Category: Entrepreneurs

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

Data will eat public health: Podcast with Shahir Kassam-Adams

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September 24th, 2020 by

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Shahir Kassam-Adams

Shahir Kassam-Adams is one of the most knowledgeable and outspoken people in healthcare. In this episode, Shahir shares his initially unsettling but ultimately reassuring view that “data will eat public health.” He opines on interoperability and explains how his company, Datavant has promoted data sharing on COVID-19, leading to a plethora of interesting and potentially useful projects, including one that models the tradeoffs for specific American cities to reopen.

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

Check out #CareTalk @HLTH2019

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November 7th, 2019 by

CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll and I talk #CareTalk on the road to the HLTH conference in Las Vegas, where we interviewed some big names include Obamacare architect Zeke Emmanuel, Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt, Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Walmart Health exec Marcus Osborne, and Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein.

You can check out the whole series on the YouTube playlist.

Remedy Partners founder Steve Wiggins explains why he’s high on bundled payments (podcast)

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April 29th, 2019 by
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Remedy Partners founder Steve Wiggins

Steve Wiggins has seen a thing or two in his more than three decades as a healthcare entrepreneur. His Oxford Health Plans introduced “pods,” a precursor of the Accountable Care Organization and he led HealthMarket, an early player in the consumer directed health plan space. He’s carried the same themes into his current  role as founder and Chairman of Remedy Partners, the leader in Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Initiative (BPCI).

As you’ll hear in this podcast, Steve’s a big believer in bundles, offering them as a proven solution for a large portion of the healthcare dollar, within almost any healthcare financing framework from traditional commercial coverage to Medicare for All.

Here’s what we discussed:

  • (0:18) What is a bundled payment? How does it relate to other new approaches like ACOs?
  • (3:05) Did bundled payments start in Medicare rather than the private sector? If so, why?
  • (6:52) How well has BPCI worked? What does the future look like?
  • (11:01) How do episodes and bundles tie in more broadly? I often hear that chronic care or end of life care are the big cost drivers, not episodic care. Can those statements be reconciled?
  • (15:10) How should we think about bundled payments and related topics playing into the campaign, or should we just give up on that?
  • (19:14) You’ve founded quite a few healthcare companies over your career. How does this Remedy compare?
  • (21:41) How do you expect the company to evolve in the next few years?

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