“EP165: Reversing Rising Maternal Mortality, with Juan Pablo Segura”
by Stacey Richter

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Pregnancy-related deaths are a relatively rare event in the United States; around 16-26 deaths per 100k live births depending on what study you look at because apparently data is siloed by state. But here’s the worst part: The US is one of the few developed nations where maternal mortality is steadily rising — it has […]

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“AEE2: Jennifer E. Miller, PhD, Reports Back on the Good Pharma Scorecard 2017”
by Stacey Richter

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On episode 148, I spoke with Jennifer E. Miller, PhD about her work at Bioethics International and as the creator of the Good Pharma Scorecard. Definitely listen to that episode to get the background on the Good Pharma Scorecard, which ranks pharma companies by their trustworthiness across a range of criteria. On episode 148, we […]

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“EP164: The Missing Link to Realize the Potential of Technology, with Kyra Bobinet, MD MPH”
by Stacey Richter

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What do physician burnout and sub-par patient portal usage have in common? It’s forgetting about how the user will react to the technology. To get what we hope to get out of a technology, we have to consider how to fulfill positive engagement and behavior change and build that right into the use case and […]

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“INBW16: It’s Fragile, That’s My 2017 Roll-up of the Health Care Industry”
by Stacey Richter

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Here’s my roll-up of health care industry in 2017: It’s fragile. And its fragility is standing naked in the spotlight right now. How am I defining fragile? I’m defining it as the opposite of “antifragile” which was a term coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book Antifragile which was recommended to me by Don […]

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“EP163: Employers and Health Systems Partnering Up to Deliver Health Care at Lower Costs, With Ross Bjella”
by Stacey Richter

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Employers are starting to get crushed under the weight of escalating health care costs. Some of them, say the leading 20%, have said, and I quote Twisted Sister, they’re not gonna take it anymore. Just for the record, my grandma’s cousin’s husband’s brother is the lead guitarist for Twisted Sister so maybe that’s my excuse. […]

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“EP162: Carving Out Specialty Drug Benefits With Pramod John, PhD, CEO at Vivio Health”
by Stacey Richter

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Specialty drugs that run through pharmacy benefit managers will soon comprise 50% of pharmacy budgets, even though they represent a small number of Rx’s taken by a small number of patients. Vested interests in the industry have a stake in seeing that this trend continues, as their share price depends on current profit margins and […]

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“EP161: Cutting Through the Blockchain Hype, With Erik Pupo From Accenture”
by Stacey Richter

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Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin. It’s sometimes called a distributed ledger, which is just a fancy way of saying that everybody in the blockchain network has a ledger on their computer, and every time a transaction occurs, every copy of the ledger on everyone’s computer gets updated. Why is that interesting in healthcare? The […]

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“INBW15: Who Exactly Is a Healthcare Consumer?”
by Stacey Richter

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A lot of talk lately about healthcare consumerism and the possibility that consumerism can counter the outrageous escalation of healthcare costs in this country. Many people think Medicare is the largest healthcare payer, but that would be wrong. It’s actually out-of-pocket expenses that patients are paying. Patients are the biggest healthcare payers in this country. […]

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“EP160: Eliminating Prescription Errors with MedAware CEO & Co-Founder, Gidi Stein, MD, PhD”
by Stacey Richter

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Prescription errors cause patient harm, that’s indisputable, and the literature is filthy with examples of all kinds of variations on the theme. Today I speak with MedAware CEO & Co-Founder, Dr. Gidi Stein. MedAware is laser focused on eliminating prescription errors using AI/Machine Learning to flag mistakes in real-time. His system is 80% effective, exponentially […]

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“EP159: Medical Storytelling in Pursuit of Patient Outcomes, with Dhruv Khullar, MD”
by Stacey Richter

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Dr. Dhruv Khullar and I discuss the manifold ways that medical storytelling can be used to oil the wheels of shared decision-making and working toward the outcomes that matter to patients. Storytelling also plays a role when healthcare organizations want to align care teams around a standard of care. It can help clinicians and other […]

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