Our Goal is to Inform, Involve and Inspire the Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Working to Improve Healthcare.
Hello, and thanks for your interest in the Digital Health Today podcast and website!
This first episode is really a short introduction to the podcast itself. I’m going to share a little bit about the show's purpose and format, let you know how you can engage with the podcast and our guests and, importantly, how you and I can connect to make sure that we provide you the most value from the work we're doing here.
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First of all let’s answer the question: What is Digital Health?
Today, the digital age and the power of the Internet are providing people everywhere with access to resources, tools and information that were previously only available to experts. As a result, we're seeing an absolute explosion of innovation and advancement, especially in information-oriented fields like healthcare.
There are all sorts of technologies powering this change. It goes far beyond the powerful mobile phones and wearable sensors that are so prevalent today. Digital Health not encompasses a wide range of new technologies such as implantable sensors, artificial intelligence, data analytics, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, robotics, 3D printing, and much more. Many of these technologies didn’t even exist just a decade ago, so imagine what options will be available in five, ten or fifteen years from now.
These technologies are transforming many areas of our daily lives and the healthcare sector is no exception. They are disrupting the established practices of every participant in the healthcare ecosystem, and and they are enabling new services outside the traditional boundaries of hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices. These changes are making a huge impact as organizations work to develop solutions that address the difficult challenges posed by changing demographics, chronic disease and rising costs.
So we refer to these technologies and the associated solutions and services as ‘digital health’, and it’s not just a dream for tomorrow. This podcast features the innovators, leaders and patient advocates who are working to design, develop and implement digital health today.
Why a podcast and why now?
I was motivated to start this podcast because I love to learn, contribute, and engage with people who are at the top of their field.
During my more than 20 years in business, I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to work with extremely intelligent clinicians, engineers, developers, designers, and users to solve a problem, improve a product, or make an experience more enjoyable and engaging. And while doing this work, I’ve been able to learn from and build relationships with really impressive people from all around the world.
I’ve also had the opportunity to develop great products, deliver big projects, and connect people to one another. While many of the products and projects have experienced extraordinary growth and success, some of the most significant outcomes have resulted from the introductions I've made that have led to some really interesting developments. I’ve introduced clinicians to developers, developers to designers, investors to founders, solutions to users, and so on.
Rather than continue to simply make these introductions and build these relationships on a 1-1 level, I realized I could create more opportunities for people and companies by creating a platform that brings people together on a broader scale to share the best innovations and provide introductions on a one-to-many basis.
That's why I started the Digital Health Today podcast and website.
With podcasting, there are no geographic boundaries, no requirement for travel, no cost. So this podcast provides the opportunity to learn, connect, and engage with leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs around the world as they work to transform the face of healthcare. Let’s face it, the road to successful innovation is filled with all sorts of threats and obstacles, and this is especially true when it comes to healthcare, so this podcast will provide some inspiration for all those who are working to make a difference.
The format of the show
This is an Interview-based show where we spend about 30 minutes sharing insights from our featured guests. Our guests include leaders with a wide variety of backgrounds and the common thread between them is that they are working to push the boundaries of innovation and to implement technology in the health and wellness sectors. We have clinicians, entrepreneurs, data scientists, investors, patients and patient advocates, engineers, designers and many others who have agreed to share their wisdom, experience and knowledge with our audience. We also have guests from governments and regulatory bodies that will help provide insights on how to navigate the requirements and opportunities in various markets and provide input on how to address them successfully.
We’ll talk to our guests about their experience, how they got to where they are, the success they’ve had, and, frankly, the hard lessons they’ve learned along the way, so yes, we will even talk about failure and obstacles, and things that can help others avoid making painful mistakes and accelerate adoption. Importantly, we’ll cover what’s in store for them in the near and medium term future – what product launches are on the horizon, new programs are available to support healthcare innovation, and what we, as a digital health community, can do to help them along their journey.
Many of our guests have also prepared resources and tools exclusively for our audience, and you’ll be able to access these tools and resources that we cover through the shownotes on the DigitalHealthToday.com website.
What can you do to connect with and get the most value from the show?
Great question! There are three main things:
1.Subscribe to and rate the podcast
If you enjoy this free podcast, please show your support by heading to DigitalHealthToday.com and click the link to ‘Get it on iTunes’. This will take you over to iTunes where you can subscribe, leave a rating and review. If you need some further instructions, check out the support pages here.
2. Spread the word
Get on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, your email, let people know about this podcast and encourage them to listen, subscribe and rate the show. In fact it’s so easy to do – all you need to do, is while you’re listening to this podcast on your iPhone, there is a share icon in the top right of the screen. Just click that, select email addresses or social media channels and get the word out. It takes two seconds but it helps so much. You can also copy these addresses and send people directly to our website (digitalhealthtoday.com) and the iTunes page.
3. Visit our site, give us feedback and suggestions
Visit our contact page for links to various ways to give me your input. Do you have a solution, project, or program that can would be of interest to our audience? Or maybe you know of someone who does? Either way, please take a minute to visit our website and register your interest. Just click on the ‘Refer a Guest’ button to get access to our short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also use our contact page to drop us a line about upcoming events, news, or other information that we can share with our listeners.
You can all follow us on Twitter at dhealthtoday, or like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/digitalhealthtoday. If you want to reach me directly you can email me at host [at] digitalhealthtoday.com, or follow me on Twitter at HealthTechDan.
So that’s it for now, I look forward to hearing from you and joining you on this podcast. Whether you listen during your commute, while you exercise, or during some other activity, I appreciate you taking time to tune in and support the show. I hope you enjoy the next and all the episodes, and get a lot of value to benefit your work and life. Don’t forget to subscribe and share the podcast with your friends and colleagues. I can’t wait to connect with you again in the next episode!
PS: Stay tuned for the next episode featuring entrepreneur and innovator Amin Zayani of MedAngel.co. You won't want to miss it!
ABOUT THE HOST
As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.
On Digital Health Today, I leverage my experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.