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Archived shows from April through June 2018
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Health Disparities and the American Indian: Dr. Donald Warne on the Way Forward

FEATURED GUEST:
Donald Warne
Donald Warne
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Donald Warne, Director of Indians Into Medicine (INMED) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He discusses the impact of cultural trauma on the American Indian population, strategies for addressing health disparities and the need to mentor Native youth in the health professions.

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: Writer Barry Meier Unveils OxyContin's Pivotal Role

FEATURED GUEST:
Barry Meier
Barry Meier
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," on Purdue Pharma, makers of the narcotic OxyContin, and the pivotal role they played in "the greatest public health crisis of the 21st Century."

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

Reimagining the Future of Health Care: Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC, Dr. Rasu Shrestha on Design Thinking and Innovation

FEATURED GUEST:
Rasu Shrestha
Rasu Shrestha
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC and VP of UPMC Enterprises, the entrepreneurial division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Shrestha is also Co-Chair of Health Datapalooza, and discusses the need for design thinking and building a culture of innovation to truly transform the health care system.

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018

Smart Phones, Genomics and AI: Dr. Eric Topol on Health Care's Next Frontier in Personalized Medicine

FEATURED GUEST:
Eric Topol
Eric Topol
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Eric Topol, renowned cardiologist, geneticist, digital health advocate, and founder of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. They discuss his work developing technologies for the "All of Us" precision medicine campaign at NIH, and the efforts still needed to support true precision medicine initiatives in American health care.

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

Scandal in Silicon Valley: Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou on the Rise and Spectacular Fall of Theranos

FEATURED GUEST:
John Carreyrou
John Carreyrou
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, author of "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," a riveting account of the scandal he uncovered at Theranos, a health tech startup that promised to revolutionize diagnostic testing. Mr. Carreyrou uncovered company founder Elizabeth Holmes' widespread deception that duped high level investors and put patients' lives at risk.

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

Dr. David Blumenthal of the Commonwealth Fund on the HITECH Act, ACA and High Cost of American Health Care

FEATURED GUEST:
David Blumenthal
David Blumenthal
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Blumenthal, President of the Commonwealth Fund, a philanthropy dedicated to research supporting a high-functioning health care system. He discusses expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the vital role of the HITECH Act in adoption of electronic health records in the US, and the Fund's ongoing research comparing US health costs to other countries.

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

Aetna President Karen Lynch on CVS Merger and Goals to Improve Population Health

FEATURED GUEST:
Karen Lynch
Karen Lynch
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Karen Lynch, President of Aetna, who discusses the proposed merger between the nation's third largest insurer and CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the country. Ms. Lynch discusses the potential for transforming the health care system by providing preventive care interventions at the neighborhood pharmacy, fostering more active consumer engagement for better health outcomes.

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2018

Biology's New Frontier: The Human Cell Atlas Seeks To Create "Google Maps" for All Cells in the Body

FEATURED GUEST:
Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann
Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Aviv Regev of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Dr. Sarah Teichmann of the Wellcome Sanger Institute at Cambridge, Co-Chairs of the Human Cell Atlas project which is seeking to create a "Google Maps" for the body's 37 trillion cells. It's a global collaboration of multiple scientific disciplines, tasked with creating a comprehensive and open-source cell map, to yield a deeper understanding of the foundational elements of human health and disease.

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

Protecting the Health of Our Nation's Active Duty Military and Families: Defense Health Agency Director Vice Admiral Raquel Bono

FEATURED GUEST:
Raquel Bono
Raquel Bono
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Vice Admiral Dr. Raquel Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency, tasked with providing health services for some 9.4 million members and their families. She talks about the complex, integrated health system providing care from the home base to the battlefield, the implementation of an integrated electronic health records system, and the partnerships required to support the DHA's mission to deliver quality care to all members stationed around the globe.

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

America's Costly Health Care: Harvard's Ashish Jha Shares His Insights on Causes and Solutions

FEATURED GUEST:
Ashish Jha
Ashish Jha
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Ashish Jha, Associate Dean for Research Translation and Global Strategy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They discuss his recent report analyzing American health care costs compared to 10 other industrialized nations pointing to lack a of data and price transparency as drivers, suggesting that a combination of public policy and private innovations will lead to an "American solution" to the cost problem.

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Innovating Across Public and Private Health Systems: Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair of World Health Innovation Network

FEATURED GUEST:
Anne Snowdon
Anne Snowdon
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anne Snowdon, CEO of the Supply Chain Advancement Network (SCAN Health) and Chair of the World Health Innovation Network at the University of Windsor, Ontario which seeks to advance supply chain management to improve health systems efficiency and health outcomes. She discusses their partnerships around the globe linking the public and private sectors to collaborate on improving health systems, and what countries like Australia have done to achieve higher value care at much lower costs.

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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018

Fighting for America's Health: Debra Ness, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Women and Families

FEATURED GUEST:
Debra Ness
Debra Ness
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Debra Ness, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a non-profit organization fighting for access to quality health care for all Americans, especially women and children. She discusses the advocacy efforts of the NPWF that have informed policies such as the Family Leave Act, the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018

Social Determinants and Health Outcomes, National Health Foundation CEO Kelly Bruno on Innovative Strategies that Work

FEATURED GUEST:
Kelly Bruno
Kelly Bruno
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Kelly Bruno, President and CEO of the National Health Foundation, a California-based non-profit dedicated to addressing the social determinants that impact population health. She discusses their programs assisting homeless patients to find housing, efforts to address food deserts, and health literacy programs empowering young people seeking to improve their communities' health.

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