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HIT Like a Girl Pod: Empowering Women in Health IT

HIT Like a Girl Pod: Empowering Women in Health IT

Amplifying the voices and achievements of women in Health IT

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Bridging the Gender Gap: The Importance of Men Advocating for Gender Equity

In this episode of the Joy Rios welcomes Brad Johnson, and David Smith, authors of, "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women" and "Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace," highlighting the importance of male engagement in promoting gender diversity and inclusion. They discuss their work on gender equity in the workplace, driven by personal motivations and extensive research. The conversation covers practical strategies for men to show up as allies, the benefits of diverse workplaces, and the personal and professional gains men can achieve by advocating for gender equity. Episode Highlights [00:02:37] Importance of Men Engaging in Gender Equity Work [00:09:44] Potential Penalties for Advocating for Gender Equity [00:12:30] Importance of Listening and Learning in Gender Equity Efforts [00:13:45] Addressing Fear in Men Mentoring Women [00:16:49] Eye-Opening Experiences of Gender Disparities in the Workplace Stay connected to Brad Johnson & David Smith: Brad Johnson | David Smith Workplace Allies | LinkedIn
June 18, 2024

Beyond the Stethoscope: Navigating Regulations and Technology

In this episode, Joy Rios delves into the intricate world of healthcare with guest Aja Hardy, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in software development, marketing, and regulatory affairs for medical devices. Aja shares her unconventional journey, from initially aiming to become a doctor to finding her niche in the healthcare industry through opportunities like the American Hospital Association fellowship and a pivotal role at Cerner. The conversation touches on the challenges of balancing work and personal life, the significance of visibility and transparency in the healthcare sector, and the evolving landscape of regulatory processes for medical devices. Episode Highlights [00:01:23] Aja Hardy's Background and Experience [00:05:17] Transitioning to Regulatory Affairs [00:10:32] Balancing Work and Personal Life [00:15:20] Importance of Visibility and Transparency [00:20:42] Opportunity with Cerner [00:25:15] Learning and Contributing in Different Roles [00:31:37] Connecting with Aja Hardy Stay connected to Aja Hardy: LinkedIn | Twitter FDA | LinkedIn
June 11, 2024

Embrace Every Body: Uniting for Systemic Equity

In this episode, Joy Rios interviews Cate Navarrete, the founder and executive director of the Body Positive Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting body positivity and systemic equity for all bodies. Cate discusses the growth and impact of the organization, highlighting the challenges of retention and engagement within the chapters. She emphasizes the importance of knowledge and community in fostering body positivity and social justice awareness. The conversation delves into measuring success in promoting body positivity, and the potential impact of their work on a larger scale. Episode Highlights [00:00:00] Introduction by Joy Rios [00:13:00] The growth and impact of the Body Positive Alliance [00:13:30] Challenges of retention and engagement in the organization [00:16:17] Measuring success in promoting body positivity and social justice issues [00:22:42] The importance of knowledge and community in promoting body positivity [00:24:50] Potential impact of work on a larger scale Stay connected to Cate Navarrete: LinkedIn | Twitter Body Positive Alliance | LinkedIn
June 4, 2024

Empowering Healthcare: A Dive into Clinical Decision Support

In this episode, Joy welcomes Julie Frey from Wolters Kluwer Health, who heads the Provider product division. They explore Wolters Kluwer's role in healthcare, focusing on clinical decision support tools like UpToDate, which provide clinicians with timely and accurate information at the point of care. Julie highlights the company's mission to alleviate clinician burnout by empowering them with efficient tools and discusses the future of healthcare, emphasizing the importance of connecting clinicians and patients for holistic care. Episode Highlights [00:01:01] Overview of Wolters Kluwer Health and its global presence [00:02:04] Clinical decision support and patient engagement tools [00:06:16] Clinician challenges and the importance of patient engagement in healthcare [00:16:33] Julie Frey's journey into healthcare, starting from corporate strategy to a focus on health division projects [00:19:34] Julie Frey's motivation and excitement about the intrinsic purpose in healthcare [00:19:59] Ways to connect with Julie Frey and Wolters Kluwer Health Stay connected to Julie Frey: LinkedIn | Twitter Wolters Kluwer | LinkedIn
May 28, 2024

Techquity Series: Transforming Communities Through Data-Driven Efforts

In the final episode of the Techquity Series, Luis Belen and Tracy Wang delve into the realm of health equity and technology, showcasing the transformative power of data-driven initiatives. Tracy Wang, Director of Digital Solutions at Elevance Health, shares insights into a groundbreaking project aimed at addressing health disparities through innovative data visualization and analytics. The conversation highlights the crucial role of community engagement and the strategic use of data to drive impactful interventions. Luis and Tracy explore the challenges of building trust in underserved communities and the importance of aligning priorities with community needs to maximize the impact of health equity efforts. Want to learn more about the inspiring projects making healthcare more equitable? Head over to hitlikeagirlpod.com/techquity Episode Highlights 00:07:29 - Introduction by Luis Belen and Tracy Wang 00:08:22 - Recognition of Tracy Wang's Initiatives 00:08:55 - Description of the Project's Objectives 00:13:46 - Importance of Data Visualization and Engagement 00:26:52 - Discussion on Trust in Underserved Communities 00:27:53 - Engagement Strategies and ROI in Health Equity Efforts 00:40:09 - Value of Centralized Data for Addressing Disparities
May 24, 2024

Techquity Series: Voices Unleashed

In the fourth episode of the Techquity series on the HIT Like a Girl podcast, guest host Tanisha Hill, the founder of the Digital Health for Equitable Health Alliance, leads a compelling discussion with Rachel Starnes and Kylie Kalik from WillowTree, introducing their groundbreaking project, Vocable AAC. This innovative app aims to empower non-verbal individuals to communicate effectively using facial tracking and touch technology. The conversation delves into the personal stories behind the development of Vocable AAC, highlighting the profound impact it can have on individuals like Rachel's mother, who is almost entirely non-verbal. The guests emphasize the importance of user-focused design, affordability, accessibility, and privacy considerations in digital health technology. Want to learn more about the inspiring projects making healthcare more equitable? Head over to hitlikeagirlpod.com/techquity Episode Highlights 00:06:13] Description of Vocable AAC Project by Kylie Kalik [00:10:25] The Impact of Vocable AAC on Non-Verbal Individuals [00:13:40] User-Centered Design Approach in Developing Vocable AAC [00:17:55] Discussion on Making Technology Accessible Across Devices [00:21:10] Challenges and Solutions in Techquity Implementation [00:25:05] Future Plans for Techquity Initiatives [00:30:40] Conclusion and Invitation to Explore More on Techquity
May 23, 2024

Techquity Series: Cultural Perspectives in Health Tech

In the third installment of the Techquity Series, HIT Like a Girl podcast, Chrissy Kuahine, Director of Clinical and Patient Informatics at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and Dr. Michael Penn, discuss Chrissy's project addressing digital literacy among elderly native Hawaiians. They explore the use of digital navigators to facilitate technology engagement and the incorporation of native Hawaiian culture into the program. Throughout the episode, the importance of collaboration, access, and strategic partnerships in advancing digital health equity is emphasized. The guests also express enthusiasm for the future of the coalition's work and its potential to make a significant impact on healthcare disparities. Want to learn more about the inspiring projects making healthcare more equitable? Head over to hitlikeagirlpod.com/techquity Episode Highlights [00:09:02] Michael's Greeting in Hawaiian: "Aloha. Ka kakia. Michael" [00:13:23] Digital Literacy and Connectivity Among Elderly Native Hawaiians [00:16:26] Discussion on Access and Generalizability of the Project [00:17:05] Emphasizing the Importance of Building Strategic Partnerships [00:43:14] Future Initiatives of the Techquity for Health Coalition
May 22, 2024

Techquity Series: Transforming Healthcare for Rural and Indigenous Communities

In the second installment of the Techquity series, Jay Calhoun from the Intertribal Health Innovation Institute interviews Josie McGee and Caitlin Lazarus from Vision Loss Rehab Canada to discuss leveraging technology to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to healthcare services. The discussion covers the challenges and successes of implementing innovative solutions, such as using AI for health screenings in remote areas and addressing staff turnover in healthcare programs. Want to learn more about the inspiring projects making healthcare more equitable? Head over to hitlikeagirlpod.com/techquity Episode Highlights 00:09:00 - Recognizing Projects Promoting Health Equity through the Global Techquity Impact Award. 00:09:00 - Origin of Vision Loss Rehab Canada (VLRC) and Details of the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program. 00:16:19 - Addressing Staff Turnover Challenges in Remote Communities. 00:17:38 - Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Health Screenings. 00:25:23 - Call to Action for Practitioners, Technology, Investors, and Philanthropy.
May 21, 2024

Techquity Series: Tackling Breast Cancer Disparities with Digital Health

In the inaugural episode of the Hit Like a Girl podcast's Techquity series, host Joy Rios welcomes Janna Guinen, Executive Director of the the HLTH Foundation, who is spearheading efforts to advocate for equitable digital health solutions. The series aims to uncover the essence of Techquity, its significance, and upcoming highlights. Janna outlines the Tech Equity for Health Coalition's mission and recent endeavors, including a case study competition spotlighting innovative projects promoting health equity through digital means. Each episode features a winning project, the first features Andrea Werner, Chief Population Health Officer for Ballin Gunnarsson Health System, who interviews guest Anna Kravitz from AdirA to discuss "Nia," a digital guide addressing high breast cancer mortality rates among young black women. Join the conversation as they delve into the intersection of technology and targeted health interventions, making a profound impact on underserved communities. Want to learn more about the inspiring projects making healthcare more equitable? Head over to hitlikeagirlpod.com/techquity  Episode Highlights [00:00:45] - Techquity Coalition's Focus on Health Disparities [00:05:24] - Role of Technology in Addressing Health Disparities [00:09:07 - ]Nia Solution for Empowering Women to Advocate for Their Health [00:12:03] - Addressing Breast Cancer in Young Black Women [00:21:09] - Providing Agency and Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness [00:25:58] - Importance of Micro Moments in Health [00:41:36] - Impact of Language Options on Engagement Rates
May 20, 2024

Midlife Matters: Navigating Perimenopause and Beyond

In this episode Joy welcomes Joanna Strober, the founder of MidiHealth, a midlife care provider for women aged 35 to 65. Joanna shares her personal journey with perimenopause, emphasizing the importance of understanding the symptoms and effects of estrogen decline during this phase of a woman's life. She discusses the challenges of finding knowledgeable providers in menopausal care and highlights MidiHealth's innovative approach, including specialized training programs for their providers and the development of expert care protocols. Episode Highlights [00:10:20] Importance of Provider's Knowledge on Hormones and Treatment Options [00:10:59] Accessibility of Care through Insurance Coverage [00:11:18] Growth Trajectory and Expansion Plans of MidiHealth [00:19:46] Excitement for MidiHealth's Growth and Future Plans [00:20:05] Accessing Care through www.joinmidi.com [00:20:55] Benefits of Virtual Care for Sensitive Health Topics Stay connected to Joanna Strober: LinkedIn | Twitter Midi Health | LinkedIn
May 14, 2024

From Trade Shows to Pharma Events: A Journey Through Healthcare Marketing

In this episode, Joy welcomes Paulina Rugg, former Director of Event Marketing at Health Gorilla, as they discuss Paulina's journey from Mexico City to her current role in the healthcare industry. From her fascination with trade shows to navigating the convoluted realm of pharmaceutical events, Paulina shares insights into the multifaceted nature of healthcare and events management. Episode Highlights: [00:01:18] Paulina's Experience: Paulina shares her background and experiences since joining the company. [00:14:02] Event Planning Process: Insights into the detailed planning process for events. [00:15:28] Measurement Metrics: The importance of measuring event success and outcomes for up to a year. [00:21:30] Data Management Tool: Use of a voice-to-text tool for efficient data collection & CRM integration. [00:22:48] Balancing Investments: Challenges of allocating resources effectively in healthcare events. [00:26:06] Connecting with Paulina: How to follow, connect, or work with Paulina Rugg via LinkedIn.
May 7, 2024

Connected Hearts: Exploring Loneliness, Tech, and Mental Health

In this episode, Joy Rios is joined by Cindy Jordan, co-founder and CEO of Pyx Health. Cindy shares her personal journey and the inspiration behind Pyx Health's mission to combat loneliness, highlighting the profound impact of social isolation on mental well-being. Together, they explore the absence of a formal diagnosis for loneliness in healthcare and the role of technology in both exacerbating and alleviating this epidemic. Tune in for an insightful discussion on the intersection of technology, community, and mental health. Episode Highlights Importance of Social Health in Healthcare [00:18:39] Impact of Company Leadership and Values [00:17:04] The Power of Emotional Well-being in Health [00:17:50] Influence of Personal Actions on Others [00:27:20] Gratitude and Acknowledgment [00:28:10] Contact Information for Cindy Jordan [00:28:32]
April 30, 2024

Guardians of Healthcare: A Journey from Caregiver to Cybersecurity Leader

In this episode, Joy welcomes Andrea Daugherty, Head of Digital Health at SHI International. Andrea shares her journey from caregiver to healthcare executive, highlighting the challenges and bold moves that shaped her career. The discussion spans from navigating male-dominated spaces to the critical importance of cybersecurity in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. With insights into workforce shortages and the necessity of technology in combating cyber threats, this episode offers a glimpse into the frontline defense of healthcare data protection and the empowerment of women in IT leadership roles. 00:11:42 - Building a Supportive Network in the Industry 00:12:25 - Owning Confidence in a Male-Dominated Environment 00:20:41 - Educating the Workforce on Cybersecurity 00:21:37 - Establishing SHI as a Trusted IT Solutions Provider 00:22:45 - Bringing Joy and Wellness to Healthcare Events 00:23:31 - Connecting with SHI and Andrea Daugherty on LinkedIn
April 23, 2024

MicroSkills: Navigating the Modern Workplace

In this episode, Joy welcomes back Dr. Adaira Landry and introduces Dr. Resa E. Lewiss for a conversation about navigating the ever-changing landscape of the workplace. With their new book, "MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact," Landry and Lewiss provide essential guidance for individuals entering the workforce, focusing on practical strategies for success. Drawing from their experiences as emergency medicine physicians, educators, and authors, they explore the necessity of honing micro skills for self-care, task management, communication, reputation building, and more. From offloading routine tasks to maintaining a positive attitude in challenging situations, they offer practical advice for individuals navigating today's professional world.
April 16, 2024

Healthcare Empowerment: Guiding Patients to Better Care

In this episode, Joy delves into the complexities of healthcare with Carrie Kozlowski, co-founder and COO of Upfront Healthcare. Carrie discusses Upfront's mission to guide patients to the care they need, addressing barriers to access and striving to transform healthcare. Emphasizing personalized engagement and leveraging technology as a conduit, they explore how to empower patients and remove friction from the healthcare process. Through insights into psychographics and behavioral science, they reveal strategies to motivate patients and foster trust, ultimately aiming to enhance outcomes and promote population health.
April 9, 2024

Bright Minds: Navigating Pediatric Mental Health

In this episode, Joy delves into the complex world of pediatric mental health care with guest Naomi Allen, CEO and co-founder of Brightline. Naomi shares her journey from a personal crisis with her son to founding Brightline, the first national pediatric mental health solution. Amidst a growing crisis, Naomi discusses the profound shortage of clinicians and the barriers families face in accessing quality care. Through virtual care and innovative solutions, Brightline aims to bridge these gaps, providing accessible and affordable support for children and their families across the nation. From teletherapy to coaching programs and digital interventions, Brightline's holistic approach demonstrates the power of human-led care enabled by technology in addressing the pediatric mental health crisis.
April 2, 2024

Awakening Possibilities: ResMed’s Vision for Inclusive Sleep Apnea Solutions

In this episode, Joy sits down with Larissa DeAndrea, Head of Global Impact Programs at ResMed, a leading sleep apnea medical technology company. Larissa shares insights into ResMed's initiatives in the healthcare space, emphasizing their focus on amplifying underrepresented voices and empowering patients through innovative digital tools. Through engaging storytelling and impactful art installations, ResMed strives to bridge the gap between technology and patient experience, ensuring inclusivity and meaningful impact in healthcare. The conversation delves into the importance of incorporating real user experiences in product development, exemplified by ResMed's collaboration with patient associations to capture diverse perspectives. Larissa also discusses the potential of augmented reality and virtual reality to further enhance storytelling and immersive experiences in healthcare. With a keen eye on inclusive design and technological innovation, Larissa and ResMed are paving the way for transformative change in the healthcare ecosystem.
March 26, 2024

