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Healthcare Performance Insider

Season 1

Connect with healthcare’s key opinion leaders as they discuss current news, clinical breakthroughs, operational trends, and technology challenges, sharing their real-world experiences, actionable insights and innovative solutions.

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COVID-19 Myth Busting with Mara Aspinall

Season 2

Mara Aspinall continues her mission to raise the profile of diagnostics in the COVID-19 spotlight through this 6-part series. In each episode she will bust myths around topics like current COVID-19 testing types and accuracy, if it really is safe to go back to work or whether herd immunity will ever really happen.

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COVID Conversations with Kim Zunker

Season 3

As a diagnostic expert and Laboratory Consulting Manager, Kim Zunker spends every minute of her career today focused on COVID-19 testing. Be it breaking news, agency reporting updates, new or changing testing approval status or technology solutions on the horizon, she’s in the know minute by minute through her vast research and network. Join her weekly for updates through this new series!

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COVID Conversations with Kim Zunker
Season 3

Disparate States, Same Goals

Episode 3

In this episode Kim dives into the current dichotomy between states in surge and recovery phases of the pandemic in parallel to a shared goal to scale lab testing, increase testing options and continue to identify new technology solutions. Join Kim weekly for more real time updates and, if you have a specific question, send it to HPIpodcast@accumen.com for Kim to answer!

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Measuring COVID’s Impact

Episode 2

In this episode, Kim chats with HPI about three significant areas in the news today: (1) current virus spikes and using Rt values as a measurement of infection severity, (2) the impact of the President’s decision to remove pandemic control from the CDC, and (3) specimen pooling as a new form of testing with potentially shorter turn-around times. Join Kim weekly for more real time updates and, if you have a specific question, send it to HPIpodcast@accumen.com for Kim to answer!

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 Catch Up on COVID

Episode 1

As a diagnostic expert and Laboratory Consulting Manager, Kim Zunker spends every minute of her career today focused on COVID-19 testing. Be it breaking news, agency reporting updates, new or changing testing approval status or technology solutions on the horizon, she’s in the know minute by minute through her vast research and network. Join her weekly for updates through this new series! And send in your questions for Kim to HPIpodcast@accumen.com.

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COVID-19 Myth Busting with Mara Aspinall
Season 2

 All Tests are the Same

Episode 1

Mara Aspinall continues her mission to raise the profile of diagnostics in the COVID-19 spotlight through this 6-part series. In each episode she will bust myths around topics like current COVID-19 testing types and accuracy, if it really is safe to go back to work or whether herd immunity will ever really happen. Each episode will cover current topics as well as questions from our audience. Send yours today to HPIpodcast@accumen.com!
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Healthcare Performance Insider
Season 1

Heather Hurley: The Joint Commission Addresses COVID-19

Episode 19

In this episode, The Joint Commission’s Executive Director of Laboratory Accreditation and Health Systems Strategic Accounts, Heather Hurley, joins HPI to share insights of current activities and how the pandemic has shifted her strategic focus.

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Supply Chain Innovation in a Pandemic (Eric Jurinic: VP, Corporate Supply Chain)

Episode 18

Eric Jurinic is the Vice President of Corporate Supply Chain with Accumen, on a mission to develop relationships with domestic manufacturers already distributing PPE as well as those with the capabilities to do so. In this episode, he walks the HPI audience thru his early pandemic insights, his determination to find and develop domestic manufacturers to meet hospital supply needs, and the do’s and don’ts of supplies for everyone inside and outside of healthcare.
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 Rob Van Tuyle – Vitalant CEO Breaks Down the Blood Center Complexities in a Pre and Post COVID World

Episode 17

Rob Van Tuyle leads the second largest supplier of blood products in the U.S., serving as a critical healthcare network of life-saving materials over 29 states to 5000 hospitals. In this episode, Mr. Van Tuyle shares his journey to this non-profit healthcare organization and how he sees the complexities of the blood center in our new COVID world.
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 Connie Wilkins – A view from the front lines of the pandemic in one hospital laboratory

Episode 16

The hospital lab has a spotlight on it for the first time . . . ever. At the center of COVID-19 testing during the first pandemic in 100 years, the hospital lab is being stretched to deliver unprecedented service, turn-around times and results. HPI sits down with Connie Wilkins, System Lab Director at CHI Health in Nebraska, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the hospital lab she leads and the next steps in preparing for both crisis and recovery from her perspective.
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Al Siblani: 3D Printers to COVID-19 Testing Swabs in 22 days

