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?
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?
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?
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?