The Healthcare Innovators Podcast

How does healthcare innovate? Datica explores this topic in a new series of interviews with several of the industry's top thinkers and doers. Follow along with us as we uncover insights to catalyzing change in healthcare.

May 9, 2017

Joshua Mandel, MD — FHIR and barriers to widespread adoption of Clinical Decision Support

Our guest in this episode is Joshua Mandel, MD, who is both a physician and software developer. With Mark Olshchesky as host, Dr. Mandel dives into SMART on FHIR and the widespread adoption of Clinical Decision Support. Dr. Mandel shares his experience as a technical architect for the SMART project organized by Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as specific projects that are making a difference to clinicians and healthcare.

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When we look at a more connected healthcare system, few see it as clearly as Joseph Kvedar, MD, author of The Internet of Healthy Things. In this podcast, he reveals which pieces of the healthcare industry have embraced connected health and which will have to be dragged to the party. Getting insights from Dr. Kvedar is like Googling the future of healthcare.

The role of the hospital chief medical information officer (CMIO) is evolving. As we begin 2017, healthcare organizations nationwide will be tapping their CMIOs to provide strategies around MACRA, MIPS, physician satisfaction and more. In this latest podcast, Texas Health Resources CMIO Luis Saldana, MD shares his top priorities for 2017 and how those will affect the overall healthcare delivery for his organization. Dr. Saldana expands on the CMIO role and how it is expanding.

Today Healthcare Innovators Podcast has a great conversation about “Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability” with Dr. Mark Braunstein, who teaches healthcare informatics at Georgia Tech. In this episode, Travis Good, MD finds out more about Braunstein and his work at the first US university to have a FHIR server for class work. Listeners will learn more about the FHIR-enabled projects that Georgia Tech master-level students are doing in conjunction with research physician clinicians in the Atlanta area.

We also prod Braunstein for his personal insight about what is missing in today’s medical education. Listeners can gain deeper insight into this area, by ordering Braunstein’s latest book “Practitioner’s Guide to Health Informatics.”

Travis Good, MD pulls up a virtual chair with Dr. Ida Sim in this podcast. Listeners get a clinician’s view of the value of patient-generated data, sensor brands, and where all this deluge of data is going. As a primary care doctor, informatics research and entrepreneur, Dr. Sim provides a take on data that no one else can. She explains datasets and what doctors need better than most, so it’s a rare opportunity to interview her and a treat for listeners who want that inside view of the industry from a clinician’s eye. Catalyze supports the Open mHealth organization and its mission. After listening to this interview learn more by checking the organization out.

Mohan Balachandran chats with HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, MD in this podcast presentation. From this segment, listeners will discover more about FHIR and learn why developers and hospital systems shouldn’t wait for a fully baked data exchange standard. Healthcare leaders often raise many questions around FHIR and Dr. Jaffe provides clarity around those questions. With standards as a critical component of healthcare innovation, this FHIR-based podcast is a must for those who can’t get enough understanding of FHIR.

It’s been a little over a year since we began examining innovation from all its various aspects. We’ve covered every side, except for the physician side, so in today’s episode, Travis Good, MD gets the practicing physician’s stance on technology and how it is being incorporated into practices, or not. Mark Shapiro, MD, a hospitalist and host of Explore the Space podcast discusses the physician’s part in the development of these technologies and where they could play a more leading role. Additionally, Dr. Shapiro’s shares his favorite guest interviews, helping us to see how healthcare can leverage insights from other industries.

In this episode, Travis Good, MD conducts a FHIR-side chat with Micky Tripathi, President and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Cooperative. The two discuss the upsides and down-sides of the new data standard and dig into the predictions around availability of use case applications and FHIR tools, as well as app portability enabled by FHIR. Despite what many feel about FHIR’s ability to solve all aspects of the interoperability puzzle, Tripathi uses his humor to illustrate how misplaced those sentiments might be. Listeners will also be treated to Tripathi’s thoughts of who the industry dark horse may be in solving the problem with patient-generated data.

In this episode, Grahame Grieve, Product Director of FHIR for HL7 continues his last interview in a three-part series with Datica. Mark Olschesky, Datica’s Chief Data Officer questions Grieve about “The Economics of FHIR and Interoperability” for this last interview. The economics of FHIR is a passionate subject for Grieve for which he recognizes that no pat answers exist. In this interview, Grieve contextualizes the questions and provides possible answers that only time will prove out.