Connecting Care: A Journey of Innovation and Empathy

In this episode, Joy sits down with Stacy Fox, VP of Sales at Health Gorilla and a seasoned healthcare industry professional, who shares her unique insights and personal journey within the complex world of healthcare. With a background that includes a heartfelt connection to Children's Hospital Colorado driven by her brother's experience with Down Syndrome, Fox delves into the challenges and triumphs of improving healthcare connectivity and data sharing. Her transition from hands-on roles in healthcare practices to leading digital health sales teams underscores the critical importance of access to medical records and the seamless integration of health information systems. Fox's narrative is not just about her professional achievements but also intertwines her athletic background, emphasizing the value of teamwork, discipline, and leadership—qualities that she brings to her role at Health Gorilla. This episode provides a compelling look at how personal motivations and professional experiences can converge to drive innovation and improvement in healthcare delivery.
March 19, 2024

Digital Health Dialogues: Bridging Equity and Access

In this episode, Joy Rios welcomes Dr. Jhaimy Fernandez, a family medicine resident and digital health equity leader, and Betty Villantay, an aspiring physician and advocate in the digital health equity space. The episode delves into the complexities of healthcare, with a particular focus on digital health equity and the challenges of telemedicine, especially in underserved communities. Dr. Fernandez shares her journey from being the first in her family to attend medical school to recognizing the importance of giving back and supporting non-traditional, underrepresented students in medicine. Betty's story highlights the obstacles of navigating a career in biomedical engineering and medicine without a clear guide. Together, they discuss their collaboration in hosting a digital health conference aimed at bringing together people of color to share their experiences in the digital health space. The conversation also touches on the practical aspects of implementing telemedicine, addressing biases from healthcare providers, and the importance of communicating effectively with patients to overcome language barriers and technological challenges. This episode sheds light on the necessity of digital health equity and the power of innovative communication strategies like leveraging common platforms such as WhatsApp to improve patient engagement and access to care.
March 12, 2024

Health IT Horizons: A Journey of Innovation, Education, and Empowerment

In this episode, Joy welcomes multifaceted health IT expert Juliette Nwagbara, who shares her journey and contributions to the field of health IT. Juliette wears numerous hats as a project manager at a health IT AI company, an instructor in health IT at UT Austin, and the founder of RHIA Essential, where she prepares future professionals for the RHIA certification. She discusses the significance of the RHIA certification, administered by AHIMA, which validates expertise in patient data governance, law, data standards, and project management. Juliette's mission is driven by her own challenges in finding support while studying for the RHIA exam, leading her to create resources that make learning engaging and accessible. She emphasizes the transformative power of health IT education in providing confidence, knowledge, and opening up diverse career paths for her students. Juliette's personal journey from discovering health IT amidst career uncertainty to becoming a passionate educator and advocate for the field underscores the impact of dedication and the desire to give back to the community.
March 5, 2024

Empowered Healing: The Fight for Health Equity and Advocacy

In this episode, Joy Rios welcomes Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, a dedicated physician, mother, and health equity advocate. Dr. Curry-Winchell shares her impactful journey in the medical field, focusing on advocating for historically excluded and underserved communities of color. Through her multifaceted role, which includes being a medical contributor, TEDx speaker, and creator of the "Beyond Clinical Walls" series, she addresses critical issues like race-based medicine practices and the maternal mortality crisis among black women. Dr. Curry-Winchell's personal experience with unconscious bias during her childbirth highlights the deep-rooted challenges in healthcare. The conversation delves into the importance of acknowledging and addressing unconscious biases, the role of patient-centered teams, and the necessity of community engagement to build trust and provide culturally competent care. This episode is a compelling call to action for systemic change in healthcare to ensure equitable treatment for all.
February 27, 2024

From Combat to Community Health: A Doctor’s Journey and the Healthcare Divide

In this episode, OB/GYN physician Heather Irobunda shares her remarkable career journey, from serving in the army to working in private practice and now in public community health in New York City. She discusses the stark differences between these healthcare sectors, shedding light on the challenges faced by marginalized individuals in accessing proper healthcare. Heather emphasizes the critical need for health literacy and education, especially in a society where access to information is constantly evolving. She also highlights the role of technology in democratizing information and the importance of medical advocacy in addressing the gaps in healthcare access and understanding.
February 20, 2024

Cheryl Cheng Spills the Tea on Digital Health Mafia and Investing in HIT

Welcome to HITea With Grace’s “Fund Like a Girl” series where we're thrilled to feature Cheryl Cheng, founder of Vive Collective, a dynamic VC in health IT. Join us as Cheryl shares her career journey that led to Vive Collective and delves into the Vive Collective survey conducted via LinkedIn, revealing the top 4 "Digital Health Mafia Companies" and sharing surprising findings. Listen in as Cheryl emphasizes the importance of founders being former high-growth startup operators and the key traits she looks for in companies and founders she invests in. In this episode, Cheryl also sheds light on the evolving landscape of digital health funding, discussing inclusivity and the challenges that still need to be addressed.
February 16, 2024

Caregiving Unplugged: Uniting Point Solutions and Empowering Caregivers

In this episode, Joy Rios explores the complexities of the healthcare industry with guest Katy Allen, EVP, Managing Director at Bounteous, a digital experience company. They discuss how the industry is filled with various point solutions that need integration into a cohesive platform. Katy highlights the roles of caregivers, both always-on caregivers and crisis caregivers, and the challenges they face in managing multiple solutions for their loved ones' healthcare. The conversation also touches on the importance of involving the caregiver's voice in healthcare solutions and the need to value and support caregivers more within the system. It's a thought-provoking discussion on the intricacies of healthcare and the evolving role of caregivers in it.
February 13, 2024

Halle Tecco Spills the Tea on Digital Health Investor Secrets Everyone Should Know

In this episode of HITea With Grace’s “Fund Like a Girl”, we have a very special guest - Halle Tecco - a pioneering VC in the health IT space.  In this episode, Halle shares her career journey, insights into the evolving healthcare landscape, and invaluable advice for women venturing into healthcare entrepreneurship and venturing into venture. She discusses key challenges and effective strategies, highlights success stories of women-led startups, and navigates the complexities of healthcare regulations. Halle emphasizes the importance of building diverse teams, leveraging technology, and seeking mentorship for women founders in healthcare.  Join us for a deep dive into Halle Tecco's perspective on driving innovation and making a difference in healthcare IT through funding technologies that seamlessly improve care and outcomes and so generously sharing her learnings with us along the way.
February 9, 2024

Healing The Healers: Unpacking Burnout

In this episode, Joy Rios engages in a thought-provoking conversation with guest Dr. Jessi Gold, a psychiatrist and anthropologist. Together, they delve into the complex issue of burnout in healthcare. Jessi sheds light on the multifaceted nature of burnout, emphasizing its emotional, depersonalization, and reduced accomplishment components. They discuss how burnout not only affects individual healthcare workers but also has significant systemic implications, impacting patient care and hospital costs. Jessi highlights the importance of both individual and systemic changes in addressing burnout and advocates for a more open and vulnerable workplace culture to normalize discussions around mental health and well-being. They also explore the significance of finding meaning, purpose, and gratitude in combating burnout and enhancing the overall quality of life for healthcare professionals. This episode provides valuable insights into the challenges and potential solutions in the realm of healthcare burnout.
February 6, 2024

UTI’s Unraveled: MyUTI’s Mission To Revolutionize UTI Diagnosis and Treatment

In this episode, Joy Rios explores the complexities of healthcare with her guests, Lindsey Williams and Megan Henken, co-founders of MyUTI. MyUTI is a platform that offers advanced testing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) from the comfort of one's home. Lindsey and Megan emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis for UTIs, especially in the face of rising antibiotic-resistant infections. They dispel common myths about UTI remedies, such as cranberry juice and yogurt, and highlight the need for a more convenient and effective approach to UTI testing and treatment. The episode also delves into the challenges of starting a business in the healthcare industry, emphasizing the need for innovation and convenience in modern healthcare solutions.
January 30, 2024

Digital Health Transformation: Inside the CMS SWAT Team

In this episode welcomes a very special guest, Andrea Fletcher, the Chief Digital Strategy Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Andrea provides insight into her pioneering role in establishing an agency digital service team within CMS and shares how her team, often referred to as a "SWAT team" for government technology, solves complex challenges in the healthcare sector. They discuss the unique role of bridging the gap between policy creation and implementation, with a focus on improving the lives of millions of beneficiaries and modernizing the Medicare payment systems. Join them as they explore the intricacies of healthcare technology and the transformative impact of their work in the Health and Human Services building.
January 23, 2024

Navigating the Healthcare Marketing Maze

In this episode, Joy welcomes Carly Olsten, Senior Marketing Manager at Health Gorilla, to discuss her journey from marketing tires to healthcare. Carly shares insights into her career path, her experiences in different industries, and the challenges of marketing in the healthcare sector. They delve into the importance of effective messaging and communication in healthcare marketing, with Carly highlighting how data and statistics play a significant role in making their product resonate with customers. The episode also touches on the complexity of healthcare terminology and regulations, and Carly emphasizes the importance of finding ways to make healthcare solutions relatable and understandable to customers.
January 16, 2024

Empowering Youth: Maro’s Innovative Approach to Mental Health Education and Early Intervention

In this enlightening episode of the "HIT Like a Girl" podcast, host Joy Rios engages in a profound discussion with Kenzie Butera Davis, CEO and Founder of Maro. The conversation delves into the intricate intersections of healthcare, education, and mental health, particularly focusing on Maro’s innovative approach to screening and supporting mental health in children. Kenzie shares her inspiring journey, from her early days working at a domestic violence and rape crisis center, to her pivotal research on health education, and eventually founding Maro. Her story is a testament to the power of proactive solutions and the importance of mental health education in shaping safer environments for children. Maro’s work, especially during the rise of the youth mental health crisis, highlights the urgent need for early intervention and the challenges of navigating politically sensitive landscapes in education. Through their discussion, Joy and Kenzie explore the complexities of health education, the nuances of language in different states, and the pressing statistics that drive Maro's mission. This episode provides a compelling look into how one company is creatively addressing the mental health crisis among youth, blending technology, education, and compassion.
January 9, 2024

Data, TEFCA, and the Journey to a Patient-Centric System

In this episode, Joy interviews Avery Haller, TEFCA Advocate and former Executive Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Health Gorilla, who shares her fascinating journey from anthropology major to public health and health tech. Avery discusses the crucial need for infrastructural changes in healthcare, emphasizing the power of data in transforming public health and patient care. The episode also touches on initiatives like the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TAFCA) and the dream of creating a comprehensive birth-to-death health record, showcasing how innovative solutions are bringing us closer to a more connected and patient-centric healthcare system.
January 2, 2024

Revolutionizing Pharmacy Conversations: An AI-Driven Future

In this episode, Joy interviews Saumya Rawat, the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Pharmasol, a startup pioneering the development of an AI-enabled pharmacy assistant. Pharmasol's mission is to automate the frequently had conversations that pharmacists engage in with patients about their medications, from proper usage to managing side effects, through text-based interactions. Saumya shares her journey, starting from her passion for technology and healthcare at MIT to the creation of Pharmasol. The conversation highlights the importance of flexibility, patient choice, and providing accessible, trustworthy healthcare information, along with Pharmasol's commitment to building a comprehensive medication knowledge base and conversation flow algorithms to enhance patient care.
December 19, 2023

Spreading Kindness: The PinkSocks Mission in Healthcare and Beyond

In this special episode, host Joy Rios welcomes a unique guest, Nick Adkins from PinkSocks Life. The podcast explores their friendship and their shared mission of spreading kindness and love in healthcare and beyond. Nick shares the heartwarming story of their collaboration with Holcomb Elementary School in Oregon City, where they introduced PinkSocks as part of a social and emotional learning curriculum. Together, they discuss the power of PinkSocks in promoting kindness and inclusivity, and Joy shares her personal experience visiting a second-grade class and witnessing the positive impact of their initiative. This episode is a heartwarming testament to the difference one can make by spreading kindness in unexpected places.
December 12, 2023

Unleashing Innovation: The Creative Pulse of Healthcare

In this episode, Joy and Genein Letford, CAFFE Strategies Founder and CEO, delve into the complexities of healthcare and the need for creativity and innovation in the field. Genein Letford, an educator, speaker, author and corporate trainer, discusses her unique perspective on healthcare and intercultural creativity. She emphasizes the importance of creativity and cultural competency, as well as the impact of leaders' mindsets on their teams. The discussion explores how AI and technology can complement human creativity rather than replace it, and it touches on the distinction between the brain and the mind. This episode provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of healthcare and the role of creativity in addressing its challenges.
December 5, 2023

Tech Meets Healthcare: Bridging the Gap for Better Access and Outcomes

In this episode, Joy talks with Chemu Langat, the Chief Operating Officer of Best Buy Health, whose journey from biomedical engineering and aerospace to global health initiatives in Africa has led to innovative solutions in healthcare. Chemu explains how Best Buy Health is leveraging its logistical and technology expertise to enable care at home, collaborating with healthcare partners like Atrium Health to co-create solutions, and utilizing a specialized team similar to Best Buy's Geek Squad, trained to assist with health-related technology setup, support, and digital literacy, without replacing the role of healthcare professionals. It's an insightful conversation on bridging the gap between technology and healthcare for improved outcomes and accessibility.
November 28, 2023

TruthRx: The Battle Against Healthcare Disinformation in the Digital Age

In this episode, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, a Wall Street Journal best-selling author of "Dead Wrong," returns to the show to discuss her book and the critical issue of mis and disinformation in healthcare, particularly in the age of AI and digital technology. The conversation explores the importance of rebuilding trust in healthcare, acknowledging past mistakes, and bridging the gap between medical professionals and the public. Dr. Nayyar also emphasizes the need for a science-focused PR campaign and leveraging social media and AI to combat the spread of misinformation, ultimately aiming to empower individuals with accurate information in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare.
November 21, 2023

Transforming Healthcare with Data and Innovation

Live from Arizona HIMSS, Joy welcomes welcomes Alice Raia and Melissa Kotrys, who share their unique perspectives on navigating the complex world of healthcare. Alice Raia, CIO of Equality Health, discusses her journey from software engineering to healthcare, driven by a desire to improve the patient experience after witnessing her family's struggle with cancer. She highlights Equality Health's role in value-based care for Medicaid patients and their use of data-driven technology to empower healthcare practices. Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Contexture, elaborates on the organization's mission to connect healthcare data systems and improve patient outcomes in Arizona and Colorado. She emphasizes the impact of data analytics in identifying gaps in care and facilitating better healthcare decisions. Together, Alice and Melissa provide valuable insights into innovative approaches to healthcare delivery and data utilization, making this episode a must-listen for anyone navigating the healthcare puzzle.
November 14, 2023

The “Nurse Disruptor”: Making Quality Nursing Services Accessible to All

In this final episode of the series from guest host, Dana Trampas, we wrap up our Global Health Equity Week content with an enlightening conversation featuring Bre Loughlin. From her early days at the bedside to becoming a nurse executive at Epic, Bre's career is a powerful illustration of her steadfast commitment to healthcare. Her diverse experience equips her to mend healthcare disparities, facilitating meaningful collaboration between health organizations and communities. Tune in for an uplifting dialogue and find out how Bre is steering constructive shifts in healthcare. Don't miss this concluding episode that brings our focus on Global Health Equity Week to a close, and offers invaluable insights from a true healthcare visionary.
October 27, 2023

Fueling Up on Resilience

In this episode, guest host Dana Trampas talks with Dr. Anne Snowdon, a trailblazer in healthcare strategy and equity, with extensive research contributions spanning health system innovation and transformation, supply chain, automotive health and safety, and injury prevention. Dr. Snowdon's work extends to advancing workforce sustainability and economic recovery post-pandemic. Explore her inspiring journey in this podcast episode.
October 26, 2023

Human Trafficking and Healthcare

In this episode, guest host Dana Trampas introduces Dr. Kimberly Chang, a powerhouse in the fight for healthcare equity and against human trafficking. As the Director of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Policy at Asian Health Services, she's a beacon of hope for vulnerable communities. Dr. Chang's boundless passion, brilliance, and innovation make her an indispensable force in the battle against human trafficking and the pursuit of fair healthcare, a compassionate leader in every sense.
October 25, 2023

LGBTQ+ and Health Equity

In this episode, Dana Trampas talks with Christopher Roman, a seasoned digital strategist and marketing analyst, and a leading voice in the intersection of LGBTQ+ advocacy and health equity. As the Executive Director of OutCare Health, Chris is unwavering in his commitment to bridging healthcare gaps and championing LGBTQ+ affirming resources, ensuring that underserved communities have equitable access to essential care. His leadership, dedication to health equity, and marketing prowess make him an invaluable asset to the team.
October 24, 2023

