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Faces of Digital Health

A podcast about digital health and how healthcare systems adopt technologies.

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F135 Why is Medication Price Transparency in the US Complicated and Problematic? (Carm Huntress)

Because US healthcare is private and operates by the rules of the free market, prices for services and medications can differ substantially. Solutions such as GoodRx and Amazon Pharmacy are addressing price transparency for consumers. On the other side are the Real Time Prescription Benefit Providers which help physicians see drug prices for a specific patient even before that patient leaves their office. The challenge with knowing how much a drug will cost a patient lies in the fact that different insurance companies have different policies regarding how much they will pay for medication. Patients might have a plan with high deductibles. But it’s not just the provider and the insurance company: prices depend on the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PMS) - intermediaries that manage prescription drug benefits on behalf of health insurers. PBMs negotiate prices with drug manufacturers and pharmacies.  In this episode, Carm Huntress, the CEO of RxRevu Real Time Prescription Benefit Provider company, talks about the upcoming challenges of prices related to precision medicine, how drug pricing affects prescribing and treatment, and how price transparency can change the medication prescribing process. Leave a rating or a review: www.lovethepodcast.com/facesofdigitalhealth Episode summary: www.facesofdigitalhealth.com/blog/rxrevu-drug-pricing Watch on Youtube:
June 10, 2021

F134 What Do You Know About SPACs in Healthcare? (mHealth Israel episode)

Funding in technologies, especially software in healthcare, has been booming in the last few years. Recently, SPACs - special purpose acquisition companies have gained in popularity. SPACs are not a new vehicle that makes it much easier for companies to go public. But it seems like their use has been reborn in the last year. This episode is prepared in partnership with mHealth Israel. mHealth Israel, led by Levi Shapiro, recently organized a webinar about SPACs. That webinar is adapted for audio in this episode.  This is a three-part episode. First, you’re going to hear about what SPACs are as explained by Keith Townsend from the law firm King & Spalding. Then Sari Kaganoff, General Manager at Rock Health will take you through the state of SPACs in healthcare. The two presentations are followed by a Q&A session. The whole content is moderated by Gil Bashe, digital health thought leader and Managing Partner at Finn Partners marketing agency.  Watch the SPAC webinar on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gnjpZPexQg&t=2854s Join the premiere of (OVER)DOSE documentary: https://www.facesofdigitalhealth.com/blog/overdose-how-can-we-prevent-medication-errors Join the chat already before the premiere at the event's site on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/events/over-dose-howcanwepreventmedica6800062280823263232/ Leave a rating or a review: https://lovethepodcast.com/facesofdigitalhealth
June 4, 2021

F133 How Can You Make Cancer Care Children-Friendly? (Simone Mozzilli, Liliane Dubois, Beaba)

Simone Lehwess Mozzilli and Liliane Dübois both had cancer in their past. Liliane as a child, Simone as an adult. They are both an integral part of the Brazilian non-profit Beaba. Beaba offers support to children with cancer and their families by demystifying cancer and informing in a clear, objective, and optimistic way about the disease and treatment. They do so through various means, for example, a printed book called Beabook which resembles a dictionary and explains more than one hundred and fifty terms about cancer. In this episode, Simone, who is the President of Beaba, and Liliane, who is the Strategy Officer, talked about how to approach children with cancer, what they’ve learned from the app and other products being used across the world and talked a little bit about cancer care in Brazil.  Join the premiere of (OVER)DOSE - How can we prevent medication errors? More info: https://www.facesofdigitalhealth.com/blog/overdose-how-can-we-prevent-medication-errors  Go to www.facesofdigitalhealth.com to browse through other episodes as well. Learn more about Beaba and how you can support it: www.beaba.org Leave a rating or a review: www.lovethepodcast.com/facesofdigitalhealth  Recap: www.facesofdigitalhealth.com/blog/f133-how-can-you-explain-cancer-to-children-simone-mozzilli-liliane-dubois-beaba
May 28, 2021

Trailer 1: (OVER)DOSE – How Can We Prevent Medication Errors?

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world. Globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion USD annually. Errors can occur at different stages of the medication use process. This is the movie trailer, adopted for audio for a short documentary (OVER)DOSE, How can we prevent medication errors? which will air on 29 June 2021. More about the event: https://www.linkedin.com/events/over-dose-howcanwepreventmedica6800062280823263232/  Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPKvDYSm1mI&t=29s  Speakers in this episode:  David Kliff has been living with diabetes for over 20 years. He’s known as the Diabetic Investor, which is the name of the newsletter he’s been publishing for over two decades. Dr. David W. Bates, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Lea Dias is the founder of a healthcare startup called Quaefacta. She is a Clinical Pharmacist by background and in the past worked as the CLinical Safety Pharmacist at the Perth Children’s Hospital. 
May 21, 2021

F132 What's The State of Cybersecurity In Healthcare? (Lee Kim)

Phishing, Whaling, and exposure of patient data are a rising occurrence of the increasingly digitalized healthcare systems. 2020 saw more data breaches than previous years. What are the basics to know? Lee Kim is Director of Privacy and Security at HIMSS. In this episode, she talks about the basics of cybersecurity every individual should know, she presents the state of cybersecurity in healthcare and the outlook. Episode Summary: www.facesofdigitalhealth.com/blog/f132-whats-the-state-of-cybersecurity-in-healthcare-lee-kim See the video interview on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv1SM38siyo&t=25s
May 14, 2021

F131 How Can We Better Measure Pain? (Sara E. Berger, IBM)

How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10? Pain is a very subjective matter and there’s plenty of research done and in progress to understand it better. In this episode Sara E. Berger, a researcher at IBM with over a decade of experience in the pain field talks about how science defines pain in the first place, how can pain be quantified given the variety of factors that impact it, and how does the research so far translate into clinical practice.  To read more about other topics as well go to www.facesofdigitalhealth.com. Faces of digital health is now also live on the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEOzIOl_wIKtmoDmgfePhAQ Leave a rating or a review on www.lovethepodcast.com/facesofdigitalhealth
May 6, 2021

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Faces of Digital Health

Faces of Digital Health explores the speed at which healthcare systems around the world are adopting digital transformation. Specially curated discussions with carefully selected speakers challenge overtly hyped assumptions about the modern state of healthcare innovation. The podcast’s primary goal is to share the insight required to facilitate the necessary discussion that will start improving healthcare on a global scale.
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Tjasa Zajc

Tjasa Zajc

Tjaša Zajc is a former healthcare journalist with a passion for digital health. She regularly explores how different cultures and people alike, approach the complexities of healthcare around the world. She has a Masters degree in healthcare management and economics from the University of Ljubljana.

After years of experience in healthcare journalism and event management, she started exploring the effects of IT adoption in the digital health industry through business development and communications management in healthcare IT, currently as part of the OPENeP ePMA team at Better.

She is also an ambassador of FTR4H Global Hub for Digital Health, and active member of the Slovenian digital health community Healthday.si was a mentor in Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin and a contributor to MedTech Engine, among other things.

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