The Healthcare Innovators Podcast is proud to connect you with Grahame Grieve, Product Director of FHIR for HL7. Grahame hails from Melbourne, Australia and has come to be industry known as the “Father of FHIR.” Before creating the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, he spent years working with the HL7 standards that assist in transferring clinical and administrative data between software applications. Today, we’ll learn a bit more about the background of FHIR and why healthcare subdomains are attracted to the FHIR standard. This is first in a three-part interview series around the FHIR standard and one that will leave you laughing as Grieve shares his favorite answer to what FHIR stands for.

In part 2 of our healthcare innovators series, Datica co-founder & president Mohan Balachandran continues his conversations with Grahame Grieve (“The Father of FHIR”).

Dr. Mark Smith shared with us the genesis for the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), which he leads. Change in healthcare requires human connection, opportunity, and open mindedness to respond to unexpected ideas. Learn more with us on the topic of innovation at MedStar.

Dr. Thomas Graham spent time talking about his time leading innovation at the Cleveland Clinic and what he’s up to now at the Tavistock Group. We came away with a newfound appreciation to the role of partnerships as critical components to innovation.

Robert Wachter, MD, coined the term “Hospitalist” in the 90s. He’s since moved onto examine the role of technology in healthcare organizations, and now sits as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. He took time out of his day to talk about innovation, digitization, and what healthcare will look like in the near future.

November 23, 2015

Trey Lauderdale, CEO of Voalte

Trey Lauderdale stopped by to share Voalte’s origin story and why he will not rest as CEO until every pager within healthcare has been replaced.

It was with special pleasure that we welcomed Aneesh Chopra, America’s first Chief Technology Officer, for a quick discussion around how the government plays a role with healthcare innovation. We learned how the public and private sectors can play together, about the importance of creating new muscles, and the importance of demand for interoperability.

Dr. Jordan Shlain took time out of his busy day practicing as a primary care physician and being a founder of the innovative digital health company Healthloop to discuss the inspiration behind Tincture. We also were witness to the creation of a few new vocabulary terms, which we loved.

Dr. Chris Wadsen discussed the types of tensions found in organizations, and which can be found in healthcare. This interview is packed full of insight and thoughtful discussion!

Dr. Molly Coye joined us to talk about UCLA’s innovation process through the topic “Doer, thinker, delegator: Why all three traits drive decision making that sustains organizational change.” We learned a great deal about the full life cycle of innovation adoption—from sourcing to evaluating to implementing to operationalizing. Come check this interview out for a candid glimpse into one of the nation’s best innovation programs.

Joel Vengco from Baystate Health joined us from the TechSpring facilities to talk about the many ways of bringing external innovation into a health system. This interview is jam-packed with a bountiful number of knowledge soundbites geared towards startups. Listen in to understand how Baystate sources, pilots, evaluates, and implements new ideas. What an interview!

Simon Jones sat down with Travis to discuss two big topics: how to affect behavior change, and building core infrastructure. Simon believes both are central components to accelerating innovation within healthcare, and we tend to agree with him.

R “Ray” Wang chatted with Travis about the digital transformation of healthcare. Many of Ray’s insights were pulled from his new book Disrupting Digital Business: Creating an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer Economy which published May 5th. We were impressed by his varied background, and engaged in a conversation about business models, culture, and EHRs.

Sue Schade, who recently was awarded CIO of the Year by CHIME and HIMSS, joined us to talk about her experience with previously bringing new frameworks and programs into Brigham and Women’s in Boston and what innovation looks like in her new post as CIO at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. We capped it off with some wonderful insight for startups looking to bring innovation into hospitals.

AirStrip is one of the most exciting up-and-coming healthcare vendors in the industry. Alan Portela, its CEO, was a natural first option to interview for the series. We discussed how to cultivate continuous disruption, the future of interoperability, real-time analytics, the AirStrip Innovation Marketplace, and a few tips for building a great company. What an interview!

Chris Belmont joined us to talk about how he uses metrics to define success and prove positive impact on healthcare innovations within MD Anderson, and healthcare more broadly. His insight to what metrics matter and how he structures his team was incredible.

Dr. Guerra is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of iTriage, but also an emergency physician and university lecturer on the topic of innovation. He joined us today to talk about ways to introduce your startup to healthcare organizations, culminating in a fantastic story about iTriage’s origins. This is an interview you can’t miss if you have ever wondered the best ways to sell into healthcare.


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