Health Equity and Community Engagement, Patient Advocacy

In this episode, Dana Trampas introduces Shonta Chambers, who is a seasoned nonprofit executive and public health expert with over 20 years of experience. As the Executive Vice President of Health Equity Initiatives and Community Engagement at Patient Advocate Foundation, she leads the charge in addressing health disparities. Her pioneering initiatives empower minority populations with limited health literacy, ensuring they gain a firm grasp of medicine and healthcare.
October 23, 2023

Empowering Health Equity

In this episode, Joy introduces upcoming guest host Dana Trampas, a digital health advisor, a dedicated mom, and currently pursuing her MPH in grad school. Dana discusses her role in the "sandwich generation," caring for both an elderly parent and a young child. She provides a glimpse into her forthcoming role as a guest host during Global Health Equity Week in October, where she'll engage in insightful conversations with people making an impact in health equity. Dana shares her perspective on public health, highlighting its influence on various aspects of our lives, from policy evaluation to epidemiology and social determinants of health. She emphasizes the importance of proactive healthcare and the need for collaboration among healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between public health ideals and reactive healthcare practices. Tune in to hear Dana's thought-provoking insights and her quest to make sense of the intricate mosaic that is healthcare.
October 17, 2023

Empowering Maternal Mental Health: Nurtur’s Journey from MIT to AI Innovation

In this episode Joy welcomes two inspiring guests, Kristen Ellefson and Bindu Chanagala, co-founders of the innovative healthcare startup, Nurtur. Kristen and Bindu share their journey from the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program to the Delta V Accelerator, where they developed a groundbreaking solution for maternal mental health. Their company, Nurtur, utilizes machine learning and AI-powered chatbots to predict and prevent postpartum depression, offering much-needed support to new mothers. They discuss the empathetic aspect of AI in mental health, the user interface of their app, and the comprehensive educational tools they provide to help exhausted new moms navigate this challenging period. Join the conversation as these trailblazing entrepreneurs reveal their mission to empower women and transform maternal mental health care.
October 3, 2023

From Jamaica to Nursing Leadership: A Journey of Compassion and Innovation

In this episode Joy welcomes Latoya O'Gere, the director at Optum Advisory and a nurse executive with extensive experience in nursing practice and leadership. Latoya shares her inspiring journey, from growing up in Jamaica assisting her diabetic grandmother to becoming a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse, and eventually a doctorate scholar. She discusses the distinction between clinical nursing and nursing executive roles, highlighting how nursing leadership involves making policies and decisions that impact patient care and the business aspect of nursing. Latoya's passion for transforming healthcare is evident as she shares her involvement in the American Nurses Association's innovation advisory committee and her experience in setting up isolation hotel programs during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a safe and innovative solution for patients and relieve the burden on hospitals.
September 26, 2023

Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare: A Deep Dive into HLTH’s Evolution and Vision

In this episode Joy talks with the top women in HLTH to discuss the inception and evolution of the HLTH event since its launch in 2018, emphasizing its mission to bring together various healthcare stakeholders and foster disruptive innovation. The episode also highlights how HLTH ensures its content and activities resonate with a diverse audience, offering tailored attendee journeys. It anticipates that Generative AI and large language models will be a key focus at the upcoming event, addressing applications, regulations, and biases. The discussion underscores the interplay between innovation and traditional healthcare systems and emphasizes the success of programs like the hosted buyer and funding founders programs in promoting innovation in healthcare.
September 19, 2023

Navigating Reproductive Healthcare with AI

In this episode Joy welcomes Yael Kfir, Chief Strategy Officer at Fairtility. Yael discusses how Fairtility, an Israeli medtech company, employs AI decision support tools to revolutionize the field of reproductive healthcare. Yael's expertise in strategy and marketing is integral to shaping the company's vision in an era marked by an aging population and declining birth rates. She shares insights into how AI, much like GPS navigation apps, utilizes vast data to offer embryologists real-time insights on embryo quality, greatly enhancing the efficiency and success of IVF procedures. This enlightening conversation reveals the transformative power of AI in the complex landscape of healthcare.
September 12, 2023

Transforming Healthcare: From Nurse to Data Analytics Leader

In this episode, Joy is joined by Nora Lissy, VP of Healthcare Consulting and Implementation at Dimensional Insight, a software analytics company. From her nursing origins at Catholic University to operational management in analytics, Nora's adaptability bridges the gap between operational, financial, and IT domains, rendering her invaluable to global hospitals. The heart of the conversation revolves around Dimensional Insight's software. The software's initial application to administrative and staffing data optimized hospital functions, while its evolution to encompass clinical analytics revolutionized patient care, empowering nurses with comprehensive information and even fostering collaborations with pharmacists for high-risk medication management. Nora's metamorphosis from nurse to healthcare IT leader highlights the potent fusion of data analytics and healthcare as she explores the role of technology in shaping the future of healthcare operations and patient well-being.
August 29, 2023

Empowering Maternal Wellness: Redefining Prenatal and Postpartum Care

In this episode, Joy introduces Alison Greenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Ruth Health, a virtual clinic specializing in prenatal and postpartum care. Alison discusses how Ruth Health serves as a comprehensive support system, offering evidence-based resources that supplement traditional maternal care, including pelvic floor training, c-section recovery, lactation support, doula services, and educational video series. Drawing from her personal background in women's health and her mother's pioneering role as an OBGYN, Alison sheds light on the evolution of sex education and the normalization of women's health issues. She explains how Ruth Health addresses the significant prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction during and after pregnancy and offers accessible, virtual care to a wide range of individuals, both directly and through the “Ask a Doula” service. The episode explores the need for such inclusive and supportive healthcare services in the current landscape.
August 22, 2023

Unlocking Healthcare Data: Navigating HIEs, Interoperability, and Patient Privacy

In this episode, Joy sits down with Nichole Sweeney, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for CRISP Shared Services, to unravel the complexities of health information exchanges (HIEs) and the evolution of health data utilities. Nichole breaks down the significance of interoperability, highlighting how HIEs enable real-time access to crucial patient data for clinicians across different locations. The concept of health data utility, expanding beyond clinical records to encompass broader health determinants, is explored. Nichole's expertise in sensitive health information and data exchange regarding reproductive rights adds a unique layer to the conversation, discussing the implications of the HIPAA draft rule in the context of patient privacy. Tune in to gain insights into the intricate puzzle of healthcare and IT integration.
August 15, 2023

Networked for Change: Empowering Health Innovators and Communities

In this episode of the HIT Like a Girl podcast, Joy Rios welcomes Lisa Bari and Jolie Ritzo from Civitas Networks for Health, a national nonprofit focused on health data sharing for health improvement. Lisa, the CEO, and Jolie, the Vice President of Strategy and Network Engagement, discuss how Civitas was formed by merging two leading national networks, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative. Their mission is to empower local health innovators as change-makers within their communities and work with Regional Health and Improvement Collaboratives to serve communities more effectively. The organization aims for regional innovation with a national impact, emphasizing transparent processes and diverse perspectives. With 165 members, they value neutral convening and information sharing to align on shared goals. They stress the importance of engaging multiple people from member organizations to foster meaningful community involvement. The episode highlights Civitas Networks for Health's efforts to drive positive change in healthcare and technology through strong networks, community engagement, and health data sharing for societal improvement.
August 8, 2023

Redefining Mental Healthcare for the Digital Generation

Join us today on the HIT Like a Girl Pod as we sit down with Seli Fakorzi, Director of Mental Health Operations at TimelyCare (formerly TimelyMD), a virtual health and well-being solution for higher education. Seli shares her journey as a practicing clinician and how she became passionate about making behavioral healthcare more accessible through virtual care. Seli dives into the mental health crisis facing young people and the work that TimelyCare is doing to provide early intervention and remove the stigma around mental health issues. We also explore the future of tech in designing care delivery for the upcoming generations. Seli offers insights into how technology can play a role in helping this generation receive care in a way they prefer and the importance of user-friendly technology. Don't miss out on this informative and thought-provoking episode!
July 18, 2023

The Power of Expertise: How MDisrupt Transforms Digital Health Products

In this episode Joy interviews Ruby Gadelrab, CEO and founder of MDisrupt. MDisrupt is a leading marketplace for healthcare experts in the health tech industry. Ruby discusses the mission of MDisrupt, which aims to democratize access to health industry experts and organize digital health products by performance. She explains how MDisrupt connects companies with experienced professionals, such as chief medical officers and regulatory specialists. The episode explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health tech industry and how it provided an opportunity for MDisrupt to connect experts with companies in need. Ruby shares her background in the commercialization of life sciences, genomics, and digital health, and her experiences at 23andMe, which inspired her to help founders create scalable solutions for the healthcare system. Throughout the conversation, Ruby highlights the importance of expert guidance in developing impactful solutions and the passion she encountered while working with digital health founders. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into MDisrupt's mission and Ruby Gadelrab's journey in revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
July 11, 2023

Hustling Your Way To Success: Demystifying Recruiting and Marketing Yourself in the Job Market

In this episode of the LadyBoss interview series, host Kat McDavitt speaks with Beth Minter, founder and chief hustler at Franklin-Bell Healthcare recruiting, about the real world of recruiting and how to market yourself as a product in the job market. The conversation revolves around the misconception that recruiters exist solely to help individuals find jobs when, in reality, recruiters work to connect people with clients for a revenue stream. Beth emphasizes that recruiting is a sales job that requires understanding the culture of both the client and the candidate to successfully match them. Recruiters are proactive in seeking out potential candidates and don't wait for individuals to approach them. Beth also introduces the concept of "the list," which is a physical manila folder containing names and notes about potential candidates. She explains that her team dislikes the analog approach, but she prefers it because it helps her remember important details. The conversation concludes with a tip for all professionals: hire others to handle tasks that you're not good at or don't want to do.
July 7, 2023

The Future of Healthcare Innovation: Trends, Policies, and Challenges

In this episode, we sit down with Elena Iakovleva, a leading industry analyst who has extensive experience in healthcare innovation. We discuss her path to Chilmark, the latest trends in healthcare innovation, and which ones may fade away over time. We also dive into the healthcare policies that are most likely to impact digital health, as well as the recent Chilmark Hospital at Home MTR report and the opportunities it presents in this space. Our guest also sheds light on the greatest challenges facing Hospital at Home regulations and implementations.
July 6, 2023

The Last Conversations: Disrupting Healthcare Technology in Advanced Care Planning

Let’s talk about death. Today we have Tatiana Fofanova, PhD, on the show to talk about healthcare technology disruption happening in the advanced care planning industry. Tatiana is deeply passionate about health equity and brings that passion into her company and business to improve patient end of life care and decision making for both the patient and caregiver. Thanks for joining us Tatiana and for tackling this critical issue! Tatiana also gives invaluable advice about women founders raising money in this tough economic environment. Listen in to find out more!
June 27, 2023

Thriving Within: Empowering High-Achieving Women in Healthcare IT

In this podcast episode Joy Rios interviews Sunitha Sandheep, a transformative coach for high-achieving women professionals, executives, and leaders. Sunitha shares her expertise in helping women overcome struggles like anxiety, burnout, and fear to achieve higher professional success with inner fulfillment. She discusses her personal journey, using her trauma as a catalyst for personal growth, and the shift from a masculine energy-driven approach to a more feminine energy-focused perspective. The conversation explores the importance of self-reflection, self-inquiry practices, and addressing limiting beliefs. This episode highlights the significance of inner fulfillment for high-achieving women in healthcare and IT industries.
June 20, 2023

Empowering HealthTech: Unleashing Insights with GE HealthCare

In this episode, host Joy Rios welcomes Margarete Martinez and Garima Mathur from GE HealthCare. Margarete introduces herself as a product owner for Viewpoint, an ultrasound reporting system, while Garima is the Director of Product Management for the Edison Digital Health Platform. They discuss the platform's goal of addressing customer challenges, improving decision-making, and increasing efficiency. Margarete shares her journey and the global impact of Viewpoint, while Garima talks about her upbringing, passion for using technology in healthcare, and the need for women's awareness in the field. The episode provides insights into their roles, personal journeys, and perspectives on the impact of technology in healthcare, highlighting the Edison Digital Health Platform and Viewpoint ultrasound reporting system.
June 13, 2023

The Backbone of Care: Unraveling the Impact of Healthcare Providers on Back and Neck Pain Management

In this episode, Dr. Sherry McAllister details the findings of four new research studies led by David Elton, DC, who is VP of Musculoskeletal R&D at Optum Labs (a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group). The research team utilized its massive claims database primarily to investigate the links between the type of healthcare provider initially contacted, service utilization and total episode cost for management of lower back pain and neck pain. Grace and Dr. McAllister discuss the implications of these studies for employers, health insurers and healthcare policy leaders.
June 6, 2023

A Journey of Leadership and Empowerment in Radiology

Recorded live from the floor of HIMSS at the GE HealthCare booth, Joy Rios interviews Dr. Elizabeth Bergey, President and CEO of Quantum Imaging, a private practice radiology group. Dr. Bergey discusses her experience leading a radiology group serving multiple hospitals and imaging centers. The conversation covers Dr. Bergey's journey from pediatric radiologist to private practice, her childhood aspirations, and her passion for math and science. They delve into her path to becoming the president of her organization, highlighting her proactive nature and the challenges she faced as a woman in radiology. The podcast sheds light on the unique obstacles Dr. Bergey encountered and emphasizes the importance of women's representation and empowerment in health IT.
May 30, 2023

Unleashing Innovation in Healthcare

In this episode Joy welcomes Julie Wolk from Carium. Julie shares her background in advertising and health tech startups, emphasizing her diverse skill set. She discusses Carium's successful rebranding efforts and their focus on collaboration between care teams and patients. Joy and Julie provide valuable insights into Julie's career journey and Carium's innovative work in improving the healthcare experience.
May 23, 2023

Data Empowerment and Inclusive Research: Unleashing the Potential of Clinical Trials

Angela Radcliffe is a clinical research expert and data ethics evangelist with over two decades of experience driving transformation and organizational agility at the intersection of health, tech, and data. Angela’s work has impacted more than 100 global clinical research efforts across almost every therapeutic area. As an author and speaker, Angela uses her personal journey to demonstrate how inclusive research can impact the root causes of our most challenging social issues. She is committed to the pursuit of more authentic patient engagement, giving data ownership back to humans, the promotion of health and data literacy for all, and normalizing clinical research as a care option.
May 19, 2023

Healthcare’s Data Dilemma: A Call for Patient-Centric Solutions

In this episode of the HIT Like A Girl podcast, host Joy Rios welcomes Dr. Nick Van Terheyden, a principal at ECG Management consulting and host of the podcast shows "The Incrementalist" and "Healthcare Upside Down." While Dr. Van Terheyden is not a woman, he joins the show as a special guest to discuss his experience with healthcare data, insurance, and the patient experience. He shares a personal story about his struggle with hip pain and how his family practitioner suggested he may be vitamin D deficient. After being prescribed a year's supply of vitamin D supplements, his insurance provider, Cigna, rejected the claim for being "medically unnecessary." Dr. Van Terheyden fought the denial and ultimately had it reversed, but was shocked to learn that his case was just one of 199,999 others that had been rejected by the same physician over a two-month period. The denial process was automated and patients had only a slim chance of successfully appealing the decision. Dr. Nick’s experience led to an important piece published by ProPublica. This conversation highlights the need for better healthcare data management and a more patient-centric approach to healthcare.
May 16, 2023

Driving Innovation from Within: The Power of Intrapreneurship in Healthcare

In this podcast episode Joy welcomes Karley Yoder (GM and Chief Digital Officer for ultrasound business at GE Health) and Vaishali Kamat (GM of New Ventures in the ultrasound digital organization at GE Health) live from the GE Healthcare booth at HIMSS to discuss the concept of intrapreneurship and the challenges of driving new ideas within a large company. They emphasize the importance of having a clear vision, building trust, and being humble, while also leveraging the power of cross-divisional collaboration and diversity to achieve success. Joy also asks about the technology of ultrasound, which Kamat explains is a real-time diagnostic imaging modality that is cost-effective, portable, and non-radiation. They discuss its various applications, from obstetrics to cardiovascular systems, and its ability to provide immediate results at the point of care. Yoder then touches on the incorporation of AI into ultrasound technology and how it can help automate certain tasks and improve accuracy.
May 12, 2023

Neurodivergent and Thriving: Creating Inclusive Healthcare with Hopper Health

In this podcast episode, Joy sits down with Katya Siddall-Cipolla, CEO and founder of Hopper Health to discuss the challenges that neurodivergent individuals face in a world that is not built for them. Siddall-Cipolla shares her own experience growing up isolated due to her neurodivergence and how she has found connection and support through TikTok. She also discusses the challenges of navigating through a world that is not set up for neurodivergent individuals, including the lack of support from the medical system and difficulties in employment. The two also delve into Hopper Health, a virtual primary care service specifically designed for neurodivergent adults. Siddall-Cipolla explains the importance of primary care being patient-centered and how Hopper Health addresses this by providing a comfortable and accommodating sensory environment. They also discuss the benefits of neurodivergent-to-neurodivergent communication and how Hopper Health incorporates peer navigators who are themselves neurodivergent. Overall, this episode sheds light on the experiences of neurodivergent individuals and the importance of creating inclusive spaces and services to support them.
May 9, 2023

