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A Journey Through the Career of Charles Boicey: Clinician to Data Informatics

May 13, 2022: Today we walk through the impressive resume of (Charles Boicey), Chief Innovation Officer at (Clearsense). Beginning as a Paramedic, moving to Nursing and working at the LA county USC Medical Center in the 80s and 90s in the thick of a unit filled with gunshots, stabbings and other mayhem from man versus man. Moving on to Nurse Manager, Senior Clinical Project Manager. Completing Computer Science, Technology and Management degrees. Next was Clinical Informatics Officer then Informatics Solutions Architect at UCI followed by Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Social Health Insights. Charles is currently a Professor at Stony Brook and leader of Clearsense. He believes the doctor of the future will give no medication, but in the interest of patients give care of the human frame in diet and the cause and prevention of disease. Charles is dedicating his career to engaging people, not in healthcare, but in health. Key Points: The number one thing that's tweeted about hospitals is …. food! The end product isn't what's in your head. It's what the clinical staff needs. Technology is improving exponentially and the need for technology is exponential. What does it look like when data governance is done right? (Clearsense)
May 13, 2022

The Sequoia Project: Driving Interoperability and Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs)

May 6, 2022: In an industry marked by rapid turnover and burnout, (Mariann Yeager) is an anomaly. This year, she is celebrating 10 years at the helm of (The Sequoia Project), a public-private collaborative formed to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. What was the lay of the land with regard to interoperability 10 years ago? Why was data exchange so hard at the time? How did the pandemic impact the interoperability landscape? How has the 21st Century Cures Act changed the work of the Sequoia Project? How would we like to see patients engage with their data over the next five years? What work is The Sequoia Project doing to support the implementation of TEFCA? Key Points: In 2012 a lot of healthcare was not yet digitized. We were just starting to see that evolve. The goal of TEFCA is a single on-ramp for connectivity nationwide There’s a big push in the US for a national patient identifier AI and machine learning are bringing up a whole new set of problems with our data (The Sequoia Project)
May 6, 2022

Exceeding the Expectations of Innovation as CIO and What Challenges face Rural American Healthcare

April 29, 2022: (Patrick Woodard), VP and Chief Digital Officer at (Methodist LeBonheur Health) has a mission. It’s to help transform Methodist’s digital health technology so they can integrate user-friendly and interactive platforms to expand patient engagement. Clinicians come to work to do a good job every day. They don't want to have to fight with the systems that they have. That’s why it’s healthcare IT leaders’ jobs to make sure that the right innovative platforms are in place to build a future where the patient experience thrives on continuity and ease of access. How does a Chief Digital Officer prioritize what projects they’re looking at? How has virtual care helped patients in rural America? Have the increased threats within cybersecurity changed the way we approach digital strategy?  Key Points: We want patients to feel connected to their health They don't remember what you say. They don't remember what you do. They remember how you made them feel. How can we make the patient experience more continuous? Healthcare has always had a data problem (Methodist LeBonheur Health)
April 29, 2022

Stephen Klasko on Health Assurance and Leaving the Sick Care Model in the Past for Healthcare

April 22, 2022: Here to transform the healthcare experience from sick care to well care is (Stephen Klasko, MD), Executive in Residence at General Catalyst and former President and CEO of Jefferson Health. Health assurance is reducing the cost of healthcare in a way that doesn't leave anyone behind. How much will the current healthcare delivery organizations have to change in order to realize meaningful progress? How do we overcome the inertia that exists within the system? How can we align the economic and consumer centric goals of wellness and care? Will we see meaningful progress in health equities? Are we focused as providers on the right areas of innovation and digital transformation?  Key Points: The greatest source of bankruptcy in America is still healthcare related costs How can traditional providers approach innovation and transformation? 81% of healthcare executives say the pace of digital transformation for their organization is accelerating The one word that comes out of everybody's mouth about the future is data. Data. We need data. (General Catalyst)
April 22, 2022

Valuable Lessons in Technology Acquired Through Dr. David Feinberg's Impressive Healthcare Career

April 15, 2022: Here to talk about healthcare through the lens of his technology career is (David Feinberg), President and CEO of (Cerner) and formerly at Geisinger and Google. Owner of the famous quote “We look to eliminate the waiting room and everything it represents.” How can technology, with its unique position in healthcare, address the challenges faced on an everyday basis? What further obstacles remain? How do we overcome the inertia of healthcare? Is Geisinger's 'money-back guarantee' paying off? How do we fund programs that will make American’s live healthier lifestyles? How can we change the EHR to make the experience more effective for everyone involved?  Key Points: Around 15% of the 20 billion Google searches per day are health related At Cerner, I have this amazing opportunity to see how healthcare is delivered around the world The fundamental problem with healthcare is that the system is built around providers as opposed to around consumers (Cerner)
April 15, 2022

Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drugs Is Solving the Equity Problem in Prescription Medicine

April 8, 2022: Our guest today is (Mark Cuban), American billionaire entrepreneur, television personality, media proprietor and the Founder of the (Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co). The drug industry is up against giant companies with lots of money and influence and complicated relationships with tentacles wrapped around government manufacturers, insurance companies, drug stores, pharmacists, retailers and more. There's all kinds of super complicated contract arrangements that include rebates and hardwired incentives that keep this giant self-licking ice cream cone stuck together. The participants in this cartel like the deals they have and they make good money on them. The system is built to keep others out. But every American should have access to safe, affordable medicines. How is the (Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co) disrupting this space? Key Points: We have one simple goal. To be the lowest cost provider of drugs. Period. End of story. Patients want cheaper drugs. It makes their life easier. A red flag in the cost of healthcare in the US is the administrative costs (Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co) Mark Cuban’s email: [email protected]
April 8, 2022

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Bill Russell

Bill Russell

As Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health, a 16 hospital $6.5 billion health system, Bill rapidly accelerated the diffusion of new IT strategies and methods, while also enhancing organization stability and improved IT performance.

As the creator and host of This Week in Health IT, he continues to foster the industry conversation around new technologies and methods in the pursuit of better care experiences and outcomes.

Bill currently acts as a digital coach and advisor to health system executives, startups, and service companies on the impact and application of digital strategies to healthcare.

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