Rank #1: Introducing: Contributing Factors
Everyone has a health story. If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has. Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized. And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options. With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients. Contributing Factors, Season 1: Depression, launches March 1. Join us as we explore the (whole) story of health. Sign up at healthfurther.com/contributing-factors for updates on the launch and access to bonus content
Rank #2: Shifting Trust with Blockchain | John Bass | Hashed Health
John Bass is the second blockchain conversation we’ve had on the Podcast. The first was last summer with Kristen Johns of Waller Law, which gave us a great overview of blockchain. In this conversation, John Bass of Hashed Health goes into more of the current blockchain environment. He points out early on that there’s a lot of hype, but that the basic principles are well-proven. He also talks about some basic principles - the trust between two sides of a transaction that eliminates the need for a middle man - that blockchain creates. In the second half of the conversation we talk about the things that Hashed Health is doing with blockchain in healthcare. It’s Hashed-specific, but as examples of what is being done, what can be done, with blockchain. For example, decentralized provider identities.
Rank #3: What's really happening? An update on value-based care and the consumerization of healthcare
Adoption of value-based care has gone in fits and starts. The latest news shows adoption has slowed, even while providers recognize its importance. Meanwhile, tech companies are moving faster than ever, and the conversation around patients turning into active healthcare consumers is accelerating - although there is still a lot to work out (for example). Trying to harmonize these two trends is key to managing the current change in today's healthcare economy while planning for what it will look like in the future. Health:Further CEO Marcus Whitney spelled out what's happening and who's responsible. Watch the conversation, listen to the podcast, or read the four main takeaways here.
Rank #4: The Art and Science of Finding Health Innovation | Chris Chan | Mercer
Chris Chan is Innovation Imagineer at Mercer. He heads up a team that evaluates and invests in healthcare startups, working with healthcare entrepreneurs to get their solutions plugged into the healthcare industry. Chris as you’ll hear, is an interesting, very smart guy. In this conversation we talk a lot about finding innovation, finding good ideas and good teams that can build them. While it’s not anything that’ll look like a crash course in entrepreneurship - no way we can do that in 15 minutes - Chris offers a lot of insight into what corporate innovators and funds are looking for as they evaluate new ideas. Also, be sure to stick around for Chris’ thoughts on the current state of AI and machine learning.
Rank #5: The Macro View of Healthcare | Emily Evans, Tom Tobin | Hedgeye
Healthcare is complicated. We talk about trying to rebuild it, make a more patient-centric environment, do more with value based care, improve outcomes, make sustainable business, get to a world of interoperability...and more. With all of those conversations going on, we decided it would be good to step back and look at the macro view of the current healthcare landscape today. Money and politics ultimately dictate a lot of where we can go with so much of what we talk about on the podcast, from health entrepreneurship to healthcare technology to how the healthcare system can better engage patients and improve outcomes. Here, Emily Evans and Tom Tobin of Hedgeye Risk Management give an overview of the current healthcare policy and economics to help us understand what we’re up against.
Rank #6: Using capitation to provide personal, equitable, accountable care | Griffin Myers | Oak Street Health
Dr. Griffin Myers Chief Medical Officer at Oak Street Health. The organization provides fully-capitated care to patients covered under Medicare and Medicaid, so Oak Street is incentivized to provide efficient care with limited resources. Dr. Myers talks about this example of value-based care and how they've been able to reduce hospitalizations by over 40%, the mission of Oak Street health (personal, equitable, accountable care), and what new physicians entering the system need to know.
Rank #7: Consumerization of Healthcare | Jennifer Sclar | Clear Health Analytics
Jennifer Sclar, Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Health Analytics, knows what it's like to shop for health insurance. Trying to get a plan that will cover all healthcare needs at the right price is a painful process. the feeling. That’s why she became a healthcare entrepreneur and founded a company dedicated to healthcare consumers trying to navigate the labyrinth that is health insurance.
