MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
Episode #81 of 518
Reimagining the Future of Health Care: Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC, Dr. Rasu Shrestha on Design Thinking and Innovation
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.
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
Episode #82 of 518
Smart Phones, Genomics and AI: Dr. Eric Topol on Health Care's Next Frontier in Personalized Medicine
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
Episode #83 of 518
Scandal in Silicon Valley: Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou on the Rise and Spectacular Fall of Theranos
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.
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
Episode #84 of 518
Dr. David Blumenthal of the Commonwealth Fund on the HITECH Act, ACA and High Cost of American Health Care
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.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
Episode #85 of 518
Aetna President Karen Lynch on CVS Merger and Goals to Improve Population Health
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.
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2018
Episode #86 of 518
Biology's New Frontier: The Human Cell Atlas Seeks To Create "Google Maps" for All Cells in the Body
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.
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
Episode #87 of 518
Protecting the Health of Our Nation's Active Duty Military and Families: Defense Health Agency Director Vice Admiral 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.
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018
Episode #88 of 518
America's Costly Health Care: Harvard's Ashish Jha Shares His Insights on Causes and Solutions
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.
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
Episode #89 of 518
Innovating Across Public and Private Health Systems: Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair of World Health Innovation Network
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.
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018
Episode #90 of 518
Fighting for America's Health: Debra Ness, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Women and Families
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.
MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018
Episode #91 of 518
Social Determinants and Health Outcomes, National Health Foundation CEO Kelly Bruno on Innovative Strategies that Work
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.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
Episode #92 of 518
National Access to Primary Care and Minister of Loneliness: Dr. Charles Alessi on the UK's Approach to Population Health and Dementia Prevention
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor for Dementia Prevention at Public Health England, the UK's equivalent of the CDC. Dr. Alessi talks about the prevention strategies being deployed across the UK to delay the onset of dementia, the lack of barriers to primary care services, and their recently announced Minister of Loneliness to confront this chronic health issue.
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018
Episode #93 of 518
Health Disparities by Zip Code, Race and Poverty: Stanford's Raj Chetty Continues to Find Links
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned Stanford economist Dr. Raj Chetty on his seminal work linking zip code, poverty and health and economic disparity. Dr. Chetty has mined large data sets from the US Census Bureau and public tax information to confirm the undeniable link between poverty, race and the lack of upward mobility, as well as a widening gap in life expectancy between the rich and poor in America.
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018
Episode #94 of 518
Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee on Tech-Driven Solutions to Storm Preparedness Developed After Katrina and How Expanded Medicaid Coverage Has Improved Population Health
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Health Secretary on the state's improved storm preparedness plans based on lessons learned from the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She talks about the robust state-wide electronic health record system created after the storm including a statewide data base of vulnerable populations for better evacuation strategies, what they've shared with other states facing weather disasters, and how expanded Medicaid has dramatically improved access to primary and preventive care in Louisiana, yielding better health outcomes.
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
Episode #95 of 518
America's Gun Violence Epidemic: Leading Harvard Researcher Dr. David Hemenway Shares His Findings
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has spent decades researching America's gun violence epidemic, its root causes, the casualties and public health and legal policies that would mitigate the problem.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
Episode #96 of 518
On a Quest to Save 100 Million Lives, Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on His New Global Venture
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden on his new role as CEO of Resolve To Save Lives, committed to saving 100 million lives globally by focusing on cardiovascular disease and epidemics. This project, sponsored by Vital Strategies, seeks to improve prevention efforts around the world, and better track and monitor infectious disease outbreaks that can lead to deadly pandemics.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018
Episode #97 of 518
Cleveland Clinic Innovations Executive Director Peter O'Neill on their Innovation Strategy
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Peter O'Neill, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization branch of Cleveland Clinic dedicated to bringing clinicians' inventions to the marketplace. Mr. O'Neill discusses the system that supports the clinicians/inventors, Cleveland Clinic's global expansion, and their annual list of technologies that will disrupt health care.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Episode #98 of 518
Where Will Healthcare be in 2020? Thomas Jefferson University's Dr. Steve Klasko Breaks Down His Vision of Healthcare Disruption
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, on his efforts to transform health care. Dr. Klasko made bold changes to the University and its hospitals by implementing a startup mentality and making innovation a priority among the academic and clinical departments. He also discusses how creativity and compassion are the keys to that innovation and breaks down the next steps needed to transform the industry.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Episode #99 of 518
Stanford Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor on Apple Heart Study, Biomedical Revolution and Precision Health
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, on his strategic plan for advancing 21st century biomedicine. He discusses the transformation underway in health care using data, artificial intelligence and telehealth protocols to support health industry transformation, and how all of this will impact medical education in the future.
MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
Episode #100 of 518
Renowned Addiction Specialist, Dr. John F. Kelly of Massachusetts General on Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John F. Kelly, renowned addiction expert and Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly has done extensive research on evidence-based treatments for addiction disorders and recommends a comprehensive, chronic disease management approach to addiction treatment and recovery.