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State of the Podcast #1

Our first State of the Podcast episode!  We've been going for 3 years, and we've experienced a lot of growth and success.  In this episode, we cover four key topics to shed some light on where we’re focusing our efforts and how we’re having an impact.

1) Metrics - Our shows have had over 200,000 downloads, 15,000 followers
2) Community - We've developed a network of Ambassadors and a global, engaged audience
3) Partnerships - Dozens of partners supporting our growth, relationships and content creation
4) Launch of Health Podcast Network to feature other great podcasts that help advance health, care and well-being

We also cover the service mindset, and how we work to provide value through service to our listeners, partners and sponsors.

Thanks for tuning in and being a part of the community!  We appreciate the time, focus and hard work you put in to help improve healthcare, and we are pleased to help develop connections and collaborations through the Digital Health Today platform. Please get in touch if there's something we can do to help.

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July 17, 2019
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S9: #089: Changing Workplace Health and Habits with Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

The topic: In this episode, we’re diving into the changing aspects of the employee and employer relationship, and how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation can play a key role in improving health and happiness.
 
When compared to other developed countries, per capita healthcare spending in the US ($9,892 in 2016) is 145 percent higher than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) median of $4,033, and yet when comparing outcomes and process measures, the US lags behind.  Some of the key opportunities to reverse these trends lies in the way employers and employees collaborate and engage in reducing costs.

Our guest: My guest is Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Medical Officer and President of the Virgin Pulse Institute.  Dr. Kumar joined Virgin Pulse in 2016 after the company he founded was acquired by Virgin. That company was called ShapeUp, and he led the growth of the company from a two-person, dorm-room startup to a global company with over 100 employees, 800 customers, and 2 million participants around the world.

During his time at ShapeUp, he pioneered new approaches to leveraging social connections to enhance employee health and well-being, and he also co-authored several peer-reviewed studies on the relationship between social networks and healthy behavior.

Dr. Kumar explains how motivation can lead to new workforce habits, and the unconventional approach that Virgin has to serving their employees.

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Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
individuals who provide health products, services and information.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

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May 22, 2019
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S9: #088: Advancing Digital Medicine: Stronger, Smarter and Faster

The topic:
The use of the term 'digital health' is continuing to grow, with new subsets of products and services being grouped within it: digital doctor’s visits, digital clinical trials, digital therapeutics, and digital medicine - these are just some of the terms that have burst onto the scene.

In this episode, we’re diving into one of the terms in the digital health lexicon: 'digital medicine.'  We explore what digital medicine is, how it is positioned along with digital therapeutics and digital health, and explore what’s needed to make the field of digital medicine stronger, smarter and faster.     

The guest:
My guest is Jen Goldsack, the Interim Executive Director of the new Digital Medicine Society that’s just been launched.  Jen has a background in clinical trials, outcomes research and innovation, and she holds masters degrees from the University of Oxford in England, the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from George Washington University.  She is also a retired athlete - she is a Pan American Games Champion, Olympian and World Championship silver medalist.  She’s a dual-national with both British and American citizenship, and currently resides in Florida.

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Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
individuals who provide health products, services and information.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

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May 14, 2019
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Coffee Talk with Bayer G4A – Driving Change Inside and Out

Welcome to Coffee Talk!  In this episode, we speak with two leaders from one of the companies that help make our platform possible, and we’ll learn more about the work they’re doing to move the industry forward. 

My guests are from none other than Bayer G4A.  Bayer G4A was officially launched as “Grants4Apps” in Berlin in 2013, originally with the aim of funding healthcare mobile apps.  Now, six years later, this program has shortened its name to simply ‘G4A’, while also extending it’s global presence to more than 35 countries. 

Bayer G4A is one of the most successful and highly regarded programs in the industry, and they’ve moved far beyond simply funding the creation of apps.  They provide a powerful network of support for early stage businesses with a combination of funding, mentorship, and, perhaps most significantly, they provide opportunities to create commercial partnerships.

I’ve invited two of the leaders of the G4A program to give us an update about their work and how the organization is working internally and externally to create opportunities for early stage businesses.

With me is Eugene Borukhovich, he’s the Global Head of Digital Health Incubation & Innovation at Bayer, and Sophie Park, Chief of Strategy for the Bayer G4A Digital Health Partnerships.

Tune in as we discuss the new format of the G4A program, how it's helping startups succeed, and tips for fostering intrapreneurship and successful partnerships.

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May 9, 2019
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S9: #087: Can Virtual Reality be Considered a Medical Device?

The topic:
In this episode we discuss three reasons VR is such a powerful tool in health care, and how VR can bridge therapy from the hospital to the home tips.   We also dive into tips on starting a medical device company with no previous medical device or startup experience, and some of the applications for motor and cognitive treatment, disease progression, response to therapy and much more.

The guest:
Eran Orr is the CEO and Founder of XR Health, an Israeli company with offices in Boston, Massachusetts. XR Health creates an extended-reality platform that combines medical applications with advanced data analytics to provide a comprehensive solution for clinicians and patients. XRHealth is the first Certified Virtual Reality Medical Company to develop FDA/CE Registered Medical Applications. Their products focus on motor, cognitive, physical, psychological, postural ability and pain assessment and treatment.


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Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
individuals who provide health products, services and information.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

Ostendio -  cloud-based software to set up and manage your cybersecurity and information management programs with one platform.

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May 3, 2019
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S9: #086: Transforming Commercial Models and Health Outcomes in Africa and Asia

The topic:
There are over 1.2 billion people living in Africa, and another 1.3 billion living in India.  Together they account for about 34% of the world’s population.  These two regions represent some of the highest levels of healthcare burden, and some of the lowest numbers of healthcare professionals.
For example, in Africa, there are only 2.3 healthcare workers per 1,000 people.  Compare that to the Americas where you’ll find there are more than 10 times as many: 24.8 healthcare workers per 1000 people.

To look at it another way, Africa has a deficit of 2.4 million doctors and nurses - so if you’re looking for a place where you can have a really huge impact on a population in need, there are a few big targets for you in the 54 countries of Africa, in addition to another 1.3 billion people in India.

The guest:
In this episode I spoke to Emmanuel Blin.  Emmanuel is the founder and CEO of Tech Care for All (TC4A). He grew up in sub-Saharan Africa and he has a deep commitment to addressing the challenges and inequalities that are present there.
 
In 2017, after 20 years of service in the pharmaceutical industry, Emmanuel decided to invest his energy in changing health outcomes in the poorest corners of our world.  He created a for-profit, social impact company called Tech Care for All whose goal is to accelerate digital health in Africa and Asia as a key enabler to improving health outcomes in underserved communities.  His vision is to bridge the very best digital health innovation that’s happening across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Africa.  Emmanuel is a Digital Health and Social Impact Entrepreneur and he lives in Brussels with his wife and four children.   

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Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
individuals who provide health products, services and information.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

Ostendio -  cloud-based software to set up and manage your cybersecurity and information management programs with one platform.

Start-Up Nation Central - connecting business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation.

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April 16, 2019
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S9: #085: Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The topic:
Take a look online and you’ll find hundreds of articles proclaiming that Pharma’s business model is broken and that the entire sector is in the middle of an innovation crisis. Whether you agree or disagree, there’s no question that the industry is extraordinarily competitive and the challenge of bringing effective drugs to market is growing. Adapting to new ways of working and driving new tech and innovation across an entire industry is never easy, and with the long development cycles for new drugs and the low drug development success rates, the challenges are even bigger. But where some see a crisis, others see opportunity, and making the most of that opportunity can take many different forms and approaches.

The guest:
In this episode, I speak with Jake LaPorte – someone who sees that opportunity and has developed a new program to give innovative digital health companies a boost.

Jake is the Global Head of Digital Development at Novartis and responsible for leading the company’s digital efforts within their Global Drug Development organization. He also is one of the founders and the Managing Director of BIOME—which is the first-ever, externally branded innovation lab by Novartis.

Jake completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University, and received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Mathematics, from the University of Delaware. While traveling with his wife, he read Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near and he became captivated by the possibility of digitizing the Pharmaceutical engine.

Ever since reading that book, Jake has focused his career on making that concept a reality. In this episode, he explains how the Novartis Biome is making a real impact on accelerating digital health solutions in drug development and discovery.

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April 11, 2019
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S9: #084: Niko Skievaski on Key Market Failures and Opportunities for Novel Health Software Solutions

In this episode:
  • Key market failures for software businesses and solutions in healthcare
  • How new tools for integration can lower costs, shorten sales cycles and increase sales
  • How new procurement models, used by collaboration companies like Slack, can increase the rate of adoption in healthcare
  • Understanding the challenges of interoperability and why it remains a contentious area in digital health

The topic:
Despite the focus and investment in digital transformation in healthcare, there still is a lack of shared infrastructure across the industry which is holding back digital health adoption.  How can better development resources and new business models enable ‘bring-your-own-app' solutions?

The guest:
With me to talk about it is Niko Skievaski, the cofounder and president of Redox.  Niko has a background in economics and in 2014 he co-founded Redox - a health technology company that accelerates development and distribution of healthcare software solutions to securely and efficiently exchange data.  They’ve partnered with 500 digital health vendors who use the Redox Engine platform to interoperate with nearly 450 healthcare delivery organizations using about 40 different legacy EHR vendors.

They also throw one heck of a great taco party - if you’re going to any of the major conferences like JP Morgan, HIMSS, SXSW - then be sure to join them!

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Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you!

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Bayer G4A - a global program that offers support to startups and companies that are developing innovative solutions in health and care.

Ostendio -  cloud-based software to set up and manage your cybersecurity and information management programs with one platform.

Start-Up Nation Central - connecting business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
individuals who provide health products, services and information.

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April 4, 2019
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S9: #083: Tony Estrella on Enabling Growth and Scale in the APAC HealthTech Market

In this episode we dive into some of the cities, countries and winning strategies that are leading the transformation of health for the billions of people that live in APAC.

Tony Estrella is an investor, advisor,  and global digital health expert.  He has experience all over the world having lived and worked in Asia, the US, and Europe as a startup founder, investor and corporate innovation leader.

Tony works with companies who are developing solutions for Asia to change the face of cancer, human longevity, and population health by deploying leading tech in AI, Genomics, Blockchain, and smart devices.  He is a graduate Wharton and got an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tony is also a newly minted fiction writer.  Tony's new book, Comatose, is available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailers. We talk about this project as well on this episode.
The show notes are available at DigitalHealthToday.com/83 - we have a link there to a PDF that Tony created that summarises some of the detail from this conversation, a link to Tony's new book, and a video of Tony's interview at the Frontiers Health conference in November 2018.  Go check it out.

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Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you!

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Bayer G4A - global program that offers support to startups and companies that are developing innovative solutions in health and care.

Ostendio -  cloud-based software to set up and manage your cybersecurity and information management programs with one platform

Start-Up Nation Central - connecting business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and
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March 22, 2019
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S9: #082: Dr. Thomas Insel on Digital Phenotyping as a Tool for Solving Mental Health

Today we’re diving into the topic of Mental Health. It’s a topic we’ve covered before on this program, like in episode 63 with Dale Beerman of Think Pacifica, and Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh from Brain Power back on episode 21.  In those episodes, we explored the use of mobile apps and wearables, and we looked at some problems that are being solved using these technologies. 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were tools available that helped measure and quantify our mental health based on our physical activities and behaviors?

Well, that’s why I wanted to introduce you to our next guest.  His company is pioneering work in measurement science to provide continuous, objective measures of cognition and mood that can potentially alert patients and providers to early signs of mental health deterioration.

My guest is Dr. Thomas R. Insel, the Co-Founder & President of Mindstrong Health based in California.  Tom’s here to tell us about the research and work they’re doing to use information from cell phones to drive better, earlier and deeper understandings about mental health.   
Tom is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and previously he was a Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, a Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, and a leader of Verily’s Mental Health Team

I was introduced to Tom my Marco Mohwinckel and George Goldsmith over at Compass Pathways, a UK-based company working to develop treatments to empower patients suffering with mental illness.  They are doing that by combining neuroscience, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and digital platforms.  You can find out more about their work by visiting compasspathways.com
Thanks Marco and George for the introduction to Tom!

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March 15, 2019
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S9: #081: Scaling Digital Therapeutics – The Opportunities and Challenges

In this episode, we’re taking on the topic of Digital Therapeutics. 

At the CNS Summit last year, I had the opportunity to meet and learn from our guest: Megan Coder. Megan is the founder and executive director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. The Digital Therapeutic Alliance, or DTA as you may hear it called, was launched in 2017 to broaden the understanding, adoption, and integration of clinically-validated digital therapeutic solutions into mainstream healthcare through education, advocacy, and research.

Megan has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare industry. She’s held roles that span from direct delivery of patient care, to leading the strategic growth within the digital health sector. Prior to DTA, Megan worked with Voluntis, Iodine, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. She’s a qualified pharmacist and a proud graduate from the University of Wisconsin (like our guest in episode 63, Dale Beerman - check his episode out too!).
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February 28, 2019
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S9: #080: The Human Microbiome, Algorithms and Home Test Kits

In this episode, we’re diving into the research, and a brand new solution, focused on the growing understanding of the human microbiome – the microorganisms that help protect us against germs, break down food, and produce vitamins.
We discuss the work that is being done to enlist the microbiome in the fight against disease, and how we can leverage our understanding not just to preserve health but also to actually prevent or treat metabolic disease.
Our guest is Lihi Segal, co-founder of Day Two.  Day Two was started in 2015 to bring personalized health solutions based on the gut microbiome into the consumer mainstream. [...read more...]

