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March 4: Today on the Conference channel, it’s a double Interview in Action live from ViVE 2024. First, Drex speaks with Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Cook Children’s Health Care System. Delving into the realities of clinician burnout, her efforts towards a happier, more effective workforce are prominent. Theresa discusses a problem-based approach focusing on mitigating burnout and improving workflow efficiency. With a myriad of tech innovations floating around, how does one zero in on effectively targeting pain points? Next, Drex speaks with Toby Gouker, EVP, Government Health at First Health Advisory. As part of a company that strengthens digital health through cybersecurity practices, policy design, and resilience initiatives, Toby provides an insightful overview of the challenges and strategies involved in their operations. How do cyber threats affect the industry's strides towards improved patient care? Why is the matter of cybersecurity within healthcare gaining more relevance due to continuous technological advancements? What plans are set in motion to ensure a safe digital transition?

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March 4, 2024: Charles Boicey, Chief Innovation Officer at Clearsense joins Bill and Drex for the news. They delve into a multitude of topics surrounding the modern healthcare technology landscape at VIVE 2024, LA. What are some of the prevalent risks in the cyber world that health professionals are being confronted with today? Dig into these and other questions in this episode as Charles discusses his work in India, recent happenings in Change Healthcare as well as the controversial implications of OptumHealthcare Connectivity. The conversation also shifts to the importance of privacy in today's digital era and whether uniformity truly holds the key to addressing cyber risks. Experience the wave of future healthcare technology as we analyze and unpack these discussions in this episode.

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March 1, 2024: Join Shez Partovi, the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and Chief Business Leader Enterprise Informatics at Philips as they navigate the next curve of the health tech evolution. They delve into the ocean of data within the modern health landscape, raising the reflective debate: How do we transform mass data into real insights? With an in-depth look into the recent guidance AI is showing, especially in medical imaging, they consider what this future technology can unveil. What light does this shed on a path for untangling modern complexities in care? They challenge the goals, the 'what now' and the courses set out for an average health player by Partovi's deep assessment and front-line sites. Facing ahead, it's all about streamlining the healthcare process with technology without neglecting the patient. 

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February 27, 2024: Today on TownHall we are taking a look back at a previously released episode. In this episode, Jake Lancaster, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care interviews Colin Banas, Chief Medical Officer at DrFirst, Inc. about medication list interoperability and medication adherence. How does DrFirst use data and AI to fill the gaps in medication lists? How do they fit into the medication adherence equation? What are some current challenges in medication data that Colin recognizes?

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February 26th, 2024: In this special Sneak Peek for Season 1 of UnHack (the podcast) with Drex DeFord, we are excited to discuss The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) 5 year strategic plan with Greg Garcia, Executive Director. This conversation was just too good and timely to wait, so we are sharing it with you today! With this 5 year plan, the goal is to make it easy for hospitals to work together for effective cyber defense. So, are all organizations in the healthcare spectrum ready to rise to the call in implementing it? And how does this dovetail with the burgeoning areas of practice such as hospital-at-home, healthcare on-demand, and artificial intelligence, among others? We all have a part to play in achieving the strategic goals for safer, more effective healthcare delivery in an increasingly digital and interconnected world.

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February 26, 2024: Drex DeFord, President of Cyber and Risk Community at This Week Health, joins Bill for the news. They explore the impact of cybersecurity on healthcare, illustrated by the shutdown of LockBit ransomware operations, and the implications for the industry. How does the arrest of cyber criminals and the seizure of decryption keys alter the landscape of health IT security, and what does it signify for future cybersecurity strategies? The conversation shifts to the nuances of healthcare conferences, emphasizing the value of personal connections and the exchange of pragmatic solutions over theoretical discussions. What role do these conferences play in fostering innovation and problem-solving within the health IT community? Can cloud services offer a more secure and efficient infrastructure for health IT, or do they introduce new vulnerabilities? This episode prompts listeners to consider the evolving challenges and opportunities in health IT, encouraging a deeper reflection on how these developments affect the broader healthcare landscape.

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February 23, 2024: Christian Carmody, CTO & SVP at UPMC, delves into the profound transformation of analytics and data use within healthcare, tracing the journey from the late 1990s to the present day. How has the advent of cloud technology redefined the way healthcare data is processed, and what does this mean for patient care? They explore the significant shift from traditional, time-consuming data aggregation methods to the rapid, cloud-enabled processes that now support predictive modeling and AI-driven analytics at UPMC. The discussion raises critical questions about the ongoing challenges of integrating legacy systems and the innovative solutions being implemented. How are AI and generative AI being leveraged to enhance patient outcomes, and in what ways are these technologies addressing the complexities of unstructured data and social determinants of health? Join us as they consider the implications of these advancements for the future of healthcare and patient management.

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