Confessions of Health Geeks

Confessions of Health Geeks

A health industry podcast focused on technological innovations.

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For four decades, NCSBN has worked to address a rapidly evolving healthcare environment through collaboration, innovation, and technology.

Molly McCarthy talks with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on their agility and ability to pivot to new technology solutions during the past 18 months. For more information click here.
November 30, 2021
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Partnering with customers leads to faster clinical innovations

Tackling hospital borne infections is top of mind for health systems around the world. Technology solutions built in partnership with clinicians is changing healthcare right now. Video and Transcript here
August 26, 2021
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How do you define your population health framework?

Once we harness the data what does it tell us about effective interventions, how do we leverage the insights into action? Video and transcript here
August 19, 2021
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Diversity, equity and inclusion along with a patient focused culture is necessary to achieve better health for all

Technology is key for flexibility in clinical trials and the drug development lifecycle  
August 2, 2021
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The future of nursing 2020 to 2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity

Dr. Tiase and Molly McCarthy discuss the importance of ensuring that nurses have the resources to innovate, design and evaluate the use of technology Video and Transcript here. Check out Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare here
June 28, 2021
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Introducing the new GM of the Microsoft Health and Life Sciences Industry team, Kathy VanEnkevort

In Kathy's own words: "My focus has been super clear, it's bridging the gap between what we know and what we do in healthcare for the very purpose of ending unnecessary waste, suffering, the inequity that we see" Video and transcript here
June 2, 2021
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Nurses month isn't over yet!

Dr. Tim Raderstorf discuses his journey in nursing and the non-profit Nurses Everywhere - with a mission focused on the public, helping them achieve health equity and wellbeing for all through exceptional nursing care.  Video and Transcript here.
May 26, 2021
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Megan Lawrence dives into the positive and negative impacts technology can have on mental health

In January 2019 8% of the American population reported having an anxiety disorder. Last month, it was almost 40% of the American population Video and Transcript here
May 20, 2021
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The power of professional development and support for nurse innovators.

Jennifferre Mancillas, COO and co-founder of Lumify Care discusses the power of nurse led hackathons and a changing culture that supports nurse led innovations. Video and Transcript here
May 17, 2021
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Do you use social media as a platform to educate your patients? If not, you should listen to this!

Social media platforms can be the conduit to meet your patients where they are at, with the right information, at the right time to get the best results.   Video and transcript here Also check out: Stefan Torres' YouTube and Instagram below:
May 10, 2021
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Megan Lawrence, disability advocate, talks about building a community of support for those with mental health conditions.

Normalizing mental health is incredibly important in modern society. Mental health conditions are the number one disability in the world today.  Transcript and video here.
May 4, 2021
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Sarah Romotsky of Headspace addresses selfcare for national nurses week

It's never been more important to develop selfcare routines that include mental health and emotional wellbeing as part of modern mainstream medicine Video and transcript here.
May 3, 2021
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Tackling health inequity through a new lens

Seattle Children's hospital is tackling health inequity around the greater seattle area in unconventional and inventive ways. Listen as Dr. Zafar Chaudry talks about serving the underprivileged community through sponsorship and building educational opportunities.  Transcript and video here.
April 30, 2021
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The ever-expanding importance of diversity in clinical trials and drug development

In 2020 we saw the fastest development of new vaccines in the history of medicine and it is incumbent upon the health industry to ensure diverse representation so no community is left behind. Transcript and video here.
April 29, 2021
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The forces driving health plan member experience improvement

Our Director of Population Health compares and contrasts between the healthcare system patient experience and the health plan member experience. Video and Transcript here.
April 28, 2021
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Innovations in pediatric patient experience

In honor and celebration of patient experience week Children's Hospital Colorado and Child's Play shine a light on the impact technology can have on the pediatric patient community, empowering kids to be kids and encouraging play through their healthcare journey.  
April 26, 2021
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Microsoft nurses heeding the call of service

