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How is technology reshaping the healthcare industry? The Healthcare Weekly podcast reframes the conversation about the delivery of care in the US and beyond. Join hosts Codrin Arsene and Michael Reddy as they interview the best & brightest in healthcare to explore how new innovations — including artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality and big data — are improving patient outcomes and changing the healthcare experience.

Healthcare Weekly: At the Forefront of Healthcare Innovation Codrin Arsene, Michael Reddy

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How is technology reshaping the healthcare industry? The Healthcare Weekly podcast reframes the conversation about the delivery of care in the US and beyond. Join hosts Codrin Arsene and Michael Reddy as they interview the best & brightest in healthcare to explore how new innovations — including artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality and big data — are improving patient outcomes and changing the healthcare experience.

    Will Novoheart Make Animal Testing Obsolete?

    Will Novoheart Make Animal Testing Obsolete?

    In this episode, Codrin Arsene is joined by Kevin Costa. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Novoheart, a company that creates three-dimensional heart constructs which drug manufacturers can use to test out various drugs and treatments.

    The current drug development process can take ten years or more to complete. Kevin describes this very inefficient process and the costs incurred by manufacturers. He talks about the inaccurate results that testing animals provides and Novoheart’s offering of a much more reliable solution.

    The potential impact on medicine and healthcare by developing heart constructs that are specific to an individual patient is enormous. Kevin says that right now the costs may be prohibitive but explains that it is completely doable.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    How Novoheart works and how they build their hearts
    Experiments and tests that are happening with Novoheart today
    Recent studies published by Novoheart
    Questions from scientists that Novoheart could address
    How specific the human tissue construct can be
    Limitations in this field

    • 32 min
    Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Medical Quality Testing?

    Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Medical Quality Testing?

    Today’s guest is Neri Lavi. He serves as Managing Director in the United States for Qualitest, the largest quality engineering company in the world. In the US, most of Qualitest’s business activities revolve around the healthcare industry.

    Neri describes what to know before testing a device for V&V approval. He talks about the most common challenges that device manufacturers have to deal with, paying special attention to documentation and access. We also learn about the different areas that AI can be used in.

    In today's Healthcare Weekly episode, Neri talks about the three groups in healthcare that can benefit from testing through the use of artificial intelligence. He explains how AI can help with QA testing and takes us through relevant examples before giving his thoughts on data breaches in the medical industry.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    An overview of Qualitest
    Common challenges faced by medical device manufacturers
    How artificial intelligence is leveraged in quality testing
    The usefulness of machine learning for the QA discipline
    Artificial intelligence use cases for healthcare solutions
    Common software development mistakes that lead to data breaches
    Underlying technologies that help companies get better at testing

    • 36 min
    Keeping Employees Healthy with Virgin Pulse

    Keeping Employees Healthy with Virgin Pulse

    Today we're chatting with Rajiv Kumar, Chief Medical Officer and President of the Virgin Pulse Institute.

    Virgin Pulse is the largest employee heath and well-being company in the world. They have a high-tech approach to engaging employees who work for large corporations to prevent health issues.

    Virgin Pulse has taken health and well-being and boiled it down to what Rajiv believes is the root of everything they want to accomplish. This root is the daily routine of employees, and Rajiv explains how Virgin Pulse influences this to improve lives. He also gives insight to the platform the company has built to deliver this information.

    There are three compelling pieces that Virgin Pulse has implemented in their platform that retain users, and Rajiv reveals what they are. He says that Virgin Pulse has been able to demonstrate meaningful outcomes year after year, which has allowed them to cultivate the sizable customer base that they have.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    The alignment of Virgin Pulse’s mission and its conglomerate
    How the company is able to keep employees happy and healthy
    Sharing data points with physicians and employers
    Usage rates of the Virgin Pulse platform
    Measurable impacts that Virgin Pulse has on employees
    Generational differences in data
    Participation rate variation between genders
    Virgin Pulse’s acquisition of SimplyWell

    • 51 min
    Streamlining the Healthcare Licensing Process with BlocHealth

    Streamlining the Healthcare Licensing Process with BlocHealth

    Today’s podcast guest is Jared Taylor. He is the CEO and co-founder of BlocHealth, which is a blockchain-based healthcare company taking on the licensing and credentialing process in the industry. BlocHealth has created a solution that will streamline this entire process.

    BlocHealth leverages a universal common application and blockchain technology to make the process go much faster without sacrificing security. Jared shares the roles of these two aspects and provides an explanation of how they work together to relieve healthcare providers of somewhat tedious activities.

    Getting providers to update their information readily is tough, but BlocHealth makes this easy by alerting them when licenses expire. Reducing incomplete applications along with getting applications back faster are areas where Jared believes BlocChain can alter the healthcare landscape for the better.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    How BlocHealth works and its desired outcome
    The biggest challenges of healthcare in the United States
    Verification in the healthcare industry
    Gaps in legislation that need to be overcome by BlocHealth
    The value proposition of BlocHealth
    Cost reduction while staying aligned with policies
    The current status of BlocHealth
    Obstacles faced by the whole blockchain industry

    • 34 min
    Smart hospital beds that can save lives? Yes, they exist!

    Smart hospital beds that can save lives? Yes, they exist!

    Matt Johnson is the CEO of EarlySense and our guest in this podcast episode. The company makes a contact-free continuous patient monitor that turns any bed into a smart bed. Their clients are typically hospitals and nursing facilities, along with some home applications, too.

    In a typical day at a hospital, heart and respiratory rates are collected from patients about six times per day. EarlySense can collect this data twice per second, giving an earlier indication of patient deterioration that allows nurses and doctors to react quickly.

    The goal of EarlySense’s work in reducing deterioration events and improving patient outcomes is to make hospital care more predictable. From this, hospitals will perform much better overall. Matt hopes that within a few years, unmonitored beds will be on every hospital’s list of problems to solve.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    What EarlySense does
    Data points that are collected from patients by EarlySense
    How a home-use experiment of EarlySense went
    Study results that support the use of EarlySense
    Hospitals being able to make more money by complying with Medicare
    EarlySense’s partnership with Hill-Rom
    Where Matt sees his company and the industry going in five years

    • 29 min
    Can healthcare analytics actually help with chronic disease management? One CEO say YES.

    Can healthcare analytics actually help with chronic disease management? One CEO say YES.

    Rimidi is a digital health company that provides software and clinical analytics for chronic disease management. The CEO of Rimidi, Josh Claman, is on the podcast today to educate us about the platform.

    Healthcare is currently a reactive system that is episodic and in-clinic. To manage chronic diseases effectively, Josh insists that we need to move towards an approach that virtualizes healthcare and delivers it to where the patient is. He explains how Rimidi can accomplish this.

    Rimidi does not want to further fragment healthcare. They don’t want an app that just cares for hypertension or diabetes; they want to treat patients as patients. Josh tells us how higher-risk patients with multiple issues can be treated holistically.

    Listen to the podcast to learn about:
    Rimidi’s mission to reshape healthcare
    Success that Josh has seen when Rimidi is used
    Addressing patient compliance and adherence to medical protocol
    Creating a partnership with Lilly
    Servicing the cardiovascular disease market with Rimidi
    The lack of integration between certain technological solutions
    Other areas that Josh thinks can be improved in healthcare

    • 33 min

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