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The Healthcare Solutions Project

The Healthcare Solutions Project

By Don Seamons
The Healthcare Solutions Project features interviews with healthcare innovators working to improve quality, reduce cost and increase patient satisfaction. Hosted by Don Seamons.
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Is value-based care the cure for what ails healthcare? - Joy Rios, consultant and host, HIT Like a Girl podcast - Episode 39
Value-based care is slowly taking over the care delivery and payment mechanisms in healthcare. But what's good in theory isn't always good in practice. Joy Rios, founder of Chirpy Bird Health IT Consulting, gives a boots-on-the-ground assessment of how physician practices can struggle to integrate value-based care regulations into their practices.
August 24, 2020
Using digital health to meet patients on their terms - David Franklin, Founder & CEO, KnowRX - Episode 38
Healthcare has been siloed for decades, and we aren't helping it when we create siloed apps. David Franklin, founder and CEO of KnowRX, wants to change that by empowering patients with digital solutions that bust the silos and meet patients on their terms.
August 17, 2020
Mapping the patient journey in medication managment - Omri Shor, Founder and CEO, MediSafe - Episode 37
Every patient is different, as is every patient journey. But data can point to subtle similarities that unlock the door to patient engagement. When it comes to medication management, Omri Shor may have unlocked that door. Using artificial intelligence, patient reported data and behavioral data,  MediSafe has found specific points where they can influence the patient journey in a very personal way. 
August 4, 2020
Lessons hospitals and health systems have learned from COVID-19 - Pam Arlotto, President and CEO, Maestro Strategies - Episode 36
Over the past few months, hospitals and health systems have made tremendous transformations. They've had no choice. Rather than make decisions by committee and consensus, they've been forced to be agile, innovative and creative. Pam Arlotto, President and CEO of Maestro Strategies, is encouraging healthcare leaders to maintain that agility using data tools that enable prediction as they continue to navigate through uncertainty.
July 28, 2020
The evolution of value-based care - Dominique Morgan, VP and General Manager, VillageMD - Episode 35
Healthcare is in a schizophrenic position today, says value-based care expert and consultant Dominique Morgan. The newly titled VP and General Manager for Michigan of VillageMD has been working in and consulting about value-based care since before the coin was termed. While she has seen tremendous progress, she also sees that too many organizations are playing both sides of the volume-to-value divide. COVID-19 has forced us to learn some things about proactive care, but there's still a lot to learn.
July 20, 2020
Delivering a patient-centered revenue cycle - Jake Mathew, CEO, MBOS - Episode 34
Documenting care has become a big part of caring for patients. Not only does it provide the justification for reimbursement, it also provides the basis for quality care. Doctors need to know the whole patient story. In this episode, Jake Mathew, CEO of MBOS, talks about mentoring physicians to help them tell the patient story as well as help them keep patients from experiencing the fallout from claims denials.
July 14, 2020
Calling out inequities in the healthcare system - Marcus Whitney, CEO Health:Further & Co-Founder JumpStart Ventures - Episode 33
Marcus Whitney, co-founder of JumpStart Foundry and co-founder and CEO of Health:Further, is raising his voice against what he sees as systemic racism in today's healthcare system. A self-taught entrepreneur and a consultant who helps healthcare companies navigate disruptive change, Marcus shares his perspective on what healthcare leaders should do to address inequities.
June 23, 2020
Helping doctors share their professional data - Jared S. Taylor, CEO & Co-founder, BlocHealth - Episode 32
While most physicians love the practice of medicine, most of them also hate the administrative runaround. Getting credentialed to work in specific states and facilities can be incredibly difficult, especially for physicians who are temporary workers or who must be licensed in multiple states to work in telehealth. Jared S. Taylor, the co-founder and CEO of BlocHealth, discusses the pains of credentialing and what his company is doing to make the going easier for doctors.
June 8, 2020
The intersection of innovation and leadership - Charles W. Sorenson, MD, President and CEO Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare - Episode 31
Charles W. Sorenson, MD, President and CEO Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare, considers innovation a requirement in healthcare and says the best leaders engender trust, encourage out-of-the-box thinking and have a disciplined approach to organization-wide learning. As a long-time leader of one of the country's most innovative healthcare systems, he shares his insights on how leaders can foster innovation.
May 25, 2020
Using machine learning to predict COVID-19 hotspots - Julia Polk and Chase Spurlock, Decode Health - Episode 30
As the United States starts to come out of the COVID-19 lockdown, the danger of coronavirus flare-ups increases. Julia Polk and Chase Spurlock, COO and CEO of Decode Health, discuss an early warning system they have developed to help states, counties and local governments pinpoint risk and take additional measures to mitigate the risk without shutting down entire economies.
May 18, 2020
Perfect the art and science of patient engagement - Michael O'Neil, founder and CEO, GetWellNetwork - Episode 29
Michael O'Neil, founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, has been focused for two decades on helping people take an active role in their healthcare. In this episode, he talks about the art and science of patient engagement, and how patients and their family caregivers are an untapped transformative resource to drive lower cost and better outcomes.
