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The Penn HealthX Podcast focuses on the intersection of medicine and business, with an emphasis on healthcare management, entrepreneurship, and technology (H-MET). This podcast has two aims.

First, we want to highlight excellent work happening at The University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond.

Second, we want to help students and those early in their medical careers understand how to become leaders in the field, and use their skills outside of strictly clinical medicine.

We intend to achieve these goals by interviewing students and faculty members who are working in the H-MET space. We also plan to discuss current events, trends and opportunities in healthcare, and other topics future healthcare leaders need to know about.

Penn Health-X is supported by our generous donors - Dr. Wong. Dr. Slevin, Dr. Anand, and Dr. Wills.

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The Penn HealthX Podcast focuses on the intersection of medicine and business, with an emphasis on healthcare management, entrepreneurship, and technology (H-MET). This podcast has two aims.

First, we want to highlight excellent work happening at The University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond.

Second, we want to help students and those early in their medical careers understand how to become leaders in the field, and use their skills outside of strictly clinical medicine.

We intend to achieve these goals by interviewing students and faculty members who are working in the H-MET space. We also plan to discuss current events, trends and opportunities in healthcare, and other topics future healthcare leaders need to know about.

Penn Health-X is supported by our generous donors - Dr. Wong. Dr. Slevin, Dr. Anand, and Dr. Wills.

Find us on iTunes!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-penn-healthx-podcast/id1271378904?mt=2

    71 - Dr. David Nash - A Deep Dive Into Population Health and the Future of the U.S Healthcare System

    71 - Dr. David Nash - A Deep Dive Into Population Health and the Future of the U.S Healthcare System

    In this episode, back by popular demand, is Dr. David Nash. Dr. Nash was a guest back in March for episode #45 when we spoke about how population health transforming the healthcare system. We decided to have him back to continue the conversation and delve deeper into how clinicians are actually utilizing data being collected, and what the future holds.

    Dr. Nash is the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health in Philadelphia. He completed his MD at the University of Rochester and his internal medicine residency at Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Hewas a RWJ Clinical scholar, and through this program completed an MBA with the Wharton School. He
    has been on faculty at Jefferson for nearly 30 years. He is widely regarded to be a “pioneer” in the world of population health, and he has many interests including health policy, quality and safety, outcomes
    management, and health reform. Dr. Nash has served on many national committees and has sat on the board of a number of public and private organizations. He has written many blog posts about these areas which you can find on MedPage, and he is frequently asked to share his thoughts in public speaking events and live webinars.

    In this episode, we dive deeper into the social determinants of health, EHR operability, the usefulness of physician “report cards”, transparency in outcomes reporting, and many other topics. We touch on many interesting topics that are shaping the future of our healthcare system, and it was great to hear where Dr. Nash thinks we are headed.

    Host: Ryan O'Keefe

    Footnotes

    Dr. Nash’s Bio
    https://www.jefferson.edu/university/population-health/faculty/nash.html

    Dr. Nash’s Blog Posts - MedPage
    https://www.medpagetoday.com/columns/focusonpolicy/np_3

    • 56 min
    70 - Zack Gray - Co-Founding Ophelia to Improve Access for Patients Addicted to Opioids

    70 - Zack Gray - Co-Founding Ophelia to Improve Access for Patients Addicted to Opioids

    In this episode, I interview Zack Gray, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ophelia, which seeks to address the opioid epidemic by making medication-assisted treatment (MAT) private, convenient, and affordable for patients. Zack is a graduate of Columbia where he studied Astrophysics and Philosophy. After being in the working world for a few years, he pursued an MBA at Wharton. During this time, he was able to work on building Ophelia.

    Ophelia took the 1st Place prize at the Penn HealthX Conference Pitch competition last year when Ophelia was still in the works. Thus, I was excited to catch up with Zack to see how Ophelia has been doing since.
    The conversation is loaded with tons of information about the opioid epidemic, the many barriers that exist which keep innovators from helping patients who are addicted to opioids, and what he has learned along the way as he has started a healthcare company from scratch.

    I was so impressed by Zack’s dedication to solving the problem, and his approach to overcoming the obstacles inherent in the space and am excited to see what he and the Ophelia team are able to achieve in the coming years. We’ve linked off to many resources and articles that we discuss in the show notes – so please take a look if you are interested in learning more.

