Curbside Consults Podcast
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced innovation in health care in many ways, one of which is putting to test advances in digital health. There has been no better time to test its value than in this environment of social distancing, reduced contact, and heightened health concerns. What does health care from a distance look like? What role can digital health tools play in bridging the distance, bringing health care and providers to our fingertips?
In today’s podcast, we are joined by Dr. Kevin Schulman, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair of Business Development and Strategy in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University, and Dr. Byron Crowe, an internal medicine resident at the University of Colorado and Associate Medical Director at Solera Health to discuss digital health.
0:43 – Topic introduction
1:13 – Introduction of panelists
2:05 – Why should residents learn about digital health?
3:50 – What is digital health and what are some examples of digital health tools?
7:28 – How can we use digital health tools in practice?
Easy access to and transport of health information
Potential for traditionally in-person interactions to be delivered via an app
13:36 – Evaluating evidence and efficacy of digital health tools
Ensuring the right level of service for the patient
20:00 – Use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and connecting digital health databases
Innovations in storage, sharing, and accessing health data
25:45 – Economics of a mobile digital health approach
28:00 – Consumer privacy in digital health
33:30 – Opportunities to provide services via a digital e-commerce platform
36:10 – The future of digital health
Defining the problems we want technology to solve
43:30 – Thanks and Outro
Resources and articles discussed in this episode:
1. Covid-19 and Health Care’s Digital Revolution
2. Toward an Effective Innovation Agenda
3. Administrative Costs Associated with Physician Billing and Insurance-Related Activities at an Academic Health Care System
The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.