Hear the experience of 2 nurses heeding the call of service to volunteer with their local Medical Reserve Corps to vaccinate their communities 
April 7, 2021
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National Physicians Week 2021

In honor of #NationalPhysiciansWeek Clifford Goldsmith takes us through his unique journey from medical doctor in South Africa to the leading health technology strategist committed to health equity for all communities.
March 30, 2021
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Meet the newest member of the US Health and Life Sciences Industry Executive team

Meet our Director of Population Health - Amy Berk, MSN, RN Transcript and video here
March 23, 2021
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The importance of getting the patient experience right

The patient journey is not just within the four walls of the hospital. Consumerism has changed our expectations of our healthcare experience. Tune in to hear two very distinct experiences from one patient. Transcript and video here
March 9, 2021
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Meet the newest members of the US Health and Life Sciences Industry Executive team

What do you get when you combine clinical backgrounds, technology expertise, trend setters and innovation mavericks? Answer: A Chief Patient Experience Officer and a Chief Nursing Officer Transcript and video here
March 3, 2021
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How health plans are responding, recovering, and reimagining healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sam Robinson describes the proactive changes health plans are making to transform healthcare Transcript and video here
March 2, 2021
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The 2nd NurseHack4Health: November 2020

A sneak peak at the innovative projects coming out of the 2nd annual NurseHack4Health Transcript and video here
March 2, 2021
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Kate Judge, the American Nurses Foundation Executive Director, discusses the ANA Well Being Initiative

Molly McCarthy and Kate Judge discuss the ANA's longstanding work supporting the 4.2 million registered nurses in America. The Well Being Initiative is a multi-tiered approach to help nurses build resilience, take advantage of resources available to them, and utilize new technologies to survive this pandemic. For transcript and video: here
March 2, 2021
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You Use Accessible Technology Everyday and Don't Know it

On this episode, Tracy Picon, National Director of Med Tech and US health and Life Sciences Accessibility lead, discusses the importance of inclusive design and the power of accessible technology to empower each and every one of us. Transcript and Video.
January 20, 2021
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Community Engagement is the Impetus for Innovative Technology, YOTNM Series, Episode 9

This episode we discuss the power of community engagement and the impact of nurses in their communities. With special guests, Kathleen McGrow, Microsoft’s Chief Nursing Information Officer; Tracy Picon National Director of Med Tech and Accessibility Advocate and Keola Ching Senior Design researcher. Transcript and Video.
January 13, 2021
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Is AI Part of Your Diversity & Inclusion Plan? AI in Health Series, Episode 3

Tom Lawry is our national director for AI in health and life sciences, and author of the book AI in health. This is episode three of our AI in health and life sciences series. And we'll cover the ethical issues and opportunities surrounding AI and how ethical leaders can build AI models ethically and responsibly.  Transcript and Video.
January 6, 2021
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The National Quality Forum Releases their 2020 Report on Patient Centered Care, YOTNM Series, Episode 8

On this episode, Molly McCarthy talks with Dr. Kenneth Kizer, Chief healthcare transformation officer with Atlas Research. And Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CEO of the National Quality Forum on the recently published report, the care we need, which provides a roadmap to overcome the most critical challenges in healthcare today. Transcript and Video.
December 30, 2020
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Empowering Nurse Innovation in the NurseHack4Health, YOTNM Series, Episode 7

Together, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, SONSIEL, and DevUP proudly co-sponsored the NurseHack4Health, a Virtual Hackathon giving nurses and clinicians an opportunity to define new ways to save lives. On this episode, Molly McCarthy talks with the winners of the hackathon about their solutions. Transcript and Video.
December 23, 2020
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Calling all White Hat Hackers, YOTNM Series, Episode 6

Hear from three experienced Microsoft Hackers on their best advice for your first hackathon. Transcript and Video.
December 16, 2020
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Secrets I Found Out One Year in at Microsoft

Listen in to Claire Bonaci, the host of Confessions of Health Geeks reflects on one year at Microsoft US Health and Life Sciences.  Transcript and Video.
December 9, 2020
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Did You Know Microsoft Has the Coolest Internships?

