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Healthcare, Business, and Technology Part 2

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Healthcare, Business, and Technology Part 2
In this episode, we discuss the intersection of healthcare, business, and technology with Dr. Yousuf Zafar, a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Policy and Population Health Science at the Duke Cancer Institute, and the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. Topics include the modern US healthcare system, the future role of technology like telehealth, AR/VR, and IoT wearables, and the business of healthcare costs, specifically through the lens of cancer care. Through his work with global health organizations, Dr. Zafar discusses ways the US healthcare system can optimize patient care while balancing rising costs.
August 2, 2021
Healthcare, Business, and Technology Part 1
In this episode, we discuss the intersection of healthcare, business, and technology with Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, the Associate Director for Innovation at the Duke Global Health Institute, an Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, and the Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. Topics include the modern US healthcare system, the future role of technology, and the business of healthcare. Through his work with global health and entrepreneurial organizations, Dr. Udayakumar weaves stories together to discuss ways in which cost and care delivery can be improved in the USA and what we can learn from successful healthcare systems in other countries.
July 26, 2021
Health Policy and Early Childhood Development (Ep. 3)
There are a number of factors that affect a child’s development, such as genes and the provision of direct health care services. However, from what we gather so far, it is family, social and community influences that play the greatest role in influencing children’s growth. In our last episode, Dr. Kelly Kelleher talked about efforts to shift healthcare to a more community-based versus a strictly pediatric-based approach. To do this, we will need to think about how we can expand and scale up effective evidence-based practices. But how can we build collaboration between different stakeholders in our community? Have there been successful case studies that demonstrate effective collaborations? What lessons can we learn from the success of Medicare in reducing health-related poverty among our elderly population, and how can these insights direct policy in targeting poverty as a leading cause of poor health among children? To explore these questions – and more – we will be interviewing Dr. James Perrin, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the former director of the Division of General Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, an internationally renowned academic research division focused on improving the health of children and adolescents. Find the full transcript here. 
May 11, 2021
Health Policy and Early Childhood Development (Ep. 2)
In our last episode on “Health Policy and Early Childhood Development”, we talked in general about the trends and challenges in children’s development and policy. One major trend that we discussed was that although infant mortality rates have decreased over the years, there has been an uptick in neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders among children and adolescents. Because these disordersare heavily influenced by a child’s community and environment -unsurprisingly -evidence shows that family, social and community-based measures of health care are one of the most effective ways ofaddressing the onslaught of these non-infectious, chronic conditions.  Another challenge that we discussed in our last episode, however, was how to scale up evidence-based programs. There is a number of promising community-based programs in place –but how can this be adopted to serve different communities in a cost-effective way? In today’s episode, we will revisit these observations with Dr. Kelly Kelleher, Principal Investigator and Vice President of Community Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Find the full transcript here.
April 28, 2021
Health Policy and Early Childhood Development
In this episode, we briefly touch on discoveries about the nature of early childhood development, using this as a launchpad to discuss the trends we have seen in children’s health and well-being from a population health perspective. Infant mortality is decreasing, overall, but this fact by no means gives us a good picture of children’s development and health, and where health policy stands on this matter. Practicing pediatrics and pulmonary medicine since the 1960s and having served in a number of leadership positions – such as President of the American Board of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina -- Dr. Thomas F. Boat is incisive in his reflections on the current landscape for early childhood development, on challenges the health systems need to address, and on where policy stands. Find the full transcript here.
April 12, 2021
The Future of Personalized Medicine
In this episode, we talk about one of the emerging frontiers of healthcare - personalized medicine - with the distinguished Dr. Ralph Snyderman, the father of the field. Find the full transcript here.
April 7, 2021
The Push for Patient-Centered Care
In today’s podcast, we explore the many facets of patient-centered care and its impact on patient outcomes alongside Duke pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Neil Prose. Find the full transcript here.
March 29, 2021
Greenlight Ready: Helping Small Businesses and Schools Safely Reopen During the Pandemic
As the pandemic rages on, schools and businesses have been forced to shut down, leaving thousands unemployed across the country. However, to quell this problem solutions such as Greenlight Ready have emerged which help schools and businesses get back on their feet and safely reopen using a myriad of tools. We give a high-level overview of the work that Greenlight has done in Durham, NC and explore the solutions needed to help schools and businesses continue to operate safely.
March 22, 2021
A Health Policy Case Competition
In this episode, we discuss the Margolis Health Policy Case Competition, the first of its kind at Duke Find the transcript here.
March 15, 2021
The ACA: Navigating the World of Health Insurance
In this episode, we interview Donna Rasmussen, a certified care ACA Navigator with Legal Aid of North Carolina, about what it’s like to guide North Carolinians through the open enrollment process. Find the transcript here.
March 13, 2021
COVID-19 and Healthcare Administration
We all know how COVID has affected daily life, and media often discusses how it has changed patient interactions in hospitals. But how has COVID affected medical practices on an administrative level? What new policies have been put in place that affects how a clinic or hospital functions? This episode with Sangeeta Vijayagopalan, Duke Primary Care Clinic Administrator, gives us a behind-the-scenes perspective on what it takes to run a clinic during the COVID Pandemic Find the full transcript here.
March 1, 2021
Black History Month: The Father of Gynecology
Historical racism has shaped the field of gynecology but names of enslaved women— like Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsy— who were experimented on are never discussed. We dive into the unethical and inhumane practices of Dr. James Marion Sums, too often known as the “Father of Gynecology,” to instead highlight the brave black women who endured the “procedures” that allow women nowadays to get the necessary care and treatment we get without consideration.  Find the full transcript here.
February 22, 2021
Introduction to AI: An Interview with Dr. Christina Silcox
In this episode, we interview Dr. Christina Silcox about the current applications of AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare and its ethical and policy implications for the future. Find the full transcript here.
February 15, 2021
Introduction to AI: Bias, Transparency and Privacy
In our first of a dual-episode series, three members of "The Scope" team discuss the role of AI in medicine and policy. This episode considers the ethical considerations of using AI in a healthcare setting and establishes context for our interview next week.  Find the transcript here.
February 8, 2021
Environmental Health Policy: An Interview with Dr. Jim Zhang
In this episode, we interview Dr. Jim Zhang of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environmental regarding current environmental health policy and pressing issues in 2021. Find the full transcript here.  Journalists: Riya Mohan, Emily Sandberg Editors: Charlotte Thomas, Josee Li
February 1, 2021
Senator Murdock: The Future of Health Policy
Listen in on our interview with Senator Natalie Murdock, the state representative for the 20th district in North Carolina. Join us in discussing Senator Murdock’s health policy plan, reproductive health, COVID-19 response, and more!  Find the full transcript here. 
January 25, 2021
Margolis Scholars Panel
Come meet the undergraduate and graduate Margolis Scholars, and learn if YOU could be a member the next Margolis Scholars cohort! This panel  talks about research opportunities, funding, job opportunities, favorite experiences and more. The Margolis Scholars program is a prestigious, competitive program for Duke University students that demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to a career in health policy and management, as well as leadership potential to improve health policy. The Margolis Scholars program provides promising students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the next generation of health care leaders. Open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Panel members: Josee Li (T'23), Megan Knauer (T'22), Dana Guggenheim (T'23), Jacqueline Nikpour (DUSON PhD' 21), and Nikki Prattipati (MS T'22) Recorded on: November 1, 2020
November 22, 2020
WISER - Health Policy Week
Join us as we interview Zach Fowler of WISER international for our first podcast, launched during the first annual Health Policy Week. Recorded: October 7, 2020.
October 14, 2020