HLTH Matters Podcast is a bi-weekly interview series dedicated to paving a better path forward for the future of health. Each week a variety of hosts bring you authentic conversations with prominent thought leaders. Through these interviews with people at the forefront of change in healthcare, we hope to spark new ideas and encourage new collaborations among listeners.
The Evolution of Telehealth—featuring Roy Schoenberg of American Well
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Roy joins Dr. Kuku to discuss how seeing a relative wait too long to seek care informs his work in telehealth. He shares his vision of the future of telemedicine, explaining how its applications will evolve from facilitating urgent care to enabling existing, trusted relationships between clinicians and patients. Listen in for Roy’s insight around the art of making good decisions in healthcare and learn how technology might reinvent the way we follow up with patients in need of ongoing care.
Extending Healthy Longevity with AI—featuring Alex Zhavoronkov
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Alex joins Dr. Kuku and Dr. Shlain to discuss his work in the field of longevity biotechnology, describing his particular focus on extending our most productive years as opposed to the end of life. He introduces us to the new science around aging clocks and weighs in on the possibilities of using their data to reverse age-associated pathologies. Listen in for Alex’s insight around the potential for AI to influence our political systems and learn how a sole focus on rejuvenation rate would support global economic growth.
Normalizing Stigmatized Health Issues — featuring Melissa Waters of hims & hers
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Melissa joins Dr. Kuku to explain how Hims & Hers provides care in stigmatized categories like erectile dysfunction and sexual wellness. She shares Hims & Hers’ ambitions around normalizing these stigmatized issues, democratizing access to care, providing price transparency and delivering a high-quality experience. Listen in for insight on Hims & Hers’ stand on access to contraception as a human right and learn how the platform is building trust and credibility with consumers.
Diagnostic Breakthroughs with Proteomics — featuring Roy Smythe, MD of SomaLogic
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Dr. Smythe joins Dr. Shlain to explain what inspired his shift from practicing medicine to the corporate side of healthcare. He discusses his work helping health providers discern from among emerging technologies at AVIA, sharing the lessons he learned there around the many impediments to adoption. Listen in to understand how SomaLogic is using proteomics to predict health, wellness and disease and learn how the SomaScan Platform is a game-changer in terms of risk assessment and preventative care.
Leveraging Tech to Apply New Biomedical Discoveries — featuring Lloyd Minor of Stanford Medicine
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Dean Minor joins Dr. Kuku to discuss how technology can be an enabler rather than a barrier to doctor-patient interaction and share Stanford’s work around restoring joy to the practice of medicine. He weighs in on precision medicine, explaining how we can use genomics and data science to improve diagnostic accuracy and why data interoperability is crucial in democratizing health. Listen in for Dean Minor’s insight around the opportunity we have to address the social, behavioral and environmental determinants of health and learn how academia and industry can collaborate to translate biomedical discoveries to new diagnostics or therapeutics—and deliver at scale.
Partnerships + Prevention = Value-Driven Care — featuring Katie Adamson of YMCA of the USA
On this episode of HLTH Matters, Katie joins Dr. Gulati to share her background in government and nonprofit fundraising, explaining how it informs her work at the Y around partnerships and health policy.
She weighs in on the Y’s partnerships with the CDC, UnitedHealth and the IHI to execute their childhood obesity and diabetes prevention initiatives, discussing why it’s a challenge for the Y to connect with the formal healthcare system. Listen in for Katie’s insight on the relationship between social connectedness and health and learn how the Y is working to sell prevention to the medical community.