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Ep17: Treating Chronic Pain with DTx

Jonas Duss came to digital therapeutics from a mechanical and chemical engineering background. He landed at Kaia Health after he and his business partner, David Boutellier, realized they all shared a similar mission; to make proven, effective therapies for debilitating chronic conditions more widely accessible through digital platforms. Kaia Health offers people with musculoskeletal conditions virtual physical therapy sessions, complete with a health coach who helps motivate users to stay on track. In this episode, Jonas tells Eugene about Kaia’s founding, the company’s early decision to expand to the US (despite the different regulatory and payment environment), and his driving motivation to help chronic pain sufferers live longer, higher-quality lives. Also, Jonas mentions a McKinsey report on reimbursement in Germany, in which Kaia’s journey is offered as a brief case study. You can find that report here. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Jonas Duss: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Kaia Health: Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 20, 2021 by Digital Therapeutics Edition

Ep16: The Mind(s) Behind Germany’s Digital Health Care Act

During his conscripted service with the German Navy, Christian Dierks learned that if you’re the person in charge of rules and administration, you can bring about a lot of change. He took this lesson with him to law school and in the creation of his own law and healthcare consultancy firm, Dierks+Company. Christian was instrumental in the creation of Germany’s 2019 Digital Health Care Act (known as DVG in Germany), which mandates full reimbursement of any prescribed digital health application. In fact, Christian was involved in setting up the legal framework for digital health applications (DiGA) in Germany—and importantly, he convinced health insurers in Germany not to nickname them DiVA, an acronym which would have carried distinctly less gravitas. Starting with this episode, Eugene says farewell (for now) to DTx trailblazers in the United States, and shifts the focus to leaders in Europe, where Christian and other thought leaders are working to broaden access to digital health solutions. Eugene and Christian recorded this episode in January, and since then, there have been some exciting updates to the status of DVG. Namely, the list of approved digital therapies for reimbursement has grown to 13, and Germany is starting to publish early data on the impact of the measure. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Christian Dierks: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Dierks+Company: LinkedIn | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 13, 2021 by Digital Therapeutics Edition

Ep15: Treating Depression, Anxiety, and Sleep Disorders with Happify

Chris Wasden came to the digital therapeutics space via a circuitous route through Wall Street, Main Street, and academia. A pro at finding ways to leverage digital solutions in the pharmaceutical industry, he was asked to lead HappifyDTx’s digital therapeutics business after he and his students identified it as the best digital health company in the world. Happify just closed an impressive $73 million funding round and continues to innovate clinically validated tools to treat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. In this episode, Chris tells Eugene how Happify’s founders moved from creating video games to digital health tools, and why the team took on the mammoth effort of creating an FDA-quality management system for its platform of products. As a result of their hard work, Chris says Happify is the only DTx company out there that has a legitimate, placebo-controlled RCT. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Chris Wasden: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Happify Health: Twitter| LinkedIn | Facebook | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
April 6, 2021 by Digital Therapeutics Edition

Ep12: Why Asia Pacific Needs Digital Health – Highlights From Season 1

In this episode, I speak with Dan Kendall, founder of Digital Health Today, to reflect on highlights from this season and preview what we will cover in Season 2 of Digital Health Today, Asia Pacific Edition. Click on the show links or scroll through the playlist in your favorite podcast player to hear more from these and our other Season 1 guests. Be sure to hit the subscribe button to be notified when Season 2 starts in a few weeks! “What are the opportunities out there for people to live in good health, to be independent, and to be dignified? This goes across technologies, housing models, and service innovations.” — Janice Chia, Ageing Asia ”In a healthcare ecosystem, party interests-- of patients, health providers, funders, government and private insurance-- are not aligned. This results in a lack of help for patients to find the treatment they need, and funders cannot intervene early enough to help keep costs under control.” — Xing Sun, AXA Next Business Innovation Centre Asia ”On average across Southeast Asia, you know, patients will actually visit a pharmacy almost 12 times a year, but when they visit a physician, it’s almost 1.2 times a year, right. So when you look at this, this becomes an incredible touch point in terms of patient population.” — Farouk Meralli, CEO of mClinica "When we started out in March, telemedicine was completely illegal in India; there was no way you could tele-consult and give a prescription. So the first telemedicine guidelines were brought out by the government on March 25, 2020. Before that, everything was completely illegal in fact, but the government responded very quickly, considering the pandemic was there. And now everything is well established, and there are clear cut guidelines and rules…within a matter of months, we were doing about 35,000 consults across digital health every month.” — Shuchin Bajaj, Founder and Director for Ujala Cygnus "We should not use our own mentality or our mindset to replace users’ mindset. Sometimes it’s pretty frustrating, because we know we are smarter than them, but you cannot replace them. You have to think in their own way. You have to think of yourself as the user, not yourself. You have to pretend to be a pregnant mother, who just has a high school education, and figure out what her mindset would be.” — Stanley Li, CEO and Founder of DXY >> Click here to read the transcript Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 30, 2021 by Asia Pacific Edition