    Host: Ryan O'Keefe

    Foot Notes

    Zack’s LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/zack-gray-58437936/

    Ophelia Website
    https://www.meetophelia.com/

    Article Covering Ophelia’s Raise
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/berenicemagistretti/2020/05/12/rehab-20-yc-backed-ophelia-raises-27-million-to-help-people-quit-opioids-without-the-burden-and-cost-of-rehab/#8b248551ee82

    Zack’s Explanation for Why He Founded Ophelia and What They Do
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22570133

    Zack’s Graduation Speech
    http://media.licdn.com/embeds/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2Fa2kxSycPey0%3Ffeature%3Doembed&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Da2kxSycPey0&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=youtube

    Evidence/Research for the Efficacy of MAT with suboxone
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29934549

    Atlantic Article on the Opioid Crisis
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/11/why-heroin-and-fentanyl-addicts-cant-get-treatment/576118/

    Book by Dr. Bisaga - Overcoming Opioid Addiction: The Authoritative Medical Guide for Patients, Families, Doctors, and Therapists
    https://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Opioid-Addiction-Authoritative-Therapists/dp/1615194584

    Article on Primary Care Providers Not Prescribing MAT
    https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/20/opioids-addiction-physicians-doctors-naltrexone/?utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=f5e5d9e1cc-MR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-f5e5d9e1cc-149667945

    • 44 min
    69 - Dr. Jane Zhu - What's the Deal with Private Equity in Healthcare Services?

    69 - Dr. Jane Zhu - What's the Deal with Private Equity in Healthcare Services?

    This episode is an interview with Dr. Jane Zhu. Dr. Zhu is an assistant professor of medicine at OHSU, and a practicing primary care provider. She studied global health at Duke, received both an MD and an MPP from Harvard, completed her internal medicine residency at USCF, and was a National Clinician Scholar at Penn. She remains a senior fellow for the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn, which is how I found out about her exciting research! Her interests span across many fields and include payment reform, mental and behavioral health, and improving equity and access for patients.
    We touch on her career path, how she became interested in the fields noted above, and then we do a deep dive into a topic she and others published on recently – the role of private equity in healthcare.


    Footnotes

    Dr. Zhu’s Bio
    https://ldi.upenn.edu/expert/jane-m-zhu-md-mpp-mshp

    Private Equity Research Press Releases and Coverage
    https://ldi.upenn.edu/healthpolicysense/private-equity-investment-physician-practices
    https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/acquisition-physician-practices-by-private-equity-firms-increases-study-finds-which

    • 1 hr 3 min
    68 - Michellene Davis - How We Can Fight to Address the Social Determinants of Health

    68 - Michellene Davis - How We Can Fight to Address the Social Determinants of Health

    In light of the recent events across the country, I wanted to read a statement that Penn HealthX sent out to our community and the Perelman School of Medicine. Along with this, we decided to move up an episode in our release schedule with Michellene Davis. Michelle is a healthcare leader who has dedicated her entire career to addressing the Social Determinants of Health, especially as they impact communities of color. I’ll begin by reading our statement, and then I’ll tell you more about Michellene and the episode.

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    Dear HealthX Community,

    We write to address the recent events happening across our country. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and David McAtee are but a few of far too many innocent Black people that have been needlessly killed at the hands of police officers. These tragedies are indicative of the institutional and systemic racism that has plagued our country for centuries. This is deeply saddening for us and cannot continue.

    HealthX condemns all forms of racial hatred, violence, and injustice against our Black peers and the Black community at large. Predatory business practices, inequitable access to healthcare innovations, and unjust restriction from care based on financial constructs in our health system have perpetuated the racial inequities in this country. As future leaders in these sectors of healthcare, we have a responsibility to take an active role in dismantling the systems that promote harm to Black bodies and the exclusion of Black voices. As individuals, we must play an active role in fighting racial injustice in every aspect of our lives.

    We are committed to furthering the development of Black leaders in healthcare management, entrepreneurship, and technology. We have not been perfect in this regard, but we are dedicated to improvement. We have begun and will continue to develop inclusive programming and partner with Black organizations within Penn and the Philadelphia community to have a positive impact on our community in need. Through the generous commitment of alumna Marketa Wills, MD, MBA, in 2019, we received funding specifically dedicated to supporting students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine which will help support this mission. We reaffirm our commitment to this cause today and every day.

    In solidarity,

    The Penn HealthX Board
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    As I mentioned earlier, our guest for today’s episode is Michellene Davis. A graduate of Seton Hall for undergrad and law school, Michelle began her career as a trial litigator, before moving into government roles where she was the NJ State Treasurer, the CEO of the NJ Lottery, and worked as a Chief Policy Council for Jon Corzine. Today, she is the EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey. She was a panelist at the Wharton Business in Healthcare Conference earlier this year, where she shared her experiences addressing the Social Determinants of Health.

