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The Redox Podcast: Episode 4 – An interview with Dr. Bill Hanson, CMIO of Penn Medicine

Posted December 18, 2019
By Niko Skievaski

Dr. Bill Hanson is Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President at Penn Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His distinguished career spans more than 30 years and he has consistently been a proponent for using technology to improve patient care. In this episode of The Redox Podcast, Niko Skievaski and Dr. Hanson cover a variety of important topics, including:

Key Moments

3:20 – What worked and didn’t work with EMRs over the last decade
6:57 – Emancipating patient data
12:08 – The new generation of healthcare professionals leveraging data
17:18 The growing popularity of telemedicine – Penn Center for Connected Care is one of the largest telehealth centers in the country
21:08 – Apps and patient portals, such as myPennMedicine, help engage patients in their care
26:47 The need for disruption in healthcare

“Healthcare does need disruption. The increasing rate of healthcare as a percentage of GDP is unsustainable. When healthcare starts to crowd out education and other budgetary priorities of the government, you’re making choices that are challenging.”

Dr. Bill Hanson

As large technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon get attention for their efforts to develop new healthcare products, it’s important to remember the invaluable role academic medical centers play in healthcare’s innovation process. From the extraordinary clinicians in the hospital rooms and labs, to the bright young medical and nursing students, to the interactions with startups, institutions like Penn Medicine are oftentimes the best place to incubate and grow the new ideas that will help shape the future of healthcare.

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