Thriving Communities: Addressing Social Determinants of Health

In this episode of the HIT Like A Girl podcast, host Joy Rios speaks with Becky Payne, President and CEO of the Rippel Foundation. Rippel's mission is to create a world where all people can thrive in all places with no exceptions, and they focus on exploring action learning cycles and supporting communities and hospital systems in addressing social determinants of health. Becky discusses Rippel's framework called the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-being, which brings together all the sectors in a community to address these determinants, including transportation, housing, economic engines, health, wellness, lifelong learning, employment, meaningful work, and wealth. Joy and Becky also touch on the impact of climate change on health and well-being, including the recent storms and droughts on the California West Coast. Becky notes that investing in resilience and strength-building in communities is critical to quickening the cycle of responding to crises, and requires hard conversations about the legacies of injustice that have created disparities in well-being. Overall, the episode highlights the importance of looking beyond the healthcare system itself to address the broader factors that impact health and well-being.
May 5, 2023

Putting People First: The United States of Care Approach to Healthcare Policy

In this episode Joy features Natalie Davis, CEO and co-founder of United States of Care. The organization focuses on understanding people's healthcare needs by listening to them. They have identified four things people want: affordable healthcare, dependable coverage, personalized care, and easy navigation. Natalie emphasizes the importance of implementation and shares how their work is built on listening and talking to experts to find out what's working and what's not. United States of Care emphasizes the importance of using people's experiences and needs to inform policy decisions.
May 2, 2023

Fighting Anti-LGBTQ Laws with Ash Wellness

In this episode, Joy is joined by Mio Akasako, Head of Brand and Design and David Stein Founder at Ash Wellness, to discuss their company's mission of providing at-home diagnostic testing to make healthcare more inclusive and accessible. The episode addresses the recent anti-LGBTQ laws passed in Tennessee, including the drag ban and gender-affirming care ban, and how it affects the healthcare industry. Mio explains the importance of standing up for the LGBTQ community and how Ash Wellness is providing a platform for healthcare organizations to deliver care into the home. The episode also touches on the challenges of finding the right provider, especially for members of the LGBTQ community who may face stigma and judgment. Additional educational resources: Beyond the Binary: 5 steps to designing gender-inclusive fields in your product Trans-affirming Clinical Language How to Support Trans Patients in Healthcare Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Young People
April 25, 2023

Breaking Barriers: Digital Solutions for Reproductive Health

In this episode of the HIT Like A Girl podcast, Joy sits down with Roopan Gill, co-founder and executive director of Vitala Global, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that co-creates digital platforms for women and girls living in challenging countries with highly stigmatized issues around sexual and reproductive health. Gill, who is also an obstetrician gynecologist based out of Toronto, talks about the legal and political challenges of providing abortion-related information and care in Venezuela, which is a legally restrictive setting. She discusses how Vitala Global's digital abortion companion app, Aya Contigo, provides support and information to Venezuelan women seeking safe abortion care. Gill also shares how Vitala Global is working to bring the app to LatinX folks and BIPOC communities in the United States and other countries within Latin America.
April 18, 2023

Digital Healthcare Pioneers: Metaverse, Policy, and Legal Insights

On this episode of HITea With Grace, we are pleased to have Rebecca Gwilt and Carrie Nixon join us to speak on the intersection of healthcare technology policy and law. Rebecca and Carrie are very interested in industry innovations happening in the metaverse and how it will change the paradigm of how we see and receive healthcare. That said, there will be many legal, logistical, and policy considerations to see this innovation to fruition. These women are up for the task! Additionally, Rebecca and Carrie share with us a new trend of how global healthcare innovation companies are working to establish themselves in the US and the challenges associated with understanding US corporate law. Listen in!
April 14, 2023

Closing the Gender Gap in Healthcare and Fighting Misinformation

In this episode of the HIT Like A Girl podcast, Joy talks to Dr. Shikha Jain, a medical oncologist at the University of Illinois in Chicago, who wears multiple hats in the healthcare space. Dr. Jain shares her involvement in two non-profit organizations, Women in Medicine, and Impact. She discusses the Women in Medicine Summit, which she started five years ago, with the aim of closing the gender gap in healthcare and creating a more equitable healthcare system. Dr. Jain also talks about the Impact organization that focuses on public health messaging and addressing misinformation and disinformation during the pandemic.
April 11, 2023

Exploring the Intersection of Psychology and Biology: A Genetic Counselor’s Insight

In this episode of the HIT Like a Girl podcast, Joy welcomes Kelly Athman, Senior Director of Medical Affairs at InformedDNA and a clinical genetic counselor. Kelly explains the intersection of psychology and biology in her work and how she counsels patients in different settings, such as pediatrics, oncology, and reproductive clinics. Joy and Kelly discuss how genetic testing can provide valuable information early in life, such as through newborn screening, and how it can be a matter of life and death in some cases. Kelly shares her expertise on the benefits and limitations of genetic testing and how it can help individuals make informed decisions about their healthcare. Overall, this episode provides insight into the complex and important field of genetic counseling in healthcare.
April 4, 2023

The Growing Importance of Virtual Care in Healthcare

In this episode of the HIT Like A Girl podcast, Joy Rios welcomes Kelly Bliss, the President of US Group Health at Teladoc Health, to discuss virtual care and its growing importance in the healthcare industry. With over 80 million eligible members, Teladoc Health provides virtual care services across the globe for a variety of clinical use cases. They offer virtual primary care and touch on a range of opportunities to intervene in someone's health, including chronic disease management, patient monitoring, mental health, nutrition, and dermatology. Bliss also explains the role of third party administrators (TPAs) in healthcare and how Teladoc Health works with payers, employers, and providers to strategize around virtual care.
March 28, 2023

Tech-Enabled Healthcare Marketing: Bridging the Gap Between EHR and Consumer Technology

In this episode Joy sits down with Cynthia Church, Chief Strategy Officer of Xealth, and Christine Slocumb, President of ClarityQuest Marketing, about how technology and marketing intersect in healthcare. Church explains how Xealth's digital health implementation platform bridges the gap between the EHR and the patient's consumer technology to provide relevant information where patients want it. The conversation also touches on the importance of storytelling in healthcare communication and how EHR data can provide valuable demographic information to marketers.
March 21, 2023

Improving Maternal Health in Vulnerable Populations

Joy sits down with Kat McDavitt, Jaime Bland, and Mandira Singh, who discuss a maternal health program in North Omaha. The program is a collaboration between Cync Health RI, Innsena, and PointClickCare, aimed at improving maternal health outcomes in vulnerable populations across Nebraska. North Omaha was chosen as the first site because it has a predominantly African American population. The program involves using Health Information Exchange technology, and information sharing to connect providers and people for early notification and comprehensive information to impact maternal-child outcomes. The program will start with a few clinics and eventually expand to the whole state of Nebraska.
March 14, 2023

Challenges and Solutions for Healthcare Talent Management

In this episode Joy speaks with Liz Bickley, the Chief Operating Officer for Korn Ferry's Healthcare Practice. Bickley has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare space, and her work primarily focuses on people and talent. The two discuss the challenges of finding and retaining talent in the healthcare industry, especially given the aging population and the increasing demand for healthcare services. Bickley emphasizes the need to embrace technology and AI to meet these needs and change the way we work. They also discuss Korn Ferry's partnership with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) to support women in leadership in the healthcare industry. The partnership aims to provide action and insight to support women in the industry, from medical students to practicing faculty and beyond.
March 7, 2023

Connecting Healthcare Organizations and Communities with Technology and Interoperability: Insights from Bounteous.

Joy sits down with Katy Allen from Bounteous, a digital experience organization that works with healthcare payers, providers, and pharmaceutical companies to bring the patient and member to the center of their work. Katy discusses how her company acts as a connector between healthcare organizations and communities and enables technology and interoperability to support those connections. She also talks about their approach to solving specific problems like provider data management and how it leads to broader conversations about engaging patients and members in a meaningful way. The podcast aims to shed light on the complexity of healthcare and to see the bigger picture with more clarity.
March 3, 2023

Rare Disease Day Collaboration: Parents, Patients, and Podcasts

Welcome to this special podcast cross collaboration with HIT Like a Girl, Parents as Rare, One Upon a Gene Podcast, Simply Unbreakable podcasts on Rare Disease Day - February 28th!  HIT Like a Girl’s guest host Grace Vinton moderated a panel with Effie Parks, Adam Johnson, and Kristy Dickinson on the topic of “Parents, Patients, & Podcasts - Incorporating the Rare Disease Community in HITMC“ at the annual HITMC (healthcare marketing and communications) conference this year. The conversation was so powerful, we all knew we had to follow it up with a proper podcast collaboration, to amplify the message.  While each gene is unique, Effie, Adam, and Kristy all share the experience of what it looks to have your life turned upside down because you are missing one single protein in your cells. Science exists to diagnose and treat these rare diseases earlier and faster than ever, but it takes education, passion, focus, funding, innovation, community and more to make a meaningful impact. One rare disease at a time.  The question we posed the audience at HITMC and pose the listeners to this podcast is, “How can you impact rare disease in your area of influence today?” We give some ideas, but would love to hear yours too!
February 28, 2023

How Data Sharing & Advocacy are Transforming the Rare Disease Community

Join us in welcoming Charlene Son Rigby, CEO of RARE-X to the pod! Charlene is a seasoned informaticist, accomplished business woman, and passionate mother to two, including one with a rare disease. In the fight to find her daughter’s diagnosis, she brought her tech savvy to the table and soon after the diagnosis was chosen to head up the company RARE-X which provides a collaborative platform for global data sharing and analysis to accelerate treatments for rare disease.  Spearheaded by Charlene, the company believes that rare patient communities, equipped to securely gather and share their data with researchers and companies around the globe, will transform rare disease research - significantly expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and dramatically accelerate progress across rare diseases. RARE-X recently merged with Global Genes, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the burdens and challenges of rare diseases for patients and families globally through connecting, empowering, and inspiring the rare disease community. Charlene shares with us how this fresh partnership brings quality data and patient advocacy in the global rare disease community closer together to enable the combined organization to provide the next generation of rare disease advocates the tools and resources they need to accelerate their drive for treatments.
February 24, 2023

Improving Patient Outcomes Through Personalized Engagement Strategies

In this episode Joy welcomes Kristen Jacobsen, VP of Marketing and Omnichannel Engagement at RevSpring, to discuss patient engagement in healthcare. Kristen explains that engagement involves inspiring patients to take action that leads to better outcomes, whether clinical or financial. To reach patients, predictive analytics is used to make assumptions about the patient's communication preferences and behaviors. This information is used to develop a personalized communication strategy that utilizes multiple channels to encourage patient action. The approach has been successfully applied to financial engagement and is being extended to other areas of patient engagement, such as appointment reminders and post-care follow-up.
February 21, 2023

Personalizing Medicare Advantage: Insights from Insightin Health President

On this episode of HIT Like a Girl, Grace Vinton talks with Mary Jo Barthmaier, President of Insightin Health, about how the time has come for Medicare Advantage plans to take a page out of retailers’ playbooks and deliver highly personalized experiences for their members. She touches on the series of drivers currently converging that will make member engagement a crucial factor in determining the long-term success of health plans – the most important one being the transformative impact that connecting disparate data can have in generating actionable insights that drive member behavior.
February 17, 2023

From Family Planning to Menopause: The Impact on Women’s Mental Health in the Workplace

In this episode, Joy sits down with Dr. Jenny Carillo, a clinical psychologist and Chief Commercial Officer/General Manager at Ovia Health, to discuss the importance of addressing the mental toll of women's healthcare, especially for those in the family planning and menopause years. With the increasing number of female millennials in the workforce and many women quitting their jobs due to menopause symptoms, it is important that we take a look at where investments are needed in women's healthcare and how to provide adequate support to these individuals.
February 14, 2023

Technology + Equity = Tequity

How can we be more intentional about making sure health technology is equitable in terms of its design, development, and deployment? And can we ensure that health technology benefits everyone? On this episode, we discuss Tequity with Alexis Anderson, a principal with Ipsos Healthcare Advisory who specializes in patient engagement, digital health, and Tequity; Ricky Choi, a pediatrician who is interested in the health of children, especially under-served communities; and Janna Guinen, the executive director of the HLTH Foundation, who focuses on health equity for patients and innovators, particularly founders and the healthcare workforce. 
February 7, 2023

Building a Bridge Between Career and Family

In this episode, Joy welcomes Isha Vij, the VP of Employer Growth at Maven Clinic, the world's largest virtual care platform. Isha explains how her background in luxury e-commerce led her to healthcare. After having her first child, she saw the difficulty people had navigating careers and starting families. Despite being an unlikely fit, she realized that her experience launching and leading go-to-market and commercial teams at high-growth startups has been invaluable at Maven. Joy and Isha also delve into how Maven's recent $90 million round of funding will be used to continue to evolve their global offering to work with employers across the globe. The goal is to make it easier for women to not have to choose between a career and starting a family. Tune in to hear more about Isha's journey and Maven's mission to revolutionize healthcare
January 31, 2023

Women at the Table Bring a Depth of Perspective

In this episode, Joy sits down with Snezana Mahon, Chief Operating Officer at Transcarent, a company working to redefine the healthcare experience for consumers. Mahon, a pharmacist by training, also discusses how she has seen healthcare from different perspectives throughout her career and how she has come to understand the importance of lifting women up within the industry. Transcarent was a sponsor of Women in HLTH and their executive leadership team is made up of more than 50 percent women. The organization is focusing on how to empower women to have more thought input, opportunities to speak up, and different ways to contribute to its creativity and innovation.
January 24, 2023

250 Million Data Points on Digital Health

Here at HIT Like a Girl pod, we’re all about trying to make sense of the complexity of the healthcare system. In this episode, Joy sits down with Beth Friedman, Senior Partner at FINN Partners, and Julien de Salaberry, CEO and Founder of Galen Growth to discuss the state of digital health around the world. The Galen Growth FINN Partners Report results from an incredible collaboration between two like-minded partners who recognize the fragmented health ecosystem can crush innovation that can improve people’s lives. This Report is a navigational tool for innovators and their funders to improve the odds toward success. Please read the report to see how in 50 pages, the authors were able to put together a complex puzzle that evaluates 250 million data points.  Download the Global Digital Health Ecosystem 2022 Year-End Report.
January 20, 2023

Aperture is Tackling Systemic Bias Faced by Underrepresented Founders

In this episode, Joy sits down with Adimika Aurther, India Williams, and Janna Guinen about the launch of a new platform, Aperture, which aims to connect underrepresented founders in the health tech industry with healthcare organizations, investors, and other partners. Immigrant founders and community-based organizations around the world deal with challenges pertaining to systemic structures, like racism, bias, and discrimination. Aperture is designed to reduce these biases and to ensure that products and services that people are developing are equitable. Founders can join for free with a simple application process. Tune in to learn more!
January 17, 2023

Gael Aitor Shares his Coming-of-Age Story in Real-Time

In this episode, Joy talks with Gael Aitor, founder, and host of Teenager Therapy, the largest teen mental health podcast in the world. Gael shares how he got started with his podcast at the age of 14 with the intention of creating a space where he and four of his friends could discuss the issues they face and relate to one another, in hopes of reaching other teens going through similar struggles. Considering that the youth mental health crisis is growing, his coming-of-age story portrayed in real-time is a valuable resource. Listen in!
January 13, 2023

Mandira Singh is Bringing Innovation to Care Settings Across the Country

In this episode, Joy welcomes Mandira Singh, SVP of Acute & Payer Markets for PointClickCare to the podcast. Did you know 85% of patients who get discharged from a hospital go to a PointClickCare Skilled Nursing Facility? Mandira shares an anecdote about a time when the patient's discharge notes were pinned to his coat in hopes that the receiving clinicians would find the information they needed. We know that effective communication between caregivers is crucial to not only ensure that the patient receives the best possible care and has a smooth transition between healthcare settings, but also to prevent misunderstandings and errors that could potentially cause harm.
January 10, 2023

Virtual Reality Helped Nathan Bowser Understand Their Gender Identity

In this episode, Joy welcomes Nathan Bowser (they/them), Chief Marketing Officer of Augmented World Expo (AWE) to the podcast to share how being immersed in VR provided them with a sense of freedom and flexibility they wanted to also experience in real life. Nathan shares how VR has been a valuable tool to explore and understand their gender identity in a safe and supportive environment. As someone whose life has been changed by virtual reality, Nathan is determined to share and cross-pollinate between the vibrant AR/VR communities to highlight the benefits, impacts, and opportunities for healthcare applications and new ways of communicating and computing. We're here for it.
January 6, 2023

