Revolutionizing Healthcare: The Power of Incremental Change and Interoperability

In episode 17 of The Incrementalist podcast, Dr. Don Rucker, Chief Strategy Officer at 1upHealth, discusses the role of incremental changes in healthcare, his personal journey from medical student to a career in IT and clinical practice, the challenges and vision for healthcare interoperability, and the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act and the trust exchange framework on the future of healthcare.
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0:00 - 4:00
Learn about the importance of small changes in healthcare as Dr. Nick introduces the podcast. Discover Dr. Don Rucker's journey from a medical student to Chief Strategy Officer at 1upHealth, emphasizing the potential for improvements in healthcare.
4:00 - 9:00
Dive into Don’s early realization of inefficiencies in healthcare as a medical student and how this led to his exploration of data and computer science.
9:00 - 13:00
Learn about Don's career in IT and clinical practice, his role in developing electronic health records (EMRs), and his experience as the National Coordinator of the ONC. Discover his current position as Chief Strategy Officer at 1upHealth.
17:00 - 21:00
Discover the provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, including APIs without special effort and information blocking. Learn about the limitations of the Trust Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
21:00 - 26:20
Explore the future of interoperability as Don highlights the transition from data transmission to using computing to prevent illness and allocate care more efficiently, making healthcare more effective.

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