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Is virtual care better care? The results may surprise you!

Brad Armstrong, VP at Cognizant Consulting and healthcare industry veteran, discusses the nice surprises that are happening with the big virtual care buildout. Many are seeing better outcomes and lower costs. There are even bigger changes ahead!

Current healthcare CIO priorities and the top three trends for 2021

In this discussion, Peyman Zand discusses the types of changes that healthcare technology leaders will need to consider in the coming year. Join us as we tour through the advanced technologies, operational transformations and non-traditional merger and acquisitions that could make 2021 a pivotal year in the transformation of health care.

The #1 provider of cloud services for Meditech customers discusses the future of cloud for healthcare

As President and COO of Cloudwave, Erik Littlejohn has helped develop the company into the top provider of cloud services for customers using Meditech EHR software. Erik discusses cloud trends: where we have come from, where we are going, and why a hybrid architecture is the practical future.

The evolution of Healthcare IT outsourcing and the new trend towards Clinical Help Desk as a service

As former President for Perot Systems healthcare division and current CEO of startup GuideIT, Chuck Lyles has an exceptional view into the evolution of healthcare IT outsourcing and how the shift to virtual care also means more virtual partnerships in IT. He describes the emergence of the Clinical Help Desk as a managed service and discusses why it became an overnight trend during the pandemic. 

Ethical hacking, the rise of the virtual CISO and the number one security threat to hospitals today

Adam Kehler hacks his clients systems and they pay him to do it! As a Certified Ethical Hacker and the practice leader of a healthcare cybersecurity consulting practice for Online Business Systems, Adam talks about the role of ethical hacking, the newly emerging role of the virtual CISO, and the number one security threat that hospitals are facing today.

The Chief Information Security Officer for a Major Cloud Services Provider Discusses Trends, Security Threats and Strategy

Chris Riley, Chief Information Security Officer for Ntirety, walks us through the changing landscape of modern information security challenges and provides guidance on developing a strategy to meet today’s threats.

Building out LA’s Newest HIMSS Level 7 “Most Wired” Hospital

Tracy Donegan, CIO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, describes her team’s journey to conceive and create a technically advanced hospital in one of Los Angeles’s most under-served areas.

How healthcare entrepreneurs learn to launch and grow their business with ScaleHealth

In this podcast, Taylor McPartland, CEO of ScaleHealth, talks about his firm’s unique approach in helping healthcare entrepreneurs bridge the gap from business idea to business reality. By engaging the volunteer efforts of some of the top executives in the industry, Taylor discusses the power of networking and collaboration in setting hundreds of start-ups on the right course to scale up and succeed. 

How to Turn a Poor Patient Experience into a Career Opportunity 

In this podcast, Mike Roach discusses his perspective as a patient, noting challenges with his own care during an unexpected hospital stay and how it turned into a career of advancing healthcare, healthcare processes and support of caregivers into a passion.  He also shares the importance of mentoring, coaching, and leading change through leadership.

How to Invest and Operationalize SDOH into your Culture

In this podcast, Andres Gutierrez discusses approaches to integrating the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) into technologies used in healthcare. He also shares the challenges and benefits of harnessing the data to drive better health outcomes and the community partnerships required to bring lasting change.

Building a Digital Strategy From the Ground Up

In this podcast, Ray Lowe discusses his ground-up approach to building a digital strategy which included an EMR replacement with an incredibly short time line. He also shares his entrepreneurial perspective and how his professional network, along with key stakeholder alignment, allows for his organization to focus on their patients while continuously preparing for the future.

IT Legacy Transformation and Cost Optimization

In this podcast, Dr. Zafar Chaudry discusses transforming the legacy IT landscape, approaches to stakeholder buy-in, and creating a pathway for digital initiatives and innovation. He shares the collaboration and accountability required to strategically replace an EMR, upgrade the ERP, and plan for ECM while keeping systems goals and world-class patient care at the forefront of the organization.

Securing the Human

In this podcast, Anahi Santiago discusses the transition of the healthcare industry towards consumerism that the implications from a cybersecurity perspective. She shares how innovation and the role of the CISO plays a key role in changing how care is delivered and in setting the strategic plan for an organization.

Developing ‘Digital First’ Models of Primary Care

In this podcast, Dimitri Varsamis discusses difference between the academic, governmental and business world when it comes to healthcare and the intersection of what is similar and different between the US and NHS health systems. In his research he covers digital first models of innovation that can be created and theoretically accessible very quickly for patients and consumers. He also shares why it is key to remain curious about the future.