From Mentee to Mentor: Women in Healthcare Pay it Forward

Ring in the new year with a sense of community and connection. In this episode, Joy sits down with mentors from CSweetener – an organization powered by the HLTH Foundation with a mission to improve gender equity in healthcare leadership. Nancy Green, Kate Liebelt, and Janna Guinen share how the mentorship matching program has provided an opportunity to give back to the community, share their knowledge and experience, and help shape the next generation of professionals. And their mentees get access to valuable guidance, support, and resources that can help them navigate their career path and reach their goals. Enjoy!
January 3, 2023

Geri Landman’s Moonshot Mission to Cure One Rare Disease at a Time

Dr. Geri Landman is a pediatrician who recently founded a nonprofit, Moonshots for Unicorns, which is committed to curing curable single-gene disorders, like her daughter Lucy's. While each gene is unique, they all share the fact that these children are missing one single protein in their cells to function appropriately. Science exists to fix this; it just takes passion, focus, funding, and innovation to make a meaningful impact - one rare disease at a time. Listen in to hear more about Lucy, Moonshot’s mission, and about which digital health innovations Dr. Geri believes could have the most impact on rare disease research and treatment!
December 20, 2022

Brittany Barreto Shines Light on the $1.1 Trillion FemTech Industry

In this episode, Joy talks with Dr. Brittany Barreto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FemTech Focus, Host of the FemTech Focus Podcast, and Co-Founder of Coyote Ventures. Every day Dr. Brittany Barreto dedicates her work to advance women’s health by equipping founders, investing in innovative ideas, and engaging key stakeholders to create better healthcare for women, females, and girls, an industry known as FemTech. She is an unconventional scientist, entrepreneur, and consultant that proves that anything is possible with hard work and heart.
December 13, 2022

Health IT Rockstar & Interoperability Hero, Susan Clark

In this special crossover episode, Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser from Direct Trust interviews one of this year’s interoperability heroes and official Health IT Rockstar, Susan Clark. Susan has a talent for expert orchestration regarding data governance, social determinants of health, and interoperability, where she helps identify disparate and often disconnected components of healthcare and is constantly trying to bridge the gaps between them.  She also plays the bass guitar, so she qualifies as a legit rock star. She’s fun, innovative, and whip-smart. Enjoy! 
December 6, 2022

Smarter Clinical Trials with Jane Myles

On this episode of HIT Like a Girl, Grace Vinton talks with Jane Myles, Vice President of Clinical Trial Innovation at Curebase, about how the time has come for the research community to take a page out of healthcare providers' playbooks and deliver care with a greater focus on the patient experience. Jane explains how a patient-centered view will help with improved trial compliance, better diversity, and more rapid trial completion. She further explains how patient experience has long been an oversight for the research community, and insights into how some leaders have been advocating for industry improvement in this area for decades.
November 29, 2022

Time to S.O.A.R.

In this special episode, Joy sits down with each of the speakers from the inaugural S.O.A.R. Conference, presented by Bluebird Leaders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The event was created to support advancing women in health IT, which is a theme near and dear to our HIT Like a Girl pod hearts. A variety of topics were covered, ranging from the importance of personal branding, self-advocacy, measuring DEI, reframing failure into opportunity, making friends with the problem you’re trying to solve, and much more. We learned from industry experts and a very special tech-savvy teen. Enjoy! 00:46 - Victoria Pelletier: The Importance of Personal Branding 06:00 - Rebecca Woods: Mentorship 09:42 - Kristen Duell: Measuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 14:35 - Stacy DiStefano: Reframing Failure into Opportunity 17:32 - Kat McDavitt: Making Friends with your Problem 20:35 - Kathryn Wetherby: Promoting Better Cultures within Technology 26:00 - Dr. Guinevere Stasio: The Energy You Bring 31:53 - Dr. Simran & Ed Marx: Differences Between Male & Female Leadership 36:56 - Olivia Van Ledtje: Making Technology More Accessible to Kids 42:22 - Lauren Friedrich: The Importance of Self Advocacy 48:46 - Dr. Bobbi Wegner: Creating Cohesion & Strong Teams
November 22, 2022

Amy Moy: a Fierce Advocate for Equitable Access to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

On this episode, Joy talks with Amy Moy, Co-CEO and Chief External Affairs Officer, at Essential Access Health. Amy leads the organization's federal and state policy efforts, strategic communications activities, and patient education and consumer awareness initiatives. Amy and Joy have known each other for more than 20 years. Amy helped organize a group of women from the Bay Area to attend the 2004 March for Women's Rights in Washington, D.C. to sound the alarm for the potential for Roe vs Wade to be overturned, which happened earlier this year. Amy shares how her own journey to motherhood was shaped by having a choice in her family planning and expresses how her daughter's generation brings her hope. Take a listen!
October 25, 2022

HIT with Grace: Cindy Gaines Applies Clinical Intelligence to Help Better Orchestrate Care

From nurse to informaticist to Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, in this episode of HITea with Grace, Cindy Gaines discusses the career journey that led her to her current position at Lumeon, a care orchestration platform.  Cindy shares with us her experience on the front lines of nursing and highlights the barriers to technology implementation and the healthcare industry’s many challenges and need for care orchestration now more than ever. With clinician and nurse burnout at an all-time high, can technology and automation realistically help?
October 18, 2022

HIT with Grace: Anna Dover Tackles the Alert Fatigue Epidemic

On this episode of HIT Like a Girl, Grace Vinton talks with Anna Dover, PharmD, director of Product Management at FDB (First Databank), about her prescription for combatting the epidemic of alert fatigue that contributes to the industrywide problem of clinician stress and burnout. Dr. Dover tells us how to flip the script on medication decision support to eliminate the noise, increase patient centricity and improve safety.  The bottom line? Medication alerts need to get more relevant, meaningful, and actionable. Dr. Dover tells us how. Stay tuned!
October 11, 2022

HIT with Grace: Dr. Sonya Sloan serves the Indigenous Community in New Mexico

We are excited to welcome Dr. Sonya Sloan to the podcast to talk about innovation and empowerment. She’s a traveling orthopedic surgeon, a locum tenens physician, an author, a speaker, and a mother. In her work across the U.S. for more than a decade, she has seen and treated just about everything.  She was the first African American female intern in general surgery and the first African American female orthopedic surgery resident at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. There are only 6% of women in orthopedic surgery and there are less than 100 African American women orthopedic surgeons in the country. This is around 0.7% of the 30,000 orthopedic surgeons currently practicing. Dr. Sloan currently serves the indigenous community at the Indian Health Service in New Mexico and shares her wisdom with us about what this community faces each day and where digital health could realistically fit in. She also sees great potential in the role that Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can play in improving orthopedic education. Thanks for joining us, Dr. Sloan!
September 27, 2022

Natanya Wachtel Opens Up About Navigating Crisis

When life throws you a curveball, it can be hard to know what to do next. For many of us, our mental and emotional health is closely linked to our sense of purpose. When the things we thought mattered fall to the wayside, it can be a major blow to our mental well-being. In this bonus episode, Kat McDavitt sits down with Natanya Wachtel about how to navigate a personal crisis when you're expected to be at your peak professional performance. Natanya is the Founding Partner of New Solutions Network, which includes The New Solutions Factory, a customer-behavior strategy group, and the Co-Founder of evrmore.io, an AI-powered app+platform for GenZ mental wellness.
September 20, 2022

Rebecca Woods is Inspiring Women in Health IT to Become Agents of Positive Change

To create a more diverse and inclusive tech world, we need to inspire and empower the next generation of female role models to pursue and develop their careers in technology and become innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Rebecca Woods, Founder of Bluebird Tech Solutions and Bluebird Leaders is on a mission to do just that. In this episode, Joy and Rebecca talk about the lack of diversity in IT and computer science fields, and what she's doing to change that. Bluebird Leaders is hosting the inaugural SOAR Conference for women in health IT, where the agenda has been curated to inspire attendees to become agents for positive change. Register to attend before September 30 and save 10% with the promo code: HITLAG
September 15, 2022

Sobha Pisharody Discusses Advocacy through Genetic Sequencing

Sobha Pisharody, Ph.D, is the Chief Science, Strategy, and Product Officer at InformedDNA, a genomics company. The company has built its expertise around understanding complex genomics, understanding the clinical outcomes, matching up which patients should get, which drug or which tests, and helping both patients and payers through that journey of getting to the right medication or the right treatment for the right patients. In this episode, Joy and Sobha talk about how, when, and why patients should broach this subject with their doctors, and how this might change in a post-Roe world.
September 13, 2022

HIT with Grace: Mary Lantin Talks Nerdy to Us

Actionable, real-time, and precise data has the potential to improve countless inefficiencies that we see across the industry, and Mary Lantin, President and Chief Operating Officer at Diameter Health has made a career out of putting healthcare data to work. Mary speaks with us about the value of upcycled, clean, data across the care continuum, her journey that led her to Diameter Health, and how Availity’s recent acquisition of Diameter Health will help reduce provider administrative burnout and improve payer-provider collaboration. Thanks for joining us, Mary! 
September 6, 2022

Erica Olenski Johansen Uses Her Caregiving Experience as a North Star

In this episode, Joy sits down with Erica Olenski Johansen. Erica is a master community builder, healthcare innovation advisor, and perhaps most importantly, she's a caregiver to a son with cancer. She's also the Founding Executive Director of August's Artists, a nonprofit organization that facilitates a simple activity during a family's challenging healthcare experience - coloring on the hospital room door window with crayons. August's Artists helps pediatric healthcare patients and their families commemorate their hospital-door artwork as a way to celebrate some of the most formative and impactful moments in life. Listen in as she shares her journey.
August 30, 2022

Dallas Barnes Helps People with Ovaries Navigate their Birth Control Journey

In this episode, Dallas Barnes, Founder of Reya Health, talks with Joy about the company's user-focused digital contraceptive counseling tool. Her work helps people with ovaries navigate the birth control landscape, so they can feel confident and comfortable with their birth control journey. Based out of Canada, Reya is working hard to secure government funding to support indigenous people in rural areas with access to reproductive health services, among other audacious goals to affect change in the healthcare ecosystem.
August 23, 2022

Nurse Alice Shares the Variety of Career Paths Available for Nurses

Nurse Alice Benjamin, also known as America's Favorite Nurse, is the Chief Nursing Officer at Nurse.org and a medical contributor for NBC4 in Los Angeles. Much of her professional focus is on education and outreach to reach patients before they ever find themselves in a healthcare setting. She uses her platforms to teach about health and wellness issues, medical breakthroughs, and anything scientific to amplify it to her community. In this episode, Nurse Alice shares the variety of paths nurses can take on their career journey.
August 16, 2022

Risa Weisberg on Using VR to Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In this episode, Joy sits down with Risa Weisberg, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, for BehaVR. Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and substance abuse are among the most common problems for which individuals seek mental and behavioral health treatment. Risa shares how Virtual Reality can offer effective health interventions that model Cognitive Behavioral and acceptance and commitment-based therapies to change people's behavior in real life.
August 9, 2022

Bethany Corbin on the Fast-Changing Healthcare Law Landscape

In this episode, Joy talks with Bethany Corbin, Senior Council at Nixon Gwilt law, and the FemTech practice lead. She helps female health technology companies build and scale so they can form and redefine healthcare delivery for women's health. Since the landscape for women's health has shifted dramatically recently, Bethany reviews several ways in which the Dobbs case will transform the healthcare industry and talks about how we can support women and ensure that they get access to the healthcare they need in this new environment.
August 2, 2022

HITea with Grace: Marina Borukhovich on How Health Coaches are Agents of Change

It is a pleasure to welcome Marina Borukhovich to the podcast. As a CEO, Founder, Mom, and Cancer Survivor, Marina shares with us how her terrifying personal health journey inspired her to found YourCoach.Health, a full health coaching practice management platform. She is passionate about amplifying the role that health coaches bring to holistic care and demystifying digital health for the coaching community. Thanks for joining us, Marina!
July 26, 2022

Elizabeth Ruzzo Talks Birth Control in the Wake of Roe

Listen in as our host, Joy Rios and guest Elizabeth Ruzzo, Founder, and CEO of adyn - a company taking a precision medicine approach to birth control - absorb the news of the Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v Wade. In, this episode they share their concerns for people with uteruses seeking control over their bodies and the ways in which users of birth control can better understand their unique biology to select the type that will give them the least side effects.
July 19, 2022

Lauren Knieser Talks Care Coordination after a Disaster

As anyone who has lived through a major disaster can attest, the aftermath of an emergency is often just as chaotic and dangerous as the event itself. Responding to a disaster requires care coordination across a large number of individuals and agencies.  In today's episode, we chat with Lauren Knieser, Senior Director at Audacious Inquiry, where AI technology is playing a vital role in making sure that care coordination efforts are as efficient and effective as possible.
July 12, 2022

HITea with Grace: Joy Rios Turned a Complaint into an Opportunity

In this episode, Grace Vinton asks Joy Rios, our primary podcast host, to sit in the hot seat of the HIT Like a Girl pod. Joy opens up about how she got started in health IT back in 2010 and what motivated her to shine the spotlight on women who work in the industry in 2018. Spoiler alert: she turned a complaint about women not getting enough industry credit into an opportunity to create a supportive community. Grace and Joy share some HITLAG highlights and tease some exciting things to come.
July 6, 2022

Juli Stover on Leveraging Telehealth to Increase Efficiency and Revenue

COVID brought telehealth into the mainstream, but most providers still underutilize the technology, failing to apply it in ways that can truly enhance their practices. Let’s welcome Juli Stover, Chief Strategy Officer at eVisit. Juli speaks with us about the state of the industry, reimbursement models, and policies, and presents a new controversial way in which hospitals and health systems should be looking at and approaching telehealth strategy. She’s an expert on ways providers should leverage telehealth to increase efficiency and revenue. Thanks for joining us, Juli!
June 28, 2022

Patty Hayward: Healthcare is About People Taking Care of People

In this episode of HITeaWithGrace, Patty Hayward, VP of Strategy for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Talkdesk, discusses the effects of consumerism on healthcare. 78% of respondents to a recent industry survey said they want a choice of how they interact with their doctors and care teams. Healthcare is about people taking care of people; not about making healthcare consumers feel like transactions. How you communicate with your hospital and health system can make all the difference in the world. The question is, how can innovation help?  Grace had a fantastic time learning from Patty about how she is working to make this goal a reality. 
June 21, 2022

Dr. Cerise Eliott's Work Focuses on Increasing Representation into Research

In this episode, Kat McDavitt interviews Dr. Cerise Elliott, the Program Director for the Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics branch of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Elliot tells us about her one big thing: increasing diversity and representation and research and she talks about how having the courage and cold-calling local universities as a high school, sophomore in Omaha, put her on the path to completing her Ph.D. in neuroscience.
June 14, 2022

Esther Kim is improving patient access to information

Our very own Grace Vinton had the great opportunity to chat with Dr. Esther Kim on this episode of HITea today!  From academic to registered dietician, to ACO program director, Dr. Esther Kim is now the Executive Director of Digital Health Innovation at Mass General Brigham. She leads a new team accelerating innovative healthcare technology pilots across the health system. As a leader in healthcare digital transformation, Esther shares with us the types of digital health technologies that have made a strong impact on their health system and innovations that make her hopeful for the future (hint, true AI, and more). She shares with us the relationship between new payment models and technology adoption to improve patient access to information. Esther strongly believes in the importance and promise of whole-person care and the industry is lucky to have her leading the charge!
June 7, 2022

Angela Lanning Excels at Quality Reporting on a Large Scale

In this episode, Joy chats with Angela Lanning, COO, Informatics and Technology Services at Premier. She's responsible for their product strategy and operations, which includes implementations, training, customer support, and product delivery. Premier aggregates data from multiple systems, cleans and normalizes it, applies risk adjustment, and then presents it back to customers so they can see their performance. They also help bring together hundreds of hospitals to help them strategize how to improve their performance on a much larger scale.
May 26, 2022

Rory Stanton Offers a Better Patient Experience for Those Living with Chronic Illness

In this episode, Joy sits down with Rory Stanton, CEO at Aila Health, which is an AI-enabled health management platform that empowers patients with complex autoimmune diseases to receive personalized health at home. Her work helps these patients understand and manage their symptoms with online education, supportive communities, and holistic care from board-certified physicians. We met Rory through the HITLAB NYC femtech initiative.
May 23, 2022

