Episode 55: Future Pharmacists: Leveraging AI To Be More Patient Focused

With a perpetuating labor shortage resulting in healthcare facilities reporting continued losses year-over-year, healthcare professionals are desperate for reprieve. While there is no impending wave of new professionals to hit the workforce any time soon, the world has begun to see a wild jump in the development of AI.

On this episode, we’re joined by Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy and Government Affairs at Omnicell — an organization at the heart of the future of pharmacy. With promising developments emerging, Ken offers a glimmer of hope for healthcare facilities and pharmacy techs worldwide.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Specific challenges caused by labor shortages
  • Use case for tech and AI in minimizing inefficiencies
  • How AI will enable pharmacists, not replace them

Episode 54: Litigating the War Against OxyContin Exploitation

This is the first episode in a special three-part series on OxyContin and the opioid crisis. The next episode will be live on 4/11/23.

At some point, the opioid epidemic has touched nearly everyone’s life in this country. That makes it one of the few issues that cut across every demographic and political line.

The people want the corporations held responsible for their part in the epidemic, but that’s no easy task when it means taking on some of the world’s most powerful corporations.

Today’s guest not only had the courage to take on these companies, but managed to successfully litigate against them in a true David & Goliath for our time. Jayne Conroy, Experienced Litigator and Shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy, joins the show to share what goes into getting justice for the many victims of OxyContin and the opioid epidemic.

We discuss:

  • Jayne’s background and how it led her to her role in litigating on behalf of OxyContin victims
  • The nuances of such a large litigation
  • Issues in the drug approval process that contributed to OxyContin’s infamous role in the opioid epidemic
  • The outcome of the case and what it means for future litigation

Episode 53: Overcoming Burnout: A Comprehensive Care Plan

Headlines, studies and endless social media posts remind us that occupational burnout is more widespread than ever — but how exactly do we define burnout? And more importantly, how do we prevent it?

This week we are joined by Ginny Bonner, Senior Consultant of Physician, APP and Nursing Experience, Development and Well-Being at Banner Health. Ginny defines occupational burnout as a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a low sense of personal accomplishment — but it goes far beyond this.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The causes and effects of burnout
  • Banner Health’s role in combating burnout and maintaining good mental health
  • How to treat and reverse burnout once it’s already happened

Episode 52: Business Innovations for Pediatric Care

One great thing about medicine in the US is the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that can tackle some of the biggest challenges in health.

The downside?

Smaller markets, like pediatrics, are often overlooked in favor of bigger, more lucrative problem solving solutions. This means healthcare heroes in these smaller sectors have to step up to fill those gaps in funding and recognition in order to gain market momentum.

That’s exactly what Dr. Steven Goudy is doing as a business innovator and founder, in addition to his role as Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

He joins the show to discuss:The challenges in today’s pediatric careTackling those challenges despite the fewer investment dollars in the industryGetting buy-in from key opinion leaders to support your business

Episode 51: Leading the Charge in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Treatment



In this episode, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Annovis Dr. Maria Maccecchini discusses the biological difficulties of treating cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia, and how two developing therapeutics may hold the key to stopping them.

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Episode 50: Shutting the Door on Cancer Cells

Concarlo Therapeutics is developing a drug that could transform the way we treat cancer. In this episode, Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and acting CEO of Concarlo Therapeutics, Dr. Stacy Blain,shares her journey of researching, testing and securing funding for a drug that kills off cancer cells.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Clinical grade manufacturing processes
  • FDA regulations and clinical trials
  • Cancer cell proliferation and necrosis

Episode 49: 2022 Retrospective: What We’ve Learned about Healthcare

In the past fifty episodes, we’ve spoken with heroes of healthcare from White House public health experts to the makers of Covid-19 tests. Now, co-hosts Ted Weyn and Olivia D’Angelo reflect on their favorite lessons from the past year’s episodes and share a glimpse into what they have planned for the future. Join us as we discuss:

  • Workforce shortages and technological limitations
  • Supply and demand issues in patient care
  • Innovative healthcare research, testing and technology

Episode 48: Cutting Out Redundancies in Healthcare

To better meet the needs of patients, healthcare systems are embracing new technologies that allow for most non-emergency visits to be performed remotely.

In this episode, VP and Chief Quality Innovation Officer of the Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford HealthCare, Howard L. Haronian shares his perspective on how new innovations allow for more equitable communication with insurance companies and more efficient patient-data usage. Join us as we discuss:

– Preventing physician overload and burnout
– Aligning incentives for insurance companies and patients
– Increasing the value of care through data collection

Episode 47: The Recruitment Side of Healthcare

 SSM Health is one of the largest health systems in the midwest. As a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital network, their mission is to treat and heal their friends and family in the communities they serve.

In the episode, Physician and Provider Recruiter for SSM Health, Jason Nelson shares an inside glimpse into the experiences of physicians and advanced practitioners working for SSM. Listen as we discuss:

– Rumors of physician shortages

– Maintaining work-life balance for their staff

– Effective methods for collecting and processing patient feedback

Episode 46: The Hidden Manufacturers of COVID-19 Tests

Capillary flow membranes are the base for both Covid and pregnancy tests. Once sprayed with a protein solution, they act as a key indicator by changing colors when in contact with the right compounds.

In this episode, head of product management for diagnostic manufacturing materials at MilliporeSigma, Shawn Gaskell explains the creation processes for these tests, their evolution during the pandemic, and how they might revolutionize medicine in the near future.

Join us as we discuss:

– The deployment of rapid Covid-19 tests

– The expansion of telehealth technologies

– How Technology will help alleviate the doctor-shortage