Social Determinants of Health Podcast

Updated: Apr 3





Welcome to the Executive Innovation Show Podcast, presented by One Touch Telehealth. During this podcast hear host, Carrie Chitsey, talk about the social determinants of health and the future of population health with Dr. Murali Naidu, Scott Collins, and Ryan Peterson. 


Dr. Murali Naidu is the Chief Physician Executive for a Managed Service Organization who has held several physician leadership positions at large health systems and IPAs. He is focused on delivering better health outcomes while increasing efficiency by using technology to effectively deploy clinical resources. 


Scott Collins is Chairman & CEO of Link-age. In this role, Scott provides strategic oversight of the company's group purchasing, market research, and private equity investment activities in the healthcare and aging space. 


Ryan Peterson is the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth for Reveleer, a healthcare technology company serving health plans, medical groups, and provider organizations, where he leads go-to market strategy. 


Listen as we talk about how to improve population health in this episode:


  • What are the top buzzwords surrounding social determinants, community and population health today? How will this affect patient outcomes and the payers' ability to reduce costs by using data? Hear the conversation as we talk with Dr. Murali Naidu about how health systems define these buckets and why it’s so critical to figure them out. What drives most of the cost in the healthcare system and how are these chronic diseases affected by social determinants of health. By constructing risk profiles you can determine access to care, healthy food and transportation and how that is impacting the patient. How is it impacting how they engage with the health system. Listen to hear more from Dr. Naidu and his thoughts on population health and social determinants.

  • As we have more Baby Boomers aging at home and a shortage of long term care facilities, how do we think about social determinants for this population? According to the market research arm of Link-age, they surveyed those from 55 to 110-year-olds. The research showed that the over-50 -population accounts for 115 million people in the US and will rise to 132 million by 2030. Why does Scott Collins look at this population in five-year buckets? Listen as he talks about how all Baby Boomers aren’t the same and the many factors that separate them from each other. 

  • Scott Collins also details the categories you should be looking at beyond physical health. From emotional to financial, these are all areas that will allow for tailored solutions for different cohorts within the Baby Boomer population. He reminds us, “one size does not fit all!”

  • Interesting Fact: 2/3rds of Baby Boomers have limited assets to support healthy aging which will put a massive burden on the healthcare system.

  • How is the caregiver’s role used to determine social determinants? Because of the high cost of long term health care, in some areas ranging from five to ten thousand dollars a month, more seniors are forced to age at home. In the past, culturally, you would bring the parents in the home to live with you and take care of them. Now, things have changed. Both spouses are working and there are fewer caregivers available. What will the role of the caregiver look like in five years? Listen to find out. 

  • Can data solve the problem? Ryan Peterson discusses how the current isolation of data is keeping population health and social determinants of health from the "big leap forward". While vendors have a lot of data at their disposal, how do we distill it and make the data meaningful, we need have to action insights. 

  • These healthcare executives answer the following questions surrounding the importance of addressing social determinants of health:

  • Ryan Peterson is the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth for Reveleer, a healthcare technology company serving health plans, medical groups, and provider organizations, where he leads go-to-market strategy. ing and telehealth? 

  • We take time to talk specifically about the rural health shortage and patients using the emergency department as primary care. How can use insights to create outcomes? From using telehealth to solve transportation issues to food delivery, where is innovation headed in the next two to five years for chronic care and rural patients? From interoperability to having the right infrastructure for rural access to wifi, hear what Dr. Muraili Naidu, Ryan Peterson, and Scott Collins have to say. 

  • Behavioral health is a big expense to the healthcare system that some could say is not being properly tracked. With a high stigma on mental health, are we asking seniors the right questions? Scott Collins details how the high cost and low access to behavioral health services among the low-income population causes 6x more ER visits, 2 to 4 times more medical claims and $9,000 of added medical costs. Over the next two to five years, what will make the most impact on improving mental health for the senior population. 

  • What will be the future of renal care since the executive order of Advancing American Kidney Health? With 20% of the US population living in a rural community, do we lack the infrastructure for renal care at scale? Dr. Naidu believes it will change the way health systems do business.  

  • What’s one thing keeping these health care executives up at night? From the impending of a massive shortage of caregivers to payment reform to pay for the scale of technology, hear their answers. Carrie shares what’s keeping her up for the first time! Hear what she has to say.


Want to connect with Dr. Murali Naidu? Find him on LinkedIn


Follow Ryan Peterson and Reeveler’s journey in healthcare technology. 


Discover more from Scott Collins, Link-age and their research. Read the 2019 Link-age Connect Technology Study Report. 


Want to learn more about the Pros and Cons of Telehealth? Check out the white paper from One Touch Telehealth. We discuss how telehealth can make a huge impact on population health and social determinants of health.



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