“Episode 82: Putting A Finger On What Really Matters with William Heisel from IHME, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation”
by Stacey Richter

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Wheisel_Bill_280William Heisel is the Director of Global Engagement at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In this role, Heisel is responsible for IHME’s media relations, digital outreach, events and marketing, publications, scientific communications, and external relations, including government engagements and policy translation. He also is leading IHME’s internal community-building initiatives and manages the organization’s advancement efforts.

As Director of Global Engagement, Heisel oversees the publication of Population Health Metrics, the scientific journal administratively housed at IHME, and advises on the Institute’s publication strategy. He and IHME’s Chief Strategy and Operations Officer oversee communications and coordination with the growing Global Burden of Disease collaborative network, currently at more than 1,000 researchers in more than 100 countries.

In addition, his team administers the Roux Prize, one of global health’s highest honors.

Heisel, who joined IHME in 2009, has a BA in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Montana. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

IHME was established at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. Its mission is to improve health through better health evidence.


00:00 Bill explains what he does as the Director of Global Engagement at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
02:50 Why insurers are particularly interested in IHME’s work.
05:00 Cost benefits vs. population health.
07:00 The why and how behind breaking the burden of disease.
10:45 What insurers can do with the information that IHME collects.
13:00 The difference in quantifying population health.
13:20 “Everyone can only die once.”
16:00 Factoring in co-morbidities.
18:30 True causes of death falling into the cracks of official statistics.
22:30 Delivering data in a low-cost and efficient way is just as important at gathering the data.
23:15 Bill’s prediction for the future of healthcare in the US.
26:00 IHME’s consideration of social determinants.
29:00 You can find out more at healthdata.org.

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