    Notably, our conversation happened in mid-May before the recent tragedies, protests, and calls for policy changes, but the content of the conversation is more relevant than ever. I personally learned a lot from Michellene about the difficulties and barriers in place and what it will take to ensure that we continue to fight for change. We discussed her role at RWJ Barnabas, how she became interested in the SDoH, policy changes she would like to see, some examples of successful programs, and advice to those who want to be advocates.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation with Michellene Davis. Stay strong, and stay safe.

    Footnotes

    Michellene’s Website Bio
    http://michellenedavis.com/about/

    Michellene’s RWJBarnabas Bio
    https://www.rwjbh.org/why-rwjbarnabas-health-/social-impact/social-impact-and-community-investment-strategi

    • 1 hr 13 min
    67 - Dr. Angela Bradbury - Improving Communication About Cancer Genetics in an Evolving Field

    67 - Dr. Angela Bradbury - Improving Communication About Cancer Genetics in an Evolving Field

    This episode was done in collaboration with the American Cancer Society or ACS. May is National Cancer Research Month, and we wanted to help promote a great program they have launched called ResearcHERS. We'll share some links in the show notes, but in short, to share some words from the team, ResearcHERS empowers women to fundraise in support of women-led cancer research, but it's more than just a fundraising campaign. ResearcHERS is a movement. A sisterhood of purpose determined to sustain women-led cancer research and recognize the female trailblazers in the field. While the American Cancer Society has funded 49 researchers who have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize, none of them has been a woman...yet. Consider joining the ResearcHERS movement and help us fuel the future of women-led cancer research.

    In light of the collaboration and new program, we wanted to highlight the work of a prominent cancer researcher at Penn who has received funding from the program, Dr. Angela Bradbury. Dr. Bradbury’s research interests are at the intersection of cancer genetics, communication, and telemedicine. She received a BA from UVA, completed her post-bacc and MD at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internal medicine residency and heme/onc fellowship at The University of Chicago.

    In the episode, we spoke about what drew her to the cancer field, how she became passionate about her research topics, the evolving landscape of cancer genetics, and how it has changed, and will continue to change. These changes will be informed by exciting research, such as ACS funded work on the MyCancer Gene Platform we discuss. Lastly, Dr. Bradbury shares some advice and takeaways for those beginning an academic research career.

    Footnotes

    Dr. Bradbury’s Bio Page
    https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p8527609

    Dr. Bradbury’s Talk on “Rethinking the Traditional Office Visit”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgcFLR1CFs

    ResearcHERS ACS Home Page
    https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=researchers_home

    ResearcHERs Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSeGBI8WRsM

    ResearcHERS Virtual Panel Discussion - Kickoff Event
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxk0reurPFQ

    • 44 min
    66 - COVIDCast #17 - Elana Meer and Maguire Herriman - Developing a COVID Chatbot With Google

    66 - COVIDCast #17 - Elana Meer and Maguire Herriman - Developing a COVID Chatbot With Google

    This episode is a continuation of our COVIDCast series. In it, Jonathan Wakim and I speak with Maguire Herriman and Elana Meer about a COVID Chatbot project they worked on at Penn along with Google to better address questions posed by those who visit the Penn Medicine website to learn about the coronavirus and current policies.

    To give you some more perspective on the project, I’ll read off from an article highlighting the work.

    A Penn team led by Roy Rosin, MBA, and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and a team from Google have created an AI chatbot to help answer common questions related to COVID-19. This chatbot helps offload call volume from Penn Medicine’s phone lines to unburden our clinicians and shorten wait times for patients, while also making it faster and easier to find answers whether you’re a nurse managing the hotline or an anxious patient seeking accurate information. Soon, this chatbot will expand to assess symptoms and triage patients to make sure they are routed to the most appropriate clinical intake level. An open-source version of the chatbot will be made available to other health systems through Google for free.

    In the episode, we discuss both of their backgrounds, what drew them to medicine and the MD/MBA degree, and how they’ve been able to help as project managers for the Chatbot project to improve its functionality.

    Show Notes

    Maguire's LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/maguire-herriman-97463287

    Elana's LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/elana-meer-b7532399

    Chatbot Link
    https://www.pennmedicine.org/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19

    Article About the Chatbot
    https://chibe.upenn.edu/chibeblog/covid-19-how-chibe-is-making-a-difference/

    • 29 min

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