120 episodes

The Heart of Healthcare podcast gets to the heart of our mission in digital health — to massively improve healthcare for all. 
🏆 #1 podcast in the Top 100 Health Tech All time charts
👥 Hosted by digital health veterans Halle Tecco and Steve Kraus
🎙 New episode every week
Join co-hosts Halle Tecco and Steve Kraus for authentic and compelling conversations with thought leaders as we deconstruct underlying problems in healthcare, and identify how we can work together to solve them.

The Heart of Healthcare Halle Tecco & Steve Kraus

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    • 4.9 • 110 Ratings

The Heart of Healthcare podcast gets to the heart of our mission in digital health — to massively improve healthcare for all. 
🏆 #1 podcast in the Top 100 Health Tech All time charts
👥 Hosted by digital health veterans Halle Tecco and Steve Kraus
🎙 New episode every week
Join co-hosts Halle Tecco and Steve Kraus for authentic and compelling conversations with thought leaders as we deconstruct underlying problems in healthcare, and identify how we can work together to solve them.

    Digital Health Download: July 2024

    Digital Health Download: July 2024

    Celebrating three years of The Heart of Healthcare, Halle and Steve dive into the latest news and trends in digital health for July 2024.

    July highlights include:A new Peterson Institute report on digital treatment outcomes for musculoskeletal conditionsThe FDA's guidance on improving diversity in clinical trial enrollmentThe economic impact and legal battles surrounding GLP-1 drugs for obesityWalgreens' pullback from healthcare services and concerns about the sustainability of the current pharmacy modelA Washington state study on utilizing pharmacists to treat minor illnessesThe U.S. Surgeon General's advisory on social media's effects on youth mental health





    Show notes:Mural Health effort to increase diversity in clinical trialsThe U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Social Media and Youth Mental Health





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    • 32 min
    Data Over Dogma | Health Economist Emily Oster

    Data Over Dogma | Health Economist Emily Oster

    In this episode, Halle Tecco talks to Emily Oster— health communicator, health economist, and bestselling author. Emily shares her journey from academia to becoming an influential health communicator, advocating for data-driven decision making and empowering individuals to make informed choices about their health.

    We cover:Her non-didactic approach to helping people make their own best decisionsHer least favorite types of panic headlines, and how no one would thrive on Doritos® dustPros and cons of the Open Access movementCombating publication biasSpeaking up on controversial topicsAdvice for building trust, combating misinformation, and improving health communication


    Emily is on a mission to empower parents by providing the data and tools they need to make confident decisions. After getting a PhD in economics from Harvard, she went on to pursue research in health economics and is now a professor of economics at Brown University. As a mom of two, Emily was inspired by her own pregnancy and the lack of clear information to guide her decisions. She decided to use her expertise in reviewing and analyzing data to help other parents navigate these topics. She is a New York Times best-selling author, whose books include Expecting Better, Cribsheet, The Family Firm and The Unexpected.

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    • 32 min
    Social Media's Mental Health Crisis | Meta Whistleblower Frances Haugen

    Social Media's Mental Health Crisis | Meta Whistleblower Frances Haugen

    The U.S. Surgeon General's office recently published an advisory report stating "social media can have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents." In this episode, we revisit our conversation with Frances Haugen, former Facebook product manager and internationally recognized whistleblower.

    Frances provides an inside look into how tech giants prioritize profits over public safety. Her journey from Meta's inner workings to testifying before world parliaments sparked a global conversation about social media's role and regulation - a dialogue now echoed at the highest levels of public health.

    This episode explores the pressing issues of our digital era that are now receiving official recognition. Learn about the impact of social media on young people's mental well-being, providing context to the Surgeon General's warnings. Frances shares critical concerns and her ideas for safeguards for young people. This is a must listen for anyone with children in their lives!




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    • 32 min
    Overhauling Care Navigation | Transcarent Founder and CEO Glen Tullman

    Overhauling Care Navigation | Transcarent Founder and CEO Glen Tullman

    In this episode, Glen Tullman reflects on the biggest changes he's seen in healthcare during his 40-year career in the industry. Glen is the founder and CEO of Transcarent, former founder and CEO of Livongo, and managing partner at 7wireVentures. He discusses:




    - His early days revolutionizing e-prescribing and electronic health records at Allscripts

    - Building Livongo into an $18.5 billion digital health success story

    - Lessons learned as a serial entrepreneur and investor with 7wireVentures

    - His vision for Transcarent as a consumer-directed healthcare navigation platform

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    • 30 min
    "Healthcare Is a Handmade Luxury Good" | Ro Co-Founder and CEO Zach Reitano

    "Healthcare Is a Handmade Luxury Good" | Ro Co-Founder and CEO Zach Reitano

    In this episode, Zach Reitano, CEO and co-founder of the direct-to-patient healthcare company Ro, talks to host Halle Tecco about the flaws in our traditional healthcare model and how Ro is innovating to make care more convenient and focused on patient goals.

    We cover:Why the current healthcare system does not incentivize building for patientsHow he ranks the priorities of cost, quality, and accessHow the healthcare system is obsessed with quality, but not equally obsessed with scaling that qualityWhy we can't equate healthcare quality and time spent, and the role of technology to increase access to the highest quality products


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    • 34 min
    Digital Health Download: June 2024

    Digital Health Download: June 2024

    In this episode, Halle Tecco and Steve Kraus cover the latest digital health stories for June 2024, including:Cancer drug dosing and pricing challengesThe new South Park movie on obesityThe shortage of K-12 school counselors and telehealth startups’ roleThe failure of SPAC deals in digital health, and the path forwardPharma's DTC marketing efforts, including Pfizer's new platform and updated FTC advertising rulesFlaws in the media coverage of declining total fertility rates


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

just joy ,

OG of digital health

As a result of and despite being one of the industry’s earliest breakthrough leaders, Halle is a sober observer and contributor to a digital health community continuing to find its stride!

MC at CH ,

Essential listening for the health tech industry

Halle’s depth and breadth of knowledge shines through her engaging conversations with guests. It’s a complicated industry and I’m always learning something by listening!

zt2022 ,

A must-listen in healthcare

Great guests and interesting topics. I enjoy tuning in every week and am always learning something new!

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