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Health & Veritas

Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz, two Yale physician-professors, discuss the latest news and ideas in healthcare and seek out the truth amid the noise.

Produced with the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Public Health. New episodes are available every Thursday.

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Howard P. Forman

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Economics, Public Health, and Management; Co-founder, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, MD/MBA Program, and MBA for Executives Program
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Professor Forman is a Professor of Diagnostic Radiology (and faculty director for Finance), Public Health (Health Policy), Economics and Management. Professor Forman directs the Health Care management program in the Yale School of Public Health and teaches healthcare economics in the Yale College Economics Department. He is the faculty founder and director of the MD/MBA program as well as the faculty director of the healthcare focus area in the School of Management’s MBA for Executives program. He is the co-founder and special advisor to the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership program. He co-hosts the Health & Veritas podcast with Dr. Harlan Krumholz.

As a practicing emergency/trauma radiologist, he is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and contracting. His research has been focused on improving imaging services delivery through better access to information. He has worked as a health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate, on Medicare legislation.

During the COVID Pandemic, Professor Forman has actively tracked outbreaks at local, national, and international levels; expounding on mitigation strategies and engaging to dispel misinformation through social and print media. He has been a frequent guest commentator and expert on national video and audio platforms.

Harlan M. Krumholz

Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Professor in the Institute of Social Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine, and of Public Health (Health Policy); and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
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Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist and scientist at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. He is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine, and Professor in the Institute of Social Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine, and of Public Health (Health Policy), and the Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. He is a leading expert in the science to improve the quality and efficiency of care, eliminate disparities and promote equity, improve integrity and transparency in medical research, engage patients in their care, and avoid wasteful practices. Recent efforts are focused on harnessing the digital transformation in healthcare to accelerate knowledge generation and facilitate the delivery of care aligned with each patient’s needs and preferences.

Dr. Krumholz is director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), an organization dedicated to improving health and health care through research, tools, and practices that produce discovery, heighten accountability and promote better public health and clinical care. He co-founded and co-leads the Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project, designed to increase access to clinical research data and promote their use to generate new knowledge. He also co-founded and co-leads medRxiv, a non-profit preprint server for the medical and health sciences. He was a founding faculty co-director of the Yale Center for Research Computing.

Dr. Krumholz has been honored by membership in the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was named a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association and received their Award of Meritorious Achievement and their Clinical Research Prize. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Krumholz received the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China in recognition of his collaborative efforts to develop a national cardiovascular research network and was named by the Chinese Society of Cardiology as a Top-10 Distinguished International Cardiologist for his contributions to the development of cardiovascular medicine in China. He founded the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council and co-founded their annual conference. He was the founding editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; founding editor of CardioExchange, a social media site of the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine; and editor of Journal Watch Cardiology of the New England Journal of Medicine. He was a founding Governor of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Episodes

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    Episode 9
    Duration 31:57

    Jason Abaluck: Health Economics

    Howie and Harlan are joined by Jason Abaluck, a health economist at the Yale School of Management. They discuss a massive study co-authored by Abaluck that showed that masks reduce COVID infections in a community setting.

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    Episode 8
    Duration 30:39

    Anne Wyllie: The Saliva Test

    Howie and Harlan are joined by Anne Wyllie, the Yale scientist who developed the SalivaDirect test for COVID-19. They discuss the development of the technology and its potential for enabling easier testing in a variety of communities.

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    Episode 7
    Duration 33:18

    Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet: Saving Mothers' Lives

    Howie and Harlan are joined by Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, who leads Merck for Mothers and Merck's health equity efforts. They discuss the factors that lead to preventable death during pregnancy and childbirth—a risk that disproportionately affects women of color.

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    Episode 6
    Duration 30:32

    Elizabeth Bradley: Leading Vassar through COVID-19

    Howie and Harlan are joined by Elizabeth Bradley, an expert on global public health and the president of Vassar College. They discuss how the residential liberal arts college navigated the pandemic—and how defining a set of core values helped guide its response.

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    Episode 5
    Duration 28:02

    Dr. Erica Spatz: Shared Decision-Making

    Howie and Harlan are joined by Yale cardiologist Erica Spatz to discuss the benefits of making treatment decisions in collaboration with patients, and the challenges of shifting to a more patient-centered approach.

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    Episode 4
    Duration 25:05

    Why Are We Paying for Ineffective Treatments?

    Howie and Harlan discuss the financial, institutional, and psychological forces encouraging the use of unproven and disproven treatments and tests that drive up healthcare costs.

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    Episode 3
    Duration 24:54

    Will AI Transform Radiology?

    Howie, a Yale emergency department radiologist, and Harlan discuss whether artificial intelligence will replace human radiologists—or help them do their jobs better.

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    Episode 2
    Duration 23:39

    Medical Education

    Howie and Harlan consider what medical schools can do differently to identify and train the doctors we’ll need in the future

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    Episode 1
    Duration 24:15

    Boosters and Nocebos

    This week, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz discuss who would benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine booster, and the implications of a study on the side effects of statins.

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