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Is the Bird Flu the Next Global Pandemic?

Send us a Text Message.Just a few short years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe, leaving economies in tatters, claiming millions of lives, and fundamentally altering the world as we knew it. Yet, scarcely after the dust settled from that crisis, virologists are now raising urgent concerns.The specter of the bird flu looms large as it breaches the species barrier, with an alarming number of cows falling victim, and a recent human transmission case being confirmed.With a nearly 50% mortality rate according to @Yale Medicine, the bird flu is making global headlines.In the face of these developments, the question begs: how concerned should we be?Tune in to the latest episode of @CareTalk, featuring discussions with @David E. Williams and @John Driscoll, alongside guest @Rick Bright, Former Head of the @Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, as they delve into the escalating fears surrounding a potential new pandemic and the tangible threats posed by the bird flu.TOPICS(2:14) The last pandemic and sounding the alarm on Covid (5:41) What is the bird flu?(10:12) Why should Americans care about the bird flu?(13:16) Who's most at risk for contracting the bird flu?(15:48) How viruses and the bird flu evolve(17:55) Can we prevent the next pandemic?(20:44) The dangers of a slow response to bird flu(23:13) Screening and testing for the bird flu(25:06) How worried should we be about the bird flu?🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT RICK BRIGHTRick A. Bright, PhD, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pandemic Prevention Institute at The Rockefeller Foundation. With a background in immunology and virology, he has spearheaded the development of numerous drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. Prior to his current role, Bright held prominent positions such as Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also contributed his expertise as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. In addition, Bright is recognized as a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and serves on the Executive Board of the International Science Reserve.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple Podcasts#healthcarepodcast #pandemic #publichealth #birdflu #covid #covid19 #pandemicpreparedness Support the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
June 14, 2024

Why Value-Based Care is the Future of Healthcare

The healthcare system is in freefall with rising costs, worse care, and frayed patient-provider relationships.Is value-based care the cure?Join us in this week's HealthBiz Brief, as Emily Young, President of Tufts Medicine, and Courtney Fortner, President and CEO of Navvis, as they detail how their partnership is expanding value-based care with an eye on improving quality, affordability, and experience.🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT EMILY YOUNGEmily Young, President of Tufts Medicine Integrated Network, boasts over two decades of healthcare management experience. She's a results-driven executive with a knack for strategic thinking and fostering innovation through physician collaboration. Prior to her current role, Emily served as Vice President of Population Health and Transformation at Circle Health/Lowell General Hospital. There, she spearheaded the organization's transition to value-based care, optimized provider performance, and crafted a robust population health strategy, setting the stage for comprehensive care delivery.🎙️⚕️ABOUT COURTNEY FORTNERCourtney Fortner, a forward-thinking healthcare innovator, drives transformative solutions for health systems, physician enterprises, and health plans. As Navvis’ President and CEO, she's committed to revolutionizing healthcare nationwide, prioritizing physician-led, patient-centric care.Before Navvis, Courtney excelled at Northeast Georgia Health System and Evolent Health. Her roles spanned patient care, where she implemented a Patient-Centered Medical Home model, achieving Level 3 NCQA accreditation, and served as a patient advocate in the emergency department. At Evolent Health, she further honed her leadership in driving healthcare transformation and operational excellence.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcarepodcast #healthcare #valuebasedcare #patientprovider #medicalcosts #medicalservices #accesstocareSupport the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
June 12, 2024

The Ethics of Social Media Medicine

Physicians are increasingly leveraging social media platforms like TikTok, X, and Facebook to share their insights and opinions.Alongside this trend, there's a clear uptick in doctors endorsing new pharmaceuticals and medical tools through their social media handles.But amidst this influence, questions arise:Are doctors being compensated for their endorsements? And can we trust their intentions?TOPICS(1:08) Can you buy a doctor's endorsement?(2:30) Big Pharma's influence on the medical field(7:30) How Pharma is leveraging doctors to endorse drugs on social media(9:19) Disclosure and conflict of interest in healthcare(11:00) Is there any system in place to guardrail the influence of social media?(14:41) Has transparency in healthcare been helpful?🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Health) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple Podcasts#healthcare #healthcarepolicy #healthcarebusiness #healthcaretechnology  #healthinsurance #pharma #socialmedia #x Support the Show.Support the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
June 7, 2024

