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Medical Misinformation, Tech Platforms, and the Threat to our Public Health, with Kara Swisher

Incoming FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf recently announced his concern about how social media magnifies and disseminates false information about science.

Covering this topic, our SoundPractice guest today is author, technology columnist and podcast host, Kara Swisher.  Swisher has been on the tech scene since the early 1990s.  She has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and she started the “All Things Digital Conference” with Walt Mossberg, also from the Wall Street Journal, back in 2003.  These days, Kara Swisher is an editor-at-large for New York Media, a contributor to the New York Times, and a host of the podcasts “Sway,” and “Pivot.”

This engaging episode is a tutorial for physicians on the tech landscape, the lack of accountability for tech companies, and an overview of Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act.  Host Mike Sacopulos and Kara Swisher also discuss how social media has turbo charged the anti-vax messaging putting physicians on the front lines with patients, how platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Amazon and Reddit proliferate the disinformation, and what physicians and healthcare professionals can do to help stem the false information.

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Dr. Michael Spellman on “Lucrative Practices”

Starting and owning a well-run, successful practice are two of the most rewarding activities in which a healthcare professional can engage. However, staying ahead of the curve in our ever-changing industry environment can feel burdensome and can be disheartening. The fact is that at the end of the day, clinicians are trained in their science, not in business. This can ultimately result in a costly, inefficient, trial-and-error approach to practice management. 

In this episode of SoundPractice, Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Michael Spellman.  He’s the author of the recently published, “Lucrative Practices: The Comprehensive Handbook for Healthcare Executives.” Physician leaders and practice managers would be well served to learn from Michael Spellman’s decades of experience!

Written as a business reference guide for healthcare executives, office managers and professionals in independent practice, Lucrative Practices includes detailed “how to” discussions and instructions, tips, forms, templates and guides that steer professionals away from problems and toward forward moving, financially successful management practices.

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The IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Program with Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D.

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Global Health at the New York University School of Global Public Health and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.  She joins host Mike Sacopulos to discuss The IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Program and the reasoning behind the promotion of young physician leaders around the globe. YPL was launched in 2011 and is a program in partnership with the World Health Summit, the M8 Alliance and the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). It is supported by TidesCharité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Bayer Foundation.

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The Use of Arts in Healing and Medicine: Christopher Bailey from WHO

Medicine is a mix of science and art. The art may be obscured by elegant science and spectacular use of technology, but it is there. We are seeing increased interest in the use of arts to promote health and healing.  Far from being distinct realms, art and science intertwine in unexpected ways to promote health and healing. It is this amalgam that we will explore in today’s episode of SoundPractice. We will be talking with Christopher Bailey, Art and Health Lead for the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization (WHO)  helped host a symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art focused upon this topic.

Join us for a discussion of evidence-based use of the arts to promote health and healing and social prescribing. This is an important topic with one of the world's foremost experts.

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Dr. Karen Nichols on Physician Leadership Skills

“All physicians are leaders,” said American Association of Physician Leaders CEO, Dr. Peter Angood. But leadership requires effort and training. The guest on this episode of Sound Practice is Dr. Karen Nichols, author of the recently released, “11 Skills Every Doctor Needs To Be and Effective Leader,” Dr. Nichols proves useful categories of skills and strategies to build these skills. Insightful and comprehensive, Dr. Nichols helps physicians expand their executive abilities.

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At the Intersection of Technology and Healing: Trends in Medical Informatics

At the Intersection of Technology and Healing: Trends in Medical Informatics

Medical informatics is helping push the frontiers of knowledge and treatment of patients. Unimaginable data sets can be manipulated and analyzed to yield amazing results. While patient privacy and data security concerns still abound, no one can deny the benefits flowing from medical informatics. On this episode, we will speak with Dr. William (Bill) Hersh about the rise in medical informatics and the career opportunities that progress in informatics.

Dr. Hersh is the Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

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Physician-Assisted Death with Author, Katie Engelhart

The topic of physician-assisted death is both sensitive and complex. It involves medical ethics, state law, and religion. In this SoundPractice episode we will explore the status and facets related to physician-assisted death. Through the lens of states that permit physician-assisted suicide, veteran journalist and healthcare author Katie Engelhart guide the discussion.  Her new book, The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die was released earlier this year. This episode aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the topic with insights from Ms. Engelhart, an award-winning documentary film correspondent, a past producer at NBC News, and a foreign correspondent for VICE News. Her book, The Inevitable moves beyond margins of the law to the people who are meticulously planning their final hours—far from medical offices, legislative chambers, hospital ethics committees, and polite conversation.

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Dr. Shannon Prince on Racial Justice in Healthcare

The pandemic has cast new light upon healthcare disparities. Vaccine hesitancy in minority communities has led to further discussions of infant mortality and other care disparities. On this episode of SoundPractice, we speak with Shannon Prince, PhD, JD, author of the new book, Tactics for Racial Justice:  Building an Antiracist Organization and Community.  Dr. Prince provides both disturbing statistics and practical suggestions to combat healthcare disparities. Her book is offered to SoundPractice listeners at a discount., discount code FLY21.

This is an important topic that directly impacts millions of Americans. You will find Dr. Prince’s idea thought provoking on this episode of SoundPractice.

Shannon Prince, PhD, JD

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Dr. Paul Offit on COVID-19, Vaccines, and the History of Medical Innovation

In this episode of SoundPractice, we welcome Paul A. Offit, MD.  Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Offit offers a historical view on vaccinations mixed with cutting edge COVID-19 research.  He also discusses the misuse of the terms, “vaccine hesitancy,” and “breakthrough cases.” 

He’s the author of the recently published new book, You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation.  In his book he covers nine (9) medical advances that have caused us to live 30 years longer than we did 100 years ago…and the human price to pay for knowledge.

Dr. Offit’s perspective is intelligent, informed, and one that needs to be heard.  His thoughts on COVID-19 will better equip you to interact with patients and the public, while functioning as a physician leader.

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A Seat at the Table: Sara Larch on Serving on a Board of Directors

President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read,“The buck stops here.” It was his reminder that the ultimate decision-making authority rested in his office. President Truman’s sign should sit on the board of directors’ conference table in most healthcare entities.

As a national expert on healthcare governance, Sara Larch is well suited to guide us through the world of selection and service of members of boards of directors. Sara Larch brings 30+ years of industry experience in large physician groups in Integrated Delivery Systems and Academic Medical Centers, and eight years at Deloitte Consulting as Managing Director and National Leader of the Physician Enterprise (PE) practice.

Whether you aspire to sit on a board or already a member, this episode of SoundPractice will be valuable to you. Ms. Larch helps us understand what characteristics are looked for in potential board members. She lists questions candidates should ask before agreeing to serve. Ms. Larch walks us through new member orientation and techniques to become an effective member of the board. This episode of SoundPractice is a “how to manual for members of board of directors.

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