HIMSSCast is a podcast produced by the HIMSS Media editorial team behind Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews, and Healthcare Finance News. In each episode, host Jonah Comstock is joined by editors from one or more of the brands and/or special guests from around the health tech industry to discuss major news stories or trends in the space. The aim of the show is to add depth, analysis, and color to our ongoing coverage of the digital health, health tech, and healthcare finance realms, as well as to facilitate lively conversations about hot health tech topics. HIMSSCast is a member of the Health Podcast Network (www.healthpodcastnetwork.com).
Why a Google vet started a next-gen health insurer — with Andrew Toy
Clover Health wants to improve physician performance by giving them access to cutting edge AI technology. But the company chose to enter the market not as a technology vendor but as an insurer, disrupting traditional payment structures and care navigation technology in one fell swoop. On today's HIMSSCast, Clover Health's Andrew Toy joins host Jonah Comstock to talk about his story and his own particular take on solving the healthcare cost crisis in America.
What Clover does and how its different from other payers and other startupsClover Assistant, Clover’s provider-facing tech stack, and how it fits into their modelGetting away from the idea of networksWhat does value-based care mean for CloverWho holds the risk? And why it should be the insurersWhy the incentive alignment argument for value-based care is more complicated than people thinkIncentivizing doctors by giving them more powerful toolsHow health systems should fit into the value-based care landscapeWhy Clover launched as a payer and not a technology vendorWhy Clover built its Assistant outside of the EHRFixing healthcare means fixing healthcare for everyoneHow can innovation in insurance push through incumbent players?More about this episode:
Medicare Advantage insurtech startup Clover Health raises $500M
Clover Health will join the public market by merging with Social Capital SPAC
Clover Health's new subsidiary will rely on members, machine learning to fuel drug development
Clover Health laying off 25 percent of staff as it seeks new healthcare expertise
Clover Health gets $130M from Greenoaks, Google Ventures, others
Clover Health planning expansion into 101 new markets
Clover Health taps MedArrive to vaccinate its homebound MA members
Walmart partners with Clover Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans
Looking ahead to the future of telehealth — with Dr. Daniel Kraft
Telehealth and virtual care have advanced leaps and bounds in 2020 and 2021, but there are still many ways in which the technology is inefficient or inaccessible, at least compared to what it could be. Host Jonah Comstock welcomes Dr. Daniel Kraft, founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, to talk about what the future might hold for telehealth and virtual care.
This is the latest episode in our Workforce Re-Entry series sponsored by Zoom.
Where are we now with virtual care?Data integration, triage chatbots, and other hallmarks of the futureAligning incentives to end data siloesImagining a Google Maps/Waze for healthcareThe blurring boundaries between health and wellnessHow do we handle privacy while unlocking novel biomarkers?Big Brother is watching… your health?Sorting out the advantages of physical vs virtual in the futureUsing technology to enhance cliniciansCoordinating and integrating technologies we already haveWhat’s on the horizon for health tech?More about this episode
The Virtual Care Paradigm: Going beyond telehealth for the future – and present – of care
Doctors look to tech for the future but need assurance it will work
HIMSSCast: Peeking into the future of healthcare
The future of the waiting room, and how telemedicine and mobile health could change it
Zoom's head of healthcare talks the future of telemedicine
Kraft: Healthcare data-flow of the future will be fluid, proactive, and personalized
Revisiting streamlined consumer blood testing — with David Stein
While the world has been glued to Elizabeth Holmes' trial, the digital health startup world hasn't given up on the original dream of Theranos: convenient, accessible, low-cost blood testing available at retail locations in the community. In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock checks in with David Stein, CEO of Babson Diagnostics. The company has developed a low-volume blood test that can be operated without a phlebotomist and can perform a large panel of often-requested diagnostics. Jonah and David discuss why this technology is important, how it works, and what it's like to operate in this space when the wounds from the Theranos scandal are still fresh.
Babson’s pitch (and the elephant in the room)Doing accessible blood testing “without cheats”Partnering with retailers, Siemens, and BDInnovating the blood draw itself, and why its importantInnovating the logistics of the testing industryA win-win for consumers, payers, providers, and retailersHow easy consumer blood testing can fit into other virtual care trendsThe impact of the Theranos scandal on the blood testing industryHow Babson approaches innovation at scaleConsumer blood testing and health equityHelping people take control of their own healthIntegrating point solutions into one healthcare ecosystemMore about this episode:
Theranos whistleblower talks ethics in health tech startups
Time for Innovation in Blood Testing Technology (from Babson's website)
'Omnichannel' is the new watchword as big tech, retail get serious about healthcare
Blood testing startup partners with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to support COVID-19 quarantine measures
Industry Voices: Baking equity into healthcare business models
In the second episode of "Industry Voices", we talk to a range of healthcare changemakers encountered at HLTH in Boston last month about health equity. Is the industry's attitude toward this important topic changing? Is it changing fast enough? And what steps and attitudes will be necessary to make the future of healthcare an inherently equitable one?
This episode features the voices of Cityblock Health President Toyin Ajayi, UC Davis Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja, Digital Medicine Society CEO Jennifer Goldsack, Deloitte Partner Peter Micca, and Uber Global Head of Health Caitlin Donovan.
More about this episode:
Cityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundings
Modernizing Medicare and Medicaid means addressing the affordability crisis
Deloitte's Gebreyes: 'Health equity is a moral imperative that requires a business solution'
Leveraging technology to achieve health equity
Addressing health inequities upstream can curb later health disparities
Health equity, SDOH key priorities for ONC, says deputy national coordinator
Health IT and racial justice: Expanding access, ending disparities, empowering communities (Healthcare IT News Special Collection)
HFMA's first Black chair tells finance leaders to focus on diversity, inclusion and health equity
MongoDB Presents: FHIR and the Future of Healthcare at Humana
To give patients the healthcare experience they expect, providers and payers must first free themselves from rigid data architectures, legacy hardware, and monolithic patient record and care applications. Hear how Humana is using FHIR to address these challenges and build the future of connected healthcare.
Remote workforce training in healthcare — with Dr. Justin Barad and Jennifer Fried
In a field as quickly changing as healthcare, ongoing training and education are essential. And just as it did with telehealth and physician collaboration, COVID has helped to accelerate work that was already going on in remote medical education. In today's episode of HIMSSCast, we will talk to two startup founders working on remote workforce training from different angles. First, host Jonah Comstock chats with Osso VR CEO and cofounder Dr. Justin Barad, then Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich talks to Jennifer Fried, CEO and cofounder of ExplORer Surgical.
This podcast is part of our Workforce Re-entry Series, brought to you by Zoom.
Justin's background in video games and surgeryIssues with healthcare workforce training: a lot to learn, complex procedures, no way to assessWhat’s the role of VR and what it can doHow did we teach and practice surgery before VR?What it takes to become proficient in a surgical procedureHow medical education broadly is changingVR fidelity — how it’s changing and why it is (and isn’t) importantHow ExplORer Surgical helps to make surgeries accessible remotely for teachers and studentsDisadvantages to physically observing surgeriesAdvantages to remote observationDealing with connectivity issues in hospitalsHow to maintain a secure environment with remote trainingWhat’s coming up in technology and regulationMore about this episode:
At ortho meeting, VR companies announce industry-advancing partnerships
Surgeon training company Osso VR closes $27M Series B
Surgical training tool Osso VR adds assessment, more language support
Intraoperative support platform ExplORer Surgical collects $2.5M in new funding
Surgical support software maker ExplORer raises $5M
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Whether you’re well established as a healthcare innovator, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Jonah and the entire HIMSS Media team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving healthcare ecosystem - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!