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Revisiting streamlined consumer blood testing — with David Stein

While the world has been glued to Elizabeth Holmes' trial, the digital health startup world hasn't given up on the original dream of Theranos: convenient, accessible, low-cost blood testing available at retail locations in the community. In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock checks in with David Stein, CEO of Babson Diagnostics. The company has developed a low-volume blood test that can be operated without a phlebotomist and can perform a large panel of often-requested diagnostics. Jonah and David discuss why this technology is important, how it works, and what it's like to operate in this space when the wounds from the Theranos scandal are still fresh.Talking points:Babson’s pitch (and the elephant in the room)Doing accessible blood testing “without cheats”Partnering with retailers, Siemens, and BDInnovating the blood draw itself, and why its importantInnovating the logistics of the testing industryA win-win for consumers, payers, providers, and retailersHow easy consumer blood testing can fit into other virtual care trendsThe impact of the Theranos scandal on the blood testing industryHow Babson approaches innovation at scaleConsumer blood testing and health equityHelping people take control of their own healthIntegrating point solutions into one healthcare ecosystemMore about this episode:Theranos whistleblower talks ethics in health tech startupsTime for Innovation in Blood Testing Technology (from Babson's website)'Omnichannel' is the new watchword as big tech, retail get serious about healthcareBlood testing startup partners with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to support COVID-19 quarantine measures
November 26, 2021
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Industry Voices: Baking equity into healthcare business models

In the second episode of "Industry Voices", we talk to a range of healthcare changemakers encountered at HLTH in Boston last month about health equity. Is the industry's attitude toward this important topic changing? Is it changing fast enough? And what steps and attitudes will be necessary to make the future of healthcare an inherently equitable one?This episode features the voices of Cityblock Health President Toyin Ajayi, UC Davis Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja, Digital Medicine Society CEO Jennifer Goldsack, Deloitte Partner Peter Micca, and Uber Global Head of Health Caitlin Donovan.More about this episode:Cityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundingsModernizing Medicare and Medicaid means addressing the affordability crisisDeloitte's Gebreyes: 'Health equity is a moral imperative that requires a business solution'Leveraging technology to achieve health equityAddressing health inequities upstream can curb later health disparitiesHealth equity, SDOH key priorities for ONC, says deputy national coordinatorHealth IT and racial justice: Expanding access, ending disparities, empowering communities (Healthcare  IT News Special Collection)HFMA's first Black chair tells finance leaders to focus on diversity, inclusion and health equity
November 19, 2021
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MongoDB Presents: FHIR and the Future of Healthcare at Humana

To give patients the healthcare experience they expect, providers and payers must first free themselves from rigid data architectures, legacy hardware, and monolithic patient record and care applications. Hear how Humana is using FHIR to address these challenges and build the future of connected healthcare.
November 17, 2021
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Remote workforce training in healthcare — with Dr. Justin Barad and Jennifer Fried

In a field as quickly changing as healthcare, ongoing training and education are essential. And just as it did with telehealth and physician collaboration, COVID has helped to accelerate work that was already going on in remote medical education. In today's episode of HIMSSCast, we will talk to two startup founders working on remote workforce training from different angles. First, host Jonah Comstock chats with Osso VR CEO and cofounder Dr. Justin Barad, then Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich talks to Jennifer Fried, CEO and cofounder of ExplORer Surgical.This podcast is part of our Workforce Re-entry Series, brought to you by Zoom.Talking points:Justin's background in video games and surgeryIssues with healthcare workforce training: a lot to learn, complex procedures, no way to assessWhat’s the role of VR and what it can doHow did we teach and practice surgery before VR?What it takes to become proficient in a surgical procedureHow medical education broadly is changingVR fidelity — how it’s changing and why it is (and isn’t) importantHow ExplORer Surgical helps to make surgeries accessible remotely for teachers and studentsDisadvantages to physically observing surgeriesAdvantages to remote observationDealing with connectivity issues in hospitalsHow to maintain a secure environment with remote trainingWhat’s coming up in technology and regulationMore about this episode:At ortho meeting, VR companies announce industry-advancing partnershipsSurgeon training company Osso VR closes $27M Series BSurgical training tool Osso VR adds assessment, more language supportIntraoperative support platform ExplORer Surgical collects $2.5M in new fundingSurgical support software maker ExplORer raises $5M
November 10, 2021
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The potential of AI in healthcare: An investor’s perspective

