White House Presidential Innovation Fellow on Leveraging Technology to Disrupt Healthcare

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Now for something a little different.  Meet Adam Dole – a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow currently studying the various ways technology can improve our healthcare system.

Adam leverages an expertise in human behavior and sociology to help technology improve lives.  A rare and specific skill set that landed him a coveted gig at NASA problem solving Mars mission human transport issues and subsequently led to various entrepreneurial stints at Silicon Valley start ups.  A developing interest in health and wellness then found Adam spearheading technology innovation for the Mayo Clinic, more specifically a project he conceptualized called Blue Button — a healthcare software application empowering consumer access to healthcare and medical record information.

The White House took notice.  And before he knew it, Adam found himself in Washington as part of the prestigious Presidential Innovation Fellow program.  Under the direction of White House CTO Todd Park, Adam spends his days (at least before the government shutdown!) studying the intersection of technology and our health care system with the purpose of identifying opportunities for cooperative collaboration between healthcare executives, government bureaucrats and technology entrepreneurs to identify and execute systemic, functional healthcare improvements for the benefit of the consumer.

Adam is an energetic and fun guy.  His enthusiasm and passion for his work is infectious.  Work that is and will improve lives – no question.  Adam gives me hope and optimism that we can conquer the challenges faced by healthcare.  I truly enjoyed our conversation and think you will too.

For a really nice feel for where Adam is coming from, check out this piece he co-authored for Fast Company Magazine: “Empathize Like A Doctor, Design Like An Entrepreneur”

Now, put your earbuds in and enjoy the episode!


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  • CPR

    Rich, just listened to this episode. It sounded very political and like you were reading from a script. Perhaps you had done your research but you stated at the beginning that you did not have time. Seemed very staged.

    • richroll66

      Wow, really? Quite honestly I didn’t know much at all about Adam and had never before heard of the Innovation program. I was in DC for the VegFest, it was suggested that I meet him and I did review his bio / background on LInkedIn for 15 minutes before we met so I would have some idea of his background but that was it. Furthest thing from “staged”. But the real question is what would be my motive to “stage” anything? I never script my interviews and never would. I try to be prepared, then I throw any notes I have away and just try to listen & engage the guest in a real conversation. Of all the interviews I have done, the one with Adam was the least pre-considered. That said, I do hope you found it interesting nonetheless!

      • Andrew

        cool interview Rich!

      • jason

        I have to say that RR is the the best host I have ever seen or heard. In my opinion, he’s better than anyone in the biz in any format, including the big national TV stuff. RR is gifted and makes it seem easy and flow naturally, but it’s not that easy to do. I’m likely at odds with RR’s politics, but I rarely hear RR being dogmatic or biased.

    • Kel

      CPR, let’s not forget that Rich is a very well-educated man – have you looked into his background? In addition, he has vast experience to draw from and he pays attention to the society, institutions, and the news around him. Everyone who listens to him speak in any capactiy, even a casual youtube video, can recognize that one of Rich’s strength’s is his ability to articulate ideas clearly and intelligenetly. I’ve met many with impressive minds in academics and through a research position wtih Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Neurosurgery. From listening to Rich speak, I consider him to be on par with them, and other great minds in our country. As such, entering into conversations that are outside his area specific area of expertise and having perceptive commentary should not surprise you. He is ability to critically analyze, as well as creatively probe, current paradigms in these fields is second nature…

      No worries @richroll66:disqus, you’re fine :)

  • jason

    Searching for a complex solution to health when the simple solution is right in front of everyone. Eat healthy and exercise. That’s all anyone needs to know. People will either do it or not.