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Solving Healthcare is a podcast series launched in September 2019 by the Resource Optimization Network. Led by Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a palliative care & intensive care doctor based in Ottawa, these podcasts will feature interviews and discussions on the topic of improving healthcare delivery in Canada. Underpinned by the values of cost-effectiveness, dignity, and justice, these podcasts will challenge the status quo, leaving no stone unturned as we explore gaps, assumptions, and different perspectives in the pursuit of finding solutions to problems in Canada’s healthcare system

Note, views expressed belong to the host only.

Solving Healthcare with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

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Solving Healthcare is a podcast series launched in September 2019 by the Resource Optimization Network. Led by Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a palliative care & intensive care doctor based in Ottawa, these podcasts will feature interviews and discussions on the topic of improving healthcare delivery in Canada. Underpinned by the values of cost-effectiveness, dignity, and justice, these podcasts will challenge the status quo, leaving no stone unturned as we explore gaps, assumptions, and different perspectives in the pursuit of finding solutions to problems in Canada’s healthcare system

Note, views expressed belong to the host only.

    Mega-Episode! Dr. Jane Philpott, Andre Picard & Dr. Brian Goldman: COVID-19, The Path Forward.

    Mega-Episode! Dr. Jane Philpott, Andre Picard & Dr. Brian Goldman: COVID-19, The Path Forward.

    This has our very special LIVECAST featuring leading health experts Dr. Jane Philpott, Mr. André Picard, and Dr. Brian Goldman.
    We covered:
    -How Canada has faired with COVID.
    -What we could have done better.
    -The need for better contact tracing.
    -Marginalized patient groups.
    -How to manage wait times.
    -How behavioural science needs to have a louder voice.

    *Apologies for the fire alarm! It stops about 6 minutes in!


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Minicast: COVID 19: Let's Get Healthy!

    Minicast: COVID 19: Let's Get Healthy!

    Solocast!
    My perspective on how we should be approaching COVID-19.

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    • 5 min
    COVID-19: Effectiveness of Lockdown vs Responsible Physical Distancing, with Ivor Cummins

    COVID-19: Effectiveness of Lockdown vs Responsible Physical Distancing, with Ivor Cummins

    Key Takeaways

     Are the measures for safety for COVID-19 imposed by the government excessive? Yes and no, says Ivor Cummins, a specialist in nutrition to combat chronic disease.
     In many ways, Mr. Cummins thinks that the lockdowns imposed by countries across the world are excessive.
    While measures like social distancing and masks have merit, lockdown has needlessly shut-down the economy and caused significant distress.
     Given that it’s highly likely that COVID-19 will have a seasonal component, Mr. Cummins explores specific ways
    that we as a population can prepare for it every year, including lowering our burden of chronic disease.

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    Further Readings
    ❖ Visit Ivor Cummins website here: https://thefatemperor.com/
    ❖ Explore the Extra Time Movie, a film featuring Cummins, here: https://www.extratimemovie.com/
    ❖ Read about Dr. Michael Levitt’s interview on “natural flattening” of COVID-19 here: https://www.stanforddaily.com/2020/05/04/qa-nobel-laureate-says-covid-19-curve-could-be-naturally-self-flattening/
    Eat Rich, Live Long: Mastering the Low-Carb & Keto Spectrum for Weight Loss and Longevity
    ❖ Solving Healthcare Podcast Website:
    https://solving-healthcare-with-dr-kwadwo-kyeremanteng.simplecast.com/
    ❖ Solving Healthcare Apple Podcasts:
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    ❖ Check us out on iTunes: “Solving Healthcare with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng”
    ❖ Resource Optimization Network: https://www.resourceoptimizationnetwork.com/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Webinar 6: Prognosis of Vented COVID-19 Patients

    Webinar 6: Prognosis of Vented COVID-19 Patients

    An entire panel of critical care experts will be discussing ‘Prognosis of Vented COVID-19 Patients’.
    Dr's Brindley, Doobay, Neilipovitz, Rochwerg, Gershengorn & Mauri discuss what they've on the frontlines.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    COVID-19: Free Psychological Services For Frontline Staff, with Dr. Karen Cohen

    COVID-19: Free Psychological Services For Frontline Staff, with Dr. Karen Cohen

    A discussion with Canadian Psychological Association CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen. Managing stress during this pandemic and announcing CPA's initiative, offering free counselling to frontline staff throughout the country.