Clear Health Analytics works to combat the tendency to over-insure by providing healthcare technology that assists people in finding a plan that best meets their individual needs and budgets. It produces customized estimates of total costs and can tell people if certain doctors are in their network or if certain prescriptions will be covered.
Rank #8: Mining Data that Matters to Patients | David Marsidi & Howard Khan | ezDoctor
What’s the difference between a car and a physician? It’s not a matter of importance. It’s a matter of information, or a lack-thereof. EZDoctor seeks to close the void in physician data by providing “car facts” for doctors. The company gathers quantitative and qualitative information like malpractice history, pricing, prescribing habits, and ratings and reviews from across the web to generate a comprehensive report on individual physicians. According to CEO David Marsidi and CIO Howard Khan, the goal of EZDoctor is to bring consumers the “whole picture of a doctor.” These reports empower consumers to take more ownership of their health care. As startup founders and healthcare entrepreneurs, Marsidi and Khan and taking an existing approach and applying it to healthcare. That counts as innovation in patient engagement and healthcare data analytics.
Rank #9: Augmenting Care Through Clinical Decision Support| Art Papier | VisualDx
Dr. Art Papier is the CEO of VisualDx, which is a visual clinical decision support system specialized in medical image recognition and analysis. The company’s tagline is “quality care begins with an accurate diagnosis,” which to me is so perfect, it almost comes across as a little ironic or tongue-in-cheek. Because of course, good care requires a good diagnosis, right? And yet, that misdiagnosis is a real problem in our healthcare system today. So we’re going to get into that and what it means for both individual patients and the healthcare system as a whole.
Rank #10: Optimizing the Patient Journey | Carrie Liken | Yext
Carrie Liken is the head of industry for healthcare at Yext, a company that helps organizations manage their digital presence and the way people interact with their brands online. This conversation will be somewhat related to the podcast we released a few weeks ago with Andrew Rainey and Elizabeth Davis of Binary Fountain and HCA, respectively, when we talked about reputation management.
Liken is the first in her role as head of industry for healthcare. She works closely with the Yext product team and external partners, acting, as a liaison. Her focus is on the patient journey, helping healthcare organizations engage patients to give them a great experience while also driving revenue and sales. We talk about the four (and a half) steps of the patient journey, the somewhat shocking state of healthcare's online presence (if you don't have a mobile friendly website you need one, and yes, that's still an issue in 2018), and the new role of voice in consumer behavior.
Rank #11: Precision Health vs Precision Medicine | Lisa Suennen | GE Ventures
Rank #12: Dr. Oz | The Psychology of Change | Sharecare, the Dr. Oz Show
Dr. Oz is a physician, a TV show host, and a healthcare entrepreneur and founder. His company, Sharecare, produced the Health:Further Consumer Summit this year. Titled Disruption on Demand, the program looked at ideas from non-healthcare industries for creative consumer engagement, and how those lessons can be used to help individuals live healthier lives.
Dr. Oz points to a couple of interesting things in this conversation. One, the importance of getting people to take action not through knowledge, but through emotion and a visceral response. People may know, but until they feel they won’t do anything. There also has to be trust involved in that process.
The other thing Dr. Oz mentioned was customization. We are reaching a point thanks to health entrepreneurs and tech entrepreneurs where we have the technology to at least partly customize health advice, its mode of delivery, and its timing to hit each of us in the right way to take the appropriate action. That’s a big part of what Sharecare is doing with their platform, so we’ll see how it all plays out for them.
