ABIM Foundation’s Daniel Wolfson Analyzes Impact of Choosing Wisely Campaign at 5 Years

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Daniel Wolfson, CEO of the ABIM Foundation of the American Board of Internal Medicine, five years into their “Choosing Wisely” campaign, which seeks to minimize waste in health care. Mr. Wolfson discusses the growing number of medical entities in 20 countries now committed to reducing unnecessary prescriptions, diagnostic tests and elective procedures that not only add billions of dollars to health care costs but lead to patient harm as well.

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Former HealthCare.Gov CMO Josh Peck Launches Get America Covered to Fill ACA Marketing Gap


This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Joshua Peck, Co-Founder of Get America Covered,  @GetUSCovered, a non-profit entity launched by former employees of HealthCare.gov, to fill a marketing  void in this year’s shortened Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Peck discusses the millions of Americans who qualify for subsidies to offset the cost of insurance and the star power he’s assembled to help get the word out.


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Ideas42.org Managing Director Ted Robertson on Transformational Potential Applying Behavioral Design in Healthcare

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Ted Robertson, Managing Director of Ideas42, a non-profit design firm that applies the disciplines of behavioral economics and behavioral design to develop scalable solutions to transform systems in health care, government, civic and corporate entities. Mr. Reynolds discusses their recent report for the Commonwealth Fund that explores the potential for transforming health care by applying behavioral economics principals and deploying behavioral design teams. 


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Is Blockchain Poised to Disrupt Health Care? MintHealth’s Founder Dr. Samir Damani Thinks So

Is Blockchain Poised to Disrupt Health Care? Mark Masselli and Dr. Samir Damani Thinks So

Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter Discuss What Blockchain is Technology and How Will it Disrupt Health Care

Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter discuss an important and possibly confusing topic–blockchain technology and health care.

What is It?

Though it sounds more like relating to DNA strands or chemical analysis, blockchain is actually a way to structure and secure information.

While principles were initially applied to the financial world such as Bitcoin, it has many applications for many diverse industries, including healthcare.

In reality, blockchain is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way,” according to The Harvard Business Review.

What Does it Mean for Patents?

Blockchain is Poised to Disrupt Health Care: Listen to CHC's Mark Masselli and Dr. Samir Damani

Blockchain is Poised to Disrupt Health Care: Listen to CHC’s Mark Masselli and Dr. Samir Damani

It’s easy to see healthcare is drowning in data of all sorts. From patient records, complex insurance billing, clinical trials, medical research and more, medicine is complex.

Blockchain technology helps to address this.

Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter of Community Health Center speak with Dr. Samir Damani, who is cardiologist at Scripps Clinic and co-founder of MintHealth about what is all means.

MintHealth created a system using blockchain technology to create a portable and secure health record for patients to manage and update themselves.

Key Advantages

There are many game-changing potential benefits for blockchain-enabled technology:

  • It lets patients self-govern their personal health records.
  • The technology address the current lack of adaptable in the health system.
  • Provides a way to reward patients for behavior changes leading to better chronic care self-management.
  • Have less admin time for doctors so they can spend more time on patient care.
  • Even better sharing of research results to facilitate new drug and treatment therapies for disease.

Electronic and Secure Sharing

One major improvement is in electronic medical records, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter of Community Health Center concedes.

Specifically, blockchain allows patients’ records to be securely viewed by any provider who needs it. This saves time, money and duplication in procedures, streamlines the process, avoids confusion and sometimes helps in life-threatening issues to share health information across many different providers.

The goal is to give patients and their providers easy access to their entire medical history across all providers they have ever seen.

Reduce Counterfeit Drugs

Bblockchains could help new drug development by streamlining patient results and share them quickly. Also, it could help stop counterfeit drugs.

Better Management

Blockchain could help with medical fraud. This caused more than $30 million in losses in the US, and blockchain could help minimize loses. It could reduce admin costs for billing by stopping the need for complex third party data or security systems, making the process of sharing information much more efficient.

Medical Research

Clinical trials for patients and implementing new treatments include extremely detailed procedures. There is no way to process all this data that is generated and recorded in many disparate systems–doctor’s offices, hospitals, patients, drug companies, labs. Blockchains could help “linking” all this together.

Health Care Security

Finally, Mark Masselli, Margaret Flinter and Dr. Samir Damani realize millions of patient records are invaded or hacked yearly. In the era of Smart Speakers, the Internet of Things, and of course IPads, etc., there are numerous opportunities for security breaches. Blockchain solutions potentially can keep health data secure while connecting to medical devices safely.

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Dr. Samir Damani Discusses Blockchain with Mark Masselli

Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter of the Community Health Center and Dr. Samir Damani of MintHealth discuss how blockchain technology will impact health care.

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Connected Health Expert Dr. Joseph Kvedar of Partners Health on Potential Impact of Technology on Caring for Aging Population

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Joseph Kvedar, VP of Connected Health at Partners Health Care in Boston, where they’re developing a new model of technology-enabled care by connecting the clinic to patient’s lives. Dr. Kvedar discusses his recent book, “The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend The Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan” which examines game changing potential for technology to help manage care for an aging population.

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Leading Cancer Researcher Dr. Michael Caligiuri On Coming Breakthroughs in Cancer Therapies

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Michael Caligiuri, President of the American Association for Cancer Research representing 37 thousand cancer researchers worldwide. Dr. Caligiuri is also Director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center and discusses breakthroughs in genomics, immunotherapy and prevention that are powerful weapons in the war on cancer.

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