Ep14: Building the Genentech of Digital Therapeutics

Corey McCann says he always wanted to name a company after a fruit, and when he and his team saw an opportunity to “pair” drugs and software to treat serious disease and improve patient outcomes, the name Pear Therapeutics was born. Of course, the other inspiration for the creation of Pear Therapeutics was Genentech, in that Corey and his team wanted to build something big and capitalize on the hundreds of opportunities they see to modify standards of efficacy with software solutions. Corey, Eugene, and Brian talk about Pear’s early foray into the digital therapeutics space and how Pear’s digital therapies incorporate doctors, nurses, health coaches, and other human counselors. Also, for any entrepreneurs looking to start their own venture, Corey has several pearls of wisdom for you—one of which is to choose your investors and board members very wisely. Finally, Corey offers his predictions about the future of prescription digital therapeutics and the policy solutions needed to make PDTs viable for all patients. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Corey McCann: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Pear Therapeutics: Twitter| LinkedIn | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 30, 2021 by Digital Therapeutics Edition

Ep11: Lessons From Building a Digital Health O2O Unicorn Across 2 Million+ Physician Customers with Stanley Li From DXY

For more than 20 years, Stanley Li has built an impressive set of solutions for the China market.  With more than 2 million doctors as customers and millions of consumers engaging with their offerings, DXY is one of the largest health services companies in the world.  Stanley graciously sat with me and shared many lessons over his journey to solve challenges ranging from:  Physician education  Online and offline community building Adapting to changing needs as China grew to become a digital-first economy Stretching the mission of DXY from sick care to prevention How he builds trust with his customers Future partnership priorities   Stanley (Tiantian) Li has a Master degree in Tumor Immunology and is a visiting professor of the Second Military Medical University in China. He co-founded DXY (the largest physician social network in China) in 2000. To date, DXY has raised over $680 million in funding, and it's most recent funding round, led by private equity firm Trustbridge Partners has raised $500 million. Read more about it here. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Stanley Li: LinkedIn | Twitter | WeChat @TiantianDXY Visit DXY: Website | LinkedIn | DXY 500 million funding Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 23, 2021 by Asia Pacific Edition

Ep13: The New Breed of DTx May Not Be a DTx At All

Ask Chris Bergstrom what gets him out of bed in the morning, and he says very simply: “scale, scale, scale.” Chris brings a powerful blend of experience in start-ups, large companies, and the life sciences to his role as president of Amalgam Rx, a digital platform that brings providers and life sciences companies together to grow digital health solutions. Chris and Eugene talk about Amalgam’s origins and capabilities, and in response to a question from Brian Dolan about Amalgam’s recent acquisition of Avhana Health, Chris reveals that Amalgam has been lucky enough to start off as a fully self-funded venture. Finally, listen in as Chris and Eugene discuss whether the term “digital therapeutic” has become passé. >>Click here to read the transcript Guest Links and Resources: Connect with Chris Bergstrom: LinkedIn Visit Amalgam Rx: LinkedIn | Website Host Links and Resources: Connect with Eugene Borukhovich: Twitter | LinkedIn Follow Eugene's journey of writing his first book: Hard Pill to Swallow Connect with YourCoach.health: Website | Twitter Subscribe to Exits & Outcomes Brian Dolan: Twitter | LinkedIn HealthXL: Website | Twitter | Join an Event Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 23, 2021 by Digital Therapeutics Edition

Ep10: On a Mission to Provide Better Care for Rural India with Shuchin Bajaj

Dr Shuchin Bajaj is the Founder Director of Ujala Cygnus Hospitals. Ujala Cygnus currently operates twelve hospitals that provide healthcare to district towns of the states of India where emergency and primary care are difficult to find.   As a doctor and entrepreneur, Dr Bajaj is truly making a difference by infusing innovation throughout every aspect of patient care. During our conversation we cover: Access and affordability challenges across India The challenge of building a new provider system from the ground up The impact of effective community outreach How COVID-19 changed the regulatory limitations on telemedicine and accelerated the use of other digital health solutions beyond telehealth   Dr Bajaj is a highly qualified and accomplished medical scholar. He has completed his M.B.B.S., M.D. (Internal Medicine), as well as the Certified Professional course on Diabetes Management and Total Control (American Academy of CME), the A.P.S.M. (I.I.M., Calcutta), and the Advanced Program in Cardiac Emergencies (Boston University). HE is the IHT Fellow (INSEAD, France), Aspire Fellow, and recipient of the Cohort Stanford Seed. Also, he received the 2015 Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence Award from King’s College, London where he spent considerable time studying the various facets of Leadership, its various challenges, and its learnings for India.  He is on the board of several national prominent NGOs as Advisor-Health Programmes and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the “World Wide Achievers Health Care Excellence Award 2014” for Healthcare Excellence in Internal Medicine in Delhi and NCR, ”Best Consultant in Internal Medicine in Delhi 2012” by the Time Research Media Foundation, “National Award for Excellence in Healthcare 2015” for fastest growing healthcare chain in North India along with “2015 Leaders Award”. Dr Bajaj and the Cygnus Team were recently featured by the Economic Times in a feature on Entrepreneurs Leading Disruptive Change. Dr Bajaj is also the winner of the Healthcare Leader of the Year, 2017 Awards. Dr Bajaj is an avid Healthcare Investor and is associated with multiple Health Tech Companies as an investor, Board Member, and mentor. He is on the TBIU Board of IIT, Delhi, and is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of State for Health, Shri Ashwini Choubey. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Dr Shuchin Bajaj: LinkedIn Visit Ujala Cygnus Hospitals: Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 16, 2021 by Asia Pacific Edition
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