Hear a first hand account from our latest intern Param Mahajan. Transcript and Video.
December 2, 2020
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AI in Health Care: Leading Through Change

Microsoft, the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL) are partnering together to educate nurses and physicians on artificial intelligence in healthcare. Listen in to Dr. Robyn Begley, chief nursing officer for the American Hospital Association and the CEO of the American organization for nursing leadership. Transcript and Video.
November 25, 2020
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Interview with Dr. Grant, YOTNM Series, Episode 5

On this episode we are joined by guest host Molly McCarthy, Microsoft CNO and Dr. Ernest Grant, President of ANA. Listen in as they discuss current events and the history and impact of nursing on this episode of 2020 year of the nurse and midwife. Transcript and Video.
November 18, 2020
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National Volunteer Week, YOTNM Series, Episode 4

We are a community of volunteers. it's important to identify how we can give back and help our communities. On this episode of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife Series, Claire interviews Molly McCarthy, CNO and Kathleen McGrow, CNIO on the Microsoft US Health and life sciences team. Transcript and Video.
November 11, 2020
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Understanding Health Plans with Sam Robinson, Understanding Health Plans Series, Episode 1

Health plan expert Sam Robinson talks about social determinants of health and the relevance in today's society. Transcript and Video.
November 4, 2020
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You Can Call me HAL9000, AI in Health Series, Episode 2

This is not your parents' 2001 AI. Tom Lawry, National Director for Artificial Intelligence in Health & Life Sciences busts myths about AI and Human Resources Transcript and Video.
October 28, 2020
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National Patient Safety Awareness Week, YOTNM Series, Episode 3

Patient safety has always been top of mind in health and given the current environment even more so now. Listen as Kathleen McGrow, DNP, CNIO, RN, MS discusses how technology has a significant role in patient safety now and in the future. Transcript and Video
October 21, 2020
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One of the Best Books You Should Read Right Now with Tom Lawry, AI in Health Series Episode 1

Tom Lawry, National Director for Artificial Intelligence in Health & Life Sciences, publishes his first book AI in Health: A leader’s guide to winning in the new age of intelligent health systems. Transcript and Video.
October 14, 2020
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, YOTNM Series, Episode 2

Hear a personal journey of the importance of timely health screenings to proactively manage your health and wellbeing. Kathleen McGrow, DNP, CNIO, RN, MS, discusses Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in Episode 2 of Year of the Nurse & Midwife series. Transcript and Video.
October 5, 2020
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Year of the Nurse and Midwife (YOTNM) Series

Molly McCarthy, MBA, RN-BC, CNO, discusses 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses and Midwives account for nearly 50% of the global healthcare workforce. And in the United States, there are approximately 4 million nurses, in a variety of roles and settings—from tertiary care centers to home health, as well as academia, schools, industry, and our communities Transcript and Video.
October 5, 2020
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How Technology is Shaping the Patient Experience with John Barto

Healthcare Evangelist John Barto discusses the impact technology is having on the patient experience. Hear how health organizations are adopting technology to empower patients, unlock health silos and modernize the health experience today. Transcript and Video.
October 5, 2020
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About Confessions of Health Geeks

Confessions of Health Geeks podcast is a small-bite podcast from the health geeks and data freaks of the Microsoft Health and Life Sciences industry team. It's a show that offers industry insights, discusses the latest trends, and the biggest obstacles facing the US health industry for health plans, providers, life science, and med-tech companies. Listen to national interviews, insights, and more from the Microsoft health experts of the industry team.


Claire Bonaci

Claire Bonaci

Claire is a Sr. Director of US Health & Life Sciences at Microsoft. She works in partnership with US life science companies and health organizations to create innovative solutions specific to the issues affecting their patients and their business.

She brings with her an expertise in the clinical trial and pharmaceutical industry, having been a global study lead at a large pharmaceutical company prior to joining Microsoft. She also has a passion for inspiring young women to be interested in STEM and leadership roles in STEM-related fields.

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