B-Time with Beth Bierbower

B-Time with Beth Bierbower

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February 25, 2021 4 min

Listeners, as you know, I started these brief book reviews to share what I am reading.  Typically, I only share reviews on this podcast for non-fiction books, but I am making an exception today and I think you will appreciate why in a minute.

 

Like many of you, I began watching the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit a few months ago.  I don’t typically binge watch dramas, so I have a few more episodes to watch.  And while I do typ...

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February 23, 2021 40 min

David MacMurchy, CEO of Lightship a company that organizes and manages remote clinical trials discusses remote clinical trials and how they can increase speed to market while maintaining patient safety.

According to Accell Clinical Research by mid-2019 there were over 322K research studies registered worldwide with 100K in the US.  Typically, the participant is required to be located within a defined radius of a designated facility...

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Voluntary benefits are typically limited benefit policies designed around a specific condition or event such as cancer, an accident or a hospitalization and usually paid by the employee.  These policies usually pay out large sums of money $5,000 - $50,000 when the employee is diagnosed with a covered condition.  While the payout is attractive with a Voluntary Benefit these payouts are often tied to infrequent events. 

Brella is a n...

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Atomic Habits Book Review: I thought the book Atomic Habits by James Clear would be good to read over the holidays.  I like to make New Year resolutions so I thought if I could learn some new approaches as to how to make these resolutions stick, that would be helpful.

Let me begin by stating that this is a really quick read.  I read it in one afternoon.  I credit the author with describing the concepts simply and succinctly.  I a...

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Dr. Paul Grundy is known as “The Godfather” of the Patient Centered Medical Home.  He is also the founding President of The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.  Dr. Grundy shares the history of the PCMH and tells us how this has evolved over time.  He shares why it’s all about the data and gives us a refreshing look at why we need to focus on population health.

Show notes:  Favorite Podcasts:  This Week in Virology. 

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There is a growing trend in the healthcare ecosystem where providers are focused on a specific population of individuals.  Maven Clinic is a platform that focuses on the entire parenthood experience from pre-conception or adoption through birth and keeping your little ones healthy moving forward.  We are going to hear from Sonia why the team at Maven Clinic chose to focus on this segment.  What are the unmet needs or Jobs to be Don...

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Consumers spend $1 Trillion annually in out of pocket healthcare costs and premiums yet they don’t have a lot of control over their spend.  In fact, many consumers don’t see healthcare as a purchase.  Author of The Health Care Consumer’s Manifesto, Deb Gordon shares patient’s stories and provides the reader with a view into the consumer’s view of the healthcare system.  This is a must read for any individual who is working in the h...

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Maria Thomas has had a unique career covering such well-known brands as The World Bank Group, Amazon, NPR and Etsy.  Maria’s intellectual curiosity and her ability to see where the puck is going has afforded her the opportunity to work with bright people and help drive each organization forward in its digital transformation.  Join us as we hear from Maria, what skills are transferrable across industries, why customer focus matters ...

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James Allworth is a man of many talents. He is co-author of How Will You Measure Your Life w/ Clay Christensen & Karen Dillon, co-host of the Exponent Podcast 7 Head of Innovation at Cloudfare. James shares life & work lessons from the Late Prof Clay Christensen. We discuss work culture & work/life balance. We also discuss Big Tech and market power. We also discuss Tik Tok and Hauwei and privacy concerns. You don’t want...

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Microsoft’s Azure business has grown to become one third of its $143B of annual revenue in 10 years.  This major growth came partly from changing the sales game.  Microsoft shifted its focus from traditional sales.  Jeff Fattic, Customer Success Manager at Microsoft will share why focusing on creating customer value matters and how it can generate long term growth. 

Show Notes:  Books: Customer Success:  How Innovative Companies ar...

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Seth Sternberg, Co-founder and CEO of Honor discussed the innovations his company is making in the personal care market.  It starts with focusing on the Care Professionals and treating them with respect by understanding their preference and given them agency by providing the proper training, giving them the right tools, setting expectations and ensuring they are working in the right environment. 

Honor’s approach seems to working a...

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Endurance is the story of E.H. Shackleton and his crew of 27 men whose intent was to walk across the land mass of Antarctica.  The obstacles and challenges they faced in dealing with the natural elements were, by normal standards insurmountable. 

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Mental Health issues are prominent today.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.  Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. 

These disorders are plaguing a large chunk of the American population.  When an in...

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The book Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow is not for the faint of heart.  At over 700 pages or 36 hours on audio, this book is a comprehensive documentation and assessment of Hamilton’s life.  Hamilton was a brilliant man who emerged from a childhood of shame as he was born out of wedlock and of poverty.  He attended Kings College (now Columbia University) and continued to be a voracious, life-long learner.  His speeches were kno...

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Description: The CDC estimates that 34.2 million Americans have diabetes.  In 2018 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed and the prevalence of the disease is rising.  Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States. As high as 1 in 4 people who develop a foot ulcer might have an amputation. 

It’s difficult to understand why so many amputations occur when they are preventable...

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Working from home has caused a massive shift in our lives.  We’ve had to develop new routines.  We’ve carved out new work and school spaces in our homes, which were designed to serve as respites from these two activities.  Employees are feeling isolated because they no longer have casual interactions in the office.  Working from home for the entire week, every week results in the days running together. We love our families, but all...

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Digital Transformation requires companies to develop new or better capabilities in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Agile Work, Product Management, Big Data, Emerging Technology, Customer Experience and more.  To succeed, organizations must acquire elite talent in a highly competitive talent recruitment environment.  Dan Foley shares how to attract “Purple Squirrels” to your organization.  He also challenges us to think about...

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November 10, 2020 41 min

We are living in an unprecedented time.  The world has changed dramatically since COVID-19 began to spread widely in the first quarter of 2020 putting large swaths of populations in partial to full lockdown.  There are still many unknowns about the virus and leaders have had to make decisions with limited or poor data.  Which leads us to ask the question, “Exactly how does one make decisions when operating in an environment with so...

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I was fortunate to have Ron Williams, the former Chairman and CEO of Aetna on the podcast in Episode 12.  During that episode, Ron shared his leadership journey as well as how he was able to lead one of the largest turnarounds in the healthcare industry. 

 

Ron has also authored a book titled: Learning to Lead and this book should be on every professional’s physical or electronic bookshelf.  This primer is divided into three parts ...

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Leaders in the healthcare industry speak to focusing on the home as the site of care in the future.  If that’s the plan then the issue of getting supplies and equipment to the home must be addressed. 

Today, the process to obtain medical equipment and supplies is fragmented across a wide base of providers, lacks reliability in getting the right product to meet a person’s clinical needs delivered on time. There is no transparency or...

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