successes and failures. We discuss the shock brought on by COVID-19 and why software is often classified as a medical device. He also shares his vision for an integrated and harmonized future for pharma, payers, providers –and patients.

I’m proud to serve as chairman of Medullan’s advisory board.

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

iPhone and iPad in healthcare: Podcast with DrChrono’s Daniel Kivatinos

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October 8th, 2020 by

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Daniel Kivatinos

Like many healthcare entrepreneurs, Daniel Kivatinos was a tech guy whose bad personal experience with the healthcare system led him to try to make things better. The founding of DrChrono a decade ago coincided with the birth of the iPad and iPhone, and the company has been closely linked to Apple hardware ever since. In fact, Daniel is such a hardcore Apple guy that he recommends buying two Apple watches so you can wear one while the other is charging!

In this edition of the HealthBiz podcast, Daniel charts the history of DrChrono and shares what’s coming next with the Apple Watch, artificial intelligence and more.

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

Telehealth for nursing homes. Podcast interview with Curatess CEO Paul Knight

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August 24th, 2020 by
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Paul Knight, Curatess Founder & CEO

COVID-19 has spurred a dramatic shift to telehealth. It’s also devastated nursing homes, which have suffered tremendous loss of life. But I’d heard very little about how nursing homes are using telehealth during the pandemic –at least until I spoke with the CEO of Curatess, Paul Knight.

In this podcast, Paul and I discuss:

  • How nursing homes became ground zero for COVID-19 infections and deaths
  • The role of telehealth in nursing homes during the pandemic
  • How the nursing home telehealth experience differs from the prototypical televisit
  • Best practices for nursing homes considering deployment of telehealth
  • How nursing homes will evolve during the pandemic and what role telehealth will play

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

Telehealth, visualization and the pandemic

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August 6th, 2020 by
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Dr. Art Papier, VisualDx CEO

Infectious disease expert and dermatologist Art Papier is CEO of VisualDx. In this podcast interview we discuss the pandemic, telehealth, and racial disparities.

Here’s what we covered:

(0:13) Comparing today’s crisis with 9/11 and anthrax attacks
(2:06) Lack of preparation for COVID-19
(3:43) The all hazard approach to bio-preparedness
(7:04) Why COVID-19 hit the US so hard
(8:19) How the pandemic will end
(10:04) Role of virtualization in diagnosis
(13:50) What changes with telehealth
(15:58) Future potential of telehealth
(18:45) Impact of telehealth on equity and disparities
(21:08) What the future holds

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Interview conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group. Podcast production by Marina Zapesochny, social media intern.

What do patients think of virtual care? Interview with Kyruus’s Dr. Erin Jospe

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July 31st, 2020 by
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Dr. Erin Jospe, Kyruus CMO

Patients have been receiving a megadose of virtual care since March. How’s it going and what will it mean long-term? Provider search and scheduling company, Kyruus asked 1000 patients for their opinions and published the findings.

How Patients Learned About Virtual Care Options
How Patients Learned About Virtual Care Options

Kyruus Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Erin Jospe and I had a chance to catch up on the report and speculate about its implications in this podcast.

Here’s what we discussed:

  • (0:15) Key findings and surprises
  • (1:54) Baby Boomers’ affinity for virtual care
  • (3:40) Paradox that Baby Boomers are big utilizers of virtual care but not so likely to switch doctors to get it
  • (6:21) Downsides and limitations of virtual care
  • (10:55) Impact of virtual care on disparities
  • (13:47) Potential to launch a virtual-first practice
  • (17:31) Why Kyruus cares about these results

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Interview conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group. Podcast production by Marina Zapesochny, social media intern.