Faces of Digital Health

Faces of Digital Health

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

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F 121 AgeTech Series 1: Healthcare and technology in the oldest population in the world – Japan

This is the first episode about AgeTech and rethinking the last years of our lives. Over 2.3 million people died due to COVID by February 2021. These were mostly older people. Many of them died alone in the hospital, without the option to say goodbye to their families. Without even someone from the medical staff at their bedside. COVID opened up space for us to start reconsidering on a broader level how we wish to die, lead quality last years of life, and fear death less.    This episode looks at a few innovations in Japan. Japan is the nation with the largest elderly population in the world. Over 28% of people in Japan are older than 65. The episode explores: Why do the Japanese live so long? What effect does a longer lifespan have on individuals and caregiving? How can healthy life be encouraged already at younger ages? We will take a closer look into a solution addressing visual impairment and a solution for Aspiration Pneumonia, which is a common issue with the elderly. It refers to food going into the lungs causing an infection that can lead to death from pneumonia.    Speakers:  Adrian Sossna, VP of global sales at Hacarus Kenji Suzuki, CEO of Plimes  Mr. Yasuro Koizumi, CEO of Finc Technologies   Kazuo Kaneko, CEO of Digital Attendant   More at: Leave a rating or a review:  
February 26, 2021

F120 A glimpse into Japan and how to introduce AI to clinicians (Adrian Sossna)

Hacarus is a Japanese company developing AI Solutions for Manufacturing and Medical Industries. Their Salus platform for medical and life sciences uses Medical imaging data such as CT & MRI scans, time series data, such as ECG data, and medical record to create precise, complex tools, that aid care givers and researchers to provide better, faster and safer treatment, based on data driven insights. In this episode, Adrian Sossna, who is originally from Sweden but has been living in Japan for several years now, shared his insights into the life in Japan, the tech ecosystem and the challenges in developing AI for healthcare and medicine.
February 19, 2021

F119 How are technologies improving global public health (Dr. Padmini Murthy)

Book discussion: Technology and Global Public Health Dr. Padmini (Mini) Murthy - Professor and Global Health Director at New York Medical College School  of Health Sciences and Practice. Dr. Murthy is a physician and an activist who trained in Obstetrics and  Gynecology. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She worked as a consultant for United Nations Population Fund, she is the Secretary-General of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and its NGO representative to the United  Nations (UN). She is the global health lead for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). In 2020 she published a book titled Technology and Global Public Health, which is a great read if you wish to get a perspective about health and technology, women, and technology in countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Japan, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and more. This episode explores the book’s content, the emphasis on women’s health and the impact of COVID on women’s health, the power of mHealth for public health, especially in developing countries, using apps for gender empowerment.    Technology and Global Public Health   - Faces of digital health website:  Leave a rating or review: 
February 11, 2021

F118 Supporting Diversity in Healthtech Investment (Dr. Fiona Pathiraja)

Diversity is an increasingly debated topic in startup investments, since founders of under-represented backgrounds may it be gender, race, age, and more too often experience inequality in opportunities.  US VC funding for female-founded or co-founded companies has been trending up in recent years. However, last year women were impacted by the pandemic also on the funding level. According to Pitchbook, during the first quarter of 2020, 4.3% of VC deals went to companies founded by women, compared to 7.1% during the first quarter of 2019. Crista Galli Ventures Fund is especially attentive to giving an opportunity to founder with under-represented backgrounds. The fund was founded by Dr Fiona Pathiraja who is a radiologist by training. She left medical practice to become a management consultant. After doing that for a year, she became a clinical advisor position at the British Department of Health. After realizing that change comes to healthcare because of technological advancements slowly entering the sector, she got an MBA and became an investor.   Crista Galli Ventures Fund: Visit for other episodes and recaps as well 
February 4, 2021

F117 How Music Beats Got a Breakthrough Device FDA Designation (Brian Harris, MedRythms)

Music can change our mood, energize ur, make us feel invincible. It goes beyond that: it can heal.  MedRythms is a digital therapeutics company building direct stimulation solutions that use clinical-grade sensors, AI-driven software and music to help restore function lost to neurologic disease or injury. Last year, the company received a Breakthrough Device designation from the FDA for its patented digital therapeutic that treats chronic stroke walking deficits. They are also doing Randomized Control Trials in multiple indications, including stroke, MS, Cerebral Palsy, and Parkinson’s Disease. In this interview, Brian Harris, the CEO of MedRhythms talks about the current findings regarding the power of music as a therapeutic intervention.    
January 28, 2021

F116 Medication Management Goes Beyond Pill Reminders. Patients Want Transparency. (Jennifer Butler)

Medication management is a complicated, expensive, and complex healthcare problem. Because taking medications is only a small part of patient’s lives, taking them correctly can be complicated and burdensome. Patients might not take medications because that gives them the sense of having their lives under control and not dictated by medicine. They will get fatigued by pill reminders because getting constantly told that you have a condition, can get emotionally draining. This causes non-adherence and can lead to complications. But some companies are proving that the mission to help patients is not an impossible task.  Jennifer Butler - Chief Marketing Officer at Medisafe,  the world’s leading consumer medication management platform, approaching 7 million users in almost 200 countries, says patients want transparency about their treatments. It’s been clear for years that for medication management solutions to work, they need to go beyond pill reminders. Visit the website:  Medisafe: Leave a rating or a review: 
January 22, 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 was a mentor in Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin and a contributor to MedTech Engine, among other things.

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Supporting Diversity in Healthtech Investment (Dr. Fiona Pathiraja) Diversity is an increasingly debated topic in startup investments, since founders of under-represented backgrounds may it be gender, race, age, and more too often experience inequality in opportunities.