Broken Healthcare

Broken Healthcare

Inspiring stories highlighting innovative and human-centered solutions driven by nurses addressing today's most challenging healthcare problems.

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Episode 7: Doctors in Politics: Can Physicians Transform the Political Landscape?

On this, the first of a multi-part, episode of Broken Healthcare, we take a deep dive into the reasons we’re seeing doctors begin to mobilize around getting more involved in politics. As we pull on the thread of what makes our healthcare system broken, especially in the time of COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s becoming more clear that the inequities that show up within the system are a result of the infrastructure that it is built upon. To put it succinctly, we’re revealing how racism can literally make us sick.Doctors have a unique perspective. They regularly get an up-close view of how their patient’s race profoundly impacts their health. In this episode, we hear directly from Dr. Cameron Webb, who is a practicing physician who is also running for a seat in Congress, representing the Commonwealth of Virginia’s fifth district. He, among others, has his sights on changing the system from the top, the place from which the dominos that affect all of us fall.
July 16, 2020

Episode 6: Nursing Homes, COVID-19 and a River of Grief (Part 2)

On the second half of this two-part episode on Broken Healthcare, we follow along as the Akrie family struggles to find answers after they learn their father, a resident of a long-term care facility, has fallen ill with Covid-19. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? As the coronavirus pandemic claims victim after victim in American nursing homes, thousands of grief-stricken families are beginning to feel that the loved ones they’ve lost are victims of a fundamentally flawed corner of our broken healthcare system.
May 14, 2020

Episode 5: Nursing Homes, COVID-19 and a River of Grief (Part 1)

You have probably heard the headlines: The coronavirus is hitting our nursing homes and long-term care facilities hard. By late April, more than 11,000 people have died from the disease in US nursing homes. But those people are more than numbers. They’re our loved ones and friends. On the first half of this two-part episode of Broken Healthcare, we follow along as Scott Akrie struggles to find out how his father’s is feeling as he is in a facility that has the potential for grave danger with the pandemic running wild.
April 30, 2020

Episode 4: COVID-19: Do No Harm

In this episode of Broken Healthcare, we meet a nurse who must balance protecting her job, her patients, and her personal health amid the PPE shortage. We also find out what it’s like to be a patient who needs a potentially life-saving surgery at a time when elective operations have ground to a halt. Is the healthcare system supporting its workers and giving equal treatment to all patients? We’ll answer these questions and more in the fourth installment of Broken Healthcare.
April 9, 2020

Episode 3: COVID-19: How Many Patient 31s Has the U.S. Overlooked?

As the coronavirus spreads across the world, so does uncertainty. On this episode of Broken Healthcare, we tell the story of a young woman in Seattle who exhibited symptoms but couldn't get access to a test. She was forced to choose forgoing a paycheck or exposing at-risk patients to the virus. To make some sense of the coronavirus testing conundrum, we speak with Amber Gabrielle, an epidemiologist in Maryland. But answers remain elusive.
March 19, 2020

Episode 2: Dr. Adam Hill – Healthcare’s Mental Health Epidemic

What if we told you that the chances that your doctor, you know, the one that’s treating your illness, is suffering from a mental illness is 1 in 5? Would you be worried? Would you help? Whose problem is this? In this episode of Broken Healthcare, we explore the epidemic of physician burnout. We talk to Adam Hill, MD & then we take to the task. You won’t want to miss Adam’s story, Dr. Adam Hill - Healthcare’s Mental Health Epidemic.
February 27, 2020

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Tom Castles

Tom Castles

Tom believes that storytelling is the most powerful tool we can use to build new methods for understanding the world and replace old ones that no longer serve us. That’s why he’s dedicated his professional life to the art, practicing it from all angles as a journalist, editor, podcaster, marketer, communicator, speaker, and more
Shereese Maynard

Shereese Maynard

Shereese is a strong advocate for leveraging technology to advance healthcare initiatives, she is involved in information governance, intellectual property, and HIT marketing projects, designed to further accountable care delivery missions. Her professional interests focus on policy development, patient engagement, provider development, and healthcare social design strategies. In addition to her professional work, she is a contributor to various healthcare-related blogs and writes regularly for “The Savvy Provider”.
Jack Murtha

Jack Murtha

Jack tells stories that stick with you. Stories that help ignite change and spotlight injustices. Stories that bring people together, increase adoption, and fire up conversation. Stories that stick out. Focusing primarily on healthcare and technology, Jack is a brand writer, editor, communicator, strategist, and podcast host.
Joy Rios

Joy Rios

Joy is a fierce believer that it’s possible to do well by doing good. This has shown up in her professional journey as trying to accelerate the transition to value-based care. She’s a five-time author on government initiatives, she’s traveled the country helping clinicians navigate these programs elbow-to-elbow, and has trained thousands of practices remotely. She is the Co-Founder of Chirpy Bird Health IT Consulting and Co-Host of HIT Like a Girl podcast, and more.
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

Robin has a great deal of healthcare knowledge both personally and professionally. After a long and wild ride of caring for her son and other family members within the “broken” healthcare system she is passionate about what others are actually doing to improve it. From AI and precision medicine to the lack of equity for under-served populations she sees the potential for REAL solutions that know what problem they’re trying to solve.

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