May 11, 2020
Eliminating waste through automation - Matt Hawkins, SVP, Boston Software Systems - Episode 28
Matt Hawkins, SVP of sales and strategy at Boston Software Systems, discusses the power of automation to create a digital workforce and save on administrative costs within revenue cycle, clinical and information technology.
April 27, 2020
The evolution of healthcare IT - Ken Bradberry, SVP and CTO, The HCI Group - Episode 27
Ken Bradberry, SVP and CTO for The HCI Group, has had a front seat to the healthcare IT evolution. From working as a data processor in the early 90s in a Michigan hospital to serving as the chief technology officer for a global healthcare IT organization, Ken shares a perspective on how technology has transformed healthcare and how that transformation will continue.
April 20, 2020
Smashing data siloes and enabling data interoperability and liquidity - Cliff Cavanaugh, founder and CTO, Healthjump - Episode 26
Cliff Cavanaugh, founder and chief technical officer of Healthjump, is working to smash data siloes and make interoperability and data liquidity a reality. Interoperability is what happens when different systems can communicate and share. Data liquidity is the next step, where data is usable by multiple systems.
April 13, 2020
Staffing hospitals and clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic - Andrea Nelson, VISTA Staffing Solutions - Episode 25
Healthcare providers are the frontline soldiers in the COVID-19 war. Listen as Andrea Nelson of VISTA Staffing Solutions recounts stories of heroism and sacrifice in coronavirus hotspots. 
April 6, 2020
Using health IT to get healthcare stakeholders working together - Pam Arlotto, Founder and CEO of Maestro Strategies - Episode 24
Pam Arlotto, a past president of HIMSS and a healthcare consultant with nearly 40 years of experience, has a unique perspective on the healthcare industry's response to the COVID-19 crisis. While the industry has made great strides in improving performance, the pandemic is showing that our data are still too siloed. The silver lining is that the pandemic is showing that when we break down regulatory and cost barriers, we can apply a tech solution like telehealth to a very specific problem like quarantining COVID-19 patients.  Pam's latest book--"Orchestrating Value: Population Health in the Digital Age"--is available for listeners at a 20% discount. To get the discount, go to and enter the promo code SOC20 at checkout. Shipping is free.  
April 2, 2020
Empowering consumers with their own health information - Kristen Valdes, Founder and CEO, b.well
Kristen Valdes is succeeding where others have faltered in presenting healthcare consumers with a comprehensive roll-up of their health information. A venture that started as a response to nearly losing her daughter to a medical error has become a fully integrated tool that connects provider, insurer and wearable data to help consumers manage their own health and the health of their family members.
March 30, 2020
Putting machine learning and artificial intelligence to work to solve healthcare's most pressing challenges, including COVID-19 - Ed Scott, CEO, ElectrifAi - Episode 22
Ed Scott and his leadership team have made ElectrifAi a leading innovator in machine learning for healthcare. With a focus on solutions that make immediate impacts, ElectrifAi is improving revenue cycle, procurement, fraud detection and imaging. ElectrifAi's latest innovation uses machine learning to isolate lung structures to help diagnose and treat COVID-19.
March 23, 2020
Surgicalists lower cost, improve quality, increase satisfaction at hospitals - Mit Desai, MD, CEO & Founder, The Surgicalist Group - Episode 21
Mit Desai, MD is a major driver of change to the way urgent and emergent surgery is provided in the United States. He is popularizing a surgicalist model among hospitals, a model that checks all the boxes for improving healthcare. It saves money and improves patient satisfaction by decreasing length of stay. It improves quality by hyper-specializing on general. And it increases clinical satisfaction by offering surgeons better work/life balance. 
March 16, 2020
Timon LeDain, director of emerging technology for Macadamian, at #virtualHIMSS20
Timon LeDain, director of emerging technology for Macadamian, talks about the challenges posed by access to data and interoperability. #virtualHIMSS20
March 13, 2020
John LaLonde, chief technology officer, Spok, at #virtualHIMSS20
John LaLonde, chief technology officer at Spok, talks about how technology can close the communication loop for better care coordination. #virtualHIMSS20
March 12, 2020
Kristen Valdes, founder and CEO of b.well, at #virtualHIMSS20
Kristen Valdes, founder and CEO of b.well, talks about the need for creating new and simpler digital experiences for consumers. #virtualHIMSS20 
March 12, 2020
BJ Boyle, Vice President and GM, Post-Acute Insights of PointClickCare, at #virtualHIMSS20
BJ Boyle, Vice President and GM, Post-Acute Insights of PointClickCare, talks about the challenge of acute-to-post-acute continuity of care. #virtualHIMSS20
March 11, 2020
Mark Thompson, vice president of product management of Keyfactor, at #virtualHIMSS20
Mark Thompson, vice president of product management of Keyfactor, talks about how to beef up cybersecurity in old but important clinical equipment. #virtualHIMSS20
March 11, 2020
Colleen Sirhal, Chief Clinical Officer at Hyland Software, at #virtualHIMSS20
Colleen Sirhal, Chief Clinical Officer at Hyland Software, talks about supporting the patient journey and improving healthcare technology usability. #virtualHIMSS20
March 11, 2020
George Dealy, VP of Healthcare Solutions at Dimensional Insight, at #virtualHIMSS20
George Dealy, VP of Healthcare Solutions at Dimensional Insight, discusses how healthcare organizations can get better return on data. #virtualHIMSS20
March 11, 2020
Morris Panner, CEO of Ambra Health, at #virtualHIMSS20
Morris Panner, CEO of Ambra Health, talks about how a virtual radiology scan network can help providers handle the #covid19 outbreak. #virtualHIMSS20
March 11, 2020
Charlie Schick, healthcare director for Owl Cyber Defense, at #virtualHIMSS20
Charlie Schick, healthcare director for Owl Cyber Defense, talks about securing vulnerabilities in modern medical devices. #virtualHIMSS20
March 10, 2020
Matt Dickson, VP of product and strategy at Stericycle, at #virtualHIMSS20
Matt Dickson, VP of product and strategy for Stericycle, talks transparency, value-based care and how organizations can better engage patients. #virtualHIMSS20
March 10, 2020
Ferris Taylor, Executive Director of the HealthCare Executive Group, at #virtualHIMSS20
Ferris Taylor, Executive Director of the HealthCare Executive Group, spoke about the resources his organization is providing for the health industry at #virtualHIMSS20.