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February 21, 2019
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S8: #079: Todd Pope and the Future of Robots in Surgery

Our guest in this episode is Todd Pope, the President and Chief Executive Officer of TransEnterix, a company that is digitizing the interface between laparoscopic surgeons and patients through the use of their Senhance robot. Todd shares some of the ways that robotics are changing the landscape of surgery today, and he explains how technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer vision further enhance these capabilities.
Todd has more than 25 years of experience in key leadership positions within the medical [...read more...]
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February 14, 2019
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S8: #078: Dr Eliza Filby on Transforming Health for Different Generations

How do the experiences of different generations of people shape and inform their attitudes, expectations and perceptions of healthcare today and in the future?  And if we focus our attention on redesigning healthcare for those current generations of adults who place the highest demands on it today, are we overlooking the needs of younger generations of adults and future generations who don’t yet have similar demands of the system?

In this episode we explore these issues with Dr Eliza Filby.  She’s a historian, author and consultant who understands the differences in values and behaviors across different generations.  We dive into how people in Generation Z have an entirely different view and perception on [...read more...]

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February 8, 2019
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S8: #077: How to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Healthcare

Today we’re talking about the unique challenges of cybersecurity in healthcare, and explore some of the tools and solutions that can trap these attackers dead in their tracks. I’m joined on this episode by two guests. Our first guest is Jonathan Langer, he’s the CEO and co-founder of Medigate, a company that identifies, manages and protects connected medical devices.

Also joining me on the program is Ori Bach, the General Manager & VP of Products at TrapX Security. [...read more...]
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December 19, 2018
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S8: #076: Fighting Cancer Through Early Detection of Biomarkers

Is there a way to detect those cancers even before they form a cluster of cells large enough to be detected through a biopsy or scan? 

What if we could enlist the power of our own immune system to create a sort of early-warning system that could alert us when cancerous cells are present.  Well, the good news is that such a technology does exist, and it’s being used to detect cancer 4 years earlier, or sometimes even more, for a wide range of solid tumor types.  And all it requires is a simple blood test. 

With me to talk about it is Dr. Adam M. Hill, the CEO of a leading cancer detection company called Oncimmune. Adam is a both a Clinician and Mechanical Engineer, and has spent his career at the interface of industry, academia and health systems.  Early in his career, he trained in surgery in the British Army and he helped a Formula One team become a developer of health technology. [...read more...]

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December 13, 2018
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S8: #075: “The Opioid Crisis Wake-Up Call” – Dave Chase on Fixing Healthcare

In this episode we're rejoined by a veteran of the program.  He is the one and only, Dave Chase. Dave was the CEO and Co-founder of Avado, which was acquired by & integrated into WebMD & Medscape.  More recently he’s been a co-founder of Health Rosetta which is an organization that helps accelerate the adoption of simple, practical, non-partisan fixes to our healthcare system.

Dave is the author of a new book entitled “The Opioid Crisis Wake-up Call”.  It's no secret that healthcare systems around the world are under immense pressure. Dave has identified dozens of organizations that are working well despite the tremendous [...read more...]
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December 10, 2018
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S8: #074: Artificial Intelligence versus Skin Cancer

Each year, in the US, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined, and it is often first discovered by the patients themselves.  What if there was an AI solution that transformed smartphones into a powerful assessment and detection tool?  SkinVision has done exactly that.

Join me as we speak with Erik de Heus, the CEO of SkinVision. Based in the Netherlands, Erik is passionate about democratizing detection of skin cancer and saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the process.  Tune in as we discuss how Artificial Intelligence and innovative business models [...read more...]

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November 15, 2018
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Lightning Round: Anne Wellington of Cedars-Sinai Accelerator

Anne Wellington, Managing Director of Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, answers our six lightning round questions.  Tune in to hear Anne's advice for innovators, favorite book and technology, and more.

Find all the links and the full interview at digitalhealthtoday.com/73.

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November 14, 2018
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S8: #073: Anne Wellington on the Success and Growth of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator

Accelerators have been around since about 2005, and in the last 5 or 6 years, we’ve seen the development of new accelerators and programs that focus on the unique needs of entrepreneurs who are working to create new solutions for the healthcare sector.  To get the low-down on what accelerators do to succeed, we reached out to the managing director of one of the best-known health-focused accelerators, Anne Wellington. 

Anne is the managing director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator in Los Angeles.  She’s been a part of the accelerator since March 2016, and she shares insights on their experiences as a healthcare organization working at the leading, bleeding edge of health innovation. Anne also shares some of the changes underway at Cedars-Sinai, and the opportunities coming up for startups in the [...read more...]

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November 9, 2018
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S8: #072: Can Wearable Devices Help Drive Behavior Change?

In this episode we explore the intersection of wearables, data and behavior change.  We all know that behavior change is a key part to managing or reversing the effects of chronic conditions, but how can wearable technology enable people to make better decisions about their activity, diet, and sleep? Or do wearable trackers help us justify our bad behavior - like treating ourselves to a pumpkin spice latte as a reward because we hit our 10,000 steps for the day (you know who you are!).

Here to share his experience is Dr John Moore.  John  is a physician, engineer and the Medical Director at Fitbit. He was a co-founder of Twine Health where they developed an innovative, and proven, health coaching platform that empowers people to take control of their health to achieve better outcomes. Twine was acquired by Fitbit in February 2018, and John became Fitbit’s first medical director.  Twine’s Health coaching platform is now integrated [...read more...]

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October 31, 2018
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S8: #071: Ardy Arianpour of Seqster tackles interoperability and health data trusts

In this episode we’re talking about data. We dive into two key aspects of data access. One aspect is about what happens to our health data when we die. Millions of people die each year and the information stored in their lost to their families and future generations.

The other aspect we cover in this episode relates to the popular topic of interoperability. For decades, this has been the subject of countless conferences and meetings and even congressional hearings. We reluctantly accept the fact that our medical records are distributed across various systems and providers, but that poses a real problem both to people who are accessing care, and the people and organizations providing it. It’s not just that it’s inconvenient, it can actually undermine accurate diagnosis and treatment, and negatively impact outcomes.  [...]

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October 12, 2018
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S8: #070: Top Travel Tips and Hacks to Survive the Conference Season

On his first episode (episode 60), Amir talked about digital therapeutics, drug discovery and neuroscience.  In this episode, Amir discusses how to improve your travel experience with his top tips and hacks.  From apps and websites, to gadgets and pills, Amir shares some great advice as you prepare to head out to the industry events this year! 

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Get all the show notes and links by visiting digitalhealthtoday.com/70

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October 9, 2018
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S7: #069: Aging in Place with AI, Robots and Sensors

In this episode, we examine the problems faced by millions of people, their families, and caregivers, as they work to maintain their mental and physical health as they age. We look at new in-home technologies that combine Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, sensors and a range of other technologies to create very different solutions that help maintain independence and manage and monitor health.

We are joined by Dor Skuler, the CEO and co-founder of Intuition Robotics, and Assaf Sella, the CEO and co-founder of Kytera.

One of the key questions surrounding care for aging populations is can people keep healthy and active at home so we can prevent or delay the point at which they require more intensive, and more expensive, [...]

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September 25, 2018
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S7: #068: Artificial Vision. Real Results.

Today, we’re taking on the problem of blindness and loss of vision.  This is a huge problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world who are legally blind or partially sighted. The number of people affected is set to increase as conditions like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy become more widespread.

To talk about this problem and some of the ways technology can help address it we speak to Eliav Rodman, he’s the Director of Marketing at OrCam Technologies. OrCam is based in Jerusalem, Israel, and they have developed a compact and powerful device to help address many of the problems associated with loss of vision.

Also on the call is Guy Hilton. Guy is the General Manager of Start-Up Nation Central which is an organization focused on the Israeli innovation community.  Guy’s organization, Start-Up Nation Central, has recently joined Digital Health Today as a sponsor and strategic partner. [...]

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July 23, 2018
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S7: #067: Juan Pablo Segura of Babyscripts on Transforming Prenatal Health & the iBirth Acquisition

August and September are traditionally two of the busiest months for new births, which means that right now, there are millions of pregnant women dealing with all the complexities of pregnancy and preparing for the arrival of a child. With connected devices being used for everything from monitoring general fitness to tracking post-surgical recovery, you would think that there would be a solution to help pregnant women monitor and maintain their health through pregnancy.

And, there is.

I’m joined today by Juan Pablo Segura, he’s a passionate entrepreneur and healthcare technologist with a background in consulting and finance. He and his cofounder, Anish Sebastian, worked together at Deloitte before coming up with the idea for their company, Babyscripts.  Babyscripts is [...]

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June 30, 2018
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S7: #066: Dr. Kaveh Safavi on Five Trends in Digital Health Technology

Our guest today is the Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Health Practice for Accenture’s healthcare business: Dr. Kaveh Safavi. I spoke to Kaveh to learn more about the findings of Accenture's latest healthcare industry report: Digital Health Tech Vision 2018. They’ve identified 5 key trends that are set to change the healthcare sector over the next [read more]

Get all the show notes and download a copy of the report by visiting digitalhealthtoday.com/66

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June 26, 2018
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S7: #065: Dr. Jack Kreindler on Healthspan, Human Performance and Fighting Cancer

Our guest today is Dr. Jack Kreindler. Jack is a physician, physiologist and serial technology entrepreneur. He began programming computers at the age of 13, and couldn’t decide between a career in tech or medicine – so he chose both. He is a leading expert in health optimization and has a background in emergency medicine with a special interest in high altitude physiology. Jack shares insights from his years working with elite athletes and very ill patients, and how lessons can be learned and applied to both groups. He also explains the mission of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Fund and how... [Read More]



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May 24, 2018
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S7: #064: Coffee Talk with Dr. Zsu Varga of Bayer G4A

When it comes to creating programs focused on fostering innovation, Bayer G4A really gets stuff done (#gsd). The innovative Grants4Apps program offers a variety of support and resources for early stage businesses, and it’s not simply money and office space - although those things are important. They’ve put together programs that provide some of the best rewards a company can hope for - such as the opportunity to land a global corporation as a key client [read more]

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May 18, 2018
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S7: #063: Dale Beermann of Pacifica Takes on Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in the US during May.  In the UK, Mental Health Awareness Week is observed May 14-20, 2018.  To do our part to raise awareness of mental health, I spoke to a guest that can share a real example, a success story, of how digital tools can be applied in this area.

In this episode, I spoke with Dale Beermann.  He’s one of the founders of the company behind the award-winning [...]

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May 15, 2018
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S7: #062: IDEO Weighs in on Doctors as Designers

This episode features leaders from one of the very best design companies in the entire world: IDEO. IDEO is a pioneer of human-centered design and they work with leading organizations of all sizes to solve complex challenges. IDEO has offices in 9 cities across 5 different countries. I met Dennis Boyle, one of the partners and founding members of IDEO at the Digital Orthopaedic Conference. A few days after that conference, Dennis gave me a tour of the IDEO studio in Palo Alto where he showed me some of their work ranging from toys and voting booths, to wearable sensors and surgical kits. On this podcast, I was joined by both Dennis and Dr. Farzad Azimpour. Farzad is a cardiologist and the Director of Health [...]

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May 1, 2018
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S7: #061: Denise Silber of Doctors 2.0 & You

In episode 61, we catch up with Denise Silber, founder-president of Basil Strategies and the Doctors 2.0 & You conference series. Denise is an American expat who has lived abroad for over 20 years, and has a great understanding of the opportunities and challenges of digital health around the world. Denise is long time e-health advocate based in the beautiful city of Paris, France. She was one of the few Americans to [...]





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April 24, 2018
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S6: #060: Amir Kalali, MD, on Digital Therapeutics, Neuroscience and Drug Development

Dr. Amir Kalali is a highly respected member of the global community in life sciences and clinical research. In fact, for 5 of the years between 2005 and 2012, PharmaVOICE magazine named him as one its 100 most inspiring leaders in the life sciences as voted by his peers. Dr. Kalali was Global Head of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at Quintiles IMS. He was responsible for the enterprise-wide [...]

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April 17, 2018
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S6: #059: Martin Kelly on Collaboration with Startups and Corporates

 

In this episode, I spoke with Martin Kelly, the CEO and co-founder of Health XL. Health XL provides a platform and services to connect people, companies, and solutions to lead the change needed in healthcare. But until I recently had a chance to meet and speak with Martin, I could probably describe Health XL as one of the most impactful organizations that I’d heard of, but that I knew very little about. When I was introduced to Martin late last year, and I learned more about their work, I knew I wanted to have him come on and share some of the [...]



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April 10, 2018
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S6: #058: Brennan Spiegel Gets Real About Virtual Reality

If you follow the work being done in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) - you probably have already seen the work being done by today's guest: Dr. Brennan Spiegel. In this episode, Brennan gets real about the applications for virtual reality in healthcare, and what is needed to drive adoption throughout the healthcare system and around the world.  Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Health System. He’s also a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, and Co-Chair of the VR/AR Association Digital Health Committee. He has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks and has more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His work has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Huffington Post, LA Times, NBC News, NPR, PBS, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal and now we’re adding Digital Health Today to that esteemed list of media outlets!

