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S11: #108 – What the Clearance of Akili’s EndeavorRX Means for the Company, Users and the Industry

If you’ve been tuned into nearly any news channel recently, you’ve probably seen the announcement by Akili about the clearance they announced on June 15 for their product EndeavorRX. It is the First Prescription Treatment Delivered Through a Video Game which is designed to treat Pediatric ADHD. This was quickly followed by an announcement on June 23, 2020 of their CE Mark certification. Like many of you I’ve been tracking the work and progress at Akili for a long time, and I was excited to hear about this important milestone, and when the Akili team contacted me to see if I wanted to have a closer look at and try Endeavor RX, I couldn’t resist. I’ve downloaded it to my iPad and gave it a try, and I’m impressed. I can’t speak to the clinical aspects of the product, but based on the standards and expectations that we have from consumer focused products, this was a great experience.  It’s well-designed, was easy to get set up, and it uses a great combination of graphics and sounds to engage the player. I love the way they are positioning this with the simple and memorable tagline - “Play your medicine”.  That sort of sums it up. To learn more about the importance of this milestone and go a little deeper behind the headlines, I grabbed a few minutes to connect with Eddie Martucci, the Co-Founder and CEO at Akili Interactive Labs. Eddie shares what the recent FDA clearance and CE Mark approval mean to the business. We also discuss the commercialization plans, the volume and value of data created by digital tools, and how Digital Medicine and Digital Therapeutics will continue to transform the relationship between companies and people.Links and Resources:Connect with Eddie Martucci, PhD: Twitter | LinkedInConnect with Akili Interactive Labs: Website | Twitter | LinkedInRead the Press Release for FDA ClearanceRead the Press Release for CE Mark CertificationLancet Digital Health Journal summary for STARS-ADHDDownload the AppConnect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramDigital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:Almirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 26, 2020

Coffee Talk: How Innovative Companies can Partner with a Global Pharma Brand

For this special Coffee Talk, I invited Sophie Park, Chief Strategist for Bayer G4A Partnerships to discuss the opportunities for innovative companies to grow and partner with a global pharma company. The Bayer G4A program has continued to grow and succeed since 2013, and it has evolved to adapt to changing market forces, new business priorities and the unprecedented acceleration of innovation that has taken place at the intersection of health and technology.  One of the challenges when an organization has a long history of success like that is that people begin to automatically associate what they knew about the program in previous years, and then overlay that to make presumptions about what the program is like this year.  For example - a lot of people think that G4A is simply an accelerator for early stage startups. In actual fact, they also have a very powerful partnership program which is designed to attract companies that can participate in joint ventures, commercial partnerships or even majority investments.   In this episode, we dispel some of these myths and give more insights on the progress and success of the G4A program and family. Links and Resources: Learn more about Bayer G4A: Web | TwitterConnect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you toUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsAlmirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 11, 2020

S11: #107: To Bot or Not to Bot? The Rise of AI Chatbots in Healthcare in the Wake of COVID-19

When you visit a website, do you use the navigation menu? Or do you head to the lower right corner of your screen? T hat corner is where a little bit of internet magic happens and it’s becoming more prevalent, and having a great impact, in healthcare. It’s where you can get the answers and information you need just by typing in a few simple words or a question. That little chatbot can be repeated millions and billions of times and provide more natural human interactions and benefits to both the users and the organization that deployed it. To learn more about this technology and how it’s being applied in healthcare, I invited Dr. John Reeves to come share some insights.   Dr. Reeves is a global expert in the application of conversational AI to healthcare. He has over 25 years of experience as an engineer, primary care physician, and entrepreneur. He’s the CEO and founder of ConversationHealth, which is transforming how life sciences companies engage their patients and healthcare professionals through virtual conversations. Their company has developed a Pharma-specific SaaS platform that powers these human-like experiences across text, voice, and digital human channels, and he’s here to discuss some top tips about what companies should be thinking about when it comes to developing a chatbot solution of their own. John and his team put together a download we’re going to discuss - and I just want to remind you that the download and links to everything we discuss can be found in the show notes of your podcast player and at our website at digitalhealthtoday.com/podcasts. You can also find everything at our second home on Health Podcast Network on healthpodcastnetwork.com - along with hundreds of great episodes from outstanding podcasts across healthcare. Be sure to check that out.Links and Resources:Connect with Dr. John Reeves: LinkedInConnect with Conversation Health: Website | Twitter | LinkedInDownload the ChatBot CanvasConnect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramDigital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:Almirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2020

S11: #106: What Individuals and Organizations Can Do To Survive And Thrive In Times Of Crisis