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have widespread potential in healthcare, from diagnostic analysis and clinical decision support to data management and patient engagement. On today's episode, GSR Ventures partners Sunny Kumar and Justin Norden join host Laura Lovett for a far-reaching discussion of what they're seeing in the world of healthcare AI.Talking points:What investors are looking at/for in AILow hanging fruits and hard problemsAI is not currently about replacing doctorsAI’s potential for mental healthHow AI can make medicine more, not less personalThe lack of innovation in clinical trials and how it’s changingCulture clash in healthcare and startupsRegulatory updates and reimbursement challengesThe present and future of digital therapeuticsHealth equity and value-based careDriving efficiencies in care and looking for the next telemedicineMore about this episode:Healthcare innovation, digital health rake in big investment dollars in Q3Q&A: Deloitte's Peter Micca on the digital health investment boom, going public and value-based careAI development must be guided by ethics, human wellbeing and responsible innovationHow CIOs are prioritizing AI investments for the next 5 yearsAI and the tradeoff between fairness and efficacy: 'You actually can get both'
November 5, 2021
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The potential of AI in healthcare: An investors' perspective

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have widespread potential in healthcare, from diagnostic analysis and clinical decision support to data management and patient engagement. On today's episode, GSR Ventures partners Sunny Kumar and Justin Norden join host Laura Lovett for a far-reaching discussion of what they're seeing in the world of healthcare AI.Talking points:What investors are looking at/for in AILow hanging fruits and hard problemsAI is not currently about replacing doctorsAI’s potential for mental healthHow AI can make medicine more, not less personalThe lack of innovation in clinical trials and how it’s changingCulture clash in healthcare and startupsRegulatory updates and reimbursement challengesThe present and future of digital therapeuticsHealth equity and value-based careDriving efficiencies in care and looking for the next telemedicineMore about this episode:Healthcare innovation, digital health rake in big investment dollars in Q3Q&A: Deloitte's Peter Micca on the digital health investment boom, going public and value-based careAI development must be guided by ethics, human wellbeing and responsible innovationHow CIOs are prioritizing AI investments for the next 5 yearsAI and the tradeoff between fairness and efficacy: 'You actually can get both'
November 5, 2021
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CMS ups penalties for hospitals ignoring price transparency rule

The American Telemedicine Association and other business groups want Congress to continue allowing telehealth services to be treated as an excepted benefit, and senior assistance company Papa raises $150 million in Series D funding.
November 5, 2021
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The American Telemedicine Association and other business groups want Congress to continue allowing telehealth services to be treated as an excepted benefit, and senior assistance company Papa raises $150 million in Series D funding.
November 5, 2021
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Accenture Presents: How employee wellbeing is smart business

Health care employee well-being is often touted as a business necessity, and strong evidence confirms that it’s smart business. Accenture’s multi-industry “Care to do Better” study shows how it unlocks workers’ full potential, with significant positive business impact. The study references the Accenture “Net Better Off” framework, which quantifies human well-being in terms of six dimensions. Learn how human pressures affect your health workforce and uncover our four suggestions to leave your staff (and business) better off.
November 1, 2021
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Tegria Presents: Designing Care Solutions Along the Patient Journey

After its rapid adoption during the pandemic, virtual care is here to stay. Going forward, providers must balance in-person and virtual care to provide a seamless experience for patients along every step of the care journey.Lisa Johnson, managing director, Tegria, and Srini Surendranath, Chief Product & Strategy Officer, Andor Health, discuss how understanding the patient journey is vital for developing workflows that incorporate both virtual and in-person care.
November 1, 2021
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Industry Voices: Why the time is now for value-based care

Recently, the HIMSSCast team had a chance to sit down with a wide range of healthcare innovators at HLTH in Boston to discuss what they saw as the major trends shaping the evolution of heathcare. One that came up over and over again was value-based care. We talked to notables including Jonathan Bush, Glenn Tullman, Toyin Ajayi and many more about how changing how we pay for healthcare is opening the door to radically re-imagine how we provide it.This is the first in a series of "Industry Voices" episodes where we'll feature a wide range of guests speaking on a single theme.More about this episode:'You can’t navigate your way through a broken system': Transcarent's Glen Tullman on healthcare cost, quality'Omnichannel' is the new watchword as big tech, retail get serious about healthcareHow retail giant Walmart plans to disrupt the healthcare industryRetail giant Best Buy snaps up remote monitoring company Current HealthInnovation can increase the value of employer-sponsored careFirefly Health launches virtual-first health plan for small and mid-sized employersCityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundingsModernizing Medicare and Medicaid means addressing the affordability crisis
October 29, 2021
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Rising costs slowing rebuilding of margins; Alexa moves to senior living facilities

A shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers continue to hurt hospitals' financial performance, and senior living communities and health systems will soon be able to use the Alexa voice assistant at scale.
October 29, 2021
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A shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers continue to hurt hospitals' financial performance, and senior living communities and health systems will soon be able to use the Alexa voice assistant at scale.
October 29, 2021
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How virtual care can help combat physician burnout — with Kavi Misri and Dr. Matthew Peters

In the final podcast in our Virtual Care paradigm series, we look at how virtual care for mental health can benefit not only patients but also physicians themselves, who face many barriers to mental health care and as a result suffer from high levels of stress, burnout, and even suicide. To discuss this issue and its potential solution, host Jonah Comstock is joined by Kavi Misri, founder and CEO of Rose Health, and Dr. Matthew Peters, chief medical officer at Rose Health and an associate professor and practicing physician at Johns Hopkins.Talking points:How the Rose Health system works and why it was developedMental health assessment scores and why they helpUsing the Rose Health system to combat physician burnoutIssues that arise when clinicians seek mental health treatmentPhysician burnout in this pandemic momentVirtual care and how it can helpFitting mental health into the busy physician lifestyleThe vicious cycle of staff shortages and burnoutPositive indications from Rose’s early effortsMore about this episode:Brigham and Women's pilots new program to support provider mental healthBurnout in the Age of COVID-19, a Healthcare IT News special projectGaining trust starts with knowing the patient, provider (this episode's companion HIMSS TV episode)Digital therapeutic 'HelloBetter Stress and Burnout' available to 50 million adults in GermanyClinicians share technology’s two-sided effect on burnout
October 22, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/22

Democrats push for healthcare provisions in reconciliation bill; Google unveils mobile version of Care Studio. Plus: Providence CIO touts benefits of AI and machine learning.Links to the stories:CBO estimates $553 billion price tag for healthcare provisions in reconciliation packageGoogle rolls out mobile app version of Care StudioHow CIOs are prioritizing AI investments for the next 5 years
October 22, 2021
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MongoDB Presents: BringtheFHIRInsideforDigitalTransformation

Here  why Fast Interoperability Health Resources, or FHIR, is the new agent of change in healthcare.  Organizations around the world are capitalizing on FHIR adoption, using the new data standard to kickstart their legacy modernization and digital transformation journey.
October 20, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/15

Medicare Advantage star ratings released; Security firm raises FIN12 ransomware attack concerns. Plus: Withings receivesan FDA clearance for Scan Watch’s ECG and SpO2 monitoring features .Links to the stories:See the rankings: More than 70 health plans earned 5 stars in Medicare Advantage star ratingsCyber experts warn of 'aggressive' threat actor targeting healthcareWithings scores FDA clearance for smartwatch ECG and SpO2 monitoring
October 15, 2021
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Taking the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program digital — with Laurence Girard

The CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program is one of the first lifestyle and behavior-based interventions to be proven, in a large clinical study, to be more effective than a comparable drug (in this case metformin). Digital implementations can make the DPP more accessible and more scalable, and a number of digital health companies have been tackling this for the last few years.Fruit Street Health is one of those companies and its CEO Laurence Girard joins host Jonah Comstock on today's HIMSSCast to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and successes his company has had in this space.Talking points:A brief history of the CDC Diabetes Prevention ProgramWhy Fruit Street and others are taking the DPP digitalChallenges and opportunities of virtual DPP implementationOngoing reimbursement challenges with Medicare and MedicaidAdvantages of group-based programs via video chatsQuestions and misconceptions about scalabilityMaking sure pre-diabetes interventions work for everyoneCultural food expectations and combatting food deserts, both through partnershipsDirect-to-consumer DPP outreachAre DPP programs (in-person and virtual) making a dent in the problem?More about this episode:Fruit Street to deliver CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program through live video classesFruit Street Health raises $3 million in doctors-only roundUK passes on Apple, Google's Bluetooth contact tracing tool, Fruit Street Health launches COVID-19 telemedicine platform and more digital health news briefsAHIP, CDC to partner on diabetes preventionMedicare to reimburse for Diabetes Prevention Program, including Omada's digital versionDiabetes Prevention Program under the Affordable Care Act is working, HHS Secretary Burwell saysAmerican Medical Association pushes public, private health plans to cover National Diabetes Prevention ProgramCMS calls for extending Diabetes Prevention Program into Medicare, proposes new doc fees to boost chronic care
October 15, 2021
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Mobile Heartbeat Presents: Leading The Way: The Four Pillars of Clinical Collaboration

