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Osmosis.org explores solutions with top experts to strengthen the capacity of our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Osmosis.org explores solutions with top experts to strengthen the capacity of our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


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Osmosis.org explores solutions with top experts to strengthen the capacity of our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.




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Female-Focused, Video-Free Telehealth – Varsha Rao, CEO of Nurx

Telehealth has emerged as one of the biggest “winners” of the pandemic if you measure that in terms of a huge jump in awareness and amount of use. People most often associate it with video conversations, but telehealth also includes phone calls, remote monitoring, emails and sharing of images. Our guest on this episode of Raise the Line thinks there are real advantages to patients in actually foregoing video in favor of an asynchronous exchange of information. Varsha Rao is CEO of Nurx, a...


YouTube Powers Health Information Videos - Dr. Garth Graham

Communicating accurate, vital healthcare information to the public has seldom been more important than during the COVID 19 pandemic. As we’ve all seen, the challenges of doing that well have been a major factor in the spread of the disease and participation in vaccination campaigns. Watching all of this carefully is cardiologist, researcher and public health expert Dr. Garth Graham, who was chosen earlier this year to lead a new health partnerships team at Google/YouTube to create...


Self-Care is Not Selfish - Dr. Bern Melnyk, College of Nursing Dean at Ohio State University

With just 30 minutes of physical activity every day, says Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, or “Bern,” as she's known, 80% of chronic disease could be totally prevented. Unfortunately, though, most people will not make changes in their behavior unless they are in a crisis or have raised emotions. Join Dr. Melnyk on this episode of Raise the Line as she speaks with Dr. Rishi Desai about her work at Ohio State - and worldwide through the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice - finding and...


Strategies for Stress Reduction and Wellness – David Kopp, Former CEO of Healthline Media

“I'm a huge fan of progress, not perfection. Small steps lead to transformation more often than large steps.” David Kopp has not only experienced this personally as an effective approach to positive behavior change, but as former CEO of Healthline Media, he knows the scientific literature supports it as well. Kopp refers to the key factors in achieving wellness as MENDS: mindfulness, exercise, nature, diet, and sleep. “If you can create new routines around those things, it will really make a...


Supporting Students and Faculty on the Same Platform – Andrew Grauer, CEO of Course Hero

Andrew Grauer was just trying to solve his own problems with finding study help as a student at Cornell University, but it turns out his initial solutions, and those that followed, have also worked for millions of students. The company Grauer co-founded, Course Hero, provides an online learning platform where students access millions of course-specific study resources contributed by a community of students and 65,000 educators. The popular site also offers 24/7 tutoring. “We were helping...


Rural Health and the Provider-Patient Relationship - Dr. Jean Sumner, Dean of Mercer University School of Medicine

“Everybody deserves access to care, and it's up to us to find a way to provide that,” says Dr. Jean Sumner. She and her team at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia take their mission of serving rural and underserved populations very seriously. “Almost,” says Dr. Sumner, “as a sacred trust to serve our state.” That could entail bringing diabetes and hypertension training to church on Sunday, taking phone calls at night, advocating for primary care patients in emergency...


Big Data Will Give Physicians Superpowers – Dr. Marc Triola, NYU Langone Health

If you have a sense of dread about what impact AI will have on healthcare providers and quality of care, you should listen to today’s episode of Raise the Line. Dr. Marc Triola, who spends a lot of time contemplating how data analytics is going to impact medicine as director of The Institute for Innovations in Medical Education at NYU Langone Health, likens AI to a valuable new member of the healthcare team that will give physicians superpowers. “Many physicians think they have those...


Regaining Trust through Education - Dr. Michael Whitt, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

“There is a lot of distrust for the medical profession, and certainly, for, I think, science in general,“ observes Dr. Michael Whitt. How to rebuild that trust? Dr. Whitt believes the answer is teaching. Join him in this episode of Raise the Line as he speaks with host Dr. Rishi Desai about vaccine development and his team's role in COVID vaccine testing, as well as best approaches and practices to fighting misinformation. Find out about the amazing developments that have been made over the...


Supporting Mental Health for Healthcare Workers - Sara Sarkey, U.S. Medical at Takeda

Mentioned in this episode: Takeda: https://www.takeda.com/ PackHealth: https://packhealth.com/ Lundbeck: https://www.lundbeck.com/global Osmosis: https://www.osmosis.org NAMI: https://www.nami.org


Deciding to Do Good - Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Author of "Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide"

When Dr. Abdul El-Sayed realized that he could travel 15 hours to visit family in Egypt or drive 15 minutes away in Detroit and traverse the same 10-year life expectancy gap, the deeply political aspects of medicine and public health really hit home for him. In a broadly-spanning career with roles in medicine, activism, education, and politics, Dr. El-Sayed has endeavored to fix the problems in the U.S. healthcare system that contribute to this gap. In this important interview, Dr. El-Sayed...


Can Learning Medicine Actually Be Fun? - Andrew Berg and Saud Siddiqui of SketchyMedical

You might say Osmosis and SketchyMedical share some DNA. Both learning platforms were started by medical students seeking a better way to manage the avalanche of information they had to memorize; both companies use animated videos with an approachable style; and both root their content in learning science. Sketchy’s key approach borrows from a method developed by the ancient Greeks that relies on visual-spatial memory to acquire and retain knowledge. They also keep fun front and center....


Nursing’s Role in Advancing Health Equity - Suzanne Miyamoto, CEO of the American Academy of Nursing

Suzanne Miyamoto's appreciation for healing and personal connection started while volunteering at a hospital in high school, and has been central to her life ever since. She has spent most of her career working in policy, and now leads the American Academy of Nursing, which endeavors to improve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. Join Miyamoto and host Jannah Amiel in this episode of Raise the Line to learn how nurses can be—and in...


Medical Schools Must Champion Health Equity - Dr. Valerie Weber, Dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

“It has always really been about making things better for people,” says Dr. Valerie Weber of the various roles she has held in her distinguished career. “As somebody who is fortunate, you must use your role to help others and to make the system better.” In this episode of Raise the Line, Dr. Weber joins host Shiv Gaglani to discuss current challenges and new models in medical education, the impact of COVID, and pandemic silver linings. Tune in to discover how Dr. Weber's mother's passion for...


Reinventing Healthcare After the Pandemic: Dr. Shantanu Nundy, Chief Medical Officer at Accolade

"Healthcare needs to become distributed, digitally enabled, and decentralized.” That’s the core message in the new book Care After Covid: What the Pandemic Revealed Is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It, by Dr. Shantanu Nundy. Between his work as a primary care physician, lecturer in health policy at George Washington University Milken Institute for Public Health, advisor to the World Bank on digital health and innovation and role as chief medical officer at Accolade, Nundy brings a...