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#JPMHC2020 – The Good, The Bad, and the Opaque

27 Health System CEO/CFO teams shared their accomplishments strategies and financials at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.  I took notes just to share it with you.  Hope you enjoy.

January 24, 2020

What Your CEO Shared at #JPMHC2020

27 Health System CEO/CFO teams shared their accomplishments strategies and financials at the JP Morgan Healthcare conference.  I took notes just to share with you.  Hope you enjoy.

January 21, 2020

Aaron Miri on Strategy, Architecture, and Innovation

Dell Medical School has fast become one of the new leaders in the healthcare space. Since its inauguration in 2016, it has earned its place among the highest rung of forward-thinking medical schools and continues to serve its growing community with cutting edge technology and patient-focussed strategies in a truly remarkable way. Today we are joined by Aaron Miri, CIO at DMS to talk about his role and how he views the intersecting challenges of strategy, architecture and innovation. He gives us a direct line to the thoughts of a CIO and his insights will be invaluable to any healthcare practitioner. We discuss his approach to a multitude of scenarios and dynamics and his attitude to the central role of a CIO, staying abreast of current and new trends in the space. Aaron shares a bunch of his go-to strategies that make the complex and evolving landscape a little more manageable as well as expanding on the University of Texas' foundational philosophy and how it permeates all that they do. For a fascinating and expertly articulated exploration of healthcare today, make sure to listen in!


Key Points From This Episode:


  • The model at the Dell Medical School and Aaron's role at the new center. 
  • Aaron's most effective strategy within a healthcare system involving trust and communication.
  • Annual listening tours and staying abreast of the evolving landscape. 
  • Tapping a network of peers for support on new developments and questions. 
  • What the board at Dell Medical School looks for in their CIO. 
  • Attracting and retaining talent in Austin; talent, mission and the promise of something new.
  • How the UT motto about changing the world is visible in all aspects of the institution. 
  • Partnering with leaders in the tech field to make the progress that serves everyone. 
  • Aaron's thoughts on budgeting and the allocation for building, running, and innovation.  
  • The potential for UT to commercialize their innovative systems. 
  • Dell Medical School system architecture and the where the responsibility for it lies. 
  • Aaron and the Medical Center's view of the newest emerging technologies. 
  • Upgrading and migrating with a future-facing view and preparing for the next steps. 
  • The areas of digital transformation in which Aaron sees the most movement.
  • Aaron's decisions around money expenditure for innovation. 
  • The innovative startup that Aaron would spearhead if he could.


January 17, 2020

Bill Russell on Merger Effectiveness Prescibing Apps and more

Welcome to this edition of Tuesday Newsday where we look at as many stories that are going to have an impact on health IT as we can in 23 minutes or less! In today's show, we have eleven exciting stories to cover. We talk telemedicine reaching into space, drones delivering emergency care services, cancer-detecting AI which outperforms humans, and more! Our final talking point is an article about hospital mergers. We cover that piece in some depth because it generated some amazing engagement on LinkedIn. New research has found that the quality of care at hospitals acquired during a recent wave of deal-making in the US either stayed the same and in some instances actually got worse. Get your weekly update of the biggest stories in tech and health today!
Key Points From This Episode:
Challenging the idea of ‘magic hands’ with a telemedicine call reaching from earth to space.
New trials involving drones transporting supplies between hospitals in the UK.
How Partners HealthCare is helping move treatment out of hospitals and into communities.
New cancer-detecting AI that raises questions around AI’s role in healthcare.
Developments in Germany involving state sponsorship of digital health apps.
What Aaron Piercer is doing for EHRs with his new venture, Vital Software.
How CVS Health’s Transform Oncology Care is providing cheaper and more accurate care.
A plea to prepare homes more adequately to enable the elderly to die in peace at home.
Advances in healthcare cost transparency as New York launches a price comparison website.
The necessity to start testing AI more rigorously before implementing it.
Quality issues arising from hospital mergers and the need for transparency during them.
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Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Space: The Final Frontier...Of Telemedicine? —
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninashapiro/2020/01/05/space-the-final-frontierof-telemedicine/
NHS could use DRONES to transport life-saving blood and chemotherapy kits between
hospitals — https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7853707/NHS-use-DRONES-transport-life-
saving-blood-chemotherapy-kits-hospitals.html
Partners HealthCare aims to bring care closer to home, lower costs —
https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/partners-healthcare-aims-bring-care-closer-
home-lower-costs
Hospitals merged. Quality didn’t improve — https://www.wsj.com/articles/hospitals-merged-
quality-didnt-improve-11577916000
Google AI Beats Doctors at Breast Cancer Detection—Sometimes —
https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-ai-beats-doctors-at-breast-cancer-detectionsometimes-
11577901600
Germany introduces Digital Supply Act to digitize healthcare —
https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/europe/germany-introduces-digital-supply-act-
digitalise-healthcare
Mint Founder Launches EHR Solution for Hospital Emergency Departments —
https://www.medgadget.com/2019/12/mint-founder-launches-ehr-solution-for-hospital-
emergency-departments.html
CVS Health Launches Transform Oncology Care Program to Help Improve Patient Outcomes
and Lower Overall Costs — https://cvshealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvs-health-
launches-transform-oncology-care-program-help-improve-patient
More Americans are Dying at Home than in Hospitals —
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/health/death-hospitals-
home.html#click=https://t.co/XLy3ALVcvE
New York to launch healthcare price comparison site —
https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/new-york-to-launch-healthcare-price-
comparison-site.html
In 2020, let’s stop AI ethics-washing and actually do something — https://www-
technologyreview-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.technologyreview.com/s/614992/ai-ethics-
washing-time-to-act/amp/

January 14, 2020

San Banerjee of Texas Health Resources on Creating Digital Experience

San Banerjee the VP of Digital Experience at Texas Health Resources discusses aggregating services in pursuit of an intelligent consumer experience for healthcare.  

January 10, 2020

Bill Russell Parses Healthcare Predictions for 2020

Are any of these predictions for healthcare really going to happen in 2020?  It's Tuesday News Day and today we parse the vast ocean of predictions. 

January 7, 2020

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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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