Join Mobile Heartbeat Chief Operating Officer, Mike Detjen, as he uses his expertise to project future capabilities of the clinical collaboration space.
October 12, 2021
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Lenovo Presents: Summarizing HIMSS – Lenovo’s discussion for how we transform our solutions to improve the impact our customers provide to Healthcare.

Lenovo will discuss what was learned by attending all the sessions at HIMSS.  They will offer their impressions and opinions for how Lenovo can best adapt and transform the way we got to market and productively enable our customers.  We want to be the number one technology provider that Healthcare leaders think about when making new technology decisions.
October 11, 2021
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Telehealth across borders — with Heather Alleva

State licensure and differing regulations on privacy, licensure, and more have always been a barrier to virtual care models that seek to care for anyone with an Internet connection. Which of those hurdles have been overcome and which still remain? And how did COVID-19 and its associated waivers affect this complex issue?On this episode of HIMSSCast, a tie-in to our Virtual Care Paradigm series, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Heather Alleva, an associate at Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney specializing in healthcare law, to get a rundown on some of these issues, including some little-known practice restriction. If you're thinking about starting a multi-state virtual care business, be sure to give this one a listen.Talking points:How COVID affected licensure laws and what’s happening to them nowHow different state laws affect telehealth reimbursementHow reimbursement affects adoption and investmentPros and cons of payment parityTelehealth licensure compacts and where they are todayLimits and levers of federal government powerHow the government can lead by exampleHow restrictions can hinder telehealth innovationPrivacy and security legislative barriersThe corporate practice of medicine prohibitionAntitrust laws and health technologyHow to navigate the complexities of telehealth regulationsMore about this episode:Virtual care regulation: What's next (this episode's companion TV segment)Now is the time for providers to be proactive about telehealth22 states changed telemedicine laws during the pandemicReport shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policiesThe prominent issues telehealth must tackle when the pandemic passesBuilding an interstate regulatory framework for telemedicineHow a Supreme Court case about teeth whitening could bolster telemedicine interests (2015 throwback)
October 8, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/8

Cerner mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all U.S employees; SWORD Health acquires wearable firm Vigilant Technologies . Plus: Air ambulance services among commercial insurers have risen 27.6% .Links to the stories:Cerner announces vaccine mandate as Feinberg takes the reinsSWORD Health buys workplace health-focused wearable company Vigilant TechnologiesAir ambulance charges rise 28% in four years, analysis finds
October 8, 2021
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Accenture Presents: Ransomware in the Health Industry: Resiliency and Response

Digital transformation has increased exponentially in the healthcare industry over the past year, as organizations harness the power of digital to reach patients, accelerate research and develop new therapies to beat the global pandemic. Unfortunately, this digital transformation has been paired with an increasing cohort of highly capable cyber extortionists that have been using ransomware to compromise operations and hold patient data hostage to extract money from health organizations. As ransomware attacks become more rampant and advanced in our industry, the risk of an organization falling victim is more real than ever. In light of this reality, one question stands central for all of us: how do we make sure we are prepared to prevent and respond to a ransomware attack.
October 7, 2021
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Dell Technologies Presents: How Healthcare IT can securely enable innovation and the evolution of the care delivery model

As Healthcare organizations explore how to evolve the care delivery model, they must consider how to safely evolve within an ever-increasing threat landscape. Modernizing Healthcare IT solutions provide great promise to improve Secure Care environments, but in order to ensure adoption and achieve maximum value, all stakeholders must be involved.Join  Kevin Crosby, Dell Technologies Healthcare Director, Americas as he discusses how Healthcare IT can enable innovation and the evolution of the care delivery model, ultimately helping Healthcare providers provide better outcomes for the organization and their patients.
October 5, 2021
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