Amy Conner Advocates for Women's Health In and Out of the Medical Practice

In this episode, recorded at HIMSS22, Joy sits down with Amy Conner to talk about her career journey in healthcare. From helping to incorporate the HPV test into women's annual screenings to identify more patients developing cervical cancer to working to introduce new clinical quality measures to identify people with uteruses who may be at risk of having a spontaneous, preterm birth. Amy is also a mom to three sons who are figuring out through her example that women's health issues affect men too.
May 20, 2022

Hila Goldman-Aslan Leverages AI to Better Analyze Ultrasound Images

In this episode, Joy chats with Hila Goldman-Aslan, the CEO and Co-founder of DIA Imaging Analysis, a women-led organization, based out of Israel. Her work focuses on ultrasounds, which we typically associate with babies. However, ultrasounds can look at the heart, liver, lungs, and much more. Hila's company centers its attention on the cardiac and bladder ultrasound space and leverages AI to help make user analysis of ultrasound images smarter and more accurate. This helps take the subjectivity out of the ultrasound analysis process, giving more time back to clinicians and healthcare providers.
May 19, 2022

Alana McGolrick is a Self-professed Fetal Monitoring Geek

In this episode, Joy chats with Alana McGolrick, Chief Nursing Officer at PeriGen, a perinatal decision support system. Their AI-powered early warning system gets applied to the laboring patient and helps read the fetal heart events, trends, uterine activity, progress in labor and also helps to graph and trend the maternal vital signs, which helps clinicians at the bedside with decision making related to the patient. Her work is focused on reducing preventable maternal and newborn deaths using technology and AI to support labor and delivery activities. In this conversation, she shares how the PeriGen Vigillence product removes the bias that a doctor or nurse might have when looking at the mom or the fetal heartbeat by providing objective assessments.
May 16, 2022

Anna Basevich Empowers Larger Health Systems to Interpret & Respond to Data

In this episode, recorded at HIMSS22, Joy sits down with Anna Basevich, the VP of Enterprise Partnerships at Arcadia. She speaks our love language by helping healthcare organizations aggregate and use data to improve population health. There's magic in showing stakeholders close-to-real-time data on performance metrics that matter to them. One example is closing care gaps in breast cancer screenings and then showing the organization how to engage the population that needs support. Brilliant! Impactful!
May 13, 2022

Stephanie Hillman Takes a Systems Approach to Healthcare Consulting

In this episode, Joy chats with Stephanie Hillmann, the Senior Executive and Principal Owner of Prairiewood Consulting, based out of Seattle. She and Joy had a heartfelt conversation that touched on family dynamics, supporting the mental health of our youth, working to eliminate gender bias, and calling for more love and empathy in healthcare. Overall, not only does she have a wealth of knowledge, but she's also happy to share it.
May 12, 2022

Stacy Hurt is a Fierce Patient Advocate

Stacy Hurt is probably best known as one of the fiercest patient advocates in healthcare. But she's so much more than that. She's a patient engagement consultant, survivorship activist, digital health strategist, and keynote speaker. As an award-winning pharma executive who lives as a healthcare consumer every day, she is also a caregiver for her intellectually and developmentally disabled son as well as a stage four colorectal cancer survivor herself. In this episode, she shares her story and best advice.
May 9, 2022

Dr. Monica Bolbjerg Makes the Patient Journey More Personal

In this bonus episode, recorded at HIMSS22, Joy sits down with Dr. Monica Bolbjerg, CEO and Founder of Qure4U. Her work focuses on how to use technology to improve patient and provider interaction when they're not together. She has bragging rights to the world's first patient portal that was put in place in Denmark and boasts 30 percent of the country's population was using the platform back in 2001. Her work helps strategize how to providers can improve communication and engagement along a patient's complete journey - whether that is through text messaging, an app, or however the patient prefers to be reached.
May 6, 2022

Dr. Shika Pappoe is a Lifetime Learner who Loves Teaching

Dr. Shika Pappoe, Chief Medical Officer at Strive Health, is a nephrologist with a blended background in medicine, public health, and business administration. In this episode, she and Joy Rios talk in-depth about kidney disease and Dr. Pappoe's work at one of the country's largest safety-net hospitals, where she's able to focus her energies on providing care to underserved communities. One in three adults in the U.S. is at risk for chronic kidney disease, many of whom do not understand the full spectrum of the disease and how it impacts themselves or their loved ones. Dr. Pappoe works to get resources and education into the hands of both providers and the general public to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease.
May 5, 2022

Amy Divaraniya Helps Women With Irregular Cycles Conceive

In this episode, we learn from Amy Divaraniya, CEO and Founder of Oova. With Oova's at-home hormone testing kit, women with irregular cycles who are trying to conceive can find out where they are in their cycle, whether or not they have released an egg yet, how many days post ovulation they are, as well as the concentration levels for both luteinizing hormone and progesterone. That means it’s the first to pinpoint the fertile window and confirm ovulation in one test. Oova users get a customized daily action plan and are empowered with information to share with their healthcare providers to really take control of their conception journey. Amy tells us all about it!
May 2, 2022

Lauren Stahl Uses Technology to Breathe Life into Data

In this episode, recorded at HIMSS22, Joy sits down with Lauren Stahl, VP, and Head of Sales at Komodo Health. They talk about Komodo Health uses technology to map out disease burdens at scale for more than 325 million unique patient lives in the U.S. and how the company's software applications, solutions, and analytic platforms service a variety of healthcare stakeholders. They basically aggregate and harmonize data from the entire U.S. population to extract insights to empower healthcare companies to be the best version of themselves.
April 29, 2022

Dr. Alicia Jackson Addresses the Taboo Nature of Hormone Therapy and Menopause

In this episode, Dr. Alicia Jackson, Founder of Evernow, sits down with Joy to discuss menopause. More than 55 million women in the U.S. are experiencing menopause symptoms, but 75% of those who seek care don't get it. Evernow is a modern startup using its group of women scientists and doctors to help normalize the way we view a woman's changing hormones as we age, and what that means for our overall health.
April 28, 2022

HITea With Grace: Amanda Edwards Works to Solve Communication Challenges in Healthcare

In this episode, Grace Vinton sits down with Amanda Edwards, Program Manager, Digital Transformation and Innovation, at Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network that works to solve communication challenges in healthcare by creating a richer, more transparent exchange of information among health plans, providers, and technology partners. Amanda discusses the path that led her to where she is today, what it means to be a female leader and the challenges that have come along the way. She expresses her passion for creating patient-centered workflows that are being used to address administrative burnout. She also dives into the world of digital transformation and the acceptance of technology that was sparked by the pandemic, where we learned more about how practices should go about identifying and introducing new opportunities that reduce the stress of the office staff while improving processes.
April 26, 2022

Ellen James Shares Insights From the World's First DMT Clinical Trial

In this episode, Joy sits down with Ellen James, Director of Research and Development at Small Pharma, a neuro-pharmaceutical company that is currently developing a psychedelic-assisted therapy for the treatment of mental health conditions. Small Pharma is one of the few psychedelic companies working with DMT, a naturally occurring psychedelic tryptamine found in plants and the brain of mammals. Scientific evidence suggests DMT offers the potential for rapid-acting and long-lasting antidepressant effects. Small Pharma is leading the world's first DMT clinical trial and Ellen tells us all about it!
April 25, 2022

Rodina Bizri-Baryak Uses Her World Experience to Help Humanize Healthcare

In this episode, recorded at HIMSS22, Joy sits down with Rodina Bizri-Baryak, Director of Patient Access and Technology at Tegria. They discuss how growing up in Lebanon during a civil war influenced Rodina's perspective on the world and her place in it. When she discovered how improving processes within healthcare settings can support patients, her career journey became more solidified. At Tegria, she works to eliminate technological barriers - from scheduling appointments to coordinating care across multidisciplinary care teams - so patients can more easily access the care they need.
April 22, 2022

Anna Lindow Finds Subtle Aspects of Healthcare that Have Huge Impacts for Patients

In this episode, Joy sits down with Anna Lindow, CEO and CoFounder of Brave Health, a virtual behavioral health provider and engagement platform. Her piece of the health IT puzzle solves for behavioral health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Brave Health provides telehealth-enabled counseling, therapy, psychiatry, and medication management, including medication-assisted treatment to treat a range of conditions across the spectrum of mental health and substance use disorder. As the CEO, Anna helps some of the most vulnerable communities -- such as foster children -- experience the benefits that come from maintaining continuity of care and consistent relationship with their healthcare providers.
April 21, 2022

HITea With Grace: Rachel Marano Helps Healthcare Organizations Find the Best Talent

We were thrilled to have Rachel Marano, CEO of Pivot Point Consulting, speak with us about the lessons she has learned as a founder and leader. Rachel’s team helps healthcare organizations realize the most value from their technology and resources through EHR, ERP, Strategy, Virtual Care, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Service Desk, Application Support, and Revenue Cycle Management services. She shares with us tips and tricks of the trade for delivering HIT consulting, managed services, and talent solutions to providers, payers, life sciences, and technology organizations.
April 19, 2022

Maya Said Helps Breast Cancer Patients Move Beyond the Shock

In this episode, Joy talks with Maya Said, CEO and Founder of Outcomes4Me, a free mobile app that helps breast cancer patients navigate their cancer diagnosis and treatment more comprehensively through an AI-powered platform. Maya is laser-focused on empowering patients through one of the most vulnerable times of their lives to help them understand their options and be better advocates for themselves as they navigate the healthcare system.
April 18, 2022

Holly Varnell is Driving Equity for All Moms and Babies by Improving Gaps in Maternal Care

In this episode, Holly Varnell, Founder, and Chair, of DREAM BIG shares her professional journey and how she is driving change in the state of maternal care in the U.S. There is a quote by Desmond Tutu that states: “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” Holly is using this analogy to get to the root causes of the dismal maternal mortality rates for black and brown women in the U.S. and working toward a solution.
April 15, 2022

Carrie Kozlowski Uses the Science of Health Communication to Activate Patients

In this episode, Joy sits down with Carrie Kozlowski, Co-Founder, and COO of UpFront Healthcare. Her organization helps to activate patients by providing them with proactive and personalized information that reaches them where they are. Their platform informs patients not only with what they need to do, but also with how they need to do it, and where. All of that is wrapped in health communication science that helps to motivate, persuade, and influence them to take that action.
April 14, 2022

Jodi Neuhauser Brings Science, People and Products Together, Forming an Intelligent Fertility Marketplace

In this episode, we sit down with Jody Neuhauser, Co-founder of Overerrra, an intelligent fertility platform for men and women that matches them to the products and services they need as part of their trying-to-conceive journey. Jodi is also the founder at Reneu Fertility Travel, where she takes female founders to Capetown, South Africa to freeze their eggs at a third of the cost of clinics in the US. She's super ambitious and making an impact on women's health around the world.
April 11, 2022

Eden Brownell Reimagines Health Engagement for the Modern Age

In this episode, Joy sits down with Eden Brownell, an Engagement Specialist at mPulse and an expert in behavioral science, user design and public health. Eden's work helps healthcare organizations adjust their efforts to meet the health needs, confidence levels, and cultural sensitivities in meaningful ways for their patients--essentially reimagining health engagement for the modern age.
April 7, 2022

Maureen Ladouceur Unifies Organizations to Smooth Access to Therapy

In this episode, we talk with Maureen Ladouceur, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer at MMIT. Maureen is passionate about making life-changing drugs and innovative therapies more easily accessible to all patients as a registered nurse. She saw firsthand what happens to patients and families when access to drugs is delayed or not possible.
April 4, 2022

Somer Baburek Addresses Unmet Needs in Women's Health

In this episode, we hear from Somer Baburek, President, CEO of HERA Biotech. Somer's work is dedicated to addressing unmet needs in the field of women's health. And specifically in reproductive medicine. In this conversation, Joy and Somer talk in-depth about endometriosis, the current solution to diagnose it, which is through pretty invasive surgery, and how her efforts are working to change that. Somer was a contestant in the HITLAB Women's Health Tech Challenge.
March 31, 2022

Shelly Bond Shares Insights from Canada's First Digital Acute-Care Hospital

In this episode, we sit down with Shelly Bond, Vice President & Sales Development for Ascom Canada. Shelley talks with Joy about how technology can improve areas within the clinical process. For example, using a sensor within a hospital bed to let nurses know when a patient has gotten up and may need help from the care team. Shelly shared some super interesting insights on a recent project she completed with Humber River Hospital, North America’s first fully digital acute-care hospital.
March 28, 2022

Vidya Murthy Discusses Risk Reduction in Medical Devices Deployed in Medical Settings

In this episode, we hear from Vidya Murthy, COO at MedCrypt. She talks with Joy about cybersecurity within medical devices. And although a medical device may look like any other internet of things type of technology, it's constrained by regulation and must keep clinical functionality, patient safety, and care delivery as top priorities. Vidya breaks down the importance of compliance and risk reduction for any devices deployed in a healthcare setting.
March 24, 2022

Dr. Natasha Sheybani Explains How Focused Ultrasound Can Treat Cancer

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Natasha Sheybani, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia and a senior scientist with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. Dr. Sheybani is recognized as one of the "next generation's scientific superstars," trailblazing the way for a disruptive technology called focused ultrasound (FUS). Her research centers around how FUS can treat cancer; how it can be incorporated into drug delivery such as chemo, utilizing FUS's incredible ability to pinpoint the exact location for a therapeutic to be delivered; and how it can complement current therapies such as immunotherapy and gene therapy.
March 21, 2022

Dr. Natasha Ramontal, of HIMSS, Shares Her Passion for Making a Global Impact

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Natasha Ramontal, Digital Health Strategist – Community Outcomes, North America at HIMSS. To say she is an accomplished, passionate professional with a huge heart and gift for making a large-scale impact, would be an understatement. Her professional experience spans from the healthcare frontlines to executive leadership. Prior to healthcare, Dr. Ramontal spent more than 10 years managing global projects for governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. She has successfully managed complex humanitarian assistance programs aimed at improving social and economic conditions in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and Eurasia. Dr. Natasha Ramontal speaks English, Jamaican Patois, and Elementary Russian.
March 14, 2022

HITea with Grace: Beth Andersen on Anthem's Continued Journey Toward Value-Based Care

In this episode, Grace Vinton interviews Beth Andersen, President of Anthem Blue Cross. Beth oversees the management of Anthem’s commercial business and strategy in California, working collaboratively with local and state elected officials to help transform health care. Beth and Grace discuss Anthem’s continued journey toward value-based care and what new technology the health plan is implementing to make a difference in this initiative.
March 11, 2022

HITeaWithGrace: Grace Vinton & Danielle Grasso tackle Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

In this episode of HITeaWithGrace, Grace Vinton chats with Danielle Grasso, Senior Product Manager at Force Therapeutics, a provider-driven digital care management platform primarily for orthopedics and musculoskeletal care that helps patients recover from injury or surgery at home.  Collecting patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) can lead to greater reimbursement under many value-based care initiatives. Danielle talks with us about the challenges of adoption and the benefits of a well-designed tool for virtual physical therapy to help with PROMS. She also dives into adaptive patient education and the variety of protocols that trigger ongoing patient engagement. We learn more about what factors are important in driving patient engagement on digital health platforms in this new era of care.
March 8, 2022

Dipanwita Das Helps Subject Matter Experts Cut Through the Noise in Scientific Literature

In this episode, we sit down with Dipanwita Das, CEO of Sorcero. As the annual volume of scientific literature continues to increase exponentially—with some 2,000,000 articles published across 30,000 peer-reviewed journals a year—subject-matter experts (SMEs) at life science enterprises face the herculean task of analyzing massive amounts of medical content to find the passages relevant to their products. Sorcero is the leader in Language Intelligence (LI) and its platform streamlines scientific literature analysis for subject matter experts so that they can spend more time on higher-value tasks by saving time, money and being more accurate with data.
March 7, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Sheila Talton

In this episode, Grace Vinton sits down with Sheila Talton, President, and CEO of Gray Matter Analytics.  Sheila is a tech and health IT veteran who is passionate about the use of technology to close gaps in care to ensure high-quality care for all patients. Her company has developed an advanced analytics platform that healthcare providers and insurers are using to accelerate the transition to value-based care models and improve health equity and outcomes.
March 4, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton & Sheeza Hussain talk personalized predictive care

In this episode, Grace Vinton sits down with Sheeza Hussain, Chief Commercial Officer of Biofourmis, a Boston-based global leader in digital therapeutics and virtual care that powers personalized predictive care.  Sheeza is passionate about virtual care and the ability to connect patients of all ages to care regardless of their location. In this conversation, Sheeza describes how Biofourmis’ remote patient management and virtual care solutions are making it possible for patients to receive acute, post-acute, and chronic condition care in their own homes. Virtual care is now continuous, predictive, and far more engaging than it used to be. Sheeza also shares how she overcame challenges in two male-dominated fields—computer engineering and health IT—and continues to conquer new obstacles in a rapidly changing industry through passion, hard work, and support from family and friends.
March 1, 2022