How Optimizing Medicines Can Lower Costs w/ DecisionRx President and CFO, Travis Morgan | HealthBiz Briefs

Travis Morgan (President and CFO, DecisionRX) delves into the underlying reason for soaring costs and medication failures.🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Health) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT TRAVIS MORGANTravis is an entrepreneurial private equity operating executive with 25 years of diverse success in building companies, creating jobs, and realizing shareholder value. Directly responsible for 18 capital infusions into 12 different operating companies, serving as the full-time President or CFO of 7 of those portfolio companies. Over $180 million in career-to-date capital transactions closed, including three liquidity events with publicly traded firms. Considerable lower-middle-market executive leadership experience with a strong emphasis on accounting, finance, ERP Implementation, bank/ investor relations, and operations. Demonstrated success navigating challenges associated with start-ups, turnarounds, changing government regulations, and rapid growth. Proven ability to make complex decisions and drive implementation through highly empowered cross-functional teams.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #healthcaretechnology #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepodcast #genetics #genetherapy # pharmasuticals #bigpharma #medicinecostsSupport the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
June 5, 2024

How Calm App is Innovating Mental Wellness

Anxiety and depression in the US have surged, and consequently, poor sleep habits have increased as well.Getting help is harder than ever, due to caregiver shortages, soaring costs, and persistent social stigma.But what if an app could help?TOPICS(3:57) Applying gamification to healthcare engagement(8:30) How do you even begin to tackle a problem as big as mental health?(9:17) The importance of brands in healthcare(11:21) What is Calm and how did it start? (16:43) Is there a good rationale for an employer to be managing stress and reducing burnout?(18:18) What role can Calm play in helping people reduce anxiety and depression? (21:59) Key takeaways from Calm and Harvard Business Review’s joint study(24:09) Has Mental Health Awareness Month been successful?🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Health) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT DAVID KODavid is the CEO of Calm, a top app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation, where he also sits on the Board of Directors. Before joining Calm, David co-founded and served as CEO of Ripple Health Group, a health tech company acquired by Calm in 2022. Under his leadership, Calm launched Calm Health, a mental health care solution aimed at payers, providers, and self-insured employers, bridging the gap between mental and physical health care.Prior to founding Ripple Health Group, David was a Board Member, President, and COO of Rally Health, a digital health company. Rally’s solutions serve nearly 55 million people through health plans, care providers, and over 200,000 employers. In 2017, Rally was acquired by UnitedHealth Group.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #healthcarepolicy #healthcarebusiness #healthcaretechnology  #healthinsurance #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness Support the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
May 31, 2024

What is The Worth of Gene Therapy w/ ICER President & CEO, Sarah K. Emond, MPP | HealthBiz Briefs

Sarah Emond (President and CEO, ICER) delves into the efficacy of gene therapy in enhancing patient outcomes and discusses the necessary adjustments the healthcare industry must make to accommodate the cost.🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Health) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT SARAH K. EMOND, MPPWith 25 years of experience in the business and policy of health care, Sarah leads the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a leading non-profit health policy research organization, as President and Chief Executive Officer.  She joined ICER in 2009 as its first Chief Operating Officer and third employee, and has worked to grow the organization’s approach, scope, and impact over the years.Prior to joining ICER, Sarah spent time as a communications consultant, with six years in the corporate communications and investor relations department at a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, and several years with a healthcare communications firm.  Sarah began her healthcare career in clinical research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.A graduate of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in health policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #healthcaretechnology #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepodcast #genetherapy #medicaladvancementsSupport the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
May 29, 2024