You can often find Brennan at major conferences around the world including HIMSS, Connected Health, Exponential Med, Health 2.0 and CES - actually it was CES where I heard him speak for the first time. And now, he’s founded a new conference call Virtual Medicine which was held last week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. It was the first international symposium dedicated to medical virtual reality. Tickets were sold out for this debut event, and if you weren't there, fear not, because in true pioneering fashion, Brennan worked with the team over at Samsung to get the event filmed and streamed live in 360 - the recordings aren't up yet, but you can grab your goggles and transport yourself back in time and over to Los Angeles and watch the event as if you were there. Find the videos when they go live at virtualmedicine.health.


Today's Topics

  • What patients experience in biopsychosocial jail cells
  • How immersive technologies can nudge users in interesting ways
  • How VR can liberate patients from the confines of the hospital
  • Whether, when and how to use VR
  • How users' response varies based on the user's age
  • Insight into the inaugural VirtualMedicine.Health ConferenceGet all the show notes to everything we discussed by visiting the website at 
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April 3, 2018
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S6: #057: Rasu Shrestha on How to Build the Future of Healthcare

We are joined by Dr Rasu Shrestha, an incredibly gifted individual in the health and technology space. He was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 26 “Smartest People in Health IT” and InformationWeek said he was one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change”. He holds two roles at UPMC in Pittsburgh. He's both the chief innovation officer for UPMC and he's also the executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, which is the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC - we’re going to dive into that group, what they do and how they do it.

 

And, the latest news, this was just announced on March 19, Rasu has been named by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the work mapping the electronic medical record to the FHIR APIs, and to create common data standards through industry partnerships. This could bring about the end of the interoperability problem that’s been the bane of EMRs since they came into existence.

 

Rasu is also the co-chair of the Health Datapalooza meeting which is being held on April 26 and 27 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC. He shares why this meeting is important and what you can expect if you head out there too.

 

As always, you can get the links and notes from our discussion on our website at DigitalHealthToday.com/57. Please do check it out and sign up for our newsletter, and while you’re at it, hit subscribe on your podcast app so you’ll be sure to get all our upcoming episodes.





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March 21, 2018
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S6: #056: Building the World’s Largest Connected Care Network, Bit by Bit

Eren Bali is the CEO and Cofounder of Carbon Health a San Francisco-based company that has its sites set on building the world's largest connected care network. If Eren was just any aspiring entrepreneur entering the healthcare space, then the chances of reaching that goal might be very small. But Eren isn't just any entrepreneur - he's also the founder of what will soon become the world's largest school. He founded Udemy, an online learning platform, in Turkey and relaunched it in the US a few years later. He's here to tell us about his experience and how he's started from scratch in connecting patients with care in the Carbon Health healthcare network.

Get all the show notes, links and videos by visiting https://digitalhealthtoday.com/56

 





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February 23, 2018
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S6: #055: The One About Fertility

In this episode, we dive into a topic that is changing rapidly and that is the topic of reproductive health. I invited the founders of two companies that have developed technologies to help women and men to measure and improve their reproductive health, and they made a terrific duo on this topic. Lea von Bidder is the co-founder and president of Ava Science, which is the company behind the women’s wearable called Ava Women. Also on the call is Greg Sommer, he’s the founder & chief science officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, that’s the company behind the men’s health product Trak. Between the two of them we cover both sides of the reproductive health equation. They share some great insights on the topic, and the new solutions available to help women and men with easy-to-use, discrete, home-based products that you’ll find interesting.

I always learn something from our guests, and one of the things I learned on this episode is that for men, our overall health is so closed tied to reproductive health that sperm count is actually being called by some the sixth vital sign. Even if you’re not trying to conceive and those days are ahead of or behind you, I’m sure you’ll also learn something from our guests.

You can find all the show notes and the links we discussed on our website at digitalhealthtoday.com/55

 





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January 29, 2018
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S6: #054: Christian Seale of Startupbootcamp Miami

What does it take to become a world leader in the health tech space? Cities around the world, and even entire countries, are battling for the chance to be the digital health capital of the world.  In addition to Silicon Valley, there are the usual suspects of Boston and San Diego, and we also have some up-and-comers such as Denver with people like Mike Biselli and many others leading the charge. There's Chicago with organizations like Matter, and cities in the south like Atlanta leveraging their strong corporate base. In Europe you have London, Barcelona, Naples, Helsinki. And even entire countries like Israel and Estonia are working to make themselves the premier destination for investors, startups and health tech innovation.  And that’s without going further east to China, Japan and other Asia-pac countries.

My guest today is Christian Seale, he’s the founder and general partner of Startupbootcamp in Miami. He’s also the Founding Partner of NextGen Venture Partners, he’s a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and a mentor at Mass Challenge.  Christian is working to make Miami the top destination for companies working to access the Americas - North, South and Latin America.  You may be asking, why Miami? The home of Crockett and Tubbs? The playground of the rich and famous?  The scene of a terrible but popular song by Vanilla Ice?  And now, the destination for digital companies?  Seem impossible? Christian tells us exactly why this city is so popular for innovators with big ideas, and it isn’t about the beaches.  There’s plenty of success to point to, and some companies you probably didn’t realize that are based right there.

Christian and I recorded this interview in person, which is something I don’t do very often (we normally do interviews over Skype) - which gave me an opportunity to see the area and its thriving innovation community. We also had the chance to hear about a program that he’s working on to help promote prenatal health for pregnant women.  The program is called Square Roots and Christian explains how they are working to make cities, countries and companies better and healthier places to be carrying a child.  

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January 25, 2018
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S6: #053: Fred Toney of Launchpad Digital Health in San Francisco

Fred Toney is the CEO & Co-Founder of Launchpad Digital Health, which is the most active institutional lead investor in digital health at the seed stage in the U.S. Fred has more than 20 years of financial and executive management in digital health, medical, life sciences and financial sectors. He’s served in executive and Board capacities for 30 public and private companies, he’s founded, funded, managed and sold numerous companies and is now a board member or board observer for over 20 digital health companies.

Fred and I covered some of the tips for companies looking for seed funding, some of the areas they are focused on at Launchpad Digital Health, and the success they’ve had in identifying and supporting female-led startups. He’s also shared some information about their Ground Zero program which you can download from our website. Visit digitalhealthtoday.com/53 for links to all the resources and companies we discussed.





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January 17, 2018
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S6: #052: Roberto Ascione on Digital Therapeutics, Data Driven Nutrition, and More

Roberto Ascione is the CEO of Healthware International, a next-generation healthcare consultancy, combining a unique blend of marketing and creative services with innovation and technology capabilities. Under Roberto’s leadership, Healthware International has evolved into a cutting-edge, innovation-driven company working with some of the leading players in health, and many smaller ones too. Roberto is very active in the digital health start-up ecosystem and is an advisor to several companies both in Europe and in USA. He’s also the Chairman of Frontiers Health – one of the leading global conferences on digital health innovation that I was able to attend last year. It’s being held on November 15-16, 2018 in Berlin so put that on your calendar.

Roberto shares his insights on some of the exciting changes happening in health innovation, and what he thinks we will see in 2018 and beyond. So sit back and tune into the discussion with Roberto Ascione.

Get the full show notes by visiting https://digitalhealthtoday.com/podcast/roberto-ascione-healthware-international

 





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January 9, 2018
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S6: #051: Bayer Launches New G4A Generator Program

Bayer is launching the G4A Generator program and opening for applications the week of January 8th, 2018.  Tune in to hear how Bayer is creating commercial opportunities for early stage businesses - and they are delivering! To get the scoop on this new program, and also give an update on some of the programs that ran in 2017, I spoke to three people at Bayer that are bringing the G4A Generator program to life. My guests on this program are Eugene Borukhovich, Global Head, Digital Health Incubation & Innovation, Barton Warner, Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio Management, and Anna-Lena Lorenz, the Global Innovation Manager and Ecosystem Coordinator.

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January 8, 2018
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S5: #050: The Growth and Success of VR/AR/MxR in Health

In this episode, we discuss five innovators and the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and Mixed Reality solutions they are implementing in healthcare.  These types of deployments are succeeding clinically and commercially, which is a promising sign for continued and accelerated growth.   Tune in to hear how these VR/AR/MxR technologies are solving real challenges and laying the foundation for what's coming next.

Be sure to check out the show notes at digitalhealthtoday.com/50 where we have tons of links to the people and companies we just discussed, and some great videos showing how these technologies work and the impact they are having.





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January 3, 2018
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S5: #049: Rafael Grossmann on Using AR/VR to Take Education to the Next Level

In this episode we talk about healthcare solutions using augmented reality and virtual reality. It wasn’t that long ago that holograms and immersive environments were only found in Hollywood science fiction, but the technology is now finding its way into everything from video games and movie theaters to operating rooms and in-patient wards.

As the cost of hardware and software drops and handset capabilities increase, many companies are developing creative solutions to address problems in healthcare. Products like Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens have set a high standard, and the industry just got a further push by Apple’s recently launched ARKit.

Here to tell us about it is Dr Rafael Grossmann, he is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon practicing in Maine, USA. Rafael has been working to advance the use of AR/VR/Mixed R technology and advises companies in this space. In addition to his full time role as a practicing surgeon, Rafael is also an alumnus of Singularity university and faculty of Exponential Medicine. He tells us about some of the great work being done to develop solutions using tools like ARKit and the Hololens platform.

You can get all the show notes from this podcast and watch some of Rafael’s talks at TedX and Exponential Medicine- just go to digitalhealthtoday.com/49.  While you’re there, please take a minute to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform, and join our community.  You can also follow us on twitter @dhealthtoday, and follow me @healthtechdan - I’d love to hear from you - especially if you are an AR/VR company working to develop solutions in healthcare.





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December 16, 2017
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S5: #048: Azza Gadir on the Microbiome and Allergies, Immunity and Mental Health

We think a lot about the things we put into our bodies but there is a relatively new field coming into the spotlight as we learn more about the things that are already in, and on, our bodies.  That field is research into the human microbiome.  Our guest today tells us about some of the early and most recent developments, and how the data being gathered about the micro organisms living in our bodies can help to develop new treatments to existing conditions, and prevent developing others.

Our guest is Azza Gadir, a scientist working on the Immunology of food allergies at Harvard University/Boston Childrens’ hospital. Her research is focused on the role of the Gut Microbiome in preventing and treating disease. In addition, she is currently serving as a scientific advisor for the startup, Adeo Health Science, a company focused on translating food allergy research into trusted products for parents. Azza was introduced to me by Daisy Robinton, also a researcher at Harvard, who was a guest on episode 23 about gene editing and explains CRISPR/Cas 9. If you haven’t heard that one yet, you can go back and grab that at digitalhealthtoday.com/23.

When we recorded this episode, Azza explained that the product from the company she’s advising, Adeo Health, was just weeks away from launch. Well, they did launch the product and as this podcast goes live, I wanted to let you know that you can get it now. She explains what it is during the interview (spoiler alert - it’s a baby food that introduces 8 different allergens to infants in solid food), but I did want to let you know that the product is now available. The company name is Adeo Health and their product is called Inspired Start.

Don’t worry about writing down those URLS, you can grab them and all the links we discuss in the show notes - so if you’re in the market for baby food, you can go straight to those sites and get them online. Just visit digitalhealthtoday.com/48 - and I also have the video of Rob Knight’s TEDx talk on there -that’s another thing we discuss in our conversation.

 





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November 30, 2017
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S5: #047: Jeffrey Brewer on Simplifying Diabetes Management Systems

What do you do when you get bad news? Do you moan and complain about it? Maybe you steel yourself and decide not to let it dominate you and carry on, taking the setbacks in stride.

Or maybe, you're one of the group of people who takes that decision even further and resolves to declare war on the obstacles before you. You dedicate your work, energy and resources to not just to overcome those challenges, but to completely transform the situation and experience of others who are facing and will face similar challenges.

Considering you’ve self selected into this digital health community, I’m guessing that you’re in one of the two latter groups, and let’s face it, you’re likely in the last group: The group that Unity Stoakes would call the change makers and transformers. People in this group not only refuse to accept the status quo, but go to work to change the way the world works, create new paradigms and shape new ways of thinking.

My guest today definitely falls into this group. And I think there’s a super power that comes into play when the challenge that life deals doesn’t just affect us, it’s affects someone we love and care about.

Our guest in this episode is Jeffrey Brewer, CEO and Co-founder of Bigfoot Biomedical. He shares his story of when he received the news that his son has Diabetes, and the confusion and despair that followed. He explains how that led to changes in his life and took him down a path that has seen him start Bigfoot Biomedical. He gives insights into the tremendous progress they’ve made in a short space of time and what the future holds for his product, and, importantly, for people with insulin-dependent diabetes around the world.

You can get all the show notes from this podcast and even watch a video a video of Jeffrey - just go to digitalhealthtoday.com/47.





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November 15, 2017
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S5: #046: Dr. Brandon Palermo on Digital Solutions to Manage Antimicrobial Resistance

In this episode we address the role of digital health in managing antimicrobial resistance. We hear about antibiotic resistance in the mainstream media.  It pops up on the news now and then, people talk about it and then things go back to the way they were. Patients still demand their antibiotics, hospitals and clinicians lack the solutions to have effective oversight to make changes, and the problem grows.