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    • 22 min
    COVID-19's Impact on the Homeless, Safe Injection Sites & More, with Dr. Mark Tyndall

    COVID-19's Impact on the Homeless, Safe Injection Sites & More, with Dr. Mark Tyndall

    Key Takeaways

    ● Safe injection sites are preparing and taking precautions for pandemic spread
    o Starting to see increased overdoses & drug shortages
    o For inmates at jails that have reported positive COVID-19 cases, discharge plans are important to prevent overdosing if they are to be released

    ● Public health should take a holistic perspective beyond counting new COVID-19 cases and mortality
    o We need to start measuring unintended consequences of the pandemic like overdosing and
    unemployment
    o Adaptability is important to address these unintended consequences
    ▪ Ie: increasing virtual connections via videochat for seniors experiencing loneliness

    ● Addictions are rooted in social problems, and requires flexible management that address both medical and social concerns
    o Individuals who use drugs experience recurrent trauma and experiences with poverty
    o Need a long-term holistic approach, can’t rely on cold-turkey approaches



    Safe supply program
    ● Safe supply refers to the harm reduction principle of distributing substances as alternatives to street drugs that
    may be laced with fentanyl
    o Hydromorphone or suboxone are examples of safe supply substances
    ● Medication dispensing machines
    o Pilot program with 15 participants allows them to access safe supply pills from a machine
    ▪ Participants identified by a vein scanner built into the machine
    ▪ Machine has internal timer to determine if person is eligible to get another batch of medication
    ● Most participants receive a daily supply to self-administer
    o Still requires a doctor’s prescription and is documented on pharmacy records
    ▪ “This is just a lockbox for people’s drugs”, says Dr. Tyndall
    o Vancouver police embracing the machines as a crime prevention measure
    o Monthly maintenance cost per machine is $2500
    ● Next steps
    o 5 more machines have been ordered to expand the program

    ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dr. Mark Tyndall gives an update on current harm reduction initiatives providing support to individuals who use drugs during the pandemic

    o Continue to advocate for harm reduction and garner support from the
    community

    Dr. Mark Tyndall is an epidemiologist, physician and public health expert. An early advocate for harm reduction programs, Tyndall was at the forefront of North America's first legally sanctioned supervised injection facility, INSITE, established in Vancouver in 2003.
    Dr. Tyndall received his Medical degree and internal medicine training at McMaster University and his infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Manitoba. He received a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University with a focus on health and human rights. He has conducted international research and consultation in a number of countries and resided in Kenya for 4 years as part of the WHO collaborative research group on HIV. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site.
    Interview took place April 21st, 2020

    Further Readings
    ❖ Solving Healthcare Podcast Website:
    https://solving-healthcare-with-dr-kwadwo-kyeremanteng.simplecast.com/
    ❖ Solving Healthcare Apple Podcasts:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/solving-healthcare-with-dr-
    kwadwokyeremanteng/id1478899917
    ❖ Check us out on iTunes: “Solving Healthcare with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng”
    ❖ Resource Optimization Network: https://www.resourceoptimizationnetwork.com/

    Show Notes by Christina Yan

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

Danjiro012345 ,

Want the straight up juice? This is it 👍👍

Solving healthcare provides a public platform for open and honest discussion on the day to day grind of being in the medical system. A unique podcast that helps Doctors and those in the medical community communicate about the challenges they face together as well share solutions and best practices. Also a platform to motivate positive systemic change for the future. 👌👏👏

AdBr416929 ,

Informative and fun!!!

Love the podcast. Excellent, knowledgeable guests who explain complex concepts clearly. Lots of relevant topics. Great balance between being educational but also entertaining.

Erin Postle ,

Love it!

Thank you so much for doing this podcast Kwadwo! I love your energy and how you are bringing relevant and important topics to light! The episode with Jason Fung was exceptional, two legends together! Thank you!

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