Summer Safety: Seasonal Risks and Tips

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it's time to dust off those BBQ grills, lace up those hiking boots, and dive into all the fun that comes with the sunny season.But as with all good things in life, the warm weather comes with a few risks.From skin disease to the dangers of heat stroke, summer brings its own set of challenges.TOPICS(2:20) Why sun protection is crucial for skin health(4:22) Debunking the sunscreen and UV ray controversy(6:38) The regulatory differences of sunscreen in the US and Europe(8:51) Skin cancer prevention and risks(10:51) Swimming risks and sun exposure(12:52) Skin issues caused by wearing masks(15:10) The role of advocacy in hospital settings🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Health) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #healthcarepolicy #healthcarebusiness #healthcaretechnology  #healthinsurance #summersafety #skindiseases #heatstrokeSupport the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
May 24, 2024

How Employers Impact Access to Care w/ Employer Coalition on Health President & CEO, Eileen McAnneny | HealthBiz Briefs

Eileen McAnneny (CEO, Employer Coalition on Health) discusses the importance of employers in the healthcare ecosystem and how they play an integral role in access to care.🎙️⚕️ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 🎙️⚕️ABOUT EILEEN MCANNENYEileen currently serves as the President and CEO of the Employer Coalition on Health. She was previously the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation from 2015 through 2022. McAnneny also played a key role representing employers during the legislative debates that led to the state’s 2006 and 2012 health care reform laws, when she worked as a lobbyist with Associated Industries of Massachusetts.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webSubscribe to the CareTalk NewsletterShop official CareTalk merchFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #healthcaretechnology #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepodcast #employers #healthcareecosystemSupport the Show.CareTalk: Healthcare. Unfiltered. is produced by Grippi Media Digital Marketing
May 22, 2024
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Caretalk is a weekly podcast that provides incisive debate on healthcare policy and politics - a no B.S. insider’s view of what works and what doesn’t in American healthcare. After a quarter century bantering with one another, John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) launched CareTalk to publicly debate healthcare policy and business topics, including drug pricing, digital health, the pandemic, Medicare for All, racial disparities and more. Since 2017 they’ve co-hosted 110+ episodes and interrogated prominent guests from industry, government, and academia.

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John Driscoll, President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

John Driscoll, President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

John Driscoll has been at the center of healthcare innovation for more than two decades, leading large companies across sectors.

He is currently the President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to this role, John was the CEO of CareCentrix, the industry leader in bringing healthcare to the home. His career includes roles in healthcare technology (Castlight), pharmacy benefit managers (Medco, SureScripts) and insurance (Oxford) companies. John’s ongoing interest in and dedication to public health and healthcare innovation led to being selected by the Obama White House for its Entrepreneurs in Residence program to advise the FDA on innovation. John also serves as the Chairman of the Waystar Corporation and is an active investor in emerging healthcare technologies.

He helped found Testing for America and serves on its Governing Council and is the Co-Chair of the United States of Care’s Entrepreneurs Council. He chairs the Truman National Security Project, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. John is a Board Member for the Alliance for Hunger. John has published articles in national publications including the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian and Politico.
David Williams, President, Health Business Group

David Williams, President, Health Business Group

David Williams is a healthcare business consultant, board member and blogger. He is President of Health Business Group, which he co-founded in 2003 after more than a decade with the Boston Consulting Group and LEK. As an independent board member, David helps build value for companies including iCardiac Technologies (cardiac safety), Clerio Vision (medical lasers), Vericred (data utility for health insurance), and Home Care Delivered (medical supplies). For a decade he chaired the board of the Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe, which provides professionally trained volunteer clowns at the bedside.

David has been a reviewer and chairman for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, helping implement HITECH and Obamacare. He is frequently quoted on healthcare topics by NPR, Business Week, Al Jazeera, US News, The Boston Globe, and others. He has written and podcasted for his Health Business Blog since 2005. David holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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