Cynthia Church Discusses Strengthening Doctor-Patient Relationships with Xealth

In this episode, we hear from Cynthia Church, Chief Strategy Officer of Xealth. Xealth’s platform enables physicians and care teams to easily order and monitor digital tools – everything including patient education articles and videos, remote patient monitoring devices, shared decision-making tools and questionnaires, traditional smartphone apps patients need to download, and even services requiring patient enrollment. "We can tell what's been sent, what's been opened. What are patients engaging with? We can bring that data back to the EHR. We can present dashboards from third-party vendors direct within the patient record so that people don't have to go back and forth."
February 28, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Elise Kohl-Grant

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Elise Kohl-Grant, Chief Information Officer at Innovative Management Solutions NY Elise talks with us about the uphill battle mental health systems have experienced in regards to interoperability and the type of data that is most impactful for health systems to track. She also identifies gaps in care that are being closed now using data and analytics in the behavioral health arena and gives meaningful advice to other mental health systems on this new and challenging-to-predict interoperability, data, and analytics journey.
February 25, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton & Angie Franks discuss optimizing access to care

In this episode, Grace Vinton speaks with Angie Franks, CEO of ABOUT Healthcare.  In addition to the important lessons she’s learned as a healthcare leader, Franks discusses how it's important now more than ever for hospitals and health systems to optimize access to care by leveraging technology to improve visibility into resources available to patients. ABOUT Healthcare is a leading provider of access and orchestration solutions that empower health systems to operate as one connected network of care.
February 22, 2022

Rhonda Collins is breaking down communication barriers in hospitals

In this episode, we hear from Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer for Vocera. Dr. Collins is responsible for working with nursing leadership groups globally to increase their understanding of Vocera solutions, share clinical best practices, and bring their specific requirements to Vocera's product and solutions teams.
February 21, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Dr. Shrujal Baxi

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Shrujal Baxi, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Scientific Solutions at Verana Health.  Her work at the digital health company serves patients through advancing the development and use of real-world evidence to address challenges in patient outcomes, healthcare delivery, and drug development. Dr. Baxi discusses with Grace why she chose a career in medicine, how her career path has led her to from medical oncology into digital health tech, and why she’s excited about the potential of using EHR-derived real-world evidence to improve patient care.
February 18, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Juli Heitman

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Juli Heitman, Customer Success and Quality Manager at Motient, on what drove her to make the shift from nursing to health IT.  Juli recently completed a post-master’s degree in health care quality to continue her pursuit of making a difference in healthcare. Passionate about improving tech and workflow for our front-line heroes, Juli discusses the challenges we’ve seen since the pandemic with patient transfers and how this is affecting emergency department workers.
February 15, 2022

Rebecca Love is a Prominent Advocate for Nurses

In this episode, we talk with Rebecca Love, Chief Clinical Officer of IntelyCare. Rebecca founded HireNurses.com and was the first nurse featured on TED.com, making her one of the country’s most prominent advocates for nurses. Rebecca also started the nation’s first nurse innovation and entrepreneurship program at the School of Nursing at Northeastern University, is the co-author of two internationally best-selling books (The Nurses Guide to Innovation and The Rebel Nurse Handbook), and is the host of the Outcomes Rocket Nursing podcast.
February 14, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Jess DaMassa

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews the vibrant Jessica DaMassa, Health Innovation Reporter Host & Executive Producer, "WTF Health - What's the Future, Health?" and is Co-Host of Health Tech Deals.  Jess talks with us today about the digital health funding landscape and what she sees to be the future of healthcare and care delivery. Jess has interviewed thousands of startups, digital health investors, and incumbents working to change the future of health worldwide. This experience of speaking with innovators in our space every day gives her a unique view into fresh innovations and business models that are transforming HIT and the healthcare industry.
February 11, 2022

Dr. Pamela Peeke shares a bio-hack to control body temperature

In this episode, Dr. Pamela Peeke, Chief Medical Officer of Embr Labs talks about the Wave, a wearable that works as a personal bio-hack. The Wave is a low-power, completely silent wearable that safely moves heat or cold away from your skin, acting as a mini air conditioner and heater. It warms or cools the sensitive skin on the inside of your wrist, signaling your nerves, and sending a feel-good message to your brain that quickly provides relief to your entire body.
February 10, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Summer Humphreys

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Summer Humphreys, Principal at VisiQuate, provider of advanced revenue cycle analytics, intelligent workflow and AI-powered automation. Summer talks with us today about the impact the pandemic had on service lines and dives into what service lines have bounced back since then and which ones are still struggling. She also talks with us about the impact that the pandemic has had on the revenue cycle management (RCM) workforce, transitioning from working in an office to working at home, and how data and analytics can now be used to help enhance RCM leadership and workforce performance unlike anything that’s been done before in this space. 
February 8, 2022

Acacia Parks shares how mental health and behavior choices are intertwined

As CoFounder and Chief Scientist at Happify Health, Dr. Acacia Park’s research focuses on digital methods for managing and treating depression and anxiety, as well as chronic health conditions. "People make better health decisions when they have good mental health. And conversely, when people are depressed or more anxious, they're distracted because of their mental state. They might not be making the best health choices. And so those things are in an inextricably intertwined.
February 7, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton interviews Heidi Polek

In this bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Heidi Polek, Strategic Program Manager at DrFirst, on innovations in the pharmacy HIT space.  Heidi talks about what her biggest challenges were when she was a practicing pharmacist and how she uses those lessons now in her role to improve pharmacist workflow and help combat front-line fatigue through technology.
February 4, 2022

Emily Tyson shares how scheduling and good patient communication go hand in hand

In this episode, we talk with Emily Tyson, Chief Transformation Officer for Relatient / Radix Health. The two organizations recently merged and are helping to create stronger digital front doors to improve scheduling, provider communication and overall patient engagement. She states, "What really fascinates and frustrates me about the healthcare industry is how chaotic, complex, and quite frankly conflicting the different systems and processes and incentives really are. It's like having a trillion-piece puzzle to put together, but the pieces don't actually fit. So my goal is to find areas within our health care system, where we can start to untangle the mess and simplify it."
February 3, 2022

HITea with Grace: Grace Vinton Interviews Author Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz

In this episode, Grace Vinton interviews Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz, psychologist, researcher, and specialist in behavioral economics. Dr. Talya’s new book, “Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health,” talks about patient strengths, limitations, and how those impact care decisions and experiences.  As an expert in decision-making, Dr. Talya also talks with us about the importance of behavioral economics in the HIT innovation process. The future of innovation in this space will look like using economics and psychology to help understand why people act the way they do and using this understanding to better the tech experience and user impact to improve outcomes.
February 1, 2022

Sigi Marmorstein shares the shocking statistics related to having a baby in the U.S.

In this episode, we highlight Sigi Marmorstein, Founder and CEO of BaybLiveAdvice, a telehealth enabled service that complements, but does not replace, obstetric/pediatric care providers. BabyLiveAdvice uses technology and professional providers in collaboration with health organizations and medical providers to educate, support, and monitor mothers, birthing people and new patients. Sigi shares the shocking statistics related to having a baby in the U.S., despite the $120 Billion we spend on maternity and infant care annually. She says: "We are the worst country in the industrial world by which to have a child. People don't understand that every 10 minutes a baby or a mom get hurt in pregnancy or postpartum in the United States. We have 45,000 NICU admissions in the last month alone. What are the issues? It has to do a lot with care access. We have maternity deserts all over the United States, where there is no OB/GYN or maternity ward to be found in miles and miles away."
January 31, 2022

Chandra Osborn uses behavioral science to meet people where they are

Chandra Osborn, Chief Behavioral Officer at Lirio uses her expertise in behavioral science, public health, and statistics to break down barriers for people to connect and engage with their unique health journeys. By addressing misinformation, distrust, affordability, and personal risk factors, her work at Lirio helps to personalize the journey to each individual. She applies her knowledge of understanding why people do what they do and what influences them to take action.
January 27, 2022

Eileen Martin tells women to stop waiting to be asked

In this episode, Eileen Martin, Global Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for EMD Serono shares how different countries address their unique DEI barriers. For example, China is working to get more Asian nationals in leadership positions, North America is challenged with issues about race and getting more women in positions in power, and Germany is faced with changing tax laws that discourage women from returning to work after having children. One of her main messages is, it doesn't matter who your are or how you identify, there's always an opportunity to amplify someone else.
January 24, 2022

Lauren Trenkle is the mastermind behind Covid testing operations in Los Angeles and beyond

In this episode, we chat with Lauren Trenkle, Cofounder and CEO of a medical diagnostic testing service called Total Testing Solutions which helps individuals, businesses and families, test for COVID-19. Their HIPAA-compliant tool provides a way to enable health and safety requirements for travel and meetings
January 20, 2022

Dr. Asha Parekh shares how an arterial occlusion device can save patients precious time

Today, we talk with Dr. Asha Perekh, Cofounder, CEO, and Biomedical engineer at Frontline Medical Technologies. Her talents are aimed at medical devices that are used in emergent situations to control bleeding. In tangible ways, her work very much saves lives.
January 17, 2022

Lara Dodo discusses how connecting to an Inspirator in a meaningful way can impact your health

In this episode, we hear from Lara Dodo, Chief Growth and Operations Officer at Newtopia. She explains how businesses are recognizing that they can't afford to manage employees chronic diseases so they're starting to adopt preventative telehealth strategies faster than insurers.
January 13, 2022

Harpreet Nagra discusses what motivates us to change

Harpreet Nagra, Ph.D., VP of Behavioral Science at One Drop, merges behavioral science with data science to create a clinically effective digital product that motivates people with Diabetes (or other chronic conditions) to maintain and improve their health. Evidence-based and clinically effective, the One Drop app brings affordable, accessible self-care to every person with a smartphone, as well as their insurers, employers, and healthcare providers.
January 10, 2022

Wema Hoover tackles DEI and the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership

Wema Hoover is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) Thought Leader. In this episode, she discusses why increasing the emotional intelligence of our leaders to reinforce the culture of their companies is critically important and how companies can ensure a strong internal network of advocates who support minority talent at every level within the organization.
January 6, 2022

Tina Beilinson addresses the isolation and overwhelm of pregnancy and early parenthood

In this episode, Tina Beilinson, CEO and co-founder of Seven Starling, talks with us about this new digital platform and membership program for new and expectant parents. Seven Starling makes doulas and peer group support more accessible to parents everywhere — creating a digital community-led experience that's improving maternal health outcomes.
January 3, 2022

Reflections on 2021 from Three Continents

Every December brings reflectiions about what has happened in the past year and what's coming in the next year. This event brings together three podcasters from the US, Europe and Australia who will address digital health trends and perspectives from three continents and different perspectives their podcasts focus on: digital health law, female empowerment and diversity in healthcare systems across the world. Speakers:  Joy Rios - Consultant, Host of HIT Like a Girl Podcast Bianca Rose Phillips - Founder of Digital Health Think Tank  Tjasa Zajc - Business Developer at Better, Host of Faces of Digital Health podcast
December 28, 2021

Grace Vinton & Janet Dillione Explore How to Support Vulnerable Populations at Home

We continue with HITea with Grace series. In this episode, she interviews Janet Dillione, CEO of Connect America.  Janet's work addresses the needs of the vulnerable populations in the country, specifically of the aging and chronically ill. The Connect America platform helps people who want to stay at home to live as long and as independently and as graciously as they can while being in the home.
December 16, 2021

Grace Vinton & Stephanie Queen Discuss What it Takes to Provide Healthcare from a Helicopter

We continue with our HITea With Grace bonus episodes, with Grace Vinton. In this episode, she interviews Stephanie Queen, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Air Methods, the U.S.' leading emergency air medical service provider. . Today's conversation revolves around clinician burnout, grief, and the reality of the toll it takes to work in the high-stakes healthcare environments.
December 13, 2021

Kat McDavitt & Maria Levis Take a Deep Dive on Understanding Population Health

It's a season of giving and this December we continue to share our platform through the Ladyboss Interview Series. In this episode Kat McDavitt interviews Maria Levis, CEO and Founder of Impactivo, LLC., a woman and minority-owned health consulting firm in Puerto Rico. Maria talks with Kat about her community-level approach to health equity and how she's working with HHS to scale her approach across the country and some of the downsides of health equity becoming a buzzword and trendy.
December 9, 2021

Grace Vinton & Jennifer D'Angelo Discuss Interoperability in New Jersey

In this HITea with Grace bonus episode, Grace Vinton interviews Jennifer D’Angelo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Healthcare Division at New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII). Her work at the health information network serves patients through improving the quality of data to ensure that it tells an accurate story for each person throughout their healthcare system.The NJII uses the Master Person Index (MPI) and holds facilities accountable for sending and receiving clean and usable data. This helps them expand interoperability and clinical casework throughout the state.
December 6, 2021

Kat McDavitt and Therasa Bell Take a Deep Dive into What it Means to be Mission Driven

In this Ladyboss Interview, Kat McDavitt, Principal Advisor and Head of Public Affairs at Innsena interviews Therasa Bell, Cofounder, President, and CTO of Kno2. Therasa talks about one big thing - being a mission-driven health IT organization -- and the tenacity and commitment it takes to stick to the integrity of their big, audacious idea to empower healthcare technology vendors to realize the potential of true interoperability.
December 2, 2021

Grace Vinton and Effie Parks Discuss the Importance of the Patient Voice

In this special HITea With Grace bonus episode, Grace Vinton, digital health influencer talks with Effie Parks, founder of the Once Upon a Gene podcast, about patient advocacy and the reality of the challenges parents face due to the disconnect within our healthcare system. "You don't have to be the same as me to understand me," Effie shares some tough stuff about how despite the challenges she's faced with a son who has a rare disease, she's found a way to live beyond her circumstances.
November 29, 2021

Megan Haas is taking a Holistic Approach to Connecting People Across Generations

Today Joy talks with Megan Haas, founder of Kinnected.org, a free social-health sanctuary that supports community resilience through building stable, purposeful, peer to peer connection. She’s really on to something - not only did Megan and I really connect in this conversation, but Joy also joined one of her community initiatives to have authentic, intentional conversations across generational divides and the experience was so gratifying - it felt like quenching a hunger that she didn’t even know I had. Anyway - Megan is doing great things in the world. Listen for yourself. 
November 10, 2021

Fran Ayalasomayajula Leads Large-Scale Significantly Meaningful Initiatives

In this episode, we talk with Fran Ayalasomayajula, President of Reach, a social impact organization on a mission to make a meaningful impact for both providers and patients. Her current work crosses the chasms of maternal health as well as virtual reality therapeutics. One thing that’s certain is she’s passionate about tackling big problems in innovative ways. Take a listen!
November 3, 2021

Nicole Cameron works to improve access to healthcare to remote areas of Australia

Nicole Cameron, Professional Services Director, InterSystems in New Zealand and Australia. She currently oversees the implementation of their EHR into remote areas in the Northern Territory of Australia in large part to support the indigenous people. One funny thing about her is that she and her husband took a road trip around the country for their honeymoon, and ended up never returning home.
November 1, 2021

Dr. Nada Elbuluk Helps Physicians Enhance Diagnostic Accuracy

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Nada Elbuluk who is a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. She also the Director of Clinical Impact for Visual Dx, a clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy with a focus on how skin conditions look on different colored skin, which leads to more patient safety and improved health equity. 
October 27, 2021

Holly Hockemeier Addresses Physician Burnout Through Liberating Them From the Keyboard

Today's guest is Holly Hockemeier, Regional Vice President for Healthcare Provider Solutions at Nuance Communications. Her work helps reduce physician burnout through liberating providers from the keyboard. In this episode we talk about deep machine learning AI, speech to text technology, and how the purpose principles at Nuance makes them wired to win. Holly and Joy got along really well and shared some surprising ways COVID made us feel more human.
October 25, 2021

Jody DeVere Breaks Down Barriers for Women in the Automotive Industry

Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty has been breaking down barriers for women in a male-dominated automotive industry for most of her career. Not only does she serve as a mentor for countless women, offering expert car advice, but she also helped create the Certified Female Friendly car buying experience, a program that trains men at car dealerships and other auto-related shops how to communicate more effectively (and respectfully) with their women clientele. Jody served as a mentor for us on our #HITtheTrails journey and in this episode, she shares her best career advice with our listeners.
October 20, 2021

Jess Jowdy Gets Excited by Making Data Actionable for Clinicians and Patients

The InterSystems internship program interviews newcomers to determine which projects best align with their personality and goals. That's how Jess Jowdy, Manager of Healthcare Sales Engineering found her job as a technical liaison between clients and internal colleagues at InterSystems. If it wasn't for being pointed in this direction, she probably would have become a librarian. In this episode, Jess talks with us about the value of getting broad career experiences that can applied in surprising ways as well as not being afraid to take risks throughout your professional journey.
October 18, 2021