March 9, 2020
Cliff Cavanaugh, CTO of Healthjump at #virtualHIMSS20
Cliff Cavanaugh, CTO of Healthjump, talks data, transparency, choice and innovation at #virtualHIMSS20.
March 9, 2020
The story behind the grassroots #virtualHIMSS20 movement - Episode 8
On March 5, 2020, the Health Information Management Systems Society cancelled HIMSS20 and sent shockwaves through the health industry. Hear from Stacy Goebel, social marketing director for StudioNorth, Ross Martin, President of 360 Degree Insights and Don Seamons how #virtualHIMSS20 went from an idea to reality.
March 8, 2020
Tackling healthcare challenges through practical AI - Michael Fox, SVP, Product Management, ElectrifAi - Episode 7
Michael Fox is a technologist, an author and an expert in AI implementation. In this episode, he and Don Seamons talk about innovation, technology adoption and how practical AI is helping to solve pressing problems in healthcare.
March 2, 2020
Connecting patients with the right provider - Ted Chan, Founder and CEO, CareDash - Episode 6
A skilled innovator, strategist and social entrepreneur, Ted Chan has dedicated his career to creating user-friendly digital solutions, data science, and analytics to transform everyday challenges facing consumers. In this episode, Ted and Don Seamons talk about how technology is giving patients the tools they need to make informed decisions.
February 17, 2020
Spreading the gospel of data and analytics - Sanket Shah, Sr. Director, Strategy and Growth, Blue Health Intelligence - Episode 5
Sanket Shah is an evangelist for the power of data and analytics. He's a frequent contributor for health industry publications and he's testified before the United States Senate about how healthcare data can be used to combat the opioid epidemic. In this wide-ranging conversation, he shares his opinions on the role the federal government should play in data sharing, how the health industry is similar and dissimilar to industries like finance and retail in its approach to data, and what's he's looking for from innovators in the field.
February 10, 2020
On a mission to lower musculoskeletal costs - John Thresher, VP of Growth & Strategy, Airrosti - Episode 4
Former Army helicopter pilot and current provider executive John Thresher talks with Don Seamons about how patients churn through the healthcare system to get relief from pain. The desire to relieve pain leads to a lot of waste in the $213 billion per year musculoskeletal industry. To lower costs, we need to focus on efficiency, quality, outcomes and care coordination to drive down unnecessary care, duplicative care, and low/no-value care.
February 3, 2020
Helping patients age with grace at home - Tom Rhoads, CEO, Spencer Health Solutions - Episode 3
Tom Rhoads, Founder and CEO of Spencer Health Solutions, was leading a successful pharma analytics company when an experience his father had in an emergency room changed the course of his career. Hear how that experience helped shape Spencer Health Solutions to help patients manage their medications and connect with their network of care providers, helping patients age with grace at home and contributing to better health, lower costs and better outcomes.
January 27, 2020
How AI and data help diagnose and treat disease - Chase Spurlock, Decode Health AI - Episode 2
An interview with Chase Spurlock, PhD, founder and CEO of Decode Health. He founded Decode Health in 2019 and its predecessor company, IQuity, in 2015. Chase talks with Don Seamons about how machine learning solutions can use data to help patients by accelerating the time to diagnosis and finding the best treatments. 
January 20, 2020
Introducing The Healthcare Solutions Project - Episode 1
I'm Don Seamons, and I'm launching this podcast because the talk about healthcare is trending in the wrong direction. Everyone cares about health care, and everyone knows that our system is broken. There really is no magic wand we can wave to make everything better. But there are things we can do—and are doing—right now that will help us put a lid on costs, enhance quality of care, and make clinicians and patients happy. Those are the stories we will spotlight.
January 20, 2020