Lessons the U.S. can learn from other countries in delivering high quality and cost effective healthcare

In this podcast, Dr. Alan Young discusses how lessons learned from his experiences in receiving and delivering care in other countries have shaped his perspective on how to drive improvement in the US. The path he has taken to be an innovator and practitioner gives him a unique view of what we need to do to make the most lasting and impactful changes. He also shares what others can learn from us.

Interoperability 2020

In this podcast, Pavel Smirnov discusses what organizations can do to deliver the use of FHIR and APIs in their healthcare system. Understanding the framework and standards is key to developing a technology community to support the continued growth and development of these solutions. With the importance of interoperability in our ecosystem today, these standards will become table stakes in strategic differentiation.

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

In this podcast, Ogechika Alozie shares his perspective as a practicing infectious disease physician and CHIO in delivering solutions to a community that faces challenges in access to care, health literacy, and cultural diversity.  In the journey to deliver strategies around clinical and population improvements with technologies such as telemedicine, he discusses how his organization has been innovative in leveraging Medicaid programs, EMR optimization efforts, and securing budgetary funding within an academic medical setting.

Digital Health Checkup – How Healthy is Your Organization?

In this podcast, Jason Wood discusses how to build a digital strategy within your organization by partnering with stakeholders, obtaining executive sponsorship, and starting where you are, regardless of the size of the organization.  He shares real-world examples, what it means to understand consumerism, digital health trends, and ensuring your organization is aligned on delivering the identified strategies.  Jason’s perspective on the importance of tackling the basics first, how to effectively partner with vendors, and implement complimentary and accretive solutions is innovative and practical.  His conversation is literally a blueprint all HIT executives can follow to achieve success in digital health.

Biomedical Device Security: The Risk is More than Security

In this podcast, David Finn shares why technical vulnerabilities and risk to medical devices are so important and the risks we aim to address from the core business of healthcare to security for the sake of security. The No. 1 focus we have in healthcare technology is patient safety and he discusses what makes biomedical device security so much more difficult than securing traditional end-points, why this even an IT security issue and how to engage clinical engineering and administrators in addressing the issue. David shares what providers can do now to secure and manage biomedical devices on their network.

AI and 5G – Ethical Biases and IT Progress

In this podcast, Dr. Shafiq Rab shares his unique views from the perspective of a physician and IT executive on how both accelerated mobile communications and artificial intelligence will shape our future. If you wonder what your experience as a patient, consumer, and human will be like in the next 15 – 20 years, Shafiq paints a vivid picture of how we can elegantly balance science and art. From DNA splicing to living well beyond our current life expectancies, a key to the exponential scientific capabilities has its roots in human kindness.

Technical Innovation and Consumer Experience

In this podcast, Neil Gomes shares his experience on how to set culture, decision making, and business priorities by focusing on passion and empathy from the perspective of the patient. Through the process of understanding what patients want that are not expressed, his team has been wildly successful in developing custom solutions to improve quality, service, and outcomes. Solutions that engage administrators, clinicians, and patients have enabled their health system to become a pioneer in development; creating teams, vendor alignments, and great platforms. Neil points out that you can’t do it alone and why factors are equally important in the delivery of innovation.

Forecasting a Digital Hurricane

In this podcast, Bill Russell shares his journey moving from a health system CIO to CEO of his own company and recommendations for traversing the journey of managing your career.  He explains the importance of knowing your strengths, finding a great team, finding a mentor, finding your voice, taking risks, overcoming failure, and finding your next opportunity.  Bill talks about the idea of forecasting a digital hurricane that pulls towards the center with a lasting effect and where technology sits in this storm as well as the ability to determine fads from beneficial disrupters and why a strategic roadmap should dynamic and an 18-month horizon as a moving target.

Why the Journey of a CIO is not Formulaic

In this podcast, Aaron Miri discusses why the journey of a CIO is not formulaic and covers a range of key topics from the importance of advocacy in having an impact on state and national HIT policy to his decision to take a new role back in the provider arena. He shares his journey from provider to vendor and back again and why having a mentor is one of the most important influences in guiding your career. In addition, there is an element of risk and intuition that are paramount in taking you to the next level and ensuring you create an opportunity where you can constantly challenge yourself. Aaron’s perspective on consumerism and the importance of voting to have your voice heard are excellent perspectives.