Rachael Jones Embraces Change and Gravitates Toward Complexity

As the SVP for Performance and Analytics for Cotiviti, Rachael Jones leads advanced analytics teams that focus on medical costs, provider economics, network management, and value-based care. Her work looks at a continuum of data to see how poverty, food scarcity, having a place to live and access to healthcare plays into the risk and cost of care itself. In this episode, she talks about aligning incentives around value in healthcare and what it takes to create sustaining change that will stand the test of time.
October 13, 2021

Dr. Juliette McClendon Talks Digital Therapeutics for Stress, Sleep, and Anxiety

Stress is a driver of health challenges. The more stress we experience, the more it impacts our health. In this episode, Dr. Juliette McClendon, clinical psychologist and Director of Medical Affairs at Big Health discusses the impact of discrimination related stress on racial and ethnic health disparities. Her work focuses on providing safe and effective non-drug therapies for mental health, specifically for sleep and anxiety. She talks about personal, social and systemic interventions that we can take to better manage the stressors in our lives.
October 11, 2021

Didi Davis Has Spent Her Career Moving the Needle Toward Interoperability

Didi Davis, VP, Informatics, Conformance & Interoperability at The Sequoia Project, has journeyed through 30 years of the health information technology landscape trying to improve healthcare standards so that we can have ubiquitous exchange of information when and where it's needed. In this episode she shares a lifetime of efforts she's made to move the needle toward interoperability.
October 6, 2021

Eileen Achacoso Opens Up About Burnout and Why It's Important to Listen to Nurses

Eileen Achacoso, VP Operations for New York Healing Arts Institute and Director at Large for NY State HIMSS Chapter worked as a nurse in NYC hospitals during the height of COVID. In this episode, she opens up about how that experience changed her perspective on public health and the social determinants that lead people to hospital in the first place. She works diligently to ensure that nurses voices are heard throughout the healthcare ecosystem.
October 4, 2021

Lisa Bari Talks to Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser about Living With Intention

In this bonus episode, Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, Director of Communications for Direct Trust interviews Lisa Bari, Interim CEO for Civitas. Both are mission-driven women leaders who when they see something wrong, want to make it right. The concept of living with intention shows up in their career choices and we love to see it! Listen to them geek out about health equity, the digital divide, and the future they'd like to see. Take a listen!
October 1, 2021

Kathleen Aller Brings Her Uniqueness to Her Role as Director of Healthcare Market Strategy

Kathleen Aller, Director of Healthcare Market Strategy at InterSystems is responsible for telling stories about how to turn scientific data into something people care about. From population health around the world, to the evolution of health IT, Kathleen shares her wealth of knowledge. Although her career path was not linear, she thinks she would make her eight-year-old self proud. Outside of work, she makes an effort to transform the world with flowers. We love that about her! 
September 29, 2021

Sally Buta's Fall Back Plan Was to Get a PhD

In addition to building high caliber teams, Sally Buta, VP of Strategy and Innovation at PatientKeeper is also on a personal mission to hike to the highest point of each state. She's already conquered 46 out of 50 and had the goal of finishing them all by her 50th birthday, but the pandemic threw a wrench into her plans. In this episode, we nerd out about our relationship to expectations and how following your curiosity can change your life path. 
September 27, 2021

Gina Kim Designs Products That Make the Patient Journey Easier

As the Chief Product Officer at Cohere Health, Gina Kim's career has taken a very mission-driven approach, where she focuses on solving problems related to patient access, health in the home, and prior authorizations. In the episode, she takes the time to explain what prior authorization is in laymen’s terms and shares about her work in helping create more transparency around the patient’s best path.
September 22, 2021

Brittany Partridge Leveraged her Love for Learning to Scale Telemedicine

Brittany Partridge is the Virtual Care Technical Lead at UC San Diego Health and one of her claims to fame is executing a two-year telemedicine implementation plan over the course of a weekend. She is a powerhouse in all technology related to virtual care, which became a massive asset throughout the pandemic. In this episode, Brittany shares how she's leveraged her love for learning workflows in a hospital setting to scale up telemedicine.
September 20, 2021

Julie Sommer Tailors the Healthcare Experience to Patients' Cultural and Linguistic Needs

The U.S. is melting pot and the healthcare system is difficult to navigate, regardless of where a patient comes from. ConsejoSano works with health plans and payers to provide healthcare information to their members in more than 30 languages and helps them be more empathetic to the cultural nuances from its member communities. It's this holistic approach that creates a meaningful, ongoing relationship to help improve the health of patients all over the country.
September 15, 2021

Alex MacLeod Shares How Becoming a Mom Helped Her Work

Alex MacLeod works as the Director of Healthcare Commercial Initiatives now, but she has actually been working at InterSystems for more than 20 years and started as an intern in Germany! Her current role involves sales and engineering, where she gets a nice mixture of both technical and sales-y customer-facing experience. In this episode, Alex share how becoming a mom has - to her own surprise - helped her in her work. She's learned patience, how we use personal data, how we want someone to be cared for, and how we think about problems.
September 13, 2021

Liz Carden Has a Thing with Robots and Saving the World

Kat McDavitt continues the Lady Boss Interview Series this week, with her sister, Liz Carden, who works as the Director for Strategic Planning at Intouch Solutions. They talk about loving what you do, how showing emotions can be a superpower, and how important it is to find people in your community to have collaborative discussions with -- even, and perhaps, especially if you don't agree on everything. Sisters are great at that!
September 10, 2021

Jenny Rios Builds Healthy Homes to Help People Thrive

It’s sister week! In this episode, Joy (and Shereese) sit down with Joy’s big sister, Jenny. Jenny Rios works as an Owner's Representative - or a liaison between home owners, architects, and construction managers. Her industry is notoriously male-dominated, and she shares her strategies on how she is making change. Here's a hint: be very deliberate about who you want to do business with and what your values are. Jenny also talks openly and candidly about how waking up to her privilege has made her a better advocate, ally, and citizen.
September 8, 2021

Loren Deutsch Removes Obstacles in Medical Education for Underrepresented Students

Loren Deutsch is a professional educational therapist and licensed clinical social worker who has worked at the border of medical education and clinical social work for 25 years. In 2010, she founded Loren Academic Services (LAS), an educational services company that specializes in Coaching, Curriculum Development, and Consulting for students, residents, faculty, and medical centers. In today's episode, Loren talks with us about how sometimes we feel a pressure to solve the whole problem, yet when we can be intentional about a smaller piece of it, we can make just as big of a difference. In fact, when we come together as a community or to collaborate on a problem, it can be much more meaningful than if you try to solve it all on your own.
September 1, 2021

Rebecca Clyde's Solution Makes it as Easy to Schedule Appointments as it is to Text a Friend

If we get our appointments more quickly, we can get the questions we have answered more immediately, outcomes will improve on both sides. As the founder and CEO of Botco.ai, Rebecca Clyde works to make healthcare less complicated through creating a simple, yet sophisticated digital front door for healthcare providers.
August 30, 2021

Kristin Haduch Tells Kat McDavitt Why She Loves a Blank Page

On this bonus episode of HIT Like a Girl pod, we share a conversation between two health IT ladybosses: Kat McDavitt and Kristin Haluch, Head of Customer Success and Operations for Bold, an agetech company bringing an evidence based fitness platform to older adults, allowing them to age in place. Kristin is also women's career empowerment coach. She has been coaching for over a decade and is passionate about supporting women in their journey to their dream career. Her mission is to empower women to break through social conditioning and limiting beliefs to become confident, successful women who know their worth and how to take charge of their careers.
August 27, 2021

Julie Smith Works Globally to Make Health Info Accessible at the Point of Care

As the Clinical Product Manager for InterSystems, Julie Smith is helping to ensure that health systems around the world have the information they need at their fingertips to provide better care for patients. In addition to wanting everyone to have equitable access to care, she also tells us about her two pandemic puppies.
August 25, 2021

Karen Groppe and Terri Sanders Reflect on HIMSS 2020 and 2021

Shutting down a major healthcare conference, telling 47,000 people to stay home, including the sitting President, and dealing with the backlash of unhappy people has been a career highlight (or, perhaps lowlight?) for these two women leaders. Karen Groppe and Terri Sanders tell us how it really went down, what they learned through the process, how they cope with high stress situations, and all that went into planning the return of the hybrid in-person/digital HIMSS 2021 conference.
August 23, 2021

Tanjina Shapiro is Skilled at Belly Dancing and Risk Adjustment

Whether through making sense of the cost of care in the healthcare setting or exploring ways to isolate and layer body movements to improve her belly dancing, Tanjina Shapiro, Chief Operating Officer for Curation Health is a master at brain-teasing exercises. In this episode, she shares how her organization supports physicians in taking care of patients, where she goes for professional support, and the importance of taking time to do things completely outside of work to stay balanced.
August 18, 2021

Stephanie Denvir Talks HIMSS21

The first big gathering after the pandemic, Stephanie Denvir, VP of Engagement Strategies for HIMSS, shares what to expect from the Global Conference in Las Vegas next month.
July 14, 2021

HIT the Trails: Season 6 Preview

Joy and Shereese traveled the country to reconnect with the women in health IT as the pandemic begins to subside. When they landed at the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York, they decided to share their experience of the HIT the Trails journey so far, through this historic lens.
July 7, 2021

Ladyboss Interview Series: Kat McDavitt & Mandira Singh

On this bonus episode of HIT Like a Girl pod, we host a conversation between two health IT pros: Kat McDavitt, Principal Advisor & Public Affairs Practice Head at Innsena Communications and Mandira Singh, COO at Collective Medical. Mandira has taken a very unique career path. She was born in Nepal, studied music in India, was recruited for college in the U.S. for opera, and then became an investment banker. She eventually found and fell in love with health IT.
June 9, 2021

Ladieboss Interview Series: Kat McDavitt & Jaime Bland

On this bonus episode of HIT Like a Girl pod, we host a conversation between two health IT pros: Kat McDavitt, Principal Advisor & Public Affairs Practice Head at Innsena Communications and Jaime Bland, CEO of CyncHealth. Jaime worked in Qatar for eight years as an operations manager for a troop medical clinic and then was called to serve her country back at home at the Veterans Health Administration in Minnesota. She has a very diverse background and a fascinating professional journey.
June 2, 2021

Ladyboss Interview Series: Kat McDavitt & Angela Ammons

On this special in-between-season episode of HIT Like a Girl pod we're calling the #Ladyboss Interview Series, we host a conversation between to bonafide health IT pros: Kat McDavitt, Principal Advisor & Public Affairs Practice Head at Innsena Communications and Angela Ammons, CEO of Clinch Memorial Hospital. Angela opens up about how not having a traditional educational background has influenced her work as a healthcare and hospital executive in rural Georgia.
May 26, 2021

It's Time to HIT the Trails

We’ll be driving through 25 states, hiking in some beautiful places across the country and meeting up with the women in our communities . We intend to record some podcasts for our next season - and really take the time to get out in nature, reconnect with each other, connect with ourselves and the great outdoors, and eventually end up at HIMSS in Vegas.  Our hope is to get inspired and be the change we want to see in the world - whether at home, at work, or in our communities. We are all about strengthening our networks and supporting each other in these crazy times! 
May 12, 2021

Ladyboss Interview Series: Kat McDavitt & Miriam Paramore

On this special in-between-season episode of HIT Like a Girl pod, we host a conversation between to bonafide health IT pros: Kat McDavitt and Miriam Paramore. Connect with Kat & Miriam: Kat McDavitt: Twitter, LinkedIn Miriam Paramore: Twitter, LinkedIn HIT Like a Girl podcast is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member of our private Slack community to get bonus content and take these conversations further at https://hitlikeagirlpod.com/community. Support the show by checking out our sponsors! This episode is brought to you by: Chirpy Bird, Inc. Many medical specialties require custom support when it comes to succeeding in value-based care programs. Chirpy Bird partners with specialists of all types. Learn more about their services. www.chirpybirdinc.com. Click here for a transcription of this episode.
April 7, 2021

Anne Arnold

This week, on the final episode of Season 5, we talk with Anne Arnold, Director of Education Programs at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She also recently earned a Doctorate of Education from University of Pennsylvania.
February 24, 2021

Danielle Russella

This week, we highlight Danielle Russella, President of Strategic Partnerships at Amwell. She’s worked closely with several organizations to implementing telemedicine and bringing telehealth to market at scale. Through her work, she’s been able to use technology to connect patients with trusted providers.
February 17, 2021

Patricia Pinckombe

Patricia Pinckcombe, a firefighter, paramedic, and aspiring med student out of Philadelphia is such a badass, we get exhausted just listing her accomplishments. This week we talk with her about the way the health of black women is misunderstood and often mismanaged due to implicit bias. She also discusses how we can change the narrative.
February 10, 2021

Lee Udall Bennion

Join us this week as we talk with Lee Udall Bennion - well-known artist and founder of small business Mom’s Stuff. Lee talks to us about how - and why - she ended up turning a hobby of making homemade, locally-sourced salves to help her husband who is a potter and a boatman care for his beaten up hands, into a skincare product business. When she was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, it became clear that her family’s approach to simple living was no match against the U.S. healthcare insurance.
February 3, 2021

Gwen Holloway

This week, we talk with Gwen Holloway, Founder of Healthcare IT Central, a leading health IT industry workforce and career development center, offering tools and resources to help candidates and employers connect, learn, and gain a competitive edge. After 20+ years of success as a digital marketer, content creator, and online community developer, Gwen has turned her focus exclusively to marketing and selling real estate, but she shares her lessons learned with our listeners.
January 27, 2021

Karen Horgan

This week we talk with Karen Horgan, Co-Founder and CEO of VAL Health. Using behavioral economics as the cornerstone of their practice, Karen and her team work on solving issues throughout the whole healthcare ecosystem - payers, digital health, pharma, and more. Join us as Karen shares how the implementation of VAL Health’s behavioral-economics science works to provide their clients with a long-lasting impact.
January 13, 2021

Amy Schmid

This week we talk with Amy Schmid, Director of Strategic Accounts, at Inform Diagnostics - an anatomical pathology company based out of Irving, Texas. Amy is one of the most positive people we’ve met in the healthcare industry and - no joke - if there was ever a zombie apocalypse, we would want to be on her team. Amy’s a true gem of a person and we think you should know her.
January 6, 2021

Tjasa Zajc

This week we talk with Tjasa Zajc - Communication Specialist at Better. Tjasa shares with us her extensive background in journalism and how it became a pillar to her journey into healthcare. Join us as she talks about her role in designing solutions within her workplace, Better, and her podcast, Faces of Digital Health.
December 16, 2020

Lisa Stevens Anderson

This week we talk with Lisa Steven Anderson - President of Q Point Health, the MSO Division for Equality Health. Join is as Lisa talks about her and Equality Health’s efforts to integrate cultural care into healthcare.
December 9, 2020

Julie Mann

This week, we’re talking to Julie Mann - Chief Commercial Officer at Carium. Join us as Julie talks about her 20 years in Healthcare IT and  her current journey in supporting patients remotely in the comfort of their home. 
December 2, 2020

Amie Mondragon

This week, we’re talking with Amie Mondragon - Dean of Residential Life at Wasatch Academy. Amie gives listeners insights on how COVID has affected the culture of the private boarding school in rural Utah. Join us as Amie talks about despite drastic adjustments from the school and faculty , they are able to continue to build student communities and foster relationships, while remaining safe.
November 25, 2020

Maura Little

In this episode, we talk with Maura Little, Executive Director at Cambia Grove - a Seattle-based healthcare innovation hub. Her work revolves around bringing together communities of change makers to transform the healthcare system.
November 18, 2020

Rachel Ford Hutman

In this episode we talk with Rachel Ford-Hutman, Founder of Ford Hutman Media. Rachel shares with us her background in journalism and public relations which eventually cultivates her love for story-telling. Now, working as the CEO of her own company focusing on media relations, executive visibility, and thought leadership, Rachel is able to communicate and translate the complexities she learns about healthcare world to the general public.
November 11, 2020

Rhonda Mech

This week, we are talking with Rhonda Mech, IT Director for Client Support at Cere Core. Rhonda spent 25 years as a nurse and saw first-hand how technology changed the healthcare setting. She shares how she has grown alongside such advancements throughout her career.
November 4, 2020

Jaelynn Williams

Jaelynn Williams, CEO of Air Methods, which is a national supplier of medical airlifts - or air ambulances.
October 28, 2020

Erin Gadhavi

Erin Gadhavi, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Initiatives for CareCredit, by Synchrony dives into the need for upfront cost transparency for better care.
October 21, 2020