Today, resistant bacteria causes about 50,000 deaths per year in Europe and the US. To address this urgent problem, various bodies have put together standards and programs to improve the use of medications. For example, in the US, the Joint Commission has implemented an Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard which just came into effect on January 1, 2017. But no matter where you are, people and protocols alone can’t fully address this problem: We need tools to collect and compare data and provide actionable information on the use of antimicrobials.

Here to talk to us about this massive problem is Dr. Brandon Palermo, he’s the chief medical officer of ILÚM Health Solutions. ILÚM Health Solutions was recently launched by Merck’s Healthcare Services & Solutions (HSS).  It is an enterprise-wide infectious disease management service, which enables improved outcomes by delivering real-time information from across the health system. That information helps providers in their patient management decisions and supports program improvement.

Brandon believes that a key contributor to this issue is the lack of timely and actionable clinical information at the point of care, and he tells us how technology can help.

Get the full show notes and links to everything we discuss by visiting https://digitalhealthtoday.com/46





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November 8, 2017
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S5: #045: Justin Barad on Virtual Reality Training in Orthopaedics and Beyond

In this episode, we speak with another game developer turned healthcare professional. You may remember back on episode 8 we spoke with nurse and master gamer Anna Sort. She’s now running a company based in Barcelona that is helping healthcare companies develop fun and effective tools to engage users. If you haven’t done it yet, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode, she gives some insights and techniques to achieve what she calls epic wins. You can grab that on digitalhealthtoday.com/8

Today, we’re speaking with a surgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon in fact. You may have heard me mention him on the episode 43 with Professor Stefano Bini, a professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at UCSF who runs the DOCSF meeting. In that episode we were talking about digital health tools being developed for orthopaedics, and our guest today is the founder of one of the companies that is doing exactly that.

Our guest is Dr. Justin Barad, he’s the founder and CEO of OssoVR. He’s taken his skill at gaming and game development and applied it to solve a real problem in medical education. In fact, it’s not just for medical education; it has applications from the military, to continuing education, to product training, and more.

I know you’ll enjoy this conversation but I also want to make sure that you see what Justin and his team have produced, so head over to the website at digitalhealthtoday.com/45 and check out a few of the videos that I’ve loaded there. I know you’ll be impressed.





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October 31, 2017
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S5: #044: Jamey Edwards on Telemedicine and Five Keys for Humanizing Healthcare

In this episode, we talk about telemedicine 3.0 and humanizing healthcare. We spoke with Jamey Edwards, the CEO and founder of Cloudbreak, a company delivering telemedicine solutions to hospitals across the US. Cloudbreak provides more than one million minutes of telemedicine consultation through over 75,000 encounters each month. Cloudbreak invests heavily in creating engaging experiences through their products, and it is clearly working. Their solutions are being used in over 700 hospitals, including two of the top 20 hospitals in the US (Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, #11, and NYU Langone Medical Center, #19). To top it off, they are achieving 50% annual growth and have just joined Startup Health as a portfolio company.

Jamey is very concerned about physician burnout and the clinicians working at the coal face of healthcare delivery. As a result, he is highly focused on improving the healthcare environment for the people that work in it. In our discussion, Jamey shares how their work has been shaped through their collaboration with Nick Adkins (@nickisnpdx) and the #pinksocks movement, and the role of the Peter Diamandis and his Abundance 360 program had in framing Cloudbreak's approach. Jamey also shares his perspective on humanizing healthcare, and he tells us the 5 things that, in his view, are key to humanizing healthcare. Download this tips and get all the show notes by visiting digitalhealthtoday.com/44





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October 24, 2017
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S5: #043: Prof. Stefano Bini on the Development of Digital Tools for Orthopaedics

In this episode I spoke with Professor Stefano Bini, he’s an Orthopaedic Surgeon at UCSF and the Chair of the Digital Orthopaedics Conference.  That’s right: "Digital Orthopaedics".

I met Professor Bini through Nick Adkins and Mike Ryan (both of whom were previous guests on this program episodes 34 and 36 respectively) and they told me that Prof. Bini was working on some really forward thinking approaches. He is taking things to a new level by focusing on digital tools specifically in the orthopaedics vertical.

We all know orthopaedics is a very resource intensive and expensive area of healthcare, and Prof Bini believes it is a great place to drive innovation in the clinical care system.  Need proof?  Well, on this episode, he tells us exactly why orthopaedics is a great place to focus our digital efforts, and he goes through some of the work being done by companies to transform the delivery of orthopaedic care.

We dive into virtual reality (VR), telemedicine, 3d printing, artificial intelligence (AI), wearables, apps and more. Get the full show notes by visiting digitalhealthtoday.com/43

 





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October 17, 2017
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S5: #042: Jack Barrette on the 7 Secrets of Successful Patient Expert Collaboration

In this episode, we dive into patient expert collaboration with lifelong health marketer, serial entrepreneur, and internet pioneer Jack Barrette. Jack is the founder and CEO of WEGO Health, and he is a frequent public speaker, blogger, twitterer (@healthyjack) and author. Jack has been recognized as "One of the Most Inspiring People In The Industry" by PharmaVoice Magazine.

Jack and I take on one of the big challenges facing innovators which is focused on these two key words: "Patient Centric". We talk about it all the time, and no one is going to argue that it's not a priority, but how do we actually do it? Some would say that you simply engage patients in your business challenges, but if you've ever tried that, you know it's harder than it sounds. But if patients are a part of the solution, how do businesses get patients involved in achieving business objectives? Jack has some ideas, and he shares his 7 secrets of successful patient expert collaboration.

Take a listen, check out WEGO Health, and be sure to download his tips in the shownotes. Let us know about your experience in engaging patients in your business.

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September 29, 2017
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S5: #041: Matthew Holt Talks SMACK About Digital Health

This is part 2 of the conversation with Matthew Holt of Health 2.0.  In episode 40, Matthew shared his experience as a healthcare researcher, beach bum, travel blogger, health tech entrepreneur, and then health tech catalyst when he and Indu Subaiya started Health 2.0 in 2006. That organization has grown massively with conferences all around the world, and this October marks the 11th anniversary of the annual Fall conference.

In fact, if you haven’t signed up yet, you should definitely check it out. Their Summer Savings ticket is still available until September 6th, so got to Health2con.com or visit the link below. The conference will be held October 1-4, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

In this episode, Matthew is going to make his case for rebranding Digital Health as SMACK Health, and while I don’t like the sound of it (sounds kind of painful) I’ll keep an open mind.

Let me know what you think. Is SMACK a better description for what we’re working on to innovate in health? We also take on some of the questions regarding the acquisition of Health 2.0 by HIMSS earlier this year, and Matthew shares his views on the role of Amazon or other big players in the delivery of healthcare. He also shares some of his own ambitions for himself, and proposes a new joint venture with Eugene Borukhovich - and it’s one I guarantee you wouldn’t have guessed!

Thanks to  Nick Adkins and  Eugene Borukhovich for tweeting questions for Matthew!

Get all the links, videos and shownotes at https://digitalhealthtoday.com/41






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September 1, 2017
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S4: #040: Matthew Holt on Health 2.0 and the Global Stage for Health Innovators

Matthew Holt went to work in 2006 to create an event that focused on health tech innovators.  That event was the first Health 2.0.  Now, 11 years later, thousands of health innovators have taken to the Health 2.0 stage to present their solutions that improve and transform healthcare.  Matthew tells us about the evolution of the organization, and the opportunities for innovators to share their stories to tens of thousands of people around the world.

 

Matthew co-founded Health 2.0 with Indu Subaiya. I’ve known Matthew for several years - I’ve spent time with him at Health 2.0 conferences (and nearby bars) in the US and Europe, but until I had this discussion with him, I didn’t really have an appreciation of the background that eventually led to the creation of the Health 2.0 series of conferences. We cover how Health 2.0 serves as a tremendous catalyst for accelerating the creation and adoption of new health technologies.  We also dive into Matthew's own experience as a researcher and his experience as part of a silicon valley startup.

We continue the discussion in episode 41, and we jump into the controversy about the term Digital Health and Matthew’s preferred term: SMACK Health. He’ll tell us what that all means, and discuss the merits of that term. And, since he’s so passionate about it, we’re also going to try the new name on for size. So the next episode of this podcast will be the SMACK Health Today podcast... be sure to tune into both episodes for the full story.

Check out the website for full show notes at https://digitalhealthtoday.com/40






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August 31, 2017
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S4: #039: Unity Stoakes (Part 2) 10 Moonshots and 25 Years to Change the World

This is the second part of a two-part interview with the batteries included health transformer Unity Stoakes. I gave Unity a full introduction in the previous episode, and now we’re going to pick up where we left off. Unity had just raced across town for a meeting at the White House in 2011, and then launched startup health at Health Datapalooza the very next day. In this episode, we find out what impact Startup Health is having and where they are headed. And you’re also going to hear a superb Yoda impression - you gotta hear that.


Today's Topics

  • How the current political climate in the US will affect health tech innovation
  • How the Internet boom in the 1990s is similar to the current digital health market
  • The 4 things they focus on in Startup Health: 
    • The Startup Academy
    • Establishing a Peer Network
    • The Network of Investors, Customers and Organizations
    • A Promotion Engine to Promote and Share the Stories
  • How startups should evaluate and compare accelerator and incubator programs
  • The role of philanthropy in health tech innovation
  • Why you should apple to attend the Startup Health Festival
  • Unity's favorite saying (and very awesome Yoda impression!) 






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August 28, 2017
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S4: #038: Unity Stoakes (Part 1) The Journey from Tech Startups to Startup Health

 

In this episode I speak with Unity Stoakes, cofounder and president of Startup Health. Unity has a great story and a great job. His mission is to improve the wellbeing of everyone in the world. You read that right. He is working to improve health not exclusively for his community, not for a few hundred million people not for people with a certain physical condition or income level. Nope,not Unity, he just wants to improve the wellbeing for everyone in the world. Just everyone. Just 7.4 billion people. I walked away from this conversation and realized the most exciting part of his journey, is that it still is just the beginning! He’s got 20 something years under his belt, and now he’s set out a 25 year vision...he’s still in the first half!

Unity and I spoke about his experiences that took him from Iowa to Boston and from New York to the Oval Office. He’s an innovator, a batteries-included change-maker, a health transformer, a successful entrepreneur and he is leading a charge to reshape our future. On this first part of the conversation, episode 38, Unity takes us through the experiences that shaped his views from childhood to his becoming a health tech innovator. He’s got some great stories in there including his journey racing to the White House. Then, in the second part of the conversation, episode 39, Unity shares with us the vision for the future. He also does (and I say this as a huge Stars Wars fan) he also delivers an incredible Yoda impersonation. You won’t want to miss that, tune in to episode 39 to be sure to hear that.


Today's Topics

  • Unity's early interest in and access to technology
  • How his first jobs after finishing university gave him insights into the power of technology
  • How he met Startup Health co-founder Steven Krein
  • The success Unity and Steven had with a 1999 tech IPO
  • The personal story that put Unity's focus on health
  • How the idea for 'Startup Health' was born
  • Unity's cross-town race to meet Obama, and how the political and economic climate affected their beginningBe sure to check out all the 
show notes at https://digitalhealthtoday.com/38

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August 28, 2017
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S4: #037: Kevin Lyman on Deep Learning, Startup Competitions, and the Woz

Our guest in this episode is Kevin Lyman, an extremely talented entrepreneur and computer scientist based out in San Francisco. He’s worked at companies including Microsoft and SpaceX, and he’s even founded several companies as well.

Now he’s applying his ability to create leading products to the healthcare sector- and he’s the COO and Lead Scientist for Enlitic, a startup that develops deep learning products to make doctors faster and more accurate. He’s going to help us break down some of the details and capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, and explain the differences between machine learning and deep learning. Don’t worry - you don’t have to be a computer scientist to understand it, but with so many terms floating around for a set of technologies that is on track to be the most significant development of our lifetime - we need to peel back the curtain a little bit to understand them a bit better. Then we get into how all this is making an impact on healthcare, and how people and organizations are collaborating to create and implement the solutions.

Be sure to get all the show notes, videos, and links at our website, visit digitalhealthtoday.com/38, while youre there, please take a second to subscribe to the podcast. You can do that right from your phone, just visit the website, look for your preferred platform on the podcast page, and select the Apple, Soundcloud or Stitcher icons, whatever you prefer, and you can subscribe to this podcast right there.

 





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August 15, 2017
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S4: #036: Mike Ryan on Creating Successful Businesses in Healthcare

In this episode we are joined by Mike Ryan. He is a widely recognized startup guru and has decades of experience across roles ranging from envelope-stuffer to CEO. In this episode, we talk about the role of resilience, creativity, collaboration and drive in creating successful companies.

Mike Ryan has served as Vice President, President and CEO within some of the largest health systems in the US including Ascension Health, HealthTrust and HCA. He is a board member of several organizations and a trusted advisor and mentor for dozens of individuals and companies focusing on delivering health solutions. In fact, he has served as a founder, advisor, investor, board member or CEO of 60 companies including TransCare, Salorix, Proteolix, Calithera Biosciences, HealthOnline and healthcare.com. He has built an incredible network of relationships and is one of the most connected people on Linkedin with about 22,000 connections. He’s also been on the receiving end of life-saving healthcare, and he can tell us how that experience has shaped his perspective on life and business.