Episode 15

Al Siblani started a 3D printing company in 2002, focused on 12 global business sectors ranging from toys to jewelry to medical devices. In early 2020, his personal and professional focus honed in on the latter as he contracted COVID-19 and quickly mobilized his factory to create an FDA-approved 3D printed testing swab to join the effort to increase testing across the U.S. In this episode, he tells us about this journey and the impact he’s been able to have on healthcare to-date.
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Dr. Geoffrey Rubin: The profound impact COVID-19 has had on healthcare and the specific delivery of Imaging services

Episode 14

Dr. Geoff Rubin is a globally recognized Radiologist and thought leader. He has spent the majority of his career building teams at some of the leading academic medical centers across the country, including Stanford and Duke Universities. In this episode, he speaks with HPI on the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare, the Imaging department, and innovation in both arenas.
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Mara Aspinall: Diagnostic Evangelist on a mission to keep the spotlight on diagnostics after the pandemic

Episode 13

A study that found 20-30% of patients at autopsy were treated for a disease that they did not have changed the course of this thought leader’s career. Mara Aspinall has been on a mission to raise the profile of diagnostics in healthcare ever since. Find out why.
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Gary Huff: Former commercial lab leader shares his unique insights on the value of the hospital lab

Episode 12

COVID-19 immediately created a need for regional testing and faster results. Gary Huff discusses how it got here and why its imperative the hospital lab prepare to meet future, local demands.
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Dr. John Mattison (Part 1): CMIO Emeritus at Kaiser Permanente talks about the critical role of data in driving healthcare innovation

Episode 11 (Part 1)

As the mastermind behind the first fully integrated electronic health record (EHR) in the U.S., Dr. John Mattison talks to HPI about the opportunity to advance the development of healthcare resources, clinical trials and medical treatments through data.
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Dr. John Mattison (Part 2): Hope is NOT a plan for COVID-19 recovery

Episode 11 (Part 2)

HPI continues the conversation with Dr. John Mattison, transitioning to the current healthcare crisis, discussing his views on everything from available testing methods, herd immunity, the debate over wearing masks in public, and reopening the economy.
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Healthcare Hero’s Melanie Jorgenson and Nicole DeVita

Episode 10

Melanie Jorgenson and Nicole DeVita share their inspiring paths to nursing and respective experience on the front lines, from 9/11 to COVID-19.
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Utilizing Regional Testing Capacity to Fight COVID-19

Episode 9

There are three fundamental elements required for building a network to manage and track public health testing, like COVID-19. Join public health, policy and commercial lab leaders to learn what these are and how healthcare technology organizations are now coordinating regional information through them, from where test capacity exists to electronically tracking patient results from ordering provider to required government agencies.
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The Critical Role of Patient Blood Management in Preparing for the Recovery Phase of COVID-19

Episode 8

Washington state was identified early as ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Monica Pagano, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at Washington University, shares her reflections on their levels of preparedness, learnings to-date and plans for closing identified gaps in performance before the next wave.
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COVID-19: What we’ve learned and are planning for next in Blood Management

Episode 7

Leaders from The Joint Commission, AABB and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) come together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to offer practical recommendations for mitigating blood shortages.
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COVID-19: What we’ve learned and are planning for next in the Hospital Laboratory

Episode 6

The hospital lab can be the epicenter of diagnostics for the surrounding community. Lab leaders and experts across the country discuss why, the hidden value within and how strong systems are delivering on this need.
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COVID-19: What we’ve learned and are planning for next in Lab Supply Chain

Episode 5

It has never been more important to evaluate gaps in the hospital supply chain and develop best practices to respond to disruptions in crisis and recovery time periods.
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COVID-19 Preparedness: Early Insights from the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Episode 4

The epidemiology of COVID-19, what we know and what we still need to learn.
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COVID-19 Preparedness: Early Insights from Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Expert, Dr. Paul Biddinger

Episode 3

The spread of COVID-19, how it differs from other infectious diseases, and why it is so difficult to contain.
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EXPERT EXCERPT: Managing Lab Operation Budgets

Episode 2

The hospital lab budget is complex. To capture all billable and reimbursable work, it’s critical to have an accurate test mix indexing system and work collaboratively with your payroll systems and purchasing departments. HPI caught up with two experts in laboratory operations, with three decades of combined experience, to find out how hospitals can effectively pull all the pieces of this puzzle together.
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EXPERT EXCERPT: Transforming Lab Performance with Dynamic Scheduling

Episode 1

The hospital lab continues to be a dynamic hub within the health system, designed to deliver timely results across multiple facilities or locations, as a critical piece of the care continuum. Listen to find out what the most efficient hospital labs are doing to increase productivity as HPI connects with three experts in the space.
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