Patient Engagement Strategy – Personalization, Transparency & Convenience

In this podcast, Erik Barnett discusses how organizations target different generations and the typical consumer behaviors of various generational groups. He covers recent trends, mergers, and partnerships and where we are doing well as an industry as well as where we have opportunity. In a competitive landscape, he shares his thoughts on the emergence of true analytics around patient engagement as well as what the hottest new areas of focus will be in 2019!

Relentless Prioritization

In this podcast, Drex DeFord discusses the necessity of relentless prioritization when it comes to delivering the core components of infrastructure, applications, knowledge management, and cybersecurity. He shares how governance is the true driver of this and how through a developed and trusted partnership, IT creates the ability for clinicians, business owners, and ultimately the CEO to own the enterprise portfolio. Some bureaucracy is necessary and making tough decisions should be slightly painful. Yet when the culture aligns a process to deliver true shared decision making, great feats can be accomplished.

A Conversation with Finland and how they are Shaping the Worldwide Healthcare Landscape

In this podcast, Suvi Aherto discusses Finland as the host of HIMSS Europe beginning in 2019 and why Finland is interesting when it comes to IT in healthcare including their approach to policy, efficacy, quality and outcomes. Suvi shares the paths Finland has chosen from universal healthcare via combination of public and private providers as well leading research in isolated genepools.

Managing the Aftermath of a Cyber Incident with a Strategic Incident Response

This podcast is presented by CynergisTek, a top-ranked cybersecurity and information management consulting firm dedicated to serving the healthcare industry. The company has been named in numerous research as a top firm that provider organizations turn to for privacy and security, and won the 2017 Best in KLAS award for Cyber Security Advisory Services.

In this podcast, David Finn discusses how to manage the aftermath of a cyber-incident including the current threat landscape and latest trends in healthcare. He shares real-world examples, how to build a business case for incident response, and the importance of involving key business and clinical stakeholders. David’s perspective on the frequency of testing, methodology behind choosing scenarios, and sharing of ‘war stories’ sets the foundation for strategically incorporating this capability into any healthcare organization.

Many thanks to sponsorship from CynergisTek and David Finn for a fantastic episode!

CA State Senator, Dr. Ed Hernandez, Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor

In this podcast, Dr. Ed Hernandez discusses how as voter and constituents, we can to put in the work to remain a beacon of hope and progress, with fairness, equality, and economic justice for our state and country. Dr. Ed also shares why we must continue to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare, reduce overall healthcare costs, and address the provider shortage throughout CA. From an HIT and Public Policy perspective he explains the importance of Telemedicine, Cybersecurity, the Opioid Epidemic and Interoperability. He also notes that regardless of the outcome of the election on November 6, 2018, his agenda and advocacy for our citizens and state doesn’t stop as it is as important as ever to have an educated voice championing for all.

The Current State of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

In this episode, Dr. Anthony Chang, a pediatric cardiologist and the Chief Innovation & Intelligence Office at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, discusses his journey as a physician and data scientist with a passion for the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in clinical medicine.

Current State of Healthcare Cybersecurity - Threats, Breaches, Challenges, and How You Can be Prepared

In this two-part podcast, Sri Bharadwaj discusses the current state of cybersecurity in healthcare. With the proliferation of threats, breaches, and endless challenges, he shares the best way to be prepared for today and how to build for the future. Core ideas include the importance of innovation, building a sustainable budget, and the guidelines for structured frameworks.

The Role of the CIO in Healthcare Transformation

In this episode, David Chou shares how the role of the CIO in transforming healthcare is an ever-changing landscape requiring constant reinvention. The importance of building and cultivating a high-performing team while managing individual stakeholders is a core deliverable in leading digital transformation for an organization. Ideas must be cultivated to be aligned with the strategic plan while simultaneously delivering on day to day expectations. Building a roadmap that allows the business to become educated and savvy about the right projects is as much about art as it is science. David also shares his views on branding, social media, staying informed, and shaping the future for others in HIT.

Blockchain in Healthcare

In this episode, Tamara StClaire discusses how the Blockchain has the potential to replace and re-architect many incumbent systems to remove friction and provide for new business models, greater efficiencies and trust in healthcare. Several applications being explored are: master patient identification, autonomous auto-adjudication, longitudinal patient history, interoperability, supply chain management, clinical trials, and unleashing data for research. Stakeholders are starting to align and collaborate in unique ways to bring together the ecosystem and brain trust that could allow us to realize new opportunities. Innovative startups are playing in this space and are cutting a wide swath in the industry. Even with this rosy outlook, there are still technical challenges as well as cultural/philosophical hurdles to widespread adoption and implementation.

