Category: Technology

Interview with Joel Morse, Curavit CEO

published date
March 4th, 2021 by

joel opening pittston
Joel Morse, Curavit CEO

Joel Morse has devoted his career to building innovative companies that serve the pharmaceutical industry. His latest venture, Curavit Clinical Research runs decentralized or virtual trials, which have grown dramatically in the pandemic. 

I’m a big fan –and will be a panelist on a Curavit-sponsored webinar:  Are You Ready to Go Virtual? Unlocking the Full Potential of Decentralized Clinical Trials.  The webinar is on March 11 at 1 pm EST. Register here.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Joel talks about decentralized trials and why they’re growing. He also opens up about his experience building C3i, and how it led him to adventures around the world, including Joel’s involvement with the royal family in Bulgaria.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.


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

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

published date
February 18th, 2021 by

JeanClaude Saghbini 1
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.

Check out the rough (AI-generated) transcript.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.


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

Hand Sanitizers: My Three Favorites

published date
January 15th, 2021 by

 

My three favorite hand sanitizers are:

hand sanitizers effective hand sanitizer brands

  1. Puracyn Plus First Aid Wound & Skin Cleanser
  2. Der-Mat Hand Sanitizer
  3. Safe Hands Solo

I use and recommend all three, but for different situations.

First, some background

By the time the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in earnest in Boston in March, I had a fairly realistic idea of what would happen. I had been following events in the Lombardy region of Italy –a wealthy, well-educated place not so different from the Boston area. I was staggered by the impact of the outbreak on the healthcare system and by the severity of the response –the lockdown of a Western city. So I made sure to have plenty of food on hand, and even stocked up on toilet paper.

One thing I didn’t think about was hand sanitizer. By the time I did, it was impossible to find on store shelves or by mail order. That would remain the case for months.

Puracyn Plus First Aid Wound & Skin Cleanser

A friend in the medical field suggested Puracyn, a wound cleaning product with a 0.012% hypochlorous acid formulation. Nothing on the label says “virus killer” and of course at that point no products had really been tested against COVID-19. But since people didn’t know about it, I was able to procure it in March. I bought a few 16-ounce bottles (not cheap) and started using it for hand sanitizing and also for cleaning door handles and the like. The label reads:

Advanced Hypochlorous Solution

Hypochlorous acid is a molecule naturally produced by the human body’s immune system. Puracyn Plus contains a synthesized version of the hypochlorous molecule, which serves as a preservative that inhibits the growth of microorganisms within the solution

  • Science-Based Technology
  • Sting-free
  • Steroid free
  • Non-toxic
  • Alcohol-free

I really like this product. The sprayer is easy to use, it feels more or less like water on the skin, doesn’t leave any residue, has almost no odor, and can be used a lot without causing chafing or other skin irritation.

I keep it in the house and in the car.

In researching this post, I found Hypochlorous Acid: A Review in the American Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons singing the praises of hypochlorous acid as “an inexpensive, available, nontoxic and practical disinfectant that is effective in sanitizing against the COVID-19 virus.” So I feel confident in recommending it.

DenMat Hand Sanitizer

In April, a publicist for DenMat, a supplier to dental practices, sent me a sample of their new Hard Surface Cleanser, a bleach based cleaner with a lemon scent. It’s a good product and I’ve used it around the house, especially in the bathroom. I’m sure dental offices and others are using it against COVID-19.

But the real excitement was that this shipment also included a six pack of 5 oz containers of hand sanitizer. The DenMat version is an 80 percent ethyl alcohol solution, with glycerin to moisturize and smooth the hands. I really love this one. The pump/sprayer is super easy to use and it sprays out just a small amount. It’s a much better dispenser than what you typically find on Purell and similar. There is no waste and the bottles have lasted a long time.

There is a slight odor (nothing unpleasant) and it dries quickly. I keep this in my backpack and car, and carry it around with me if I’m going to eat outdoors at a restaurant (not that I’ve done much of that lately)!

Alcohol is flammable and swallowing even small amounts can poison children, so watch out.

SafeHands solo

Image 1 13 21 at 6.32 PM

Recently, I started using SafeHands solo, a sanitizer with benzalkonium chloride as its active ingredient. The novelty is that it comes in single use packets that can easily be toted around in a shirt pocket or purse.

It also has an interesting, three-step instruction for use: “hold it, fold it, squeeze it.” You hold the packet in one hand, then fold it to pop it open, then squeeze out the liquid onto your hand. After that you rub it around just like any other hand sanitizer.

It seems to work well, and it’s super convenient. The only challenge is that sometimes the squirt goes a little awry and some liquid ends up on your clothes or elsewhere. I used one this morning after touching a door handle and got a bit on my winter coat. It dried quickly, though and left no stain.

I plan to keep a few of these with me at all times. In any case I prefer to have my own supplies rather than using any communal containers that are offered in stores and other public places. I will probably not put any in my wallet, however, in case the seal breaks along the wallet fold.

I hadn’t heard of benzalkonium chlorides (BACs), but apparently they are widely used. Safe Hands Solo describes the product as non-toxic, and some research has found that to be the case. There are some concerns raised in the literature, however. See, for example Benzalkonium Chlorides: Uses, Regulatory Status, and Microbial Resistance in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Unlike alcohol, it is not flammable.

Conclusion: Why These Hand Sanitizers are Great

After almost a year of the pandemic, these three hand sanitizers are my favorites. I’m sure there are other good ones out there, but I prefer all of them to the typical gels that I commonly see.

Truth is, hand sanitizer was a bigger deal in the early months, before we understood that airborne transmission through droplets and aerosols was the main worry. I still use hand sanitizer but I don’t go out much, so the products don’t get used too quickly.

Masks, on the other hand, I do use a lot! So stay tuned for a review of my favorites.

……

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

Medical record indexing in the EHR era: Podcast with EDCO CEO Andrew Fehlman

published date
December 28th, 2020 by

Fehlman photo
Andrew Fehlman, CEO, Solarity by EDCO

Have you ever heard of medical record indexing? I hadn’t until I met Andrew Fehlman, CEO of Solarity by EDCO. His company works with major US health systems that have implemented top-end electronic medical records like Epic and Cerner. He compares medical record indexing to helping organize a complex inbox full of emails, PDFs, images and other documents. Solarity uses streamlined workflow tools and machine learning to boost accuracy and throughput well beyond what health information management departments can do on their own.

Andrew joined the company straight out of college, working his way up in sales and ultimately to CEO. He’s built up the company, led it through successful growth equity financings, and is positioning Solarity to thrive in the era of interoperability. Solarity has continued growing straight through the pandemic and is looking forward to 2021.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript of the episode. Click on a word if you want to start the podcast from a particular spot.


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

Healthcare is digital. Can interoperability be far behind? Podcast with Lyniate’s Drew Ivan

published date
December 3rd, 2020 by

Drew Ivan
Drew Ivan

With the digitization of health care records, you’d kind of expect that electronic medical records could talk to one another. Alas, the US healthcare system is still a veritable tower of Babel. It’s a real mess for patients, doctors, hospitals, labs, etc. trying to share information. And the pandemic has made things worse as people get testing and care in different places than they’re used to. Thanks to healthcare, the fax machine is still alive and well in the third decade of the 21st century.

But people like Drew Ivan haven’t given up. They’re working nonstop to turn the promise of healthcare interoperability into reality. As Chief Product and Strategy Officer of Lyniate, Drew is building digital connections throughout the healthcare ecosystem.

For your reading pleasure, he recommends Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke and the sequel, How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices.

The HealthBiz podcast is available on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and  many more services. Please consider rating the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Doing so helps the podcast reach more listeners.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript of the episode. Click on a word if you want to start the podcast from a particular spot.


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