What we cover in this episode:

  • Mike’s journey in entrepreneurship as a family business
  • The key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
  • The big ideas and big opportunities to transform healthcare
  • The role of innovation labs in developing early stage health technologies
  • The importance of having clinical input at the very outset of new companies and technologies
  • The best place for startups to look for capital to fund their companies
  • Some of the biggest failures in healthcare
  • The innovation occurring to transform business models in healthcareAs always you can get all the notes and links from this show on the website. Just visit 
DigitalHealthToday.com/36. While you’re on the website, please take a moment to join our digital health community, I can’t wait to welcome you there!

 





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August 2, 2017
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S4: #035: John Pugh on Redefining the Rules of Healthcare

In this episode I spoke with John Pugh. John is the Health and Life Science Team Leader for Accenture.  He describes himself as 100% digital innovator and entirely committed to transforming the Life Science and healthcare industry.  We talk about redefining the rules of healthcare, and what he and his colleagues are working on in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Blockchain, Innovation and more.  We dive into the program he’s heading called the HealthTech Innovation Challenge and how startups and corporations can participate and benefit.  We also talk about some of the information and resources that Accenture has produced and made available to businesses and organizations of all sizes.

John started his career in the music business and got involved in the tech scene when he joined a startup during the first tech boom. He's here to share his perspective on collaboration, innovation and how creativity can thrive in a constrained and regulated environment. He also shares some insights into the HealthTech Innovation Challenge and how it can help startups and corporates shape the future of health through collaboration.

Check out the full show notes and links to everything we discuss at https://digitalhealthtoday.com/35


Topics Covered

  • John Pugh’s journey from music, to tech startup, to leading digital programs in pharma, and now leading the HealthTech Challenge.
  • How C-Level Executives can engage with startups to create transformative change
  • How healthcare organizations can take responsibility for shaping the future
  • How the HealthTech Innovation Challenge helps startups engage with large corporates
  • How creativity can thrive when working within constraints
  • How design thinking can be applied to solve grand challenges


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July 25, 2017
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S4: #034: Nick Adkins Explains the True Meaning of #Pinksocks

If you’ve spent any time on the health innovation threads on Twitter, you will no doubt have seen the emoticon-filled tweets of Nick Adkins and the thousands of tweets made around the world with the hashtag #pinksocks. With thousands of tweets, retweets and posts about #pinksocks, it leads many people to ask "what is the real meaning of #pinksocks?" On this podcast, we find out the answer.

Nick Adkins is a former suit wearing executive at Vanderbilt Health Plans and a serial entrepreneur in Nashville. After attending the famous Burning man gathering in Nevada, he traded in the suit and tie for a kilt and his famous #pinksocks. He now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he serves on advisory boards, mentors startups, and you can often find him traveling the world speaking about the importance of making personal connections. Join in the discussion as Nick talks about the transformation he's taken over the past 7 years, and the insights he provides on how to make healthcare, and life, meaningful and full of impact.


Today's Topics

  • Nick's personal transformation from a suit-wearing COO to a kilt-wearing pink-furry-bike-riding healthcare MBA
  • How the experience of attending burning man changed his life, perspective and mission
  • How 'gifting' made an impact on Nick at HIMSS in 2015
  • How Eric Topol helped to kick off the #pinksocks tribe!
  • The true meaning behind the #pinksocks movementCheck out all the links on the full show notes at 
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July 18, 2017
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S4: #033: Jen Lannon Shares the Latest Research on How Consumers Find Health-Related Information Online

In this episode, we talk about the internet. You know it’s being used to enable great things, but with so much information available at our fingertips, the internet can also be a very confusing place when it comes to finding trusted and reliable health related information. Simple searches produce millions of results, and just 10 make it to the first page. How do consumers find health-related information, and how do we as professionals in the health field help reach those consumers in an effective and clear way? The answers may surprise you.

Today's guest has answers to these questions and the results of a nationwide survey that was done in the US in June of this year. With me is Jen Lannon, also known on Twitter as HealthTechJen, and she’s the director of brand development for DotHealth, the domain registry for the .Health top-level-domain.

Jen and I share more than just a similar twitter handle, Jen is very passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation in healthcare, and diversity in tech. She is also the co-director of Health 2.0 Miami and she graduated from the University of Maryland.

She’s going to share some surprising insights into how people are using the internet and how the brand new .health extension can be used to help consumers connect with meaningful health information. Jen has also put together a very special offer to allow you, as members of our digital health community, to get accelerated access to the .health extension so you can apply it to your own organization and website. I encourage you to listen to the end to find out how that is going to work, and subscribe to our newsletter to get an email from me on July 20th, or, after July 20th, use the link below to get accelerated access and skip the application process.

Also, I’m pleased to announce that we have released our own website on the .health extension. With the success of this podcast, we’ve been able to reach tens of thousands of innovators around the world, and I’ve been contacted personally by hundreds of people who are trying to get the word out about their business, product or service. I’ve also been contacted by people who are seeking to connect with our sponsors and guests, or they are seeking solutions to hep them address their health needs.

That gave me an idea. I wanted to find a way to help spread the word about these innovations and create a resource where consumers can hear about them. So I worked with Jen and the team at dotHealth to create a new website that allows companies to create their own profiles and showcase their products and solutions. We just released our first version of today.health. This is essentially a sister site to DigitalHealthToday.com and we will continue to grow this to showcase the innovations that are available around the world, and to allow consumers to connect directly with the companies that are working to develop them.

So when you’re back at your computers or when you can take out your smartphones, go over to today.health, create a profile and upload your product and service information. It's free to create a profile so get in early, upload your information, and let me know what you think. We’ll continue to develop this as we get feedback and find the best way to connect consumers with solutions.

Check out all the links and show notes to everything we discuss at https://digitalhealthtoday.com/33

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July 16, 2017
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S4: #032: Richard Corbridge on Ireland’s Transformation of Health and Social Care

Alright, our guest today is Richard Corbridge, he is both the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and he’s the CEO of eHealth Ireland.

Richard has a wealth of experience in the Health and Clinical Research sector leading business change, benefits management and Information security projects. He originally planned to be a school teacher, but after a role as a quality analyst with Perot Systems, he went on to specialize in IT development, procurement and implementation across national and local health care arenas in the UK.

Over the last 15 years, Richard has delivered a wide range of technology in health systems and he’s had some great success, and he also has success with perhaps the most complex systems in healthcare: the people. Richard and I spoke about what can be learned from the UK’s National Program for IT, a program that is largely criticized as a £12billion pound failure but that did provide some key infrastructure and systems to modernize the UK’s health system. We also spoke about clinical engagement, and the role of clinicians - all clinicians, not just doctors - in leading and embracing change.

We also spoke about the lighthouse projects that are underway in Ireland to provide technology solutions for bipolar disease, epilepsy and hemophilia. They have a cool solution using chatbots for mental health that I think you’ll want to hear about.


Today's Topics

  • Why patients should care about securing their health identity
  • How the GS1 Number is being used as a unique identifier for patients across all the EU
  • Ireland's Lighthouse projects in epilepsy, hemophilia and bi-polar disorder.
  • How chatbots are being used to manage bi-polar episodes
  • How mobile phone technology be used in treating mental health
  • What the UK’s National Program for IT delivered and what lessons can be learned from that experience
  • How digital transformation is not an IT project, but rather a business change project
  • How to engage clinicians in business and tech transformationCheck out the full show notes at digitalhealthtoday.com/32


 





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July 4, 2017
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S4: #031: Paul Budd on Growing Businesses and Finding Talent

As we release this episode we are days away from the end of the first half of 2017. 2018 is right around the corner, which means that the coming months will see companies firming up their plans and goals for the next calendar year. New products, sales teams, R&D projects, acquisitions, are all part of the strategies to succeed and grow – and no matter what your business is, there’s always one common need across all organizations – and that is the need for great people. Today we cover some of the changes and opportunities for growing businesses and finding talent in the digital health sector.

Paul Budd is a co-founder of Salus Digital. He trained as an engineer before moving into the executive recruiting business where he specialized in med tech sales and marketing roles. At Salus Digital, he’s focused on engaging talented professionals in the digital health sector through their media platform while also providing companies the opportunity to stand out in the increasingly crowded digital health space. He’s seen some changes in the way companies and candidates are interacting, and he’s here to give us some tips on things to avoid when seeking to fill or find that next role. He also tells us some of the things we should be doing in order to be effective using the tools that are available to job seekers and recruiters.

We tackle these issues and more in this episode of Digital Health Today. Tune in!


Today's Topics

  • How med tech and pharma companies and recruiters have adapted to the new opportunities in ‘digital health'
  • How digital health is opening doors for new talent and professionals
  • What employers can do to attract and engage potential employees
  • The role of social media in filling or finding new roles
  • How to leverage and grow your professional networkGet the full show notes and all the links at 
digitalhealthtoday.com/31






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June 27, 2017
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S3: #030: Liz Parrish on Developing New Therapies to Slow and Reverse the Effects of Aging

Today we’re going to talk about aging. It’s a condition that everyone experiences and indeed, one thing is certain: when it comes to aging, our condition is terminal.  Our guest today is challenging that and fighting aging head on. Today we’re speaking with Liz Parrish, the CEO of BioViva,a biotech company dedicated to advancing gene and cell therapies to treat the diseases of aging. We’ll dive into her work and learn about the results of the treatment that she received to slow and maybe even reverse the effects of aging.

Liz is a passionate advocate for patient access to these revolutionary treatments, and a couple years ago, Liz decided to take her own medicine - literally. In September 2015, Liz underwent genetic therapy with the aim of slowing and even reversing the effects of aging. She believes that aging should be classified as a disease to open up entirely new and untapped pathways to extend human lives and allow us to be healthier, longer.

Gene therapy to treat aging as a disease. Is this something that will catch on? Should we be tinkering with our own genes in this way? If not, why not? We’re already extending the lives of animals from earthworms to mice - why shouldn’t we work to extend our own lives through applying this technology? But if we do that, will these treatments only be available to the elite and wealthy of our society, or is this something that can benefit all of society by making it available to anyone who wants it?

We tackle these issues and more in this episode of Digital Health Today. Tune in!

Today's Topics

  • How our bodies age and the hallmarks of aging (Also watch the video below!)
  • The role of telomeres in aging
  • Why 'Aging' should be classified as a disease
  • Can aging be reversed?
  • The results from Liz's genetic treatment to reverse agingGet the full show notes and all the links and videos at 
DigitalHealthToday.com/30

 





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June 20, 2017
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S3: #029: Dr. Michelle Longmire on Removing Barriers to Innovation in Healthcare

There are about 300,000 mobile health apps on the market, about double what there was a few years ago. With these apps being downloaded more than 3 billion times per year, one would hope that there would be a corresponding trend in continued and sustained use; that at the very least the data would be used to provide better insights into research and clinical encounters. Unfortunately, that isn’t often the case, and most of the apps (even the ones that are compliant and interoperable) they often aren’t integrated with any sort of analytics platform. So, the data that they produce exist in a vacuum. en years after the launch of the iPhone, mobile health apps really aren’t fulfilling their potential.

There needs to be an ecosystem that allows rapid development of compliant and interoperable apps, and that includes better, and easier to use analytics.  Over the past few years we’ve seen innovations like Apple’s Care Kit and Research Kit, and Research Stack for Android, but even with these tools there are still hundreds of decisions that developers need to make in order to create effective and compliant apps.

Here to give some context and understanding is Dr. Michelle Longmire. Dr. Longmire studied medicine at the University of New Mexico before completing her training in dermatology at Stanford University.   Dr. Longmire is a part of a growing group of physician entrepreneurs, and she is driven by her desire to improve human health through advances in technology.

She is the CEO and cofounder of Medable Inc, a Palo Alto based application and analytics platform focused on healthcare.  She’s going to tell us how she made the move from physician-researcher to physician-entrepreneur, how her entrepreneurial journey has evolved over the past few years, and what is being done to integrate mobile application data from the home, to research to the clinic.   She knows what she’s talking about because Medable is already being used by leading pharma, med device and implantable companies - and even beyond that, their platform is being used by providers themselves to develop solutions that engage their patients in clinical practice.  Medable is also a part of the USC Virtual Clinic we spoke about back on  Episode 9 with Dr. Leslie Saxon - You can go back and listen to that episode to get some more insights.

Get all the show notes and links by visiting digitalhealthtoday.com/29

 

 





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June 12, 2017
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S3: #028: Ain Aaviksoo Shares How Estonia is Putting the ‘E’ in ‘E-Health’

In this episode of Digital Health Today, we are jumping over to the country of Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people situated on the Baltic Sea. Estonia borders Latvia and Russia, and is across the water from its Nordic neighbor, Finland. Here to talk to us today is Ain Aaviksoo, he’s the Deputy Secretary General of E-services and Innovation, at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia. He tells us about Estonian business culture, their outstanding infrastructure, and the opportunities for outside companies and individuals to do research and business in Estonia.

Estonian companies have transformed our experience with telephony with Skype, and banking with Transferwise, and they have their sights set on transforming the way people experience health and wellness as well.