Thanks again to Sharecare for their sponsorship of the Health:Further Consumer Summit. You can check them out, get expert health advice, find a doctor and manage your health at sharecare.com
Rank #13: How HCA Innovates| Chip Blaufuss | HCA Healthcare
We're recording at the 2018 Health:Further festival! Chip Blaufuss is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at HCA Healthcare, the presenting sponsor of Health:Further. Chip heads up innovation at the largest healthcare organization in the country - one of every 20 babies born in the US is born in an HCA facility. So how does such a large company keep new ideas flowing? What happens when a nurse on the floor has an idea for solving a problem? How does leadership vet and test those solutions? Where is the balance between internal and external innovation, where do partnerships in healthcare come in to play? We discuss all of that in this conversation
Rank #14: Evidence-Based Patient Engagement | Blake Marggraff | Epharmix
Blake Marggraff is a healthcare entrepreneur with significant goals. He wants to set the bar for patient engagement. He’s doing that through a commitment to research and evidence-based product development. Blake is the founder of Epharmix, a digital platform and mobile health technology that helps patients with chronic diseases and other conditions. It is designed to improve patient engagement, increase adherence, provide feedback to clinicians and care managers, and ultimately reduce costs and improve outcomes. Blake and the team do all that with studies that cover thousands of patients and take feedback from clinicians using Epharmix tools. True researched-backed, peer reviewed work.
Rank #15: Using Machine Learning to Increase Patient Engagement | Bob Gold | Gold Group Enterprises
Patient Engagement is one of the biggest themes, and highest goals, of today’s healthcare industry. The problem is that patient engagement is a complex process that includes getting them to take action and likely make a sustained change in behavior. Bob Gold, though, loves the problem of behavior change. Gold, CEO of Gold Group Enterprises, is a behavioral technologist who focuses on applying his work to the healthcare industry to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Rank #16: RAPID RESPONSE: Bruce Greenstein on MedPAC Post-Acute Care Bundling
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently published a presentation titled Evaluating an episode-based payment system for post-acute carethat explains the committee’s thinking about a bundled payment model for post-acute care. Soon after, Becker’s highlighted 5 key points from the presentation.
We spoke with Bruce Greenstein to get his insight on the post-acute care landscape and, more specifically, the potential value of bundling post-acute care services. Greenstein is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at LHC Group, as well as the former Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health & Human Services.
Check out the full post with quotes here.
Rank #17: Asking hard questions of the healthcare industry | Holly Fletcher | BirdDog
Holly Fletcher founded BirdDog earlier this year to bring "slow news" to healthcare, tech and economic issues in Tennessee. The goal is to provide deep reporting on issues that affect the state, including some - like healthcare - that ripple out to the rest of the country. With Nashville as a national hub for the healthcare industry, the response of Tennessee health systems to policies and trends have an effect elsewhere. In this conversation, we talk about Fletcher's approach to covering the news (lots of data), the trends people are talking about (transparency and balanced billing), the things making healthcare companies nervous (again, transparency and balanced billing), challenges to making long-term progress in those areas, and holding policymakers accountable by asking hard questions.
Rank #18: Care Coordination in Regional Networks| Jay Desai | Patient Ping
Jay Desai is Co-founder and CEO of PatientPing, a care coordination platform that brings an individual’s medical records together to eliminate these problems. The service is built on network effects, sending providers alerts when the patient receives care at other facilities and also compiles their history into “stories” at the point of care. The goal, says Desai, is to reduce costs through fewer redundant tests and treatments, as well as provide insight that will improve care based on past events and reduce adverse outcomes or readmissions.
Rank #19: Derek Anderson on tension in healthcare: creating consumer expectations without a consumer market
Derek Anderson is Vice President of Business Improvement at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
The combination of teaching future healthcare leaders and working within a top-tier academic medical center has given Anderson a strong yet sober opinion on the trajectory for traditional healthcare providers. Anderson recognizes the increasing rate of change in healthcare, viewing it as “a lot of potential chaos and a lot of uncertainty.” As a result, providers are being “thoughtful” about their next steps, especially as they look at managing their fixed assets like physical hospitals.
Read more about the conversation here
Rank #20: Health:Further 2017 Festival Preview
From August 22-25, 2017, we will all gather in Nashville, Tennessee to build - and celebrate - the future of health. This is the annual Health:Further Festival, and event for people who are committed to building a more affordable, sustainable health system. We will have healthcare entrepreneurs, payers, providers, health IT, policymakers, students, healthcare industry executives, artists, and more, all talking about the most innovative ideas in health. In this Festival preview, we hear from 12 of the speakers at this year's festival, covering everything from blockchain in healthcare to art in medicine.