Happiness in the Workplace: A Formula for Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Digital Era

In this episode, Vicki Shillington shares how organizations have typically been structured with employees recognized simply as the cogs in the system, managers the zookeepers and work as the daily grind. Humanity has literally been designed out of our organizations over the past few decades. In the past, there wasn’t much one could do about it, organizations could pretty much treat employees however they wanted.

Today that is no longer the case.

Looking through the lens of the employee, what they see as the company’s culture is a manifestation of who you hire, fire, and promote. This is increasingly important in the digital era when 50 percent of the workforce will be made up of millennials by 2020, who crave impact and meaning. This number jumps to 75 percent by 2025. When employees join a company where people don’t manifest the values it cares about, they feel lied to, betrayed and cheated.

During the first 90 days, employees are assessing the environment and whether it is what they signed up for. They are assessing whether the right talent is being hired, people are promoted fairly and bad behaviors are addressed. If not, they become increasingly resentful. As the company grows employees begin to act according to what their Leaders either actively reinforce through praise and promotion or passively reinforce by allowing to happen. Would they have joined the company had they seen which colleagues are getting hired, fired, or promoted?

How Artificial Intelligence will Revolutionize Healthcare

In this episode, Sajid Ahmed discusses the proliferation in innovation via Artificial Intelligence (AI) and workflow design. He shares how this technology will help accurately diagnose many conditions and provide convenient access to care by delivering a multitude of solutions to healthcare organizations looking to improve healthcare delivery. While AI is receiving industry buzz and covers over half of the floor space at technology and healthcare conferences it is not a new technology. The U.S. Military Medical Command was an early adopter in using it for advanced diagnostic technologies by emulating logical inferences of cognition and intuition theory. AI will continue to become mainstream in our lives and be as ubiquitous as the Internet and our smart devices in our daily lives.

A Best Practice Approach to Application Migration

In this episode, T2 Tech Managing Partner Kevin Torf shares how to manage increasing electronic health data in 24x7 environments, and what todays healthcare CIOs need to strategically migrate hundreds of clinical and business applications when shifting to the cloud, colocation facilities and other modern data center solutions. After working with leading providers, such as Sharp HealthCare and Verity Health System, to execute large-scale application and data center migration efforts, speaker Kevin Torf’s HIT team developed a repeatable, best-practices approach to efficiently migrate applications with minimal risk and business disruption.

Tune into the Southern California Chapter of HIMSS Podcast to hear how this methodology can help IT teams group related applications in an upfront assessment and then follow an iterative five-step migration process. Using the five-steps, teams can pilot application moves, test key capabilities, execute successful go lives, decommission old hardware and track the ROI for iterative migration cycles.

Improve Collaboration with a Strategic Mobile Device Strategy

In this episode, Dr. Andrew Brooks, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tigertext shares his thoughts on how to Improve Collaboration with a Strategic Mobile Device Strategy. He covers the importance of Secure Messaging, System Integration, Device Management, Patient Engagement, and Physician Experience. In addition he shares recommendations for how disparate health systems can communicate on disparate platforms and thoughts on care coordination as a primary driver and how we engage the patient in the transition of care/population health ecosystem.

The Humility Imperative 

In this podcast, Andrew Kerr discusses how leaders continue to fail at an alarming rate at the highest levels of business, politics, sports, and entertainment. Many of these failures are the result of self-inflicted wounds brought on by a lack of character. Against a rising tide of narcissism and ego, humility has quietly re-emerged as the crucial leadership quality for the twenty-first century knowledge economy. Andrew Kerr, a certified expert on change management and leadership, blends powerful storytelling with the latest research to reveal how humility creates a distinct competitive advantage for individual leaders and their organizations.

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The Future of Interoperability

Sriram Bharadwaj (Sri) is Director, Information Systems and CISO, University of California, Irvine, Healthcare (UCI Health) and has over 25 years of Information Management Systems experience in multiple industries including healthcare.

In this podcast, Sri discusses mapping out the future of Interoperability in healthcare and sharing of patient data for Olympics. Millions of transactions are exchange today across the healthcare ecosystem. Sri Bharadwaj in this podcast star gazes into the future and addresses the current and future needs for standards, certification, Blockchain and governance in interoperability.