In his role as the Deputy Secretary General of E-services and Innovation, Ain works to combine medicine and informatics to disrupt healthcare in a great way. Estonia has a long history of digital innovation across public and private services. They’ve successfully migrated traditional “brick and mortar” activities to online, and they’ve implemented things like electronic voting and even an electronic residency program that is open to anyone around the world. Ain and I spoke about the various services and programs available in Estonia, and how they are positioned to help individuals and companies who would like to leverage the infrastructure they have in place.

 


Today's Topics

  • How Estonia emerged from the Soviet Union as a technology powerhouse
  • The “e-Estonia Model” and the advantages it provides to private and public organizations in Estonia
  • How the Estonian Genome Center is making personalized medicine accessible for research and companies
  • The role of the Estonian President as he takes on the six-month rotation of the EU Presidency
  • The startup culture of Estonia
  • The Estonian 'e-residency' program that is open to anyone to set up a EU business and 'electronic residency'
  • The three legal pillars to create a secure environment for secure data sharingGet the full show notes and links to everything we discussed by visiting 
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June 6, 2017
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S3: #027: Yuval Mor on What Your Voice is Saying About You

On this episode of Digital Health Today, Yuval Mor, CEO of Beyond Verbal, dives into the research and potential of technology that uses vocal biomarkers to analyze emotions and physical health.

We know that words are powerful and that what you say can be interpreted differently based on how you say it. The insights provided through our speech is getting supercharged thanks to the talented team of innovators at Beyond Verbal, a company based in Israel that can correlate distinct voice features with health conditions and reveal novel vocal biomarkers.

The Mayo Clinic has used their technology in a study about Coronary Artery Disease, and it is also being used for Autism Spectrum disorder and Parkinson’s disease. To tell us more about the science and how it is being applied, I spoke with Yuval Mor, the CEO of Beyond Verbal. Yuval got a degree in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University and a Management degree from Stanford University. He then worked in various leadership roles focusing on sales and marketing across a range of technology companies.

In this interview, we cover how the company got started, how the technology has been deployed in the commercial environment, and how can be used in healthcare. You’ll also hear about their free app that they have available on iOS and Android. It’s called Moodies, and you can use it to analyze your own speech using their technology. It is very cool, and you’ll want to check it out. And it's free too; I think you’ll be impressed.

Today’s Topics:

  • Similarities of the startup scenes in Israel and Silicon Valley
  • How the research linking vocal intonations and emotions began
  • The research into physical health and novel vocal biomarkers
  • How other organizations can participate in research using vocal biomarkers
  • A crowdsourced study into the effectiveness of smiles in changing the vocal biomarkers over the phone 


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May 31, 2017
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S3: #026: Kate Newhouse on How to Cross Borders and Overcome Obstacles in Telemedicine

On this show we’ve spoken to entrepreneurs that are serving needs in developed markets, we’ve spoken to entrepreneurs who are creating solutions for developing markets like those in sub-saharan Africa, but we’ve not spoken to startups that are doing both simultaneously. Today we’re changing that as we talk with Kate Newhouse, the CEO of Doctor Care Anywhere – a UK based company that is developing digital healthcare services to users in the UK and in Kenya. Kate studied history at the University of Oxford before starting a consulting career that focused on digital transformation and healthcare.

We dive into the telemedicine industry and the start of Doctor Care Anywhere, and discuss the strategy that’s helped their company succeed in growing a technology platform when neither of the two co-founders, nor their first employee had a technical background.

Today’s Topics:

  • Developments in the telemedicine industry
  • How they got funded
  • How they won their first customers
  • Who they won as their first customers
  • How they decided to expand into Kenya
  • How to grow a technology startup without being technicalGet the full show notes at 
https://digitalhealthtoday.com/26

 





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May 24, 2017
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S3: #025: Chaitanya Dahagam on IBM Watson: From Jeopardy to Genomes

My guest today is Chaitanya Dahagam. He is a Healthcare Technologist and Global Partner Innovation Executive at IBM Watson Health. He studied medicine at University of Alabama, he was a General Surgery Resident at the University of Texas, and then did what a lot of medically trained people are doing: he went into business. He’s going to tell us all about IBM Watson Health, some of the projects and organizations they are working with, and importantly, how you can find out more and become a partner with Watson Health.

“AI” is a technology and buzzword that is being applied to nearly every industry. As data sets explode, the race is on to find ways to turn the piles of data into meaningful and actionable knowledge. AI holds the key to unlocking the insights that can detect, prevent and cure disease, and IBM Watson is determined to being the locksmith.

As IBM Watson evolves from ‘gameshow celebrity’ to ‘healthcare expert’, there are clear ways that it can be applied to help solve the toughest challenges faced by health providers – but there are also clear ways where it won’t be applied. Tune in to Chaitanya Dahagam as he provides insights into how IBM Watson is being used and the potential it has for future developments.

Today’s Topics:

  • The difference between ‘Augmented Intelligence’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’
  • How IBM Watson uses APIs and data sets
  • The role of AI in clinical decision support versus decision making
  • How to engage in IBM Watson programs for corporates and startups
  • How healthcare professionals can change the practice of healthcare from the outsideCheck out the full links and shownotes at 
digitalhealthtoday.com/25

 





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May 17, 2017
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S3: #024: Brian O’Connor on the Biggest Obstacle to Progress in Healthcare

My guest today is Brian O’Connor. Brian is chair of the European Connected Health Alliance, or ‘ECH Alliance’, which is a not-for-profit membership organization that, despite it’s name, works with stakeholders around the world to facilitate collaborative working and to bring about meaningful change in health and social care.

Brian was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has spent his career as a consultant, manager and investor in both private and public companies. As head of the ECH Alliance he is creating a platform for change and disruption across Europe, China, and most recently, they’ve started work in North America working in both the US and Canada, in the interview, he sheds more light about that.

Brian O’Connor lived and worked in Hong Kong for twelve years first as a corporate consultant – then he went on to create the largest private healthcare company in Hong Kong with over 700 GP practices and 3 million patient consultations a year covering everything from general practitioners and dentistry to traditional Chinese medicine and surgery.

He understands that overcoming cultural and other barriers within healthcare is a key component of solving the problems faced around the world. He’s got a great way to deliver news that can otherwise be difficult and frustrating to hear, but he does it in a way that encourages and excites the change that is so badly needed in health care systems around the world.

I’m very pleased to announce that ECH Alliance and Digital Health Today have teamed up and are working together to facilitate and promote the work being done globally to improve health and social care. There’s so much to be done, and ECH Alliance members are a core part of the Digital Health Today Community, so we are working together for the greater good to amplify the work each of our teams are doing.

Before I sign off, I just want to give a shout out to Aline Noizet and Nick Adkins of the #pinksocks tribe. Nick Adkins out in Portland, Oregon sent me a few pairs of his famous pinksocks, and it was Aline Noizet who suggested that I receive some, so thanks to you both. I love them, I’m wearing them and sharing the pinksocks tribe far and wide. If you are not familiar with pinksocks and the GSD movement, click on the link to visit his site, and check out his Twitter feed. Let’s go #Pinksocks and #GSD (Get Stuff Done)!

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May 9, 2017
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S3: #023: Dr. Daisy Robinton on the Future Vision of Personal Biological Health

My guest today is Dr Daisy Robinton. I met Daisy at Wired Health in London earlier this year where she delivered a tremendous talk about CRISPR-Cas9 and once I heard it, I knew I had to ask her to come here on the program to share her insights and inspiration into the field of bioengineering.

Daisy is a scientist in gene editing at Harvard University studying stem cell biology at the intersection of embryonic development and cancer. Her research focuses on molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and her papers focus on the potential and promise of stem cell research.

In addition to her scientific career, she’s also an entrepreneur. Along with Dr Jack Kriendler, she cofounded Weird and Wonderful, which is a production company where they combine the arts with science to make the story of science entertaining and reach a broader audience. She was recently named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2017 (and just in the nick of time – she recently celebrated her 30th birthday!). She’s also a fashion and lifestyle model, promoting brands such as Reebok and Garmin, and she’s given a TedX talk (see the show notes) about the potential of gene therapy in treating aging.

Daisy and I spoke about how new technologies such as CRISPR Cas-9 are accelerating the development of new genetic therapies, and how science and society are responding and adapting to the new possibilities bioengineering technologies present. I really enjoyed this conversation, and I think you will as well.  See the full show notes at http://digitalhealthtoday.com/23





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May 2, 2017
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S3: #022: Eugene Borukhovich on Accelerating Transformation in Lifesciences

I’ve been looking forward to recording this episode for a long time, my guest is Eugene Borukhovich, he started a new role last year as the Global Head of Digital Health Incubation & Innovation at Bayer. Eugene has worn a lot of hats over the years and has been instrumental in driving the global conversation on health innovation and disruption. In addition to his role at Bayer, he’s an advisor at Health XL, and he’s an active leader of the Health 2.0 organization. He’s built Health 2.0 networks in NYC and Amsterdam, and he recently formed a group in Dusseldorf.

In this conversation, we cover the work they are doing at Bayer as they work to transform a company with over 150 years of innovation and 100,000 employees, and adapt to the rapid pace of development need to be competitive now and in the future. One of the programs we discuss is the Bayer Grants4Apps program, and I want to point out that the applications for this program are open until May 31st, 2017, the link to the application is on the shownotes at Digital Health Today.com/22, or you can find the application by visiting the website grants4apps.com. We covered a lot of ground here and I have a load of links, videos, articles and more on the website, so please do head over and check it out, again, Digital Health today.com/22

If you want a chance to catch Eugene in person, head to Health 2.0 in Barcelona, that event is being held on the 3rd to the 5th of May 2017, in just a few days in fact. Eugene’s giving a talk there, and if you haven’t been to this conference before, you really should get there. Health 2.0 a great organization, they run events all over the world, and just a few weeks ago they announced they were joining forces with HIMSS so they have even more things going on leveraging the strengths of both organizations globally.

If do plan to be there at Health 2.0 Barcelona, let me know. I’ll be out there for a few days and would welcome the chance to say hello.

If you don’t catch us in Barcelona, you can also find us the following week at the Cube Tech Fair being held in Berlin on the 10-12th of May. That event features Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple, Robin Wright known for her role in House of Cards, and I’ll be there as well participating in a panel, and Eugene will also be hosting a session there.

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April 30, 2017
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S3: #021: Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh on Developing and Applying Technology in Mental Health

In this episode of Digital Health Today, we’re going to switch things up and talk about something that needs more attention and resources: mental health. It’s being talked about more and more as we break down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health and mental illness, and to get this conversation started on this program, I went directly to one of the leaders I had the opportunity to meet several times last year. That leader is Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, he is a psychiatrist and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He’s also the innovation officer at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of Brain Power - a wearables company focused on developing solutions for children and adults with autism.

 

He was raised in England and he moved to the United States to pursue his dream of leveraging clinical neuroscience to improve the treatment of people with brain disorders. He is a graduate of Singularity University and he speaks at conferences around the world - I’ve included a few videos of those talks at Exponential Medicine below. Dr. Vahabzadeh was recognized as a ‘40 under 40’ top innovator in 2015, and is working to bring exponential transformational change for global mental health.

 

Just as I was working to put the final touches on this podcast and release it, some news hit the headlines in the UK about a podcast that Prince Harry did where he spoke about his own personal challenges dealing with the death of his mother. It was a powerful podcast and he was very candid about how the approach he took early in life really caused him to close down emotionally, and how therapy helped him process things and develop a much better mental state. It is so key to have respected leaders on the world stage speaking candidly and openly about the importance of mental health, and I applaud and thank Prince Harry, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for having the courage to share that in his interview. There are a couple links below you should check out showing why and what they're doing to raise the profile of mental health.

 


Today’s Topics:

  • Defining Mental Health, Mental Wellness and Mental Illness
  • The cost of mental health and mental illness
  • The subjective nature of diagnosing mental illness
  • The challenges and obstacles of getting help to where it is needed
  • The top technologies being developed for mental health applications
  • How regulators are approaching technologies for mental health and wellness
  • What people should do to help themselves or people they care about get the help they need 



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April 24, 2017
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S2: #020: Dr Daniel Kraft on Exponential Medicine and The Singularity

My guest today is none other than Dr Daniel Kraft; a physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has over 25 years experience working across health care innovation, biomedical research, and clinical practice. He is the Chair for Medicine at Singularity University and the Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine, and we dive into his work at these organizations in depth on this podcast.

He’s earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University, finished medical school at Stanford and was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after he completed a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children’s Hospital. Oh, and he also completed fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.

Now you might think that with all that, I’ve completed the introduction. But you’d be wrong.

Daniel is also an avid pilot and he served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, and he was a finalist at NASA for astronaut selection. Oh, yeah, and he has two young children under 3.

The man is on the move, and I hope you do get a chance to meet him in person. He brings an incredible energy when he gets on the stage and he must have a lot of energy to keep up his schedule.

Today’s Topics:

  • ‘The Singularity’: What it is and what it means to medicine
  • Challenges and opportunities in medicine
  • The most exciting area in health technology today
  • Educating, Empowering and Enabling leaders
  • How to catalyze today’s leaders to address the grand challenges
  • “Previvors” and Stage 0 patients
  • The XPRIZE and creating a new mindset to tackle audacious but achievable goals.Check out the videos, links and full show notes on digitalhealthtoday.com/20 Follow us on @dhealthtoday and @healthtechdan 






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March 14, 2017
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S2: #019: Dr. Shafi Ahmed on Connecting a Billion Minds with Virtual Reality

My guest today is Dr. Shafi Ahmed. He is a colorectal surgeon in London practicing in the NHS at St Barts as well as several private hospitals. He is also a Director and Non-Executive director of several organizations, a Member of the faculty at Exponential Medicine at Singularity University, an Associate Dean at Barts and the London Medical School, a council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a futurist, innovator and tech entrepreneur. He is also a co-founder of VirtualMedics.org and Medical Realities

You may have seen the coverage of Dr. Ahmed’s virtual reality surgery which he performed and streamed live in April 2016. In our conversation, he explains how he’s using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to teach surgery and accelerate the training of surgeons around the world.