With the combination of the Covid crisis and the increased awareness of mental health in the month of May (which is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth) I wanted to dig deeper into mental health and find out what we can do as individuals and organizations to resource ourselves and those around us.  Guest: Dr. William Kassler, Deputy Health Officer and Lead Population Health Officer at IBM Watson Health.   Dr. Kassler has held a variety of roles at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Kassler has received numerous awards from the United States Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General’s Meritorious Service Award, and the Bi-State Primary Care Association President’s Award for “unyielding dedication to community-based access to care for the poor and disadvantaged.” We certainly appreciate his dedication to serving people from across our communities. He’s still a practicing internist and continues to hold office hours in his role at IBM. In this episode, we discuss the role of self-care in developing resilience to conquer fear. Links and Resources Mentioned:Connect with Dr. William Kassler: Twitter | LinkedInConnect with IBM: Website | Twitter2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)How technology and data can improve access to mental health resourcesProtecting mental health during a pandemic- By Dr. William KasslerIBM.biz/covidhealth - Confronting the Coronavirus - The Latest on IBM's EffortsEmpower your remote workforce during COVID-19GRIT Mobile Tool For Veterans - Getting Results in TransitionConnect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramDigital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:Almirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020

S11: #105: Digital Health for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health

In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year, and an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment (1). Sky News reports that calls have doubled to a helpline designed to support children whose parents are battling alcoholism (2).  When traveling is not an option, what support and services are available to people who are battling Substance Use Disorder? In addition to the treatment and support needed to support and sustain their recovery, they are also confined in their homes and potentially dealing in close proximity to relationship, financial or work related problems. Our guest has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to battle addiction, and, fortunately she’s turned her attention on how to improve the situation for people on their own journeys to long-term recovery. Joining me in the health podcast studio is Daniela Tudor, who is recovering from substance use disorder. Daniela is the CEO of WeConnect Health Management. Their mission is to reverse the high relapse rate of those in their first year of recovery and over come the challenges of transitioning into long-term recovery. Daniela started the company with her co-founder Murphy Jensen, the former tennis pro and winner of the 1993 French Open Doubles title. We discuss the traditional tools, instructions and systems available for people in recovery, and how technology facilitates better solutions, experiences and outcomes, Daniela also shares how she and Murphy teamed up to start the company - it involves a 'Bucket List' competition and a trip to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island.  Join WEconnect Recovery Live Every third Friday at 7pm Pacific/10pm EasternLinks and Resources:Connect with Daniela Tudor: Twitter | LinkedIn | TEDxBellevueWomenConnect with WeConnect Health Recovery: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn(1) https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHFFR2017/NSDUHFFR2017.pdf(2) https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-calls-to-charity-double-as-children-struggle-in-lockdown-with-alcoholic-parents-11981408Connect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramDigital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:Almirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 5, 2020

S11: #104: Building a Company Culture with Virtual Reality and Remote Teams

Organizations are adapting to the new ways of engaging with their employees, clients and suppliers, and platforms like Zoom are experiencing rapid growth as collaboration tools. But successfully growing a business requires more than simply having the right technology in place. Ultimately, it's always about the people. Questions abound such as - how do you build a company culture when people can't gather in coffee rooms, common areas or ping pong tables? Are teleconferencing solutions like Zoom really the best option for people to experience human connection and interaction? And if the predictions are correct and this pandemic really will introduce an entirely new way for businesses to operate over the long term, how do you recruit and grow teams and create ways of building personal relationships that go beyond a voice and a video screen? To give some insights on how to do those things I turned to Dr Justin Barad, the co-founder and CEO of Osso VR. Justin shares an update on the growth of his company, and, importantly, he explains how Osso VR has created a company culture and a sense of teamwork, even though people rarely share the same physical space.   Justin and I prepared a PDF of some of the tips we discuss on this program, as well as a few links to some resources you may find useful. Be sure to grab those in the link below. Links and Resources:Connect with Justin Barad: Twitter | LinkedInConnect with Osso VR: Website | Twitter | LinkedinStudy: Randomized Trial of a Virtual Reality Tool to Teach Surgical Technique for Tibial Shaft Fracture Intramedullary NailingPress: Time Best Inventions 2019Video: Watch a VR Team Meeting at Osso VRHardware: Oculus for BusinessSoftware: MeetinVR | VSpatial | RecRoomDownload the full PDF with links to the above (plus Justin's Pizza Recipe!)Connect on Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | InstagramConnect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramDigital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:Almirall Digital GardenBayer G4ACedars-Sinai AcceleratorMedableUniversity of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical InformaticsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 28, 2020

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As an engineer and business leader, Dan has worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, he knows firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace. On Digital Health Today, Dan leverages his experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.

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