Category Archives: Podcast

#CareTalk: Is value based care here to stay?

In the November edition of #CareTalk, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I cover everything from my recent accident to Amazon, with a dose of Doug Jones and Judge Roy Moore thrown in for good measure.

Overview:

(0:18) David talks about a recent accident that he was involved in and what he learned about the U.S. healthcare experience from a patient’s perspective.

(1:32) What does Maine’s Medicaid expansion say about healthcare in the U.S.?

(3:40) What are the implications of the 2017 elections on U.S. healthcare?

(5:40) Where do you see value-based care heading within the next year?

(7:18) Will the next HHS secretary be more successful than Tom Price?

(7:54) Roy Moore or Doug Jones?

(8:18) Will we have any healthcare deals on Cyber Monday in 2018?


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

Blockchain for healthcare: Interview with Fluree co-CEO Brian Platz

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Brian Platz, co-CEO of Fluree

SilkRoad Technology co-founder Brian Platz has turned his attention to blockchain, with Fluree, a new Public Benefit Corporation that has introduced a scalable blockchain database for decentralized applications. Fluree is not healthcare specific, but there is a lot of potential for blockchain.

In this podcast interview we covered the following:

  • (0:10) What is a scalable blockchain database and why is it important?
  • (1:58) What are some of the most pressing database needs in healthcare? How different are they from the issues faced by other industries?
  • (3:07) What are some of the healthcare use cases for Fluree?
  • (5:15) You mention transparency and consensus as key attributes of block chain. Does that contradict healthcare’s needs for privacy and security?
  • (6:35) Who will leverage the technology in healthcare? Who is likely to be left behind?
  • (7:46) What impact, if any, will healthcare consumers and patients see as a result of Fluree?
  • (8:51) Why is Fluree organized as a Public Benefit Corporation?

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

#CareTalk: Is bigger better in healthcare?

In this month’s #CareTalk videocast, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I square off on the theme of bigness in healthcare.

 

Here’s what you’ll see:

(0:26) Is bigger better in healthcare?

(1:49) What can smaller companies do to succeed in healthcare?

(3:24) How can healthcare companies find a balance between scale and intimacy?

(7:05) Will Amazon do something different in healthcare, as opposed to what Google and Apple have done?

(8:04) Will the Trump administration kill value-based care?

(9:15) Which is more overhyped: wearables or personalized medicine/genomics?


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

 

Nutrition for cancer patients: Podcast interview with Savor CEO Susan Bratton

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Savor Health CEO, Susan Bratton

Nutrition is important for everyone, but for cancer patients it’s especially critical. Many cancer patients struggle with appetite and weight loss; nutrition challenges affect patients’ ability to tolerate treatment and contribute to mortality.

Savor Health provides oncology-related nutritional solutions. I spoke with founder and CEO Susan Bratton to learn more.

  • (0:14) Why is nutrition so important for cancer patients?
  • (1:30) How common is malnutrition among cancer patients?
  • (2:12) How well understood is this problem? Is awareness increasing?
  • (5:24) Do patients understand just how serious the consequences of malnutrition are, beyond a general awareness of the importance of nutrition?
  • (6:32) How do nutritional issues vary by type of cancer?
  • (9:35) How did you become interested in this field?
  • (12:13) What are some of the approaches being used to address nutrition among cancer patients?
  • (14:15) Is there an overlap between nutritional counseling and behavioral health? Is depression taken into account?
  • (15:16) What does Savor Health do?
  • (19:30) How will the company evolve?

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

Natural Language Processing: Podcast with Wired Informatics

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Murali Minnah, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Wired Informatics

Natural language processing (NLP) is a fascinating segment of Artificial Intelligence that draws on a variety of emerging scientific fields.   Wired Informatics is developing and commercializing NLP within the healthcare industry.

I met co-founder and chief strategy officer, Murali Minnah last year and we have been exploring  applications for NLP within Health Business Group’s client base. I admire the company and its approach, so asked Murali to share his insights in this podcast:

  • (0:11) You are involved with a lot of the hot buzzwords: big data, natural language processing, and machine learning. What do those words actually mean to you?
  • (4:59) Are there aspects of healthcare that lend themselves well to natural language processing?
  • (7:18) How well does NLP actually work today? What’s the trajectory for its development?
  • (8:42) How do you work with a technology that is good and improving but not perfect? In healthcare it seems we’d be concerned about something that isn’t perfectly accurate.
  • (10:59) If you do get to 100 percent accuracy, how do you contend with problems in the underlying data?
  • (12:50) You mentioned operational use cases as the first places to start. What are some of the most compelling use cases today and down the road?
  • (15:35) Where is your company getting traction? What use cases? What customers?

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

mHealth Israel founder Levy Shapiro shares plans for conference in Jerusalem

 

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Innovative Israeli technology companies have a huge impact around the world. Now, more of the country’s entrepreneurs are turning to connected health. mHealth Israel is at the center of this surge. Its upcoming mHealth Israel conference on September 14 will be the culmination of a nationwide week of activities.

I had planned to speak at the conference, but sadly won’t make it to Jerusalem this time around.

Levy shared his perspectives on mHealth in Israel and provided background on the upcoming mHealth conference.

  • (0:13) What’s the state of digital health in Israel? How does it differ from markets in the US and Europe?
  • (1:58) Israel is a small market and doesn’t trade much with its neighbors. Are most of these companies focused locally or are they looking at external markets?
  • (3:09) Describe the ecosystem. What is the typical interaction between the startup companies, hospitals and larger companies?
  • (7:10) What are some of the major themes you are seeing in health startups this year? Is it a change from the last couple years?
  • (9:38) What is mHealth Israel?
  • (11:30) You are running an Israel startup competition over the summer. What is it? When are the entries due?
  • (12:40) What are the highlights of mHealth week?
  • (14:02) Who are some of the speakers at the upcoming conference?

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