In today’s conversation we talk about

  • The unmet need for surgeons and surgery around the world
  • How to accelerate training and teaching using AR and VR technologies
  • How technology can help reach underserved areas of the world
  • How the role of surgeons will change with the use of augmented and artificial intelligence and robotics
  • The coming “surgical singularity”


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February 22, 2017
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S2: #018: Dave Chase on the Big Heist in Healthcare

My guest today is a very successful consultant, entrepreneur, investor, writer and now film maker.  Dave Chase was named one of the most influential people in Digital Health based to his entrepreneurial success & his writing.

He is widely published and he co-authored the book entitled “Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement” which happened to win the healthcare Book of the Year in in 2014.

Dave was the CEO and Co-founder of Avado, which started in 2010, and it was acquired by WebMD in 2013. 

He recently did a TEDx Talk entitled "Healthcare Stole the American Dream - Here’s How We Take it Back", you can watch that below.

Now, Dave is taking a seat behind the camera in the development of a mockumentary that is taking aim at the American healthcare system. 

Dave is a father of two great kids, husband, an oxygen-fueled mountain athlete and just a really genuine guy who is always learning and developing new skills. 

Check out Dave's TEDx video, links and full show notes at DigitalHealthToday.com/18





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February 10, 2017
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S2: #017: John Reites on the Virtualization of Clinical Research

My guest is John Reites, an executive intrapreneur turned digital health entrepreneur. You may have seen him on stage talking about innovation as a digital health evangelist for a contract research organization.  

John spent over 14 years leading global drug development and healthcare innovation at Quintiles where he also led internal startups as the head of digital health acceleration.  Late last year he decided to make the jump from global giant and is now the Chief Product Officer and Partner at THREAD Research based in North Carolina.

THREAD contributed to 4 of the first 8 studies that were done with Apple’s ResearchKit and they work with Biopharmaceutical companies, CROs and healthcare providers to provide a platform to transform remote patient research and care.  On this episode we talk about the use of tools like Apple’s Health Kit, Research Kit and Care Kit as well as another platform that works for Android.

We cover a lot of ground so be sure to check out the complete show notes by visiting our website at DigitalHealthToday.com/17.





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February 1, 2017
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S2: #016: Harry Rowland on Touching Hearts with Implantable Technology

Today I’m talking with Harry Rowland, co-founder and CEO of Endotronix. Endotronix was founded in 2007 and is developing an implantable pressure sensor that can be placed in the pulmonary artery outside the heart.

Dr. Rowland has led the company’s innovation, strategy and technology developments since the project began and has raised millions of dollars in funding. In this episode, he shares the exciting new prospects this technology offers as part of a complete health system that provides tools and feedbacks to help extend and improve patient’s lives.

Today’s Topics:

  • Dr. Rowland’s background in engineering and healthcare entrepreneurship
  • Advanced heart failure, current standards of care and healthcare costs
  • Endotronix implantable sensors and proactive heart disease management
  • Raising capital for the business
  • Perseverance and commitment as a startup
  • Future of Endotronix and clinical testing
  • Advice for new healthcare startups
  • Engaging both patients and clinicians to make the product successful
  • Medical device development in a global market


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January 4, 2017
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S2: #015: How Maven Clinic is Making Healthcare Accessible to Women

I first heard about Kate Ryder of Maven Clinic when I was attending a conference in Las Vegas earlier this year. The conference was actually not focused on healthcare, but when I was speaking to one of the other attendees about what I do, she immediately said “You have got to get in touch with Kate Ryder, the founder of Maven Clinic.”

Kate hasn’t always been involved in healthcare. She started out as a journalist for the Economist and she lived and worked in Southeast Asia, NY, and London. She then joined Venture capital firm Index Ventures in London, and she focused on investments in consumer technology, health and education. Now, she’s the CEO and founder of Maven, the world’s first digital clinic designed specifically to empower women and provide access to better health information and services.

Kate shares with us her perspective on how she got her business started, and how it has grown and evolved. In addition to providing convenient, affordable and accessible information, they’ve been really creative in the way they have engaged their users to become ambassadors for their company and brand.

  • Kate’s career and entrepreneurial background

  • Inspiration for Maven Clinic

  • Perceptions of women’s health

  • Raising capital and launching Maven Clinic

  • Maven Clinic product offerings and health care providers

  • Connecting with professionals through Therapist Speed Dating

  • Promotions and marketing the business with brand ambassadors

  • User acquisition and growth of the app and platform

  • Privacy and confidentiality in telehealth

  • Maven core founding principles

  • Maven Clinic’s business model
     


 





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November 26, 2016
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S2: #014: Neil Jordan on Microsoft Digital Health Transformation

Microsoft isn’t known as a healthcare company, but when it comes to technology infrastructure - there is arguably no technology company with a greater presence across the health continuum than they do. Software pioneers Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, and the company has delivered powerhouse platforms that have revolutionized industries across a broad spectrum. Microsoft is empowering people and organizations to improve healthcare, and they are making an impact.

 

 

Microsoft's high profile acquisition of LinkedIn in June 2016, overshadows other important acquisitions and announcements that hold potential for a big impact on the health community. These include their 2011 acquisition of Skype, and their 2015 announcement of the Hololens - the first fully self-contained, holographic computer. These technologies are now a part of the Microsoft platform which enables entirely new ways of interacting with others and the world around us. In fact, if you haven’t seen how the Hololens can be used in healthcare yet, jump down the page and take a look what the developers at Case Western University are doing to use Hololens in the holographic anatomy program. It’s truly amazing.

 

My guest today is Neil Jordan. Neil is the Worldwide General Manager for the Health Industry for Microsoft. In this role, Neil acts as the chief strategist for the organization’s health initiatives worldwide. He’s responsible for defining and articulating the Microsoft vision for the future of healthcare, and, importantly, how Microsoft's products, technologies and partner solutions are working to make it a reality.

 

Neil and I spoke about Microsoft’s programs such as Biz Spark and the Imagine Cup, and how they are helping innovators around the world to get access to leading technologies and services. We also spoke about the key pillars of Microsoft’s Health Transformation strategy, and the importance Microsoft is placing on creating exceptional experiences in all aspects of the user journey.

See the full show notes and links on http://digitalhealthtoday.com/14







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September 23, 2016
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S2: #013: Developing Market-Driven Models in Emerging Markets

So far on this podcast we’ve had guests from Germany, the Netherlands, all across the USA, the UK, Spain, France and more. There’s so much happening with digital health transformation all around the world, and today, we’re going to explore what’s happening somewhere new: Africa. We're going to dive into the opportunities and challenges of developing market-driven models in emerging markets.

 

Today, my guest is KP Yelpaala. He is the CEO and Founder of Access Mobile, which is a digital health company committed to improving access to and quality of healthcare - with an added twist: they are deploying their technology in emerging markets across Africa.

 

 

KP is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated to the US from Ghana. He was born in Wisconsin, and has lived in all over the world in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and more. He has made his home in Denver, Colorado.

 

KP started out studying pre-medicine at university, and although he’s passionate about healthcare, he eventually developed the sense that he was really an entrepreneur at heart. He did a masters of public health at Yale, before going on to do some really fantastic work with organizations like the Clinton Foundation.

 

KP has spent years working in the field with public health systems, and knows firsthand the challenges of delivering healthcare to rural and underserved communities.

 

Today, he’s going to share his experience in creating change, breaking down barriers, and delivering a much needed service to users in Africa. There’s a great video of the work being done by Access Mobile, so please do go to the website and check out the show notes at DigitalHealthToday.com/13 to watch that and to see all the show notes.





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September 12, 2016
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S2: #012: Overcoming Innovation Inertia in Healthcare

In this episode, we talk about overcoming innovation inertia in healthcare. More specifically, we talk about how to identify the obstacles within organizations, and, most importantly, how to overcome them to accelerate implementation of new solutions.

 

My guest on this episode is Fard Johnmar. He is the founder and president of the innovation consultancy Enspektos, and he has spent nearly 20 years in global health. For the last decade, he has focused on the digital health sector, where he advises executives, entrepreneurs and medical professionals who are working to develop digital health tools and technologies. Fard and I both serve as mentors in the StartupBootcamp Digital Health Accelerator in Berlin, Germany, and he also authored and produced the State of Digital Health Innovation research initiative.

 

Fard has joined us review some of the findings of the first wave of the 2016 ‘State of Digital Health Innovation’ report. In this episode we discuss the 4 forces affecting innovation, how to find out how your organization stacks up on adopting new innovations, and 3 key tips for overcoming innovation inertia.

 

Today's topics:

  • The two tough questions facing digital health innovators
  • The four areas of friction in implementing innovation
  • The three tips on overcoming innovation inertia
  • How to get a personalized assessment of your organization 


Links and Resources Mentioned

Digital Health Maven Podcast

State of Digital Health Innovation Study (Wave 1 Download)

Take part in the Digital Health Innovation Study Wave 2



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September 6, 2016
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S2: #011: iHealth Labs – Making Works of Art that Help You Stay Healthy

If you've searched for connected health devices in an Apple Store or on Amazon, you’ll see a familiar brand there among the choices. iHealth Labs is a pioneer in the personal mobile health revolution. In 2011, they launched the very first mobile-app enabled blood pressure device. In 2012, they launched the first wireless blood pressure monitor and in 2013, they launched a wireless blood glucose monitor. iHealth was the very first health device to be carried in Apple retail stores, and they’ve been on a roll ever since, leading the way with connected health devices that are stylish and simple to use.

On this episode I spoke with Uwe Diegel, the CEO of iHealth Labs Europe who is based in Paris, France. Uwe a is serial entrepreneur who has started several successful healthcare companies. He has several patents and has taken those designs through to production and commercialization. He is a highly sought after speaker in various aspects of cardiovascular health, and he speaks at conferences around the world to share his vision and experience.

In this episode, we discuss the transition of connected gadgets to connected health, the importance of design in making devices that are easy to use, and the evolution of invisible technologies.

Topics Covered:

- Early tech for the study of cardiovascular health

- The genesis of iHealth products

- The gadgetization of connected health products

- Advances in telemedicine

- Business divisions of iHealth

- Importance of design

- Understanding patient and marketing needs

- The future of design for digital health products

 

Lightning Round Questions

Q: What is a saying or quote that motivates you:

A: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. It’s to really look at things that are already there and to start using them properly." ~ Marcel Proust

Q: What advice do you have for innovators and entrepreneurs working in health?

A: Having an idea is easy, but then it’s actually knowing how you’re going to develop the idea and where you’re going to take it. Also, have the belief that you’re doing the right thing. Make the world a better place.

Q: What book would you recommend and why?

A: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Q: What technology, tool or app (besides Slack) would you recommend, and why?

A: We Chat

Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?

A: Unicef



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August 23, 2016
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S1: #010: Royal Philips – Transforming the Future of Health

You don't have to spend time in hospitals to be familiar with Philips products. Formed in 1891, originally Philips made light bulbs before expanding into consumer electronics. Now you can find the Philips nameplate on products ranging from domestic appliances and personal care to MRI and ECG systems.

You may not have noticed, but Philips has been making some significant changes to it’s strategy and structure recently. In May, it IPO’d it’s lighting business, spinning that company out to stand on it’s own, while the consumer lifestyle and healthcare divisions were merged into one.  You can imagine this is a significant shift: when one of the world's largest companies works to leverage it’s strengths in healthcare and consumer products, it's time to take notice.

Philips makes great products. They are led by smart, tough management, and have excellent sales and support teams. But how do you take a 125 year old company, and reposition it to embrace the continuum of care from the home to the hospital?

In June, I spoke with Jeroen Tas and Hans Notenboom while I was in Amsterdam for the European e-Health Week. Jeroen is the CEO of Connected Care and Health Informatics. Hans is the Global Head of Digital at Philips Healthcare.

This episode is part of my conversation with Hans and was recorded live at the E-Health Week Conference in Amsterdam.  Hans got his start in business informatics and has worked at Philips for the last eight years. He believes that health technology is not just about figuring out diagnosis and treatment, but also about ways it can incentivize a healthy lifestyle.

Together, we discuss some of the healthcare innovations Philips has created, and what Philips is doing to instill a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in their company culture.  We also spoke about their new HealthSuite platform that they are opening up to developers, and how Philips is using its position to create medical grade solutions that work in the home as well as they do in the hospital.

Unfortunately some of the links we discussed during our conversation have changed, so I’ve compiled all the correct URLs in the show notes at http://digitalhealthtoday.com/10.

Listen in as we discuss some of the great work the Philips company has been doing.

