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.

January 19, 2018

Richard Milani, MD: How Innovators Can Improve The Clinical Experience For Patients

Richard Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA
Richard Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA

Clinical Transformation Officer, Ocshner Health System

Mark Olschesky

Chief Data Officer

We didn’t begin seeing the Clinical Transformation Officer role within healthcare in wide numbers until around 2014. Possibly this is due, in part, to the multi-disciplinary domain of digital health becoming widely viewed as providing an avenue for transforming healthcare at the same time. Today’s podcast with Ocshner’s Clinical Transformation Officer Dr. Richard Milani takes even those with limited knowledge of the role and provides context into how this role fits within the ecosystem of healthcare innovation. Datica’s Chief Data Officer, Mark Olschesky, sat down with Dr. Milani while in New Orleans to speak at the HL7 Partners in Interoperability Summit, and visited with him to learn more about the innovations that Ocshner is delivering—and how this health system views clinical transformation.

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September 29, 2017

Dan Munro: Healthcare’s Technology Gamble

Dan Munro

If you have ever wanted to understand how the healthcare system works, today’s podcast with author Dan Munro is a good place to start. As a Forbes contributor, Dan has written countless articles on healthcare policy. His book, “Casino Healthcare: The Health of a Nation: America’s Biggest Gamble” is a culmination and extension of what his research uncovered on the subject of the U.S. healthcare. Interestingly enough, he says even after the election, virtually nothing has changed from the time he published the book in 2016. Travis Good sits down with Dan to talk healthcare policy, the promise of a national patient identifier, EHRs, data access and integration in a lively, insightful chat about everything healthcare.

August 30, 2017

Aaron Neinstein, MD: Emerging Healthcare Data Challenges from Patient Centric Technologies

Aaron Neinstein, MD

Never has so much patient-generated data been available. Yet, without a way to organize, digest and make sense of it all, most of these kernels of insight are left untapped. Many digital health companies from coast to coast are working on technologies to remedy that situation. In today’s podcast, we talk to UCSF’s Dr. Aaron Neinstein who gives us a glimpse into some of those promising technologies. He also offers an inside look at the patient-generated data challenges for doctors and what the future may hold for combining this data with what physicians presently can gather in a clinical setting.

July 25, 2017

Naomi Fried, PhD — How Digital Health Companies Can Help Pharma Innovate Faster

Naomi Fried, PhD

Few in healthcare have as much innovation experience as does Dr. Naomi Fried. As you listen to this month’s podcast that features a chat between Dr. Fried and host Travis Good, MD, you’ll discover the differences between the way pharma and a hospital system innovates, as well as what digital health may add to pharma in the future.

June 30, 2017

Dr. Sanjeev Arora — Improving rural access to care: the role technology plays and the value of telehealth

Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG

The Healthcare Innovators Podcast brings Dr. Sanjeev Arora to you this month to discuss how technology plays a role in improved access to care for rural areas. Dr. Arora is the Director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). He developed the Project ECHO model as a platform for service delivery, education and evaluation. It took off in New Mexico; now it’s going around the globe. Dr. Arora is truly making a difference in healthcare today and we’re delighted he has stopped by to share his thoughts on healthcare access.

May 9, 2017

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

Josh Mandel, MD

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.

February 20, 2017

Joseph Kvedar, MD, Author of "The Internet of Healthy Things"

Joseph Kvedar, MD

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.

January 16, 2017

Luis Saldana, MD: on the Evolving Role of the Hospital CMIO in 2017

Luis Saldana, MD

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.

November 15, 2016

Dr. Mark Braunstein: Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability

Dr. Mark Braunstein

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.”

October 26, 2016

Ida Sim, MD: Physician, Researcher, and Entrepreneur

Ida Sim, MD

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.

October 18, 2016

Charles Jaffe, MD: Why Healthcare Should Expand its View of FHIR

Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD

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.

October 1, 2016

Mark Shapiro, MD, Host of the "Explore the Space" Podcast

Mark Shapiro, MD

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.

July 22, 2016

Micky Tripathi: a FHIR-side Chat

Micky Tripathi

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.

June 20, 2016

Grahame Grieve - the future of healthcare interoperability (part 3)

Grahame Grieve

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.

April 15, 2016

Grahame Grieve - the future of healthcare interoperability (part 1)

Grahame Grieve

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.

April 4, 2016

Grahame Grieve - the future of healthcare interoperability (part 2)

Grahame Grieve

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

April 1, 2016

Mark Smith, MD — Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health

Mark Smith, MD

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.

March 3, 2016

Thomas Graham, MD, Chief Health Strategy & CIO, Tavistock Group

Thomas Graham, MD

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.

December 1, 2015

Robert Wachter, MD - Professor, Department of Medicine at UCSF

Robert Wachter, MD

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

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.

November 6, 2015

Aneesh Chopra - Co-founder & CEO NavHealth

Aneesh Chopra

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.

November 3, 2015

Jordan Shlain, MD - Founder, Healthloop

Jordan Shlain, MD

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.

October 28, 2015

Dr. Chris Wasden, Executive Director, Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at the University of Utah

Dr. Chris Wasden

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!

September 3, 2015

Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health

Molly Coye, MD

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.

August 27, 2015

Joel Vengco - CIO and Vice President Information & Technology, Baystate Health

Joel Vengco

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!

August 17, 2015

Simon Jones - Vice President of HIT Product Strategy at Blue Shield of California

Simon Jones

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.

August 5, 2015

R "Ray" Wang, Founder and Chairman of Constellation Research


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.

June 11, 2015

Sue Schade, CIO at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Sue Schade

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.

March 8, 2015

Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip

Alan Portela

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!

February 20, 2015

Chris Belmont, VP & CIO at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chris Belmont

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.

January 23, 2015

Wayne Guerra, MD, MBA — Co-founder of iTriage and Lecturer at University of Denver

Wayne Guerra, MD, MBA

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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