Tag: David E. Williams

Fortune Magazine quotes David Williams on vaccine mandates

September 21st, 2021 by

A Kaiser Family Foundation report revealed the impact of the unvaccinated on the US health care system $5.7 billion. Fortune (Unvaccinated Americans cost the health system $5.7 billion) quotes David Williams on the impact of mandates and why busy hospitals are losing money.

“Because it’s so political, this takes the heat off of employers to mandate vaccines,” said David E. Williams, president of Boston-based Health Business Group, a health care consulting firm. He thinks mandates will make a difference in hospitalizations.“Each incremental percentage in vaccination is valuable to the country as a whole.”

More than half of U.S. hospitals closed the fourth quarter of 2020 with negative margins, and half a dozen filed for bankruptcy. “They had a lot of customers,” Williams said, “but the wrong kind.”

Interview with epocrates General Manager Diane Bartoli

September 2nd, 2021 by

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epocrates GM Diane Bartoli

Epocrates General Manager Diane Bartoli’s background is a little different from most of my guests. She majored in English and most of her career has been in publishing, with stints at Random House, Elsevier and Amazon’s Kindle before joining athenahealth to lead its epocrates business.

I’ve followed epocrates for decades –since they started out as mobile app on the Palm Pilot. When athenahealth acquired them about 8 years ago I interviewed the executive who did the deal. He talked about basking in epocrates’ ‘love halo’ and some other interesting rationales.

Diane has been hard at work steering epocrates through the pandemic. Demand is up for reliable information for clinicians about covid in particular, and so business is good. Unsurprisingly, Diane has a few book recommendations, including The Winter Fortress, written by her husband Neal Bascomb. And Diane is quick to point out that she mainly reads on the Kindle.

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

Interview with Navigating Cancer CEO Bill Bunker

May 6th, 2021 by

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Bill Bunker, Navigating Cancer CEO

Cancer is tough on patients and families. And while a whole array of physicians, health plans and pharma companies are poised to help, it’s a challenge to bring everyone together. Navigating Cancer focuses on enabling the best care for patients, with a particular emphasis on the 95+ percent of the time that they’re not in the office.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Navigating Cancer CEO Bill Bunker describes how the company is leveraging workflow, data and mobile to improve the care experience. We also discuss the promise of value based care for cancer and the challenge of medication adherence for oral oncolytics.

In his spare time, Bill’s been reading books such as When All is Said by Anne Griffin and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which he describes as a messy and chaotic read –but worth the effort.

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

Podcast interview with Papa CEO Andrew Parker

April 15th, 2021 by

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Andrew Parker, Papa CEO

Andrew Parker is a son of South Florida. He’s also the son and grandson of entrepreneurs and an independent spirit, so it was pretty clear what career path he’d ultimately pursue. Papa –which offers Family on Demand– was born from Andrew’s experience arranging a youthful pal for his own Papa, a fairly demanding guy, at least in Andrew’s telling. When Papa was pleased with the service, Andrew knew it would appeal more broadly.

After being selected for Y Combinator and raising investment funds, it was off to the races. Papa Pals have been providing companionship and help with everyday tasks, combatting loneliness, sustaining independence, and making life more fun. The newly launched Papa Health adds Papa Docs to the mix, helping seniors navigate primary care, urgent care and manage their chronic conditions.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Andrew and I discuss his early career in telehealth, the founding of Papa, and experiences during the pandemic.

Andrew didn’t grow up as a big reader, and he still prefers audio books to the printed word. His favorite book, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a classic in the true sense of the word.

Meanwhile, If your business needs strategy consulting support please reach out to me at dwilliams@HealthBusinessGroup.com. We have experience throughout healthcare and life sciences, including with real world evidence companies similar to CorEvitas.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

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

Interview with CorEvitas CEO Raymond Hill

April 8th, 2021 by

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Ray Hill, CorEvitas CEO

Ray Hill grew up on a farm and took up rowing in college. So he’s always been a hard worker and an early riser. In this edition of the HealthBiz podcast, Ray brings us up to date on progress at CorEvitas. As CEO and Chairman he’s led the company’s expansion from a singular rheumatoid arthritis registry to a broader autoimmune and inflammatory company with registries, real world evidence, biorepositories, and patient engagement capabilities.

I was partial to the company’s former name, Corrona, but for some reason that one didn’t have the right connotations for the pandemic era. When not focused on CorEvitas, Ray continues to row and to cycle. And he’s also chair of Row New York, which combines rowing and academics for kids who not otherwise have access.  Ray is proud of Row NY’s 99% graduation rate from HS and 85% graduation rate from four year colleges, a remarkable record.

 Meanwhile, If your business needs strategy consulting support please reach out to me at dwilliams@HealthBusinessGroup.com. We have experience throughout healthcare and life sciences, including with real world evidence companies similar to CorEvitas. 

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

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