Today’s Topics:

  • The new structure of the Philips organization
  • Healthcare informatics at Philips
  • Research and development at Philips
  • Creating a culture of innovation and creativity
  • Uses for the Health Suite application
  • The importance of reliable data
  • Adoption of technology by the older generation    







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July 30, 2016
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S1: #009: Dr Leslie Saxon on Developing a Virtual Care Model that Works

During this episode I discuss innovation and virtual care with Dr. Leslie Saxon from the USC Keck School of Medicine. Keck has developed one of the first virtual care clinics and is a prime example of the benefits of digital health innovation.

Dr. Leslie Saxon has worked at a number of institutions besides USC, including UCLA and UCSF. She is an Interventional Cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia. Dr. Saxon also hosts the Body Computing Conference at USC, an event which focuses on innovation in digital health. Today, we discuss her work and how innovation in connectivity has improved her work as an Interventional Cardiologist.

Today’s Topics:

  • Defining digital health
  • Cost problems in Medicine
  • The Virtual Care Clinic
  • Tactics for a virtual clinic
  • Patient engagement
  • Who defines the “team” at the Virtual Care Clinic
  • Designing solutions for consumers/patients
  • How other countries can get involved in the Virtual Care Clinic
Quotes/Tweets:

“The first thing we had to do was figure out who owns the data from an implanted device in a patient.” –Dr. Leslie Saxon

“The biggest asset any health center has are its medical experts and the ability to extend those experts beyond the walls of an institution…” –Dr. Leslie Saxon

Dr. Saxon's Recommendations

Best Advice: Get up and work hard

Recommended book: Middle March by George Elliott

Recommended app: Lose It

Follow: USC Center for Body Computing

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July 22, 2016
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S1: #008: From World of Warcraft to the War on Diabetes

Gamification in Health and Wellness

The gaming and health sectors have traditionally been pretty far removed from one another, but there is a perfect storm of technology, access and content that has the potential of driving these two industries closer together.

The gaming industry is big. In the US alone, total revenues in 2015 were over $23 Billion, and it’s expected to be about $100 Billion globally this year. Despite this size and growth, there is very little being done, at least in my opinion, to disrupt healthcare using what we know and can learn from this successful industry.

And that’s where I’m hoping today’s guest can help us out. My guest is Anna Sort. Anna has a lot of titles. She is a nurse, an entrepreneur, and a professor, all of which are titles and roles that you frequently come across in the health tech innovation sector. But she also carries another title that you don’t hear very often at medical conferences. She’s an accomplished and avid gamer. She’s been playing games since she was 5 years old (25 years), and has spent countless hours playing World of Warcraft and Overwatch among many other titles. In fact, she loves gaming so much, that she’s found ways to incorporate techniques she’s learned from the video game industry to help patients, carers and professionals and to drive behavior change.

Anna is based in Barcelona, and in 2013, she co-founded her company, PlayBenefit.com. There she helps companies enhance engagement, learning and satisfaction. I heard Anna speak at the eHealth week conference in Amsterdam recently, and I was really impressed at her understanding and approach to how we can improve outcomes, education and awareness through the engagement methodologies used in the gaming industry.

In this interview, Anna talks about the six steps to achieving epic wins in healthcare. What is an Epic Win? In gaming terms, an epic win is an outcome that is so extraordinarily positive you had no idea it was possible until you achieved it, and I think we need more of these in healthcare. Anna prepared a PDF that you can download that goes through all six steps to help us work toward epic wins in healthcare, and she gives some practical examples and advice on how you can apply these steps to your project.

Download Anna's Six Steps to Achieving Epic Wins in Healthcare

View the complete show notes https://digitalhealthtoday.com/8

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July 1, 2016
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S1: #007: Taking on the World: How Medtep is Tackling Behavior Change. Globally.

Our guest, Pablo Pantaleoni, is an economist and entrepreneur, and he is the CEO and Co-founder of Medtep. He's worked for banks and brokering firms, specializing in international markets. He also has worked for the United Nations, GSMA, Morgan Stanley, IBM and Cisco Systems. In his second year at University, he founded his very first start­up, which was an online platform for young European students offering a personalized search for places to live, language courses and internships. That business expanded to more than 40 cities in 14 different European countries. At the end, he decided to sell the company in order to finish his studies. 

In 2011 he founded Medtep with his co-founder Jacob Suñol.  Medtep is focused on facilitating lasting behavioral change by personalizing validated prevention and treatment plans.  Clinics, patients, pharmaceutical and insurance companies all over the world use the platform. Pablo, has been recognized in the 30 Under 30 in healthcare by Forbes magazine in their 2016 edition.



Pablo is passionate about developing young entrepreneurs and he is the president of a non­profit organization with that aim.



In today’s episode we cover:

- How his experience and drive as an entrepreneur got him involved in disrupting healthcare

- How Medtep got started with their online product in 2012 by focusing on customers in private clinics

- How Medtep engages customers and avoids pilots

- Why they chose to move the company from Barcelona to San Francisco

- How his company is embracing international opportunities while some US competitors are focusing on the US exclusively

- The challenges of developing distributed/multi-national teams as a startup

- How the sales process is key to overcoming challenges and friction when getting started

 

Pablo's Recommendations:

 

- Best advice: “Build a life where you don’t have to escape - one that you enjoy every day."

- Recommended book: Zero to One by Peter Thiel (View This)

- Recommended App: What's App (View This)

- Selected Charity: EURORDIS - Rare Diseases Europe (http://www.eurordis.org/)



More information and Links:

- Follow Medtep on Twitter @medtep

- Follow Pablo Pantaleoni on Twitter @pablopanta

- Learn more about Medtep: http://medtep.com

- View the complete show notes: http://bit.ly/dht-007 





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June 13, 2016
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S1: #006: Dr Ashish Atreja of Mount Sinai: The Network of Digital Evidence

My guest today is  Dr Ashish Atreja. He is an Assistant Professor and the Chief Technology Engagement and Innovation Officer, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. He is an intrapreneur with over 10 years experience in informatics education and research.     Dr Atreja is also the director of the AppLab at Mount Sinai hospital, and he is concerned about the lack of a robust body of digital health evidence.  In this podcast he shares his vision for addressing that need through collaboration, and he has set up a new data sharing initiative called NODE Health that encourages organizations to share their own digital health pilot data. NODE Health stands for Network Of Digital  Evidence in Health, and he talks about what it is, how to participate and how it is working to become the academic home for evidence in digital medicine.    Today’s Topics:
  • Dealing with web platforms and improving their efficiency
  • Using mobile technology as an engagement tool
  • NODE health and its goals
  • Icahn School of Medicine and its partnership with Apple (App Lab)
  • Process for finding clinical champions for mobile technology
  • Biggest failure/limitations in mobile technology adoption
  • Dealing with inherent biases in pilot programs
  • Creating successful apps for patients and clinicians alike
  • Focusing on the financial return of apps
  • Launching NODE Health and the guiding principles of successful partners
  • How an organization can be a part of the NODE Health program
  • How individuals can contribute to NODE Health
LinksContact Info: Dr Atreja on Twitter: @atreja     Recommendations

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May 13, 2016
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S1: #005: Dr Ben Maruthappu, Co-founder of NHS Innovation Accelerator, shares insights on transforming the NHS

On today’s episode we discuss innovation at the National Health Service with our distinguished guest, Dr. Mahiben Maruthappu.

Dr. Maruthappu is the co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), and was the first person from British healthcare to be included in Forbes 30 under 30. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England where he advises on £100 billion of national health spending ($150 billion). He has a strong interest in research with over 80 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 awards. His work has been featured by BBC News and international press. He is the Chairman of the UK Medical Students’ Association (UKMSA), and he has authored three medical education books. Dr. Maruthappu was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard Universities.

Dr. Maruthappu explains the myriad activities and programs in place throughout the NHS, and importantly, he provides some insights on the best ways to access the resources that are available to support healthcare innovators. We discussed the activities and the success of the NHS Innovation Accelerator and the pathway to commercialization it has opened for it’s first class of 17 companies. Very soon, at the end of May, the second round of the NHS Innovation Accelerator is opening for applications, so you’ll want to hear more about that on this podcast.

Dr. Maruthappu loves to hear from new people, especially those with ideas about innovating for the future of the National Health Service. Feel free to connect with him via Twitter.




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May 6, 2016
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S1: #004: Dr Tania Boler, Creator of Elvie, The most personal tracker for improving core strength

Many women find at various times of their lives that their pelvic floor muscles are not as strong as they could or should be. Today on the Digital Health Today podcast, I spoke to health technology entrepreneur Tania Boler, who is the founder and CEO of Chiaro, a company with the mission to develop beautiful and bold products that make a difference to women’s lives. Their first product, Elvie, is an intelligent pelvic floor exercise tracker that combines an insertable, sensor-packed device with an engaging app for your phone.  Tania’s going to tell us more about how it works, what it does, and the impact it’s having.   Tania is passionate about women’s health. She spent most of her career working internationally in the not-for-profit sector, before becoming a health tech entrepreneur. She decided to move into the commercial sector when she became a mom herself and realized the tremendous need for better tools and information to establish, protect and maintain pelvic floor health. Through her research she realized that a technology-based solution was needed, and her product, Elvie, was launched in New York and London in October 2015.   In this episode, you’ll hear about:   
  • The differences in how women in various countries are cared for and educated after the birth of a baby.
  • The two main reasons why women don’t exercise their pelvic floors.
  • The three ways Elvie provides an excellent solution to these problems.
  • How Tania navigated the development, design and production processes with her co-founder, Alexander Asseily.
  • Details on how Elvie works within the body and with its corresponding app.
  • Things Tania wished she knew earlier in the development process.
  • A description of the launch in both the UK and the USA.
  • Finally, a special code for listeners to claim a discount on Elvie. Links and Resources mentioned on the show: 
  • Company: Elvie.com
  • Follow Elvie: Twitter and Facebook
  • Press:  New York Post article on Elvie
  • Book Recommendation: Lean-In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Technology Recommendation: Slack.com
  • Chosen Charity: Women’s Health Foundation Quotes: 
  • Tania: “Elvie helps with the mind-body connection.”
  • Tania: “Health promotion is so important for leading a fulfilling life.”
  • Tania: “Women’s health affects 51% of the population but is often seen as a niche issue.”  If you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast, please 
 sign up for our newsletter and subscribe to our station on iTunes or Stitcher.   Follow the show on @dhealthtoday and the host Dan Kendall on Twitter @healthtechdan 

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April 24, 2016
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S1: #003: Stuart Karten on creating extraordinary experiences between people and products

This podcast features the experienced innovator, designer and entrepreneur, Stuart Karten of Karten Design.

Stuart founded his product innovation consultancy in 1984 to help companies use creativity strategically to establish market leadership. Today his firm is one of the nation's premier product innovation firms and he leads a staff of 30 design researchers and strategists, industrial designers, and mechanical engineers. Karten Design continually brings the very latest ideas and innovations to the solutions they help develop for healthcare, and that's because they work across industries and partner with leading medical device companies as well as consumer electronics and consumer product manufacturers to create extraordinary experiences between people and products. Stuart talks about the impact of rising consumer expectations on the development of healthcare solutions, and the evolution of the home as the health hub of the future.

Stuart and I spoke while he was in his office in Marina del Ray, California. Stuart gives us a peak into "salutogenesis", if you don't know what that is, don't worry, he explains on this podcast (and a link for more information is in the show notes).

As a special resource for our listeners, Stuart has also created a process guide on strategic front end innovation, and you can pick that up by visiting http://digitalhealthtoday.com/3.

Be sure to check out the slides from the session he hosted at SXSW last month where he discussed the home as the health hub on the future.

Links and Resources Mentioned



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April 16, 2016
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S1: #002: Amin Zayani of MedAngel.co, safeguarding your medicine and peace of mind

Today's guest is Amin Zayani.  Amin is the CEO and founder of MedAngel which is providing a brand new solution to help protect your medicine and peace of mind.  Amin was already an experienced innovator and developer working with sensors in other sectors before he turned his attention to solving problems in the healthcare space. Amin and I spoke while he was at his home in Berlin, Germany when he was in the middle of moving back after spending six months at the Rockstart Health accelerator in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.  Amin drops some great tips and insights into his experience developing a technology to address a need he spotted while maintaining his own health.  In addition, Amin has also created a special offer for our listeners, so click the link to get a discount on his product as soon as they are available.   Amin talks about his great experience at Rockstart Health, a six month accelerator program that takes place in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.  They are opening again for applications for their 2016 program.  If you’d like to apply to be a part of their next program, and experience all they have to offer you can find the link below.   Links and Resources  @HealthTechDan

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April 6, 2016
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S1: #001: Dan Kendall of Digital Health Today

Tune in to the first ever episode of Digital Health Today! The host, Dan Kendall, shares his vision for the podcast and invites you to be a part of the digital health community. Visit DigitalHealthToday.com to learn more and engage in this rapidly growing sector.  Our mission is to empower, inspire and fuel the inventors and leaders who are redefining and reshaping the practice of health and care.  In our podcasts, website and events, we share real insights from international guests who are working to make a difference, and we amplify their experience, knowledge and wisdom to inspire the next wave of transformation.  We serve our listeners by connecting them to the resources, communities, tools and opportunities that will accelerate their journey as they create products and solutions, engage their audience and stakeholders and navigate their innovation journey in health, wellness and care.     Follow us on Twitter at

dhealthtoday and like our Facebook page here.   Follow Dan Kendall on Twitter @healthtechdan

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March 30, 2016
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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall

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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