The MATTER Health Podcast

The MATTER Health Podcast

MATTER is a nexus for people who are passionate about healthcare innovation and healthcare transformation. This podcast highlights a broad array of perspectives from the conversations we’ve had with entrepreneurs, change makers and industry thought leaders. Sign up to hear these perspectives live at and follow us on social media at @MATTERhealth.


November 29, 2023 59 mins

According to the American Indian Policy Institute, 18 percent of reservation residents lack internet access, 33 percent rely on cell phone service only, 49 percent utilize a land-based internet provider and 31 percent have spotty internet connection. The limited access to services presents major barriers to access to innovative healthcare solutions to improve health disparities such as diabetes, chronic liver diseases and more.


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Anyone who works in healthcare knows that our current system can often seem overly complex and burdened by a never-ending maze of policies and regulations that can slow down change. That's where ARDX comes in.

Join MATTER as we welcome Angela D. Reddix, founder, CEO and president of ARDX, a leading government health management and technology consulting firm, for a fireside chat on federal policy, health equity and insights glea...

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer among women, with an estimated 42,000 women — and 500 men — in the U.S. dying each year from breast cancer. To reduce the effect of breast cancer on women and men, we must improve early detection, access to quality care and patient education.

Join us during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for a panel di...

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The racial wealth gap between Black and white Americans has remained persistently steady since 1970, with Black Households owning just one-eighth of the wealth of white households. This disparity directly affects access to care, affordable housing, healthy food, education and other factors, leading to lower life expectancies and worse health outcomes for people of color.

In this episode, Crystal Tyler, PhD, MPH, chief heal...

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For years, data analytics has been used in healthcare to fuel faster and more accurate diagnoses, inform decision-making, personalize treatment, improve patient care and outcomes, lower costs and more. With recent advances in the use of big data and generative artificial intelligence, more organizations are exploring new ways to apply these modern data science tools to address persistent healthcare challenges.

One of the k...

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September 15, 2023 60 mins

This event is a continuation from Accenture and MATTER’s previous event, Digital Health x Health Equity Panel: Reinvent a More Equitable Future.

While we know that social determinants of health account for 80 percent of an individual’s health, actually addressing these factors can be challenging in practice. Accenture’s recent report, U.S. Health Inequity: Beyond the Statistics, identified bias in data and algorithms, incl...

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The U.S. workforce has never been more diverse age-wise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four workers is over the age of 55, compared to just one in seven in 1979. In addition to Baby Boomers, four other generations are part of the workforce — the Silent Generation, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. Organizations that aim to offer tailored benefits must focus on employees’ stages of life.

Instead of taking...

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Starting at a young age, ageism — discrimination or unjust treatment of older people based on stereotypes — shapes the way we think about ourselves and others as we age. Instead of focusing on the negative perceptions of aging, it’s time we focused on the value of the wisdom, insights and life experiences older adults contribute to our communities. What if we thought of aging as an opportunity rather than a crisis? What if we had s...

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People who belong to the LGBTQ+ community experience a number of health disparities, including a lack of access to culturally competent care and worse health outcomes. Join Kate Steinle, chief clinical officer of FOLX Health — the first digital healthcare provider designed by and for the medical needs of the LGBTQ+ community — and Brian Richardson, CEO of StartOut — a national nonprofit organization empowering LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs ...

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About this event

With a staggering $93 billion in excess healthcare costs and $42 billion in untapped productivity annually in the U.S. alone, health equity is critical to the total cost of healthcare.

To combat health inequities, we need to recalibrate health equity efforts by adopting a total reinvention mindset and embedding health equity into the development of digital solutions. Accenture’s U.S. health inequity: beyond the stati...

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Oral health is linked to overall health yet more than 56 million Americans live without access to a dental professional.

To continue to address the gaps in our oral health care system, CareQuest Innovation Partners in partnership with MATTER continues SMILE Health — a program designed to identify and accelerate early stage startups driving change in the systemic health landscape.

Listen to Dean of Harvard Den...

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Join MATTER as we welcome Stephanie Tilenius, CEO and founder of Vida Health, for our April Tales from the Trenches.

Stephanie was motivated to found Vida Health after she tried to help her father manage the multiple chronic conditions he faced. She knew he needed someone with medical knowledge in his corner to help him manage them on a daily basis and get him on a path to better health. Instead, he got lost in a confusing and imper...

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More than 80 percent of counties across the United States lack adequate access to healthcare, with a third of the U.S. population living in a healthcare desert, an area with insufficient access to primary care providers, pharmacies, hospitals, trauma care centers, optometrists and more. While access has been scaled broadly in the last decade across multiple industries, including banking, entertainment, fashion and food, it has rema...

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Shar Matin, CEO of Cordis, has over 20 years of medical device experience from Fortune 500 companies to leading commercial and technical teams in the U.S. and overseas. Along with his current role as CEO of Cordis, he serves on the Board of Directors of Koru Medical Systems. Previously he was COO of ViewRay, Inc. and Spectranetics. In these roles, Shar helped disrupt the healthcare market by building exceptional teams.

On ...

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Dr. Roy Smythe, CEO of SomaLogic, is an internationally recognized surgeon, biomedical scientist, academician, health system administrator and healthcare business entrepreneur. Dr. Smythe joined SomaLogic in 2018 and has led the company in creating sustainable and scalable growth eventually leading to the company’s initial public offering in 2021.

Prior to his work at SomaLogic, he served as chief medical officer at Valenc...

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Bob Badal is a healthcare industry veteran and kidney care expert, with a career spanning multiple successful startups, corporate operations and ventures. Along with his work at Strive Health, he co-founded Treatment Technologies & Insights (TTI), a digital healthcare company, in 2017. Bob began his healthcare career directly out of college working in both health plan network development and hospital administration roles. Come ...

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Karan is the chief operating officer of Headspace Health, where he leads the company’s clinical operations and strategy. He was previously COO of Ginger. He has over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry, consulting with bio-pharma clients, commercializing data analytics and establishing research partnerships with academic medical centers. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker about entre...

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In this era of mergers and collaborations, Walgreens invested $5.2 billion in VillageMD to open hundreds of Village Medical at Walgreens practices across the country. Village Medical locations are spacious, featuring experienced primary care doctors and their clinical teams. The physician-led model allows for high-quality, accessible healthcare right in the communities — and health equity is an incredibly important topic that both ...

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What will healthcare look like in 20 years? What should we invest in today to help us get there?

MATTER and Baxter present Healthcare 2040, an event series that invites industry leaders working in significantly transformative areas of healthcare to help us explore these questions.

Leading up to National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month, join us for a critical discussion on the future of chronic pulmonary c...

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MATTER recently launched 51 Labs, a women+’s health accelerator. With sponsors and partners Astellas Pharma US, Walgreens, BayCare, Parkview Health and University of Chicago Medicine, the inaugural year’s program calls for innovative healthcare solutions that empower and support women+ during their menopausal transition.

On October 19, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Center for Women’s Integrated Health Director and p...

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