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Digital Health Today

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Digital Health Today features the innovators, leaders and pioneers reshaping health and wellness. From patients and clinicians, to inventors and investors, we speak with guests from around the world to share their insights, experience and knowledge from the front lines of health tech innovation. T… read more

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S9: #089: Changing Workplace Health and Habits with Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

The topic: In this episode, we’re diving into the changing aspects of the employee and employer relationship, and how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation can play a key role in improving health and happiness.

 

When compared to other developed countries, per capita healthcare spending in the US ($9,892 in 2016) is 145 percent higher than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) median of $4,033, and yet when comparing outcomes and process measures, the US lags behind.  Some of the key opportunities to reverse these trends lies in the way employers and employees collaborate and engage in reducing costs.

Our guest: My guest is Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Medical Officer and President of the Virgin Pulse Institute.  Dr. Kumar joined Virgin Pulse in 2016 after the company he founded was acquired by Virgin. That company was called ShapeUp, and he led the growth of the company from a two-person, dorm-room startup to a global company with over 100 employees, 800 customers, and 2 million participants around the world.

During his time at ShapeUp, he pioneered new approaches to leveraging social connections to enhance employee health and well-being, and he also co-authored several peer-reviewed studies on the relationship between social networks and healthy behavior.

Dr. Kumar explains how motivation can lead to new workforce habits, and the unconventional approach that Virgin has to serving their employees.

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Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you!

Bayer G4A - a global program that offers support to startups and companies that are developing innovative solutions in health and care.

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator- transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market.

Dot Health - the domain extension for brands, organizations, and

individuals who provide health products, services and information.

Medable - enabling therapies to get to people who need them faster by providing technology that enables patients, providers, CROs, and sponsors to work as a clinical trial team.

Ostendio -  cloud-based software to set up and manage your cybersecurity and information management programs with one platform.

